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There are a lot of characters with No Name Given out there. This trope is where an adaptation is made of the character's story and the character is given a name. This can range from the main character to secondary characters as well. The character may have become an Ascended Extra in the adaptation. It often serves to make the character seem more relatable, though whether or not this works is up for debate. Another variation is where the character doesn't have either a given name or a last name and is given one in the adaptation. Doesn't apply to characters whose names are changed in the adaptation.

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Naturally, this trope is extremely common in fan fiction whenever the original work has characters that lack a first name, a surname, or both; many fanfic writers will take it upon themselves to give those characters whatever missing parts of their full names that they're missing.

Compare Canon Name which is about linear installments. In some instances, these names may become Ret-Canon.

Examples below are listed according to the medium of the adaptation.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In the anime of Ranma ½, Ranma and Akane's respective duos of school friends are given names: Hiroshi and Daisuke for Ranma's, Yuka and Sayuri for Akane's.
  • In the manga of AkaSeka, the originally Hello, [Insert Name Here] heroine is named Amamiya Akari.
  • There's a few cases in Dragon Ball, several of which ended up making their way back to the manga at a later point, like Shuu, Mai and Suno. Interestingly, Shuu was actually named "Soba" in his first manga appearance and became Shuu in later ones after it was used in the anime and Suno's name was only used in the manga when she made a single panel cameo a few hundred chapters after her main appearance.
  • The Urusei Yatsura anime gave names to four classmates of Ataru's that appeared in the early stories, along with increasing their amount of screentime. They became known as Megane, Perm, Kakugari, and Chibi.
  • Heavy Object:
    • In the anime, the real name of the Water Strider in the first arc is Prometheus.
    • Also Jesse Montana is the name given to the Forrest Roller Unit member Frolaytia contacts in episode 13.
  • The Movie adaptation of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's gives the name "NachtWal" to the Book of Darkness's Defense Program.
  • Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics did this for many of the nameless characters in their adaptations of the Brothers Grimm's fairy tales.note  Examples include: Josephine (Bluebeard's last wife), Joseph (the main character of "The Water of Life"), Phoebe and Griselda (Cinderella's stepsisters), Leonora (the princess in "The Frog Prince"), Rudolf and Rose (the siblings from "Brother and Sister"), Lily (the cat maid in "The Marriage of Mrs. Fox"), among others who are unnamed in the original stories.
  • The anime adaptation of InuYasha gives Kagome's modern era friends, who were nameless in the manga, the names Yuka, Ayumi, and Eri. Hojo was the only one named in the manga.
  • The 2014 Anime adaptation of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders called the Runaway girl Anne.
  • The anime adaptation of Fire Emblem gives Marth the last name Lowell.
  • In the Bubblegum Crisis OVA, Genom's chairman Qunicy never had his surname revealed, but in 2040, it was given as "Rosenkroitz/Rosenkreuz".
  • In Saint Seiya, since the evil Pope was yet to be fully introduced by name in the manga and the anime staff was given full liberty, they named him Arles. This would become a huge Continuity Snarl later on after the manga revealed the Pope's true identit(ies), leaving people wondering just who this "Arles" Pope truly was, and how he fitted into the picture.
    • The OVA adaptation of Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas gives names to several minor characters who went nameless in the manga, such as the girl that idolized Albafica (Agasha), the three orphans who lived with Tenma and Alone (Anna, Maria and Caro) and Elcid's three students (Lacaille, Tsubaki and Rusk). Some of them (like Lacaille and Agasha) were later used in the manga's Gaiden chapters.
  • Breath of Fire I: The manga adaptation of the first game, Ryuu no Senshi, provides names for three nameless characters from the game: Ox/Builder's wife (here called Jane) and the two Wyndian guards escorting Nina (Kalu and Ilu). The sequel manga, Tsubasa no Oujo, presents two Wyndian guards named Sieg and Raifel, whose names were later given to the two guards in the GBA port (only in Japan, though).
  • Captain Commando: The official manga gives the titular captain the civilian name Mars Carlisle and provides Ginzu/Sho and his rival Yamato with last names (Takegami and Mikagura, respectively). The English UDON translation gives Hoover/Baby Head the full name "Hoover J. Estefan," in turn treating "Baby Head" as a codename.
  • Pokémon:
    • The player character and his rival in the original Pokémon Red and Blue were respectively named Ash Ketchum (Satoshi in Japan) and Gary Oak (Shigeru) in the anime, Red and Blue (Green in Japan) in Pokémon Adventures, Isamu "Red" Akai and Kai "Green" Midorikawa in Pocket Monsters, and Satoshi and Shigeru in Pokémon Zensho.
    • The male and female player characters of Gold, Silver, and Crystal were respectively named Jimmy/Kenta and Marina in The Legend of Thunder!, and Gold and Crystal in Adventures, which had also assigned Silver as the rival character's name. Pokémon Golden Boys has them as Gold and Crystal (shortened to "Chris"), with the rival being named Black. The games eventually canonized the male lead as "Ethan" (Hibiki in Japan) while the English box-art for Crystal refers to the female protagonist as "Kris". Pocket Monsters HGSS - Jou's Big Adventure names the rival "Tsubaki".
    • Red's Unnamed Mother's anime counterpart is named Delia Ketchum (Hanako in Japanese), while May's mother and Norman's wife is named Caroline (Mitsuko).
    • While the island that the Sinnoh Pokémon League is located on is never named in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, the anime's Sinnoh Conference is held on Lily of the Valley (Suzuran) Island. The same goes for the Unova League, which is held in Vertress City (Higaki City in Japanese) in the anime (though it does not appear to be located in a city in the games, Ever Grande City was a city in-name-only).
  • In the Japanese version of Street Fighter II V, Vega (as in Claw) goes by Balrog Fabio La Cerda. Chun-Li's father is also given the name Dorai.
    • In the Street Fighter II V Retsuden manga, "Dee Jay" is revealed to be a nickname for a so-called Donald Jackson.
  • In Astro Boy, Dr. Tenma already had his given name revealed as Umataro, but his rival Ochanomizu was simply left as that. When it came time to focus on what the pair were like as college students in Atom: The Beginning, he was given the first name Hiroshi.
  • The Persona series has a habit of naming its usually nameless protagonists in anime and manga. The only one that averts this is Tatsuya of Persona 2, who got his name in Eternal Punishment (Maya, who was playable in that installment, became nameable as tradeoff).
    • The Pierced Boy was given the name Naoya Toudou in his manga.
    • Post-2 games tend to have at least two names attached to their protagonist depending on the adaptation, with whatever names were used in their animated incarnation usually becoming the Canon Name later. This was the case for the protagonists of Persona 3 (Minato Arisato (manga)/Makoto Yuki (anime)), Persona 4 (Souji Seta (manga)/Yu Narukami (anime)), and Persona 5 (Akira Kurusu (manga)/Ren Amamiya (anime)), though the last one was revealed early thanks to its Persona Dancing spin-off showing it in a trailer before the anime came out.
  • In Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, Saikawa and her older sister Georgie are never referred to by their first names in the manga. The anime gave them the names Riko and Sanae respectively (though the latter is only ever mentioned on the official website).

