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"So now we have a *first* name, but not a *last* name."
Eileen, aka Storyteller on Ralph from Don't Go with Strangers, Kid Time Storytime

When a character is not given a full name, only their first or last. Often happens because of the Law of Conservation of Detail, as in many cases it's easier for the writers to not bother including a full name, and the audience doesn't need it. It can also be that a singular name is more familiar to the audience, as usually people don't refer to others they know by their full names. One could compare this to First-Name Basis or Last-Name Basis. Unnamed Parent can also fall under this.

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In older (pre-1900 in North America; pre-1970 in the UK) fiction, a narrator may refer to a character (especially an older or more socially prominent character) by his or her surname. This is because at that time given names were much less commonly used socially than they are now; a young character may not even know the given name of an older character he or she is not related to. It was also common in that time to blank out the names of real people to avoid lawsuits and the like. This is often true in Japanese media set in the modern day as well, as given names are seen as being incredibly personal and sometimes not even used by close friends who still opt to use the surname. Interestingly, the reverse is true if the work is set in some periods of Japanese history where the size of many of the clans that dominated society meant that it was hard to figure out whom one talking about if one just used the surname, so given names were used more instead. In other Asian media, however, one will often hear people referred to by their given names, but almost never by their surnames— partly because of the low diversity of surnames in many Asian languages.

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A common joke is to do The Un-Reveal on the full name.

