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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. This trope can also overlap with Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames in adaptations of comic books. In some instances, these names may become Ret-Canon.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In the manga of AkaSeka, the originally Hello, [Insert Name Here] heroine is named Amamiya Akari.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • In the Bubblegum Crisis OVA, Genom's chairman Qunicy never had his surname revealed, but in 2040, it was given as "Rosenkroitz/Rosenkreuz".
  • 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.
  • 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 anime also names Dr. Brief's cat "Tama" ("Scratch" in the English dub) and Goku's childhood home Mount Paozu,note  the latter of which made its way into the Dragon Ball Super manga.
  • Fairy Tail:
    • Some of Erza's Powered Armor goes unnamed in the manga, but the anime and video games give them names: her Sarashi and hakama outfit is called Clear Heart Clothing in the video game Zeref's Awakening, and her armor with sword wings is called Ataraxia Armor in the anime.
    • Cobra's real name, Erik, was revealed in a Filler arc of the anime before being utilized in the manga.
    • The anime identifies Erza's nameless father as General Rung.
  • The anime adaptation of Fire Emblem gives Marth the last name Lowell.
  • Fist of the North Star: The leader of the Kiba/Fang Clan was never given a name in the manga, being referred by his followers simply as Oyaji ("Pops" or "Father"). In the anime he is credited as Kiba Daiō (Great King Fang) or "Boss Fang" in the English dub.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 Movie adaptation of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's gives the name "NachtWal" to the Book of Darkness's Defense Program.
  • 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).
  • The Persona series has a habit of naming its usually nameless protagonists in anime and manga. The only ones that avertsl this are Tatsuya and Maya of Persona 2 (though you could change Tatsuya's name in Innocent Sin).
    • 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.
  • 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).
    • The challenge of the Pokémon League of beating all the Elite Four and the champion is called Champions League in the anime.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Japanese cast of Yu Yu Hakusho gave the name “Jorge Saotome” to Koenma’s blue secretary ogre directly from their recording set midway through the series.

    Comic Books 
  • In Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog, the commander of G.U.N. from Shadow the Hedgehog is given the name Abraham Tower.
  • Batman '66, the official continuation of the old Adam West Batman (1966) show, gave False Face the secret identity of Basil Karlo, a name comic fans may recognize as belonging to the original Clayface in the mainstream comics.
  • In Batman: White Knight, the Joker's real name is Jack Napier, marking the first time the full name has been used in comics outside of adaptations to the 1989 film.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Spike (né William) received his surname "Pratt" in IDW's comics.
  • The Cage Marvel MAX series gives the Hammerhead the real name Sonny "The Hammer" Caputo.
  • Dastardly & Muttley: While nameless in the cartoon, the General is known in this comic as T. W. Harrier.
  • In Batman: Son of the Demon, the son of Batman and Talia, who only appears as a newborn, is unnamed. And since Denny O'Neill ruled that the story was Canon Discontinuity, he stayed that way. In The '90s, two Elseworlds took the story as part of their setting, and the child became Tallant Wayne in The Brotherhood of the Bat and Ibn al Xu'ffasch (Son of the Bat) in Kingdom Come. Eventually, he would be introduced to main continuity in Grant Morrison's Batman as Damian Wayne.
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
  • The Leprechaun from the film series of the same name was named Lubdan in the short lived comic book series by Bluewater Productions.
  • Otis (Lex Luthor's henchman from the movie) has the last name "Berg" in Smallville: Season 11.
  • Some nameless bit characters from the game series have turned up in the Archie comic book adaptation of Mega Man and received names for the first time: "The Mayor" from the obscure Chinese licensed game Rockman Gold Empire is named Leonard Dorado, and the "Evil Robot" from the intro of Mega Man 8 is named Trio.
  • In Jerry Ordway's The Power of Shazam, Mrs Bromfield, who raised Mary, is given the first name Nora. Her husband (who is assumed to exist in Earth-S continuity, but never appears) is named Nick, making them a Shout-Out to Nick and Nora Charles.
  • Star Trek: Early Voyages:
    • "Flesh of My Flesh" gives Number One's surname as Robbins. Her first name begins with "Eure-" but she interrupts Captain Pike before he can finish saying it. She tells him that she would prefer to be simply called Number One as there is an old family curse concerning her first name.
    • Also in "Flesh of My Flesh", the transporter chief Pitcairn is given the first name Nils.
    • In "Nor Iron Bars a Cage", Yeoman J.M. Colt is given the name Mia. She seemingly prefers to go by her middle name. Neither her first initial nor what it stands for are ever referenced in the series.
  • In Star Trek (IDW), "Burly Cadet #1" from Star Trek (2009) (the guy who gets into a fight with Kirk in the bar and later becomes Head Redshirt) is claimed as the reboot verse's counterpart of Lieutenant Hendorff from the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "The Apple". This was subsequently confirmed in Star Trek Into Darkness.
  • Star Trek: Untold Voyages: In "Worlds Collide", the Rhaandarite ensign seen in Star Trek: The Motion Picture is given the name Omal.
  • In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003), the musclebound leader of the Purple Dragons is known only as "Hun", which is presumably a nickname. When the character was adapted to the original Mirage continuity, he was given the actual name of Hunter Mason.
  • In the Ultimate Marvel universe, Prince T'Challa (as well as his father, T'Chaka, and his brother, M'Baku) has the last name "Udaku."
  • As mentioned below, Rogue originally had no real name in the comics until the first X-Men movie called her "Marie," with the comics later adapting that by giving her the first name "Anna Marie." Her surname is still unknown in the mainstream continuity, but in the Marvel Noir universe, Rogue's full name is given as Anna Marie Rankin, as she's a Composite Character with Calvin Rankin, a.k.a Mimic.