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    Fan Works 
  • Dairantou Saint Zearth provides the name to quite a few of the Pilots' parents. An Example would be Takashi Waku's father Ninten.
  • In the Date A Live Movie Mayuri Judgement, the eponymous Mayuri had no last name. In Date A Re:Live, she gains one in the form of Seraphina.
  • In Mega Man Recut, many characters had Only One Name in the show, so the author gives them full names.
  • The Captain of the Virtual Console names Red's parents, Rose and Glehn Spruce.
  • In Zero 2 A Revision, all of the Digidestined's parents, even those that don't have a name in the source are given full names.
  • In Mega Man: Defender of the Human Race, the unnamed Evil Energy Robot from Mega Man 8 is given the name Luna, connecting it with the Stardroids.
  • Ranma ½ fan fiction is no exemption from this trope:
    • There was one Ranma ½ fanfic whose name is currently lost to the deep recesses of the Internet, that gave a name to the otherwise nameless Posthumous Character of Mrs. Tendou, Sou'un Tendou's wife and mother to Akane, Nabiki, and Kasumi Tendou. That name, "Kimiko Tendou", somehow managed to be elevated to fanon status, where a huge portion of the fandom genuinely believes it to be her official name.
    • On a different note, more than one fanfic goes out of its way to provide last names to Ranma and Akane's respective duos of school friends (see the Ranma ½ entry under Anime & Manga).
  • Arad's Stardust gives Central, Dr Vahlen and Dr Shen first names (David, Moira and Charles respectively), missing the fact that the latter was already named Raymond in the game (though not mentioned in cutscenes).
  • Kitsune no Ken: Fist of the Fox does this with several characters. Among other examples, Tenten and Karui are given the surnames Tamura and Komatsu, respectively (derived from the names of their voice-actresses), Jugo gets the surname Tenbin (derived from his canon epithet "Tenbin no Jugo" or "Jugo of the Scales") and Yashamaru is given the surname Sabaku (derived from Gaara's epithet "Sabaku no Gaara" or "Gaara of the Sand Waterfall"). There's also the Kira brothers, Ay and Hachi (the Raikage A and Killer Bee, respectively, Blood Brothers who were never given proper names and who weren't biologically related in canon).
  • The nameless thief of Abelagot from The Smurfs comic book story "The Jewel Smurfer" was named Vincent Devereaux in the Empath: The Luckiest Smurf adaptation "Empath The Bandit Smurf".
  • Pokémon: Clefairy Tales takes Word of Saint Paul regarding Brock's surname (Harrison, according to Eric Stuart, his English voice actor) and runs with it. The existing fanon for Misty's surname and Lt. Surge's given name (respectively, Waterflower and Mathias) was also applied here. The series also gives Erika's and Sabrina's respective surnames as LaFleur (in keeping with Erika's Green Thumb thematic) and D'Avalon (inspired by Sabrina's French name, derived from a certain Arthurian character, and pronounced "Dee-AH-va-LAWN").
  • Stage One: Thwarted, a one-shot deconstruction of the since-deleted Lucky Star fanfic Cries Unheard, names the formerly unnamed headmaster Kesao Machizuki, originally assigned to him in Ryouou All-Girls' Sumo Tournament (by the former fic's same author under his primary account).
    • Speaking of that sumo fic, Yutaka and Minami's teacher, who canonically only appeared briefly in episode 15, is given the name Kenzo Tsunakake
  • Another LS fic, Stars Above (which crosses over w/ Puella Magi Madoka Magica), names Konata's unnamed co-worker Aya, after Aya Hirano (even though Ayano was already named after her and Hirano herself appears in the source anime and manga at one point each).
    • In an accidental example on the Puella Magi side of the same fic, Elise Robard might count as well, since Elise and her friends from the mobage scenario The Hollow Little Mermaid (one of whom made an intentional cameo by name) had no canonical surnames.
  • "Ellen" is the name the unused female lead of Pokémon Red and Blue assumes in Unwilling Service, and the male lead of Gold, Silver, and Crystal assumed the name Jamiebefore eventually having it reverted to Jimmy. (NSFW)
  • The G.U.N. Commander from Shadow the Hedgehog is named Abraham Towers in Sonic & Freedom Planet: Worlds of Freedom, after his Archie Comics counterpart (see the Comic Books folder above).
  • In the Kung Fu Panda 2 fic The Vow, Lord Shen's parents are named Lord Goa and Lady Jing, the Soothsayer is named Ah-Ma, and the Wolf Boss is named Zhan.
  • The New Adventures of Invader Zim:
    • The host of Mysterious Mysteries was never given a name in canon. Here, he's christened as John Mysterioso.
    • When the hobo Dib talked to in the canon episode "Gaz, Taster of Pork" appears, he's given the name Hobo Joe.
  • The W.I.T.C.H. fanfic Stirred gives the Gargoyle the name Gregor.
  • Fanfics of the 2012 adaptation of The Lorax tends to give Ted's mother the name "Helen".
  • Pokémon Reset Bloodlines and several of its tie-in oneshots have done this to several characters:
    • Characters such as Kanto Champion Lance, Elite Four member Flint and Frontier Brain Noland are given their respective Japanese names as surnames.
    • Arnold's mother, who didn't get a proper name in her anime episode, is named Anna in this story.
    • Serena's full name is revealed as Serena Yvonne Gabena, thanks to a Full-Name Ultimatum from Grace.
    • Kiawe's grandfather is given the name Koa.
    • Several characters of the day are given full names when they star in their own sidestories. Examples include A.J from the original series, who is given the name Akira Jouda, and Sho from the D&P saga, whose name is actually short for Shotaro Inazuma.
  • Landing Day: The fic was written long before Independence Day: Resurgence was made. In the film, they were nicknamed the "Harverters". In this fic, they're called the Arretchi.
  • Robb Returns: The direwolf mother, who survives and is partnered with Ned in this fic, is named Frostfyre.
  • In the Coco fanfic, Like A Gentle Refrain, a few minor characters from the film finally receive names. This includes the Departures agent that Héctor tries to sneak past (Helena López) and the mariachi from the beginning of the film (Eduardo Vegaz).
  • The Harvest Moon fic Pretty Ore gives Gray and Claire the surnames "Hollins" and "Haynes".
  • In From Muddy Waters, Sir Nighteye, whose civilian name is never revealed in canon, is given the name "Enishi", which means "a fate or destiny that binds two people together", referring to both his Foresight and his obsession with finding All Might a successor.
  • Not a fanfic, but still a fan work none the less: Dragon Ball Z Abridged names the four members of Dodoria's squadron in the abridged version of Bardock: Father of Goku. The Appule like solider is "Eachpe", the yellow one is "Pierre", the green one is "Lemi", and the leader is "Mahngo".
  • In Son of the Sannin, Hinata's mother is given the first name Hikari.
  • Frankie Rules names Madame Foster "Martha".
  • What is a Person Worth?: The nameless kid who opposed Lincoln in the episode "Cereal Offender" is an important side character in this fic, and given the name Conner Pingrey.
  • Crimson And Emerald: As of the story's publishing, Hawks' civilian name hasn't been revealed. The author dubs Hawks Sora Takashiro meaning "Sky White Hawk."
  • Team Rocket Roots gives Miyamoto a Dub Name Change by shortening her name to "Miya". Miyamoto has no official English name because her only appearance is in a Japanese-only radio drama.
  • The Pokémon oneshot Of Construction and Seduction gives Jessie's mother Miyamoto the surname of "Munasai".
  • Universe Falls: In "Peridot in the Wild", Celestabellebethabelle's fellow unicorns from "The Last Mabelcorn" are known as Barry and Maurice.
  • Yokai Watch Re! names Kyubi's human form "Kaden Kit McCloud". In the anime, he just goes by "Kyubi" either way.
  • Danny Phantom Stranded: Star, who was never given a last name in Danny Phantom is given "Strong", since her voice actress was Tara Strong.
  • Power Rangers Clockwork gives the Amalgam from the original Skyrim mod Clockwork the name of "Aricin Velothi", as a result of the latter receiving a backstory before he was turned into the Gilded Amalgam.
  • In most RWBY fanworks involving Weiss' mother, she is usually given the name "Willow". This is based on some semi-canonical information from behind-the-scenes images, but as far as the show is concerned, she has no canon first name since this information has not been officially confirmed as canon.