Compare No Name Given (where no part of a character's name is given), Only One Name (where a character is confirmed to only go by a single name) and see also Given Name Reveal.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Very few characters in ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept. have both personal names and family names. Aside from Jean Otus, his sister, and their parents, everyone has only either a first name (Nino, the other Dowa royalty), or a family name (the rest of the characters). This is especially obvious when all three Lilium brothers show up, and the only way to differentiate them is by their (very similar) job titles — District Chief Lilium, Chief Officer Lilium, and Branch Chief Lilium — or by birth order (Chief Officer Lilium, the most major character, is the middle brother).
  • Azumanga Daioh does this with Sakaki, Kagura, Kaori, Chihiro, and Mr. Kimura, all of whom are exclusively referred to by one name (with Kaori more often than not going by her nickname, Kaorin). With Sakaki and Kagura, it's never explained if those are their first or last names, though with the other characters, it's more obvious.
  • Berserk: A huge amount of characters, including the main 3 of Guts, Griffith, and Casca have never had their last names revealed. While it makes sense for the former 2 considering Guts grew up with an abusive step-parent and had to flee after killing him in self-defense at a young age, and Griffith was implied to be a street urchin orphan, but Casca lived with her parents until she was 12, and the numerous other important characters who don't have their first names ever revealed don't have a justification either.
  • B Gata H Kei: Yamada, the protagonist, was never given a first name in the series. This is lampshaded by the author in the author's notes on the final page.
  • The surname of Dino, the Italian manager in Blend-S, is never given.
  • Many of the main characters of El Cazador de la Bruja, Nadie, Ellis, Ricardo, L.A., and Lirio.
  • Though most of the devils and fiends in Chainsaw Man genuinely have Only One Name, many of the human characters are only referred to by one name, including Denji, Himeno, Makima, and Kishibe. Denji is almost certainly going by his given name, but the others are more ambiguous. And Makima is a humanoid devil, so that might actually be her only name.
  • Delicious in Dungeon has Senshi, Marcille, Chilchuck, Namari, Kabru... really there are more characters known by only one name than there are those with full names.
  • Kyu from Detective School Q never has a last name mentioned in the show. His Disappeared Dad's full name is revealed at one point, but the fact that his identity comes as a surprise suggests strongly that Kyu and his mother have a different surname.
  • Poked at at the end of the manga Eerie Queerie!. In the omake afterwards the two characters decide that they can finally call each other by their given names, only for Hasanuma's name to be *bleeped* out.
  • Elfen Lied: Almost every character only has their first name disclosed, with the two exceptions of Mariko Kurama and Anna Kakuzawa.
  • In Futari wa Pretty Cure and Futari Wa Pretty Cure Max Heart, Yuriko's family name is never spoken by any character, despite her being a relatively major recurring character (and more minor characters typically got full names, the only-barely-recurring Chiaki Yabe being a particularly good example).
  • GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class:
    • The Tomokane siblings don't have their first names revealed, and both are simply known as "Tomokane" by their respective social circle. They even refer to each other as "bro" and "sis" rather than by name.
    • Art Club members Homura, Uozumi, and Mizubuchi have only one known name. It's unclear if their names are first or last names.
    • Among the teachers, Sasamoto-sensei isn't given a first name, although her students nickname her "Tono".
  • Gakuen Babysitters:
    • Inomata has yet to reveal her first name to the audience.
    • Chairman Morinomiya's full name was like this as well until the manga reveals her full name, Youko Morinomiya, in Chapter 6.
  • Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: Most members of Section 9 go by one name only; the last episode of the first season reveals that these are just codename aliases with the exception of Togusa, who uses his real family name, presumably because it would get awkward if his wife learned that his coworkers call him by a different name, especially since as far as she knows, he is an employee of a security firm, not a Public Security agent. Togusa is thus an example of this trope, as his personal name has not been revealed.
  • In Gourmet Girl Graffiti, Shiina is known only by her surname, despite being one of the three central characters.
  • Hanamaru Kindergarten: Most everyone in has only one name, though for a few characters we can infer their full name, or a full name is given. Most of these characters are either major characters or related to them.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya: Side characters always only have one name, or no name at all. If a character's full name is given, that character is supernatural in some way.
  • When Hidekaz Himaruya revealed the human names of the Hetalia: Axis Powers characters, he was asked why Germany didn't have a last name. To this, he replied, "You'll see someday." Epileptic Trees ensued.
  • No one in Hidamari Sketch has their full name revealed.
  • Inazuma Eleven:
    • Played with in the case of original series Hiroto. He keeps his original last name, Kiyama, after being adopted, but his first name is changed to Hiroto after the deceased son of Kira Seijirou. His original first name was not revealed until Ares.
    • Only one of Shuu's names is revealed (it's unknown whether it's his first name or surname), but considering he had a sister (who is only known as "Shuu's sister"), it's likely he has both a surname and a given name.
    • There are three Furukabu brothers, but none of them have a mentioned given name.
  • Caren, Coco, Noel, Sara and, actually, most characters of Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch have only one name revealed to the audience; the exceptions are the main trio and the men in their lives (although, in the manga, Hamasaki has only one name too).
  • In Minami-ke, almost every character has only one name revealed, regardless if it's the first name or family name. The only characters with full names are the Minami characters and Yuka Uchida.
  • Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid: The titular Kobayashi is only addressed by her surname. Neither her maid/Implied Love Interest, adoptive child, best friend, or even her parents refer to her as anything else.
  • In Moriarty the Patriot: Miss Moneypenny, Miss Hudson, and Von Herder are only ever referred to by their last names. Presumably they have first names, as everyone else does, but what they are is not revealed. Since Von Herder is often referred to as simply "Herder" it's questionable if the author might think "Von" was intended to be his first name (which it is not).
  • In Ogawa San and I, the main character's coworker Ogawa is only referred to by her surname, since while the main character has an Unrequited Love for Ogawa, the two are not especially close. After Ogawa gets married, her husband's last name is never revealed.
  • In One Piece only about half of the Straw Hats have a known last name. Nami, Usopp, Brook, Jimbei and possibly Franky (his real name is Cutty Flam, it being unknown if Flam is his last name, or part of his first name) however only have their first names revealed in the story.
  • Pokémon:
    • Most if not all characters only have one name. In the English version, the only main characters with known last names are Ash Ketchum, the regional professors (and by extension Gary Oak, Ash's first rival), and Tracey Sketchit. None of them had last names in the Japanese versions (the "Ketchum" was made to match the lip flaps of "Satoshi", while Shigeru/Gary is never referred to by his grandfather's name). Once in a great while, a random Character of the Day will have a last name (the best examples being the Hoenn champion Steven Stone ["Daigo Tsuwabaki"] and Giselle [Seiyo Yuto] in the Japanese version), but then we often won't know their first name.
    • As with most Pokémon media, Pokémon Adventures counts. In Adventures out of all the Pokedex Holders only Blue/Green Oak, Sapphire Birch, Platinum Berlitz, and Yvonne/Y Gabena have last names, and that's only because the first two are related to professors and Platinum was due to no third game being known when she was first shown (so she was called by a surname until Pokemon Platinum was released). Y is an exception because her game counterpart (Serena) has no known surname and her last name isn't game-related.
    • This trope is made noticeable in Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl Adventure! when Mitsumi says she is no longer on a First-Name Basis with Cyrus. The problem is we never even hear his, or anyone else's, last name.
  • In Ranma ½, Principal Kuno's first name is never given.
  • In Sai Kano, none of the characters, including protagonists Shuji and Chise, get full names. Apparently mangaka Shin Takahashi thought they weren't necessary for readers to empathize