    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Superman: Red Son:
    • Superman's civilian name in the Superman: Red Son comic wasn’t revealed. It is given here as "Somishka" in the film.
    • Bizarro didn't have an official name in the comic. The film calls him "Superior Man".
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    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:
    • The Joker's name has never been revealed in the comics but in Tim Burton's Batman (1989) he is named Jack Napier. This was then also used for Batman: The Animated Series for Joker's original identity.
    • In Batman & Robin, Bane was a diminutive criminal named Antonio Diego before the Venom got into his veins.
    • Joker gives The Joker the real name Arthur Fleck. Or at least, that's the name his mother gave him when he was adopted. His birth name is stated to be unknown (if he even had one).
  • 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.
  • Emma.: Robert Martin has two sisters. In the book, we only know that one is called Elizabeth. This movie mentions both sisters' first names: they're Elizabeth and Catherine.
  • 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.
  • 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 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".
  • 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.
  • In Living Dark, Ted's companion (known only as "B" in the original story) is given the name Brad.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • The 1994 NHK adaptation of Botchan names the titular character Kinnosuke Natsukawanote , after the real name of the novel's author Sōseki Natsume.
  • 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 Phantom (1943) was made before the comic strip had established that the Phantom's real name was Kit Walker, so the filmmakers made up their own name for him: Geoffrey Prescott.
  • The protagonist of PHD has No Name Given in the strips. In the movie adaptation, he's named "Winston".
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • An unnamed Crank, nicknamed "Blondie" by Thomas in The Scorch Trials, is given the name Marcus in Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials.
  • 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.
  • 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 Stardust the Lillim's names were lost when their kingdom sank beneath the waves. In the film they are Lamia, Mormo, and Empusa.
  • 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, and had popped up plenty in the Star Trek Expanded Universe, so it was mostly making it official at that point. More fans were surprised that that's indeed the first time we've heard that name onscreen.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • 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 