    Films — Animated 
  • The animated Curious George movie refers to the originally unnamed "Man with the Yellow Hat" as "Ted".
  • The Disney Animated Canon has named several Fairy Tale characters who did not have names originally:
    • The dwarfs in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. This is lampshaded in a Saved by the Bell episode where one of the questions on a quiz is about the names of the dwarves. Lisa answers the Disney names, only for the other team to correct her saying that they had no names in the original fairytale.
    • The stepmother Lady Tremaine and stepsisters Anastasia and Drizella in Cinderella. Though one stepsister was named Javotte in the Perrault story.
    • The fairies in Sleeping Beauty. The good fairies are named Flora, Fauna and Merriweather while the wicked fairy becomes Maleficent. The princess's name is also different in many versions of the fairytale, most famously "Briar Rose" in the Brothers Grimm version and "Aurora" in Tchaikovsky's ballet, so Disney offered a compromise - Aurora was her true name while Briar Rose was her alias the fairies gave her while she was in hiding.
    • Everyone in The Little Mermaid. The original only identifies the characters as "the little mermaid", "the sea witch", "the prince", and so forth.
    • Beauty and the Beast is an odd case. The heroine was originally referred to as "Beauty". However, "belle" is the French word for "beautiful", so the original French versions would call her "belle", but not as her name. Conveniently, it happens that "Belle" is a real first name, so Disney made it the character's actual name. Additionally, Beauty/Belle's father is given the name "Maurice".
    • Disney gave the Grand Vizier character the name "Jafar" in Aladdin.
    • The talking cricket became Jiminy Cricket, the Fox and Cat became "Honest" John and Gideon, Fire-eater became Stromboli, and the Terrible Dogfish became Monstro in Disney's Pinocchio.
  • While the original book and 1971 adaptation of The Lorax didn't give the boy who visits the Once-ler a name, the 2012 adaptation names him Ted Wiggins.
  • In the book A Day with Wilbur Robinson, Wilbur's friend, who narrates the story, goes unnamed. When expanded into Meet the Robinsons, he is given the name Lewis. He also turns out to be known also as Wilbur's father, Cornelius Robinson.
  • The Prince of Egypt identifies the unnamed Pharaoh of the Book of Exodus as the historical Rameses II, as have other screen versions of the story.
  • The 2000 adaptation of The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus by Mike Young Productions named the Awgwah King Mogorb, when he was nameless in the original book.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In the film version of 12 Angry Men where none of the twelve jurors are named, two are given last names in the epilogue.
  • The 2010 Alice in Wonderland (2010) movie gives proper names to most characters that were only known by nicknames, titles or species names in Carroll's book, such as the caterpillar being called Absolom.
  • Aquaman gives Black Manta's dad the name Jesse Kane.
  • Batman:
  • In the film version of Bright Lights, Big City younote  are called Jamie Conway.
  • In the play Cactus Flower, Harvey compares his girlfriend's beauty to Botticelli's Springtime, which is the only label the script gives her, though she does appear in more than one scene. Her name in the movie is Georgia.
  • Casper, in providing a backstory for the title character, also gives him the surname "McFadden." In most adaptations he has Only One Name.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia:
    • In The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Ramandu's daughter is unnamed but is called Lilliandil in the live action film version.
    • Also in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Lucy says her mother's name is Helen when it was never revealed in the books. Helen is Georgie Henley's mother's name and it was ad libbed by her at the last minute.
    • And the Witch's dwarf servant is named "Ginabrik". It was the filmmakers' intention to make it sound like he was related to Nikabrik from Prince Caspian - the dwarf who wishes to resurrect the White Witch.
  • Cinderella (2015):
    • The Prince. In the animated film he goes unnamed; here, we learn his nickname is "Kit".
    • Lady Tremaine's former husband is also referred to as Sir Francis Tremaine in this film.
  • The movie adaptation of The Color Purple gives Celie's husband the last name Johnson. In the book we only learn his first name (Albert) and Celie usually refers to him as Mr.___.
  • In the original graphic novel of The Crow, Eric and Shelly's last names went unmentioned. The film gave them the surnames of 'Draven' and 'Webster' respectively.
  • In Danny, the Champion of the World, Danny's surname is not revealed. In the film, it's Smith.
  • The Kingpin's right-hand man, known only as Wesley in the comics, is Wesley Owen Welch in Daredevil.
  • Dracula movies:
    • A variation comes with Bram Stoker's Dracula where Dracula's real name was never revealed in the book but the film makes him into the vampirised corpse of Vlad the Impaler from history.
    • The Brides of Dracula had no names in the original novel. In Van Helsing where their roles are greatly expanded they are named Marishka, Verona and Aleera.
  • The 1982 film adaptation of Evil Under the Sun gives Mrs. Castle the name of Daphne.
  • Offred, the protagonist of The Handmaid's Tale, is never given a real name in the book (some dialogue in the first chapter suggests that it may be June, but this is never confirmed). In the film version her real name is Kate.
  • The Ipcress File, Funeral in Berlin, and their sequels are based on a series of spy novels by Len Deighton. In Deighton's novels the hero has no name; in the films he is given the name "Harry Palmer".
  • Harry Potter:
    • In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Lord Voldemort's deceased grandparents are not given first names. In the movie version, their gravestone identifies them as Thomas and Mary Riddle. Apparently, the filmmakers got these names from J. K. Rowling, making this weirdly double as Word of God.
    • This applies to a building instead of a character, but the books never give a name to the orphanage Voldemort lived in as a child. In a flashback from the sixth film, the sign out front reads "Wool's Orphanage". It's unclear whether this name came from Rowling or if the filmmakers invented it.
    • The Hogwarts lake is never named in the books. The films call it "the Black Lake" and this name is recognized by the Harry Potter Wiki.
  • In The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Beetee is given the last name of "Latier".
  • Averted in Into the Woods itself, as nobody who didn't have a name in the play gains one here. However on set the Baker and his wife were referred to as Geoff and Margery by crew members. Although Lucinda is the official name of the other stepsister, it's never said in the play and only All There in the Manual. Here it's said on-screen a couple of times.
  • The two principal characters in Vercors' novel Le Silence de la mer are known only as "the uncle" and "the niece", but were given the names André and Jeanne Larosière, respectively, in the 2004 film adaptation.
  • Disney's Mary Poppins names the mother Winifred Banks. Originally, the film was going to call her "Cynthia", but P. L. Travers thought that didn't "sound English enough".
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • In Iron Man 3 the Mandarin is revealed to be called Aldrich Killian, since he's a Composite Character with a scientist of the same name from the comics. It gets more complicated when All Hail the King reveals that Killian is merely The Usurper of the title. The current living Mandarin still lacks a civilian name.
    • Black Panther gives Killmonger's father the name N'Jobu.
    • In Ant-Man and the Wasp, Ghost's real name is Ava Starr, as she's revealed to be the daughter of Hank Pym's old nemesis Elias Starr, a.k.a Egghead.
  • An unnamed Crank, nicknamed "Blondie" by Thomas in The Scorch Trials, is given the name Marcus in Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials.
  • In Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, the wight who had been stalking Jacob throughout most of his life goes unnamed in the book, but uses several aliases. These including "Mr Barron" when posing as Jacob's fifth grade bus-driver and "Dr Golan" as Jacob's psychiatrist; the later of which the other characters continue to refer to him as, even after The Reveal. The film adaptation uses the former alias as the wight's actual name.
  • Oz: The Great and Powerful gives names to the Wicked Witches of East and West, Evanora and Theodora respectively.
  • In the novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower Charlie's sister, though a somewhat important character, is never given a name. In the film adaptation she is named Candace.
  • The Prince of Persia was named Dastan in the film based on the "Sands of Time" trilogy. The games never gave him a name beyond 'the Prince'.
  • The female survivor in The Quiet Earth is unnamed in the book, but the movie gives her the name Joanne.
  • The East German film Rapunzel and the Magic of Tears gives Rapunzel's Prince the name Matthias.
  • Miss Moneypenny's first name was never mentioned in any of the James Bond novels by Ian Fleming (or novels by any subsequent author, save for Samantha Weinberg's spin-off series The Moneypenny Diaries, in which it's Jane). In Skyfall, she's named Eve.
  • Every single character in Snow White: A Tale of Terror. The notable ones are that Snow White is renamed Lilliana (or just Lilli for short), the wicked queen is Lady Claudia, the father is Friederick Hoffman and the prince is Dr. Peter Guttenberg.
  • In the novel Sounder, Sounder the dog is the only character that has a name. The Academy Award-nominated film gives names to all the characters: the sharecropping family is the Morgans, husband Nathan Lee and Rebecca, with son David Lee.
  • Sam Raimi's Spider-Man Trilogy named Uncle Ben's supposed killer Dennis Carradine.
  • In Star Trek (2009) Uhura is given the first name Nyota (Swahili for "star.") Note this name was Fanon for a long time before the film came out, and already had the approval of both Gene Roddenberry and Nichelle Nichols, so it was mostly making it official at that point.
  • A number of examples in Star Wars, who had names in the script that were only known by people who read novelizations and Legends spin-offs. Mon Mothma, Emperor Palpatine, Ewoks, Sabe, and more. Palpatine was later officially named in the prequels.
  • In Stardust the Lillim's names were lost when their kingdom sank beneath the waves. In the film they are Lamia, Mormo, and Empusa.
  • As mentioned in the Video Game section, Chun-Li from Street Fighter has no set surname in the games. In Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, her name is given as "Chun-Li Xiang," and in the original live-action movie, it's "Chun-Li Zang." The 1994 film also gives Guile the full name "William F. Guile" and Ryu the surname "Hoshi."
  • In Super Mario Bros., Mario and Luigi's last name is Mario, giving an in-universe explanation for why they're called the Mario Brothers.
  • The Ten Commandments identifies the unnamed Pharaoh of the Book of Exodus as the historical Rameses II.
  • Sort-of example from the infamous Thunderbirds- though the names of The Hood and Tracy Island were in the original show, they weren't actually spoken on screen. They were only referred to by name in the various books and magazines the show had at the time. In the 2004 film, both names are actually spoken in dialogue.
  • The unnamed protagonist of The Time Machine was named George in the 1960s film and Alexander Hartdegen in the 2002 film.
  • In The Tomorrow Series, Lee is the only main character not given a surname. In the film, he's credited as "Lee Takkam".
  • At the time the first X-Men live action film was released, Rogue's real name had never been revealed in the comics. The films give her the name "Marie."note 
  • The protagonist of PHD has No Name Given in the strips. In the movie adaptation, he's named "Winston".
  • The 1971 film adaptation of Ratman's Notebooks not only gave the notebooks' author a name, but they made his name the title of the movie (Willard).
  • In William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet, Lord and Lady Capulet are given the first names Fulgencio and Gloria, while Lord and Lady Montague are given the first names Ted and Caroline. In keeping with the Setting Update, these first names replace their aristocratic titles.
  • In the original novel The Witches the protagonist isn't named (he's the narrator), his grandmother is called "Grandmamma" by him and the Grand High Witch is referred to as... well, the Grand High Witch. In the film version the boy is called Luke, his grandmother Helga and the Grand High Witch is called Eva Ernst though it's never said if this is her real name or an alias she uses when checking into the hotel.

    Literature 
  • Doctor Who
    • The spin-off novels have given names to several Time Lords previously only known by nicknames: the Master (Koschei), the Rani (Ushas), the Meddling Monk (Mortimus), and the War Chief (Magnus). (The last of these is a continuity patch: Doctor Who Magazine once ran a comic strip with a young First Doctor [refered to as "Thete"] arguing with a contemporary named Magnus. At the time this was clearly meant to be the Master, but when the books revealed the Master's real name as Koschei, Magnus had to be someone else...)
    • The novelization of "The Silurians" names the characters who appear in the cast list as Old Silurian, Young Silurian and Silurian Scientist as Okdel, Morka and K'to.
    • The Mutt in "The Brain of Morbius" is given the name Kriz, and his species - which had been a mistake - is not mentioned.
    • The novelization of "Shada" gives a name to the man Skagra murders to steal his knowledge of 1970s Earth - David Taylor. It also expands on his character and gives him a small role in the ending.
    • In "Battlefield" Ace befriends a Chinese girl named Shou Yuing, but the serial doesn't make clear if 'Shou Yuing' is her full name, or a double familiar name like 'Sarah Jane'. In the novelisation it's stated to be the latter; her full name is Li Shou Yuing.
    • Two separate short stories gave Professor Marius's dog (the one he couldn't take to space, so built K9 to replace) entirely different names. According to "Tautology" by Glen Langford, published in Doctor Who Magazine in 1992, the dog's name was Toby. But according to "One Man and his Dog" by K9 (and Marius) creator Bob Baker, published in The Essential Book of K9 in 2015, it was Kelso.
    • "One Man and his Dog" also gives Marius the first name Frederick, making him The Danza in tribute to his late actor Frederick Jaegar.
  • The "mangy, bedraggled gynosphinx" in the Dungeons & Dragons adventure White Plume Mountain is named Enid in Paul Kidd's Novelization, and subsequent Greyhawk Classics novels by Kidd.
  • Wicked gives names to the Wicked Witches of East and West, Nessarose and Elphaba respectively. The musical adaptation followed suit.
  • Famously, the player character in the game Planescape: Torment has no name, and is known just as The Nameless One. The 1999 novelization (which most fans ignore) has him choose the name "Thane".
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
  • The novelization of Final Fantasy II names the Emperor as Mateus. Dissidia: Final Fantasy references this in the name of his exclusive Infinity +1 Sword, Mateus's Malice.
  • Mortal Kombat: The first Mortal Kombat novel gave Scorpion the name Yong Parknote , and his nameless son was named Tsui Park. Years later in Mortal Kombat: Legacy, Scorpion's wife and son are named Kana and Jubei. Though these names were also picked up by the official Mortal Kombat X comic book, the game itself calls them Harumi and Satoshi, respectively.
  • The main protagonist of MOTHER was named Ken in the novelization Mother: The Original Story.
    • The Worlds of Power novelization of the NES version of Bionic Commando renames the protagonist Jack Markson. Presumably this was because his actual name, Ladd (or Rad, as later games would spell it) is never mentioned throughout the entire game until the very end. His last name, Spencer, was only mentioned in the Japanese manual at the time.
  • The novelization of Dirty Harry gave the Scorpio Killer an origin, and the real name "Charles Davis."
  • In the tale that would be the basis for the Grimm Brother's "The Six Swans" and oither stories, the femaler protagonist went unnamed. hen Hans Christian Andersen wrote his own version, he called her "Elisa"; in Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe's retelling, "Twelve Wild Ducks", they called her 'Snowy-white and Rosey-red".
  • The Lestrade novels by M.J. Trow give Lestrade's first name as "Sholto", despite the original Sherlock Holmes stories establishing he had the first inital "G".
  • The novelization of Home Alone reveals that Buzz's pet tarantula is named Axl.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Flash (2014) has instances of this that overlap with Composite Character.
    • Earth-2's Hunter Zolomon becomes the original Black Flash, who in the comics was the first in a line of Black Flashes.
    • The otherwise nameless Savitar is identified as Barry Allen due to his nature as the Flash's time remnant.
    • Hunter Zolomon's parents are unnamed in the comics, but given the names James and Ashley in the show. In Ashley's case, this is a Mythology Gag to Hunter's wife in the comics.
  • Supergirl gives Lex Luthor's henchman Otis the last name "Graves," as he's the brother of Mercy Graves in this continuity.
  • The Worst Witch:
    • In the books, Maud's last name wasn't revealed until "The Worst Witch All At Sea" where she is called Maud Spellbody. The TV series gave her the last name "Moonshine".
    • Drucilla was also given the last name "Paddock".
    • The girls Gloria, Dawn and Harriet are only mentioned in passing in the books and are featured extras in the series but they get last names - Gloria Newt, Dawn Raven, and Harriet Goodcharm.
    • All the teachers are also given first names that they didn't have in the book. Miss Cackle's becomes Amelia, Miss Hardbroom is Constance, Miss Bat is Davina and Miss Drill is Imogen.
  • The 1978 TV adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's The Dain Curse gave the previously unnamed "Continental Op" the moniker of Hamilton Nash. The name was described as Dashiell Hammett "spelled sideways".
  • Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon gives names to Ami's mother (Saeko) and Rei's parents (Takashi and Risa).
  • Alibe Silver, Long John's wife, in SkyOne's adaptation of Treasure Island. In the book she's an unnamed, Unseen Character.
    • In the 1977 BBC adaptation, she's Louisa Silver.
  • In the Doctor Strange pilot from The '70s, Clea is reimagined as a human woman named "Clea Lake."
  • Lost in Austen takes Mr Bennet from Pride and Prejudice and gives him the first name Claude.
  • When Terry Pratchett took the role of the toymaker in Sky1's adaptation of Hogfather, he decided the character's name was Joshua Isme and the shop, therefore, was Toys Is Me. While these names don't appear in the script, labels to this effect were added to the toys.
  • The 60s live-action Batman show gave Mr. Freeze the real name Dr. Shivel.note 
  • The Walking Dead:
    • The show names Carol's husband and Sophia's father Ed Peletier, who in turn gave the two women surnames by default.
    • Likewise, Glenn is given the surname Rhee.
    • Each members of the Marauders are given names and characterizations when they appeared in season 4.
  • The name of the historical Spartacus' wife/lover isn't stated in historical findings, so Spartacus: Blood and Sand decided to name her Sura.
  • Daredevil (2015):
    • Like the movie did, Wilson Fisk's right hand man is named Wesley. This time though, he's renamed as James Wesley.
    • Vanessa's surname prior to marrying Wilson Fisk was never revealed in the comics. Season 1 of the show first introduces Fisk as he begins his courtship with Vanessa, so she is renamed Vanessa Marianna. This was later adapted into the comics.
    • In a small variant, for over 50 years, the "P." in Foggy Nelson's name didn't stand for anything in the comics. That is, until the second season of the show revealed it stands for "Percy", as established when Fisk is threatening Matt in jail.
    • When Bullseye is introduced in season 3, his legal name is Benjamin "Dex" Poindexter, which in the comics was just one of several alias names that Bullseye operated under (with his legal name never being revealed).
  • A sort-of example in the TV series B.A.D. Boyes, written by Jim Ellridge. The main character is Brian Arthur Derek Boyes. However Ellridge's novelisation (and not the series itself), establishes that Brian is also the author of the "Diary of X" segments in Ellridge's How to Handle Grown-Ups series.
  • In Luke Cage (2016):
    • Black Mariah is given the real name of Mariah Dillard.
    • Comanche never had a legal name in the comics. Season 2 of the show gives him the legal name of Darius Jones.
    • Shades had no name in the comics, and is here given the legal name of Hernan Alvarez.
  • In the Inhumans comics, Lash is known only by that name. In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Lash is just an alias, and his real name is Andrew Garner.
  • Dickensian gives first names to Miss (Amelia) Havisham and (Merriweather) Compeyson from Great Expectations and Miss (Frances) Barbary from Bleak House.
  • It wasn't until The Addams Family came to television that cartoonist Charles Addams needed to give his characters names. For the father he was torn between the Spanish "Gomez" and the Italian "Repelli" and allowed John Astin, the actor who was to play him, to make the final call. He also favored "Pubert" for the son but network censors told him that wasn't going to fly, so he suggested "Pugsley" instead. ("Pubert" was eventually used for the third Addams child in the 1990s films.)
  • From Dusk Till Dawn:
    • Along with a completely different characterization, Carlos also gained a last name: Madrigal.
    • Meet Aiden Tanner, professor of archaelogy at the Alamo State University. Also know as Sex Machine.
  • The Handmaid's Tale: The Commander's last name is never given in the novel. Here it's Waterford (as one theory in the book's epilogue had it). Offred's name from before is June (also theorized in the book). His wife is officially Serena Joy Waterford, rather than "Serena Joy" being her stage name from her days as a televangelist, and which in the book it's said Offred possibly made up anyway as a spiteful nickname.Ofglen's real name turns out to be Emily. June's last name turns out to be Osborne. Nick's is revealed to be Blaine.
  • In M*A*S*H, Radar, who in the book and the movie, is only known by his nickname, eventually revealed his real name to be Walter.
  • The Gifted: Dreamer is given the name Sonya Simonson.
  • Gotham:
    • The Joker is given the real name Jeremiah Valeska.
    • Bane didn't really have a birth name in the comics due to his, ah, unusual upbringing. This version has the legal name Eduardo Durance (for the record, derived from the name of Kingsnake, his long-lost father in the comics).
  • In Riverdale, Veronica Lodge's mother Hermione is given the maiden name "Gomez."
  • Sesame Street: Big Bird has an actual name in some versions of Sesame Street in countries other than the U.S. E.g. in the Netherlands the main Big Bird character is a blue bird named Pino, and the American yellow Big Bird is Cousin Jan.
  • Greg Lestrade in Sherlock who was only given the inital "G" in the books.
  • And Gareth Lestrade in Elementary.