    Literature 
  • After Alice:
    • Alice's unnamed sister is named Lydia.
    • Alice and Lydia are given the last name of Clowd.
    • Alice's bit character friend Ada is a protagonist. Her surname is given as Boyce.
  • The Worlds of Power novelization of Bionic Commando renames Rad Spencer into Jack Markson. Presumably this was because unlike the Japanese manual, the U.S. manual never mentions his name, effectively turning him into a nameless protagonist until the very end, so it's an easy fact to overlook. And even then, they only use his first name and they spelled it Ladd.
  • The novelization of Dirty Harry gave the Scorpio Killer an origin, and the real name "Charles Davis."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The novelization of Home Alone reveals that Buzz's pet tarantula is named Axl.
  • 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 by Saori Kumi.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
  • 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".
  • 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 initial "G".
  • In the Silent Hill novelization by Sadamu Yamashita, Harry Mason's deceased wife is named Jodie. The novel goes into history of how they met, but also changed the cause of her death.
  • In the tale that would be the basis for the Grimm Brothers' "The Six Swans" and other stories, the female protagonist went unnamed. When Hans Christian Andersen wrote his own version, The Wild Swans, he called her "Elisa"; in Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe's retelling, "Twelve Wild Ducks", they called her 'Snowy-white and Rosey-red".
  • Wicked gives names to the Wicked Witches of East and West, Nessarose and Elphaba respectively. The musical adaptation followed suit.
  • In the 1942 novel The Adventures of Superman Clark Kent's then-unnamed foster parents are Eban and Sarah Kent. They wouldn't be named in the comics until 1948, when they were called John and Mary, before changing to Jonathan and Martha in the fifties.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • The 60s live-action Batman (1966) show gave Mr. Freeze the real name Dr. Shivel.note 
  • The Boys (2019): A few characters Only Known by Their Nickname are given at least personal names.
    • Mother's Milk: Marvin.
    • The Female: Kimiko.
    • Homelander: John.
    • The Deep: Kevin.
    • Popclaw: Charlotte.
    • Robin: Robin Ward.
    • Mr. Edgar: Stan Edgar.
    • Janine's mother: Monique.
  • 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".
  • 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).
  • Dickensian gives first names to Miss (Amelia) Havisham and (Merriweather) Compeyson from Great Expectations and Miss (Frances) Barbary from Bleak House.
  • In the Doctor Strange pilot from The '70s, Clea is reimagined as a human woman named "Clea Lake."
  • And Gareth Lestrade in Elementary.
  • 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.
  • 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 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Legend of the Seeker: Richard's mother is never once named in the original books (they oddly seem to go out of their way so she's unnamed). Here, she's given the name Taralyn.
  • Lost in Austen takes Mr Bennet from Pride and Prejudice and gives him the first name Claude.
  • 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 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.
  • Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon gives names to Ami's mother (Saeko) and Rei's parents (Takashi and Risa).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The name of the historical Spartacus' wife/lover isn't stated in historical findings, so Spartacus: Blood and Sand decided to name her Sura.
  • Supergirl (2015):
  • 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.
  • The Twilight Zone (1959):
    • In "Perchance to Dream", the girl in the dream and the psychiatrist are named Maya and Dr. Elliot Rathmann respectively. Neither character is given a name in the short story by Charles Beaumont.
    • In "The Four of Us Are Dying", the con man who can voluntary shapeshift is named Arch Hammer. In the short story "All of Us Are Dying" by George Clayton Johnson, his name is not given. He has spent so much of his life imitating other people that he has forgotten his real name.
    • In "Third from the Sun", the people who escape their planet before a nuclear war begins are named William, Eve and Jody Sturka and Jerry and Ann Riden. The short story by Richard Matheson is a Nameless Narrative.
    • In "The Chaser", the potion seller is named Professor A. Daemon. In the short story by John Collier, he is not given a name.
    • In "Shadow Play", the dreamer's name is Adam Grant. In the short story "Traumerei" by Charles Beaumont, he is not given a name.
    • In "It's a Good Life", Anthony Fremont's mother is named Agnes. In the short story by Jerome Bixby, her first name is not given.
    • In "Little Girl Lost", Chris, Ruth and Tina's surname is Miller. In the short story by Richard Matheson, their surname is not given.
    • In "Four O'Clock", the protagonist is named Oliver Crangle. In the short story by Price Day, his first name is not given.
    • In "Death Ship", the respective first names of Captain Ross and Lt. Mason are Paul and Ted. In the short story by Richard Matheson, their first names are not given.
    • In "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet", the stewardess' name is Betty Crosby. In the short story by Richard Matheson, she is not named.
    • In "The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross", Albert's surname is Rowe. In the short story by Henry Slesar, his surname is not given.
    • In "Number 12 Looks Just Like You", Marilyn Cuberle's father's name is Jack. In the short story "The Beautiful People" by Charles Beaumont, his first name is not given.
  • The Twilight Zone (1985):
    • In "Examination Day", Dickie Jordan's parents are named Richard, Sr. and Ruth. In the short story by Henry Slesar, their first names are not given.
    • In "Wong's Lost and Found Emporium", the young woman whom David Wong meets in the emporium is named Melinda, at least in the script. In the short story by William F. Wu, she is not named.
    • In "One Life, Furnished in Early Poverty", Gus Rosenthal's parents' names are Lou and Sarita. In the short story by Harlan Ellison, their first names are not revealed.
    • In "The Star", the protagonist's name is Father Matthew Costigan. He is unnamed in the short story by Arthur C. Clarke.
    • In "To See the Invisible Man", the names of the man sentenced to a year of invisibility and the blind man who briefly talks to him are Mitchell Chaplin and Bennett Gershe respectively. In the short story by Robert Silverberg, their names are not given.
    • In "Dead Run", the protagonist is named Johnny Davis. His surname is not given in the short story by Greg Bear.
    • In "A Saucer of Loneliness", the protagonist's name is Margaret. She is not named in the short story by Theodore Sturgeon.
    • In "Voices in the Earth", the leader of the ghosts of the dead Earth is not named. In the short story adaptation by Alan Brennert, his name is given as Blaine.
    • In "The Cold Equations", the captain of the Emergency Dispatch Ship is named Thomas Barton. In the short story by Tom Godwin, his first name is not given.
  • 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 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.