    Multiple Media 
  • BIONICLE:
    • Sidorak's lieutenant Keelerak spider was just a nameless Keelerak, until he called it "Kollorak"" in the movie Web of Shadows. Many suspected that the voice actor simply mispronounced the spider breed's name, but the subtitles also cited it as Kollorak, and Word of God later accepted the name into canon.
    • Many characters in the original Mata Nui Online Game were nameless because the creators only had a set amount of named characters to work with. Most have been named later on, either in the sequel game, through toys, or Ascended Fanon. Most famously: the astrologer is called Nixie, the evil bazaar trader is called Ahkmou, and the Onu-Matoran living at the "Taxi Crab" station is called Midak.
  • Doom - The unnamed protagonist is called Flynn Taggart in the spin-off novels and John Grimm in the movie.
  • Marian from Double Dragon has several different last names in the various tie-in works based on the series. She goes by Marian Steele in the comics, Marian Martin in the animated series, and Marian Delario in the live-action movie. In Return of Double Dragon, the Japanese version of Super Double Dragon, her full name is given as Marian Kelly in the manual.
    • Linda and Abobo are known as Linda Lash and Bo Abobo respectively in the movie.
  • This often happens in Shin Megami Tensei games:
  • Street Fighter:
    • Ryu and Ken's sensei was originally namelessnote  until he was introduced in a Street Fighter II manga adaptation by Masaomi Kanzaki, where he is killed by Vega / M. Bison / "Dictator". Capcom later incorporated the character into Gouki's (aka Akuma) backstory and would eventually introduce him as an active fighter in Street Fighter IV. Incidentally, Goutetsu (Gouken and Gouki's sensei) got his name from an unused name for Ryu and Ken's sensei from Street Fighter II The Animated Movie.
    • Ken himself originally had no last name. When Capcom licensed merchandizing rights to Hasbro in order to create an action figure line, they got into trouble with Mattel, since "Ken" was also the name of Barbie's boyfriend in their line of dolls. As a result, the name Ken Masters was introduced for the toyline and would be used in other media (including both, the animated and live-action movies) before eventually making its way into the games themselves.
    • Certain full names for Chun-Li include Feng Chun-Li (used in the Street Fighter Zero novel) and Wang Chun-Li (used in a drama CD). However, a Gamest-published guide to Street Fighter II Dash seems to imply than "Chun" is actually her family name, as she is referred as the "young daughter of the Chun family."
    • The live-action movie gave us such full names as Ryu Hoshi, Chun-Li Zang, Victor Sagat, and William F. Guile. None of them stuck around beyond the few tie-in games based on the movie and USA animated series.
    • Cammy's last name is White according to Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie and Street Fighter II V. While Cammy White is often assumed to her canonical full name among fan communities, in reality the only time it's ever been used in a game was in Cannon Spike.
    • Chun-Li's otherwise unnamed father goes by Dourai in Street Fighter II V, a name later used in the UDON comic series. Other names for him include Huolong (used in a Street Fighter Zero novel published only in Japan) and Kaishin (used in a Drama CD).
  • Each game in the 'Suikoden series, with the exception of Suikoden III, features a protagonist who is named by the player at the star of the game.:
    • The protagonist of the first game goes by Tir McDohl in the novelization and Drama CD and Louie McDohl in the manga.
    • The hero of Suikoden II is called Riou in the novelization and Drama CD and Tao in the manga.
    • The hero of Suikoden IV is called Lazlo in the novel.
    • The Prince of Falenas in Suikoden V is called Freyjadour in the novel and Adil in a mobile manga.
  • The unnamed boy who narrates The Cat in the Hat is named Conrad in The Film of the Book, Dick in the "Cat in the Hat's Learning Library" series of books, and Nick in The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! (the latter gives him a Race Lift, inexplicably enough). The fish, meanwhile, gets the name Carlos K. Krinklebein in the TV special.