    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.
  • 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.
  • 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 and it seems the full name most commonly used in fan communities such as boorus and wikis, even though it was only used in one game set in its own universe.
    • Linda and Abobo are known as Linda Lash and Bo Abobo respectively in the movie. The full name "Linda Lash" previously used in the manual for the Rare-developed/Tradewest-published Battletoads & Double Dragon, but was never used in any Technos-produced material.
  • 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" and given the name Gouken. 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 until they needed something to distinguish him from Barbie's boyfriend (Ken Carter) for the merchandizing in the U.S. So he became Ken Masters. This actually created a contradiction in the lore at the time, since Ken's official bio in Japanese sources (as seen in Street Fighter II: Complete File) established that Ken was actually an expatriated Japanese with a quarter American heritage from his maternal grandfather's side, so he really should be having a Japanese surname, not an English one.
    • 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 tie-in games based on the movie and the 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.

    Newspaper Comics 

    Puppet Shows 

    Radio 
  • 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.
  • 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."

    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.
  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable : The Gears of Destiny: The INNOCENT card game names "Lord" Dearche's Super Mode "Lord" Dearche TRINITY.
  • 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 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol gives Jacob Marley the middle name Quimby.
  • Mrs. Doubtfire's Screen-to-Stage Adaptation gives Mrs. Sellner the first name Wanda along with an African-American Race Lift.
  • In Persona 3: The Weird Masquerade, the protagonist and his female counterpart from Portable are reimagined as the siblings Sakuya and Kotone Shiomi.
  • 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.
  • Professor Moriarty was given the first name Robert by William Gillette in Sherlock Holmes (1899), four years before Conan Doyle named him James in "The Adventure of the Empty House". The play also names Holmes's page boy as Billy, which Sir Arthur did use in later stories.
  • 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.
  • In Noah Smith's stage version of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Jekyll's maid is given the name Valerie.
  • 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.