    Newspaper Comics 

    Puppet Shows 

    Radio 
  • The cops who try to stop Crowley's Bentley in Good Omens are named in the Audio Adaptation as Neil and Terry; since they're Creator Cameos, why not make them Danzas?
  • Lux Radio Theatre did this on May 6, 1940, when staging Our Town. In the original Our Town play, the Stage Manager is nameless; in the Lux radio version, he is "Newton Morgan."
  • Deta na TwinBee!: The pilots of TwinBee and WinBee were originally unnamed in the video game. The names Light for the boy and Pastel for the girl were given in the radio drama series TwinBee Paradise, which later games in the series used for them.
  • In the radio adaptation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Jekyll's father is given the name Edward, while in the book he was unnamed.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Faith from Buffy the Vampire Slayer never had a last name in the TV series but was given Lehane as a last name in the role playing game. It's now treated as canon. Kendra was also given Young as a last name.
  • The Ringwraiths in The Lord of the Rings were never named, although Tolkien did give one a name (Khamûl) in a piece that made it into Unfinished Tales. The other eight were given names for the role-playing and trading-card games from Iron Crown Enterprises.

    Theatre 
  • Frank R. Stockton's short story "The Lady or the Tiger?" was a Nameless Narrative. When it was adapted into the second act of The Apple Tree, the principal characters gained names: King Arik, his daughter Princess Barbara (pronounced like "barbaric"), her lover Captain Sanjar, and the lady behind one of the doors, Nadjira. The Passionella act of The Apple Tree also gave the name of Ella's old employer, Mr. Fallible, and had Flip finally reveal his real name, George L. Brown.
  • In the musical version of Candide, Cunegonde's brother, who doesn't have a name in the novel, is called Maximilian. (The musical also gives him slightly more of a personality: he is both gay and narcissistic!)
  • In the Concept Album Chess, the main two chess players are referred to as simply 'The Russian' and 'The American.' The first stage adaptation in London gave them the names 'Anatoly Sergievsky' and 'Frederick Trumper', which have become standard in all other adaptations. In the revision Tim Rice debuted in Sydney in 1991, The Russian's full name is clarified to be Anatoly Valeriovich Sergievsky.
  • In Maurine Dallas Watkins's play Chicago and its film adaptation, Roxie's rival Velma had no last name. It was the musical Chicago that named her Velma Kelly.
  • Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol gives Jacob Marley the middle name Quimby.
  • In the stage play adaptation of Persona 3, the male and female protagonists are given the names Sakuya Shiomi and Kotone Shiomi respectively.
  • In The Musical of Ragtime, as in the novel, all the members of the white family are known as "Mother", "Father", etc, except for The Little Boy, who is given the name Edgar, as it proved too difficult to address the character without using a name. They named him after E.L. Doctorow, who wrote the novel.
  • The 1912 adaptation of Snow White was the first to name the seven dwarves, beating the Disney version by about 25 years. They were Blick, Flick, Glick, Snick, Plick, Whick and Quee. The latter was also the youngest (at about 99). In the same play, the wicked queen is named Queen Brangomar, the prince is named Prince Florimond, and the huntsman is named Berthold.
  • Aside from Nessarose and Elphaba (see Literature above), Wicked names the Scarecrow and the Tin Man by respectively fusing them with characters Fiyero and Boq.
  • The Wiz, an all-African-American adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, gives all of the witches names, instead of just Glinda (the Good Witch of the South). The Wicked Witches have Names to Run Away from Really Fast, Evamean (the Wicked Witch of the East) and Evillene (the Wicked Witch of the West). The Good Witch of the North goes by Addaperle in the stage and NBC versions, and Miss One in the movie.
  • In Persona 3: The Weird Masquerade, the protagonist and his female counterpart from Portable are reimagined as the siblings Sakuya and Kotone Shiomi.

    Toys 
  • Almost all of the background ponies in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic are unnamed in the show, since they're used mostly just to crowd scenes. But since this is a Merchandise-Driven cartoon, they are eventually produced in the toyline and receive official names (in rare cases, contradicting with a few of the names given in the show. Mostly due to trademarking issues).
    • (In approximated chronological order) Cheerileenote , Lemon Hearts, Twinkleshine, Rainbowshine, Goldengrape, Sea Swirl, Cherry Berry, Lyra Heartstrings, Noteworthy, Minuette, Royal Riff, Merry May, Sassaflash, Peachy Sweet, Twilight Sky, Amethyst Star, Twilight Velvet, Shoeshine, Sunny Rays, Lotus Blossom, Lemony Gem, Banana Fluff, Lilac Links, Cherry Fizzy, Misty Fly, Berry Dreams, Lucky Clover, Apple Stars, Lily Valley, Comet Tail, Octavia Melody, Lyrica Lilac, Steven Magnet and Manny Roar were unnamed in the show and received their canon names in the toyline.
    • Mayor Mare, Aloe and Berry Punchnote  received their canon names from a collection of Trading Cards.
    • "DJ Pon-3" was a Fan Nickname chosen in a poll among the early fans. It was later used in a TV commercial and in the toyline.
    • Sweetie Drops got this name from the toyline, and the name "Bon Bon" from a licensed mobile game, the closed captions of a DVD, and the Trading Cards.
    • Golden Harvest was named in the toyline, after she received the famous Fan Nickname "Carrot Top". Some time later, "Carrot Top" was stated as an In-Series Nickname of her in the trading cards.note 
    • One pony got multiple names from multiple sources: Time Turnernote , Dr. Hoovesnote  and Dr. Whoovesnote .
    • Jeff "The Dude" Letrotski, Jesús Pezuña, Magnum, Apple Cobbler and Fleur Dis Lee became Ascended Fanon thanks to a mobile game by Gameloft licensed by Hasbro.
      • Three ponies went through somewhat of a Double Subversion of No Name Given: "Crescent Pony" was called "Crescent Moon" in a couple of postsnote  (as well as in the game's internal code, which also called him "PAPERMOON"), and "Bowling Pony" and "Teacher's Pet" were called "Walter" and "Truffle"/"TRUFFLESHUFFLE" in the game's internal code.
    • Hoops was named in the book "Twilight Sparkle and the Crystal Heart Spell" (Berry Punch was first named in this book too, but she was unidentified until she got a Trading Card).
    • Ms. Peachbottom got her name revealed in the closed captions of a DVD.
    • Holly Dash, Wild Fire and Midnight Strike are three Author Avatarsnote  who were unnamed in the show, but had their names given by Word of God. Holly Dash was later adopted in the toyline and trademarked.
    • Flower Wishes (Daisy), Mrs. Dazzle Cake (Mrs. Cup Cake), Chance-A-Lot (Caramel), Apple Dazzle (Apple Bumpkin) and Crimson Gala (Red Gala) are considered Adaptation Name Changes, since they contradict with their respective show names. Roseluck (Rose), Trixie Lulamoon (Trixie), Mosely Orange (Uncle Orange), Diamond Dazzle Tiara (Diamond Tiara), Flim Skim (Flim) and Twist-a-loo/Peppermint Twist (Twist) may be as well.
  • A Venom storyline in the 90's introduced five new symbiotes, none of whom were named. The "Planet of the Symbiotes" toyline by ToyBiz named three of them ("Scream," "Riot" and "Lasher"), and these subsequently filtered back into the comics.
  • In the 90s The Incredible Hulk cartoon, the Leader used the Hulk's DNA to create a group of monsters known as the Gamma Warriors. Most of the Gamma Warriors were unnamed, but two of them, Chainsaw and Two-Head, were given names in ToyBiz's tie-in action figure line.