    Toys 
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Video Games 
  • 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).
  • 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 - In the original Japanese version, titled Top Secret, the protagonist is an unnamed member of a special forces unit send out to destroy the enemy's secret weapon. The flyer for the U.S. version, in an attempt to justify the title change, changed his identity to Super Joe in an attempt to pass itself off as a sequel to the earlier Capcom game simply titled Commando. The later NES version features a different protagonist (Rad Spencer), but Super Joe still shows up as a supporting character.
  • 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.
  • In the original PC version of I Spy Spooky Mansion, the skeleton had no name, he's called "Skelly" in the Wii version.
  • Metal Gear
    • 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.
    • The official Brady's guide to Metal Gear Solid 2 gives Fortune's dead husband the full name of Colonel Reginald Jackson, but the character is only referred to by his last name in the game and the name "Reginald" has never been used in any other Metal Gear Solid media except for the comic adaptation drawn by Ashley Wood.
    • In Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Hal Emmerich's father is given the name "Huey", but this turns out to be an Embarrassing Nickname thought up by his colleague, Strangelove, herself only known by an embarassing nickname. Neither of their real names are ever revealed.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Resident Evil
    • Media adaptations had tried to secondguess the last name of Ada Wong's dead fiancee from the original Resident Evil. The Wildstorm comics went with John Fay, the S.D. Perry novelization went with John Howe and George Romero's unfilmed movie script went with John Marcus (no relation to James Marcus, the antagonist from Resident Evil 0). However, a prototype version of the game that has since surfaced has revealed that his full name was meant to be John Clemens.
    • The Mayor of Raccoon City and his daughter were also given different names in various media adaptations. In the S.D. Perry novelization of Resident Evil 2 (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 himself was actually Mayor Harris's predecessor). In the Biohazard 2 manhua, the daughter is named Amy Chan, with the Mayor himself remaining unnamed. Eventually, Darkside Chronicles (a rail shooter that retells the story of RE2 in one level) named her Katherine Warren, which is what the RE2 remake went with.
  • 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.
  • The snowboard salesman in Snowboard Kids, an anthropomorphic dog, became an unlockable character named Mr. Dog in game 2.
  • 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 Keraino (Spell My Name with an "S" versions of the names of the Harpies from Greek Mythology) while the three Blue Eyes White Dragons are named Azrael, Ibris, and Djibril. There's also Scott Irvine, who was a nameless Kaiba Corp engineer in the manga and anime (the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions movie would later call him Chief Kuwabara instead)

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  • 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).
  • 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 Batman gave the original, real name unknown Wrath the alter ego "William Mallory".
  • DuckTales (2017):
    • Magica's Shadow never had a proper name in DuckTales (1987) and acts as a minor flat antagonist. Here, Magica's Shadow is given the name Lena and has more focus.
    • In Darkwing Duck, Negaduck's civilian name was never known, though there was the possibility it was Drake Mallard since he's his Evil Counterpart from a parallel universe. In the episode "The Duck Knight Returns!", he is finally given a proper civilian name: Jim Starling.
  • In DC Super Hero Girls, Aqualad's real name is Garth Bernstein, unlike in the comics, where he's simply known as Garth and has no surname.
  • The Netflix series Green Eggs and Ham (2019) names Sam-I-Am's foil as Guy-Am-I.
  • In the Hilda graphic novels, the title character's mother is never named. The Netflix adaptation calls her Johanna.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Donald's double from "Donald's Double Trouble" was unnamed, but in Legend of the Three Caballeros , he's named Dapper Duck.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • Screwball's real name is unknown in the comics, but in Marvel's Spider-Man, she's Peter's former classmate Liz Allan.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • In the Skylanders games, Kaos' mother was never referred to as anything other than simply "Kaos' Mom". Skylanders Academy gives her the name Kaossandra (pronounced the same as the name Cassandra).]
  • 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.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) sees Lord Dregg from the 1987 series given the first name "Vringath".
  • 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 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.
  • 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. Ed stopped being a mere analgoue and became a case of Steven Ulysses Perhero in the revival when he took up "El Dorado" as a codename.

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