    Video Games 
  • Animal Crossing: Certain NPCs in the series had no names in the original Japanese version, but were given names when localised. For example, the characters known in Japan as "Policeman A" and "Policeman B" are called Copper and Booker in English.
  • Batman: Arkham Origins: Branden, the corrupt SWAT officer from Batman: Year One, is given the full name of Howard Branden in his bio. However, the DLC "Cold, Cold Heart" caused a Continuity Snarl as according to a radio transmission the player can pick up on the Cryptographic Sequencer, his first name is "Scott".
  • Bionic Commando - The American flyer for the arcade version refers to the otherwise nameless protagonist as "Super Joe", an attempt to tie the game with the otherwise unrelated military shooter Commando. The real Super Joe shows up as a supporting character in the later NES version.
  • Delta Rune, as a Elseworld to Undertale has a graveyard with four graves, one adding Boom as a surname to Gerson, and naming three characters who are implied to be parts of Undertale's Amalgamates, Crystal as Snowdrake's Mother, Shyra who is likely Shyren's sister and was part of Lemon Bread and Muttley, who was likely one of dogs from Endogeny.
  • Double Dragon:
    • Although people now know them as Billy and Jimmy Lee, the titular twin protagonists were actually nameless in the original arcade game. Taito's promotional materials for the arcade game named them Hammer and Spike, before the names Billy and Jimmy Lee were officially introduced in the Famicom/NES version of the game (the liner notes for the soundtrack album also used those name). The manual for the Sega Master System version tried to combined the two set of names by claiming that Hammer and Spike were nicknames given to Billy and Jimmy Lee, but the nicknames were never used again after that point.
  • Final Fantasy I: In the game itself, the player chooses names and classes for the four "Warriors of Light." They were given the names Toy, Romu, Malek and Gia in the gamebook written by Enaomi Inoue.
    • Final Fantasy VII - Cloud's dead friend Zack was never given a last name in the original game. It was only in the prequel Crisis Core that due to Zack being the main playable character, he was given the last name Fair (in contrast to Cloud's last name of Strife).
  • Final Fight - Cody and Belger became known as Cody Travers and Horace Belger in the PS2/Xbox spin-off game Final Fight: Streetwise.
  • Gradius - The title originally referred to the player's spacecraft when the game was originally released for the arcades. When the Famicom version was released later on, the ship was renamed the Vic Viper (or the Warp Rattler in some localizations) and "Gradius" now referred to the player's home planet.
  • Metal Gear Solid - Meryl mentions her supposed father (Roy Campbell's dead younger brother) several times but he never gets a name. A non-canon bonus story in Metal Gear Solid 2 Substance names him Matt Campbell and goes into detail about his job and relationship with his brother.
  • Resident Evil 2 - The Mayor of Raccoon City and his daughter were given different names in various media adaptations. In the S.D. Perry novelization (City of the Dead), they're named Devlin and Beverly Harris. This later created a contradiction in the games, when Resident Evil 3: Nemesis revealed that the Mayor is actually named Michael Warren (S.D. Perry reconciled this contradiction in the Nemesis novelization by claiming that Warren was Mayor Harris's predecessor). In the Biohazard 2 manhua, the daughter is named Amy Chan, with the Mayor himself remained unnamed. Eventually, Darkside Chronicles (a rail shooter that features a condensed remake of RE2) named her Katherine Warren, which is what the RE2 remake went with.
  • Super Mario Bros. 3 - In the Japanese Famicom version, the Koopalings were just nameless bosses that the player fought at the end of the first seven world prior to reaching Dark Land. The names were first introduced in the American version, where each Koopaling was named after a famous musician (or a talk show host in Morton Koopa Jr., and (possibly) Larry Koopa's case).
  • TRON: The ENCOM computer world in the movie was never given a name, in contrast to The Grid in the sequel.note  In Kingdom Hearts II, a copy of the unnamed world was dubbed "Space Paranoids."
  • Wardner: The Japanese arcade game originally named only the titular antagonist, and asked players for their own name. The hero and princess were named Pyros and Erika in Romstar's promotional materials for the US arcade release retitled Pyros. The Sega Genesis localization named them Dover and Mia. (The evil mage who turns the princess into a crystal was also named Terragon in this version.) The Japanese Famicom Disk System version went for Edible Theme Naming (Prince Alamode and Princess Pudding respectively) instead.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! The Falsebound Kingdom, the three Harpie Lady Sisters are given the names Airo, Ocupete, and Celaeno (based on the names of the Harpies from Greek Mythology) while the three Blue Eyes White Dragons are named Azrael, Ibris, and Djibril.
  • In Viper Phase 1, the player's red Space Fighter and the second player's blue Palette Swap were both nameless. As Guest Fighters in the Raiden Fighters games, they became known as the Judge Spear and Blue Javelin.
  • Pokémon:
    • While he did receive a different name each in The Legend of Thunder! and Pokémon Adventures, the lead male in Pokémon Gold and Silver was officially named Ethan/Hibiki in the Gen IV remakes.
    • For minor characters, all enemy Trainers from Red/Blue would fall under this as of FireRed/LeafGreen, as per a feature introduced in the aforementioned Gold/Silver.
    • Red and Blue were unnamed until Gold and Silver. Early interviews and info suggested Red was going to be named "Satoshi" but they eventually changed it prior to release.
  • The snowboard salesman in Snowboard Kids, an anthropomorphic dog, became an unlockable character named Mr. Dog in game 2.
  • In American McGee's Alice, Alice's surname is Liddell. Her unnamed sister is Elizabeth "Lizzie" Liddel. Their surname comes from the actual girl Alice was inspired by, however Word of God is that Alice's surname is "Pleasance" (the middle name of the real Alice).
  • Ivan, a boss from River City Ransom, is named Ivan Popov in the GBA remake River City Ransom EX.
  • In The Sims 4, MySims canon immigrants Travis, Liberty, Summer, Candy, and Yuki are given the last names Scott, Lee, Holiday, and Behr respectively.

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    Western Animation 
  • Scarface's mate doesn't have a name in the original book versions of The Animals of Farthing Wood while in the TV series she is called Lady Blue.
  • Batman: The Animated Series gave Mr. Freeze the real name "Victor Fries," which later became canon in the comics.
  • The Little Red-Haired Girl in Peanuts is called Heather in one of the animated specials. Much later, You're in the Super Bowl, Charlie Brown gave last names to Marcie (Johnson) and Franklin (Armstrong).
  • Screwball's real name is unknown in the comics, but in Marvel's Spider-Man, she's Peter's former classmate Liz Allan.
  • The U.S. Acres cartoons from Garfield and Friends gave the names Mort, Gort, and Wart to Orson's bullying brothers who had originally only appeared in the first three weeks of the original comic strip.
  • All of the locomotives in the animated version of The Little Engine That Could. The Little Blue Engine is named Tilly, the Broken-Down Engine Georgia, the Shiny New Engine Farnsworth, the Big Strong Engine Pete, and the Rusty Old Engine Jebediah.
  • Young Justice:
    • The series gave Lagoon Boy the first name "La'gaan," which Word of God admits was chosen to justify his code name.
    • None of the Canon Foreigner superheroes from Super Friends had their real names given except for Samurai. El Dorado and Apache Chief's Young Justice analogues were given the real names Eduardo Dorado, Jr. and Tye Longshadow, respectively. The Samurai analogue underwent a Gender Flip, and thus went from being a guy named Toshio Eto to a girl named Asami Koizumi.
  • While the initial Madeline books did not name the other 11 girls, the animated series gave them all names, though it was not always consistent with one girl: "Chloe", "Danielle", "Monique", "Nicole", "Yvette", "Nona", "Lulu", "Anne", "Sylvie"/"Simone", "Ellie", and "Janine". The names given to the girls vary in other adaptations, especially with the live-action film and the play adaptation of "Madeline's Christmas".
  • Saturday Supercade gave names to the kangaroos (K.O. Katie and Joey) and monkeys (Bingo, Bango, Bongo and Fred) from Kangaroo.
    • While it's a common fact that Nintendo considered several names for the game's protagonist (such as Jumpman, Rescue Man, and Mr. Video) before deciding on Mario after Mario Segale, the game's heroine was originally an unnamed "lady" (although one ad for the Game & Watch version named her Louise) until the name Pauline was given in the show's Donkey Kong shorts.
  • The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 gave the Koopalings names that were different from the ones used in the actual NES game. It is unknown whether these names were decided on before or after Nintendo of America decided to name the Koopalings, as the Koopalings were not originally named in Japan (as explained above).
  • The nameless lord of the castle in The Smurfs comic book story "The Hunger Of The Smurfs" was named Mr. Poppery in The Smurfs cartoon show adaptation "Haunted Smurfs", and was also given an Adaptation Dye-Job from black hair to gray.
  • The Sour Kangaroo from Horton Hears a Who! is named Jane in the animated adaptation. This name was carried over to The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss (but not the 2008 movie, where she's just the Sour Kangaroo ... but her son is named Rudy).
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) sees Lord Dregg from the 1987 series given the first name "Vringath".
  • In If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, the boy that gives the mouse a cookie goes unnamed, and the same is true for the spin-off books such as If You Give a Pig a Pancake. The Animated Adaptation on Amazon, however, gives them names. For example, the boy who gives the mouse a cookie is Oliver.
  • The Merrie Melodies character Foxy appeared in three shorts alongside his unnamed girlfriend. When they appeared in Tiny Toon Adventures, the girl was dubbed "Roxy".
  • The Batman gave the original, real name unknown Wrath the alter ego "William Malloy".
  • In the Hilda graphic novels, the title character's mother is never named. The Netflix adaptation calls her Johanna.
  • Donald's double from "Donald's Double Trouble" was unnamed, but in Legend of the Three Caballeros , he's named Dapper Duck.
  • Magica's Shadow never had a proper name in Ducktales 1987 was mever given a proper name and acts as a minot flat antagonist, while in Ducktales 2017, Magica's Shadow is given the name Lena and has more focus.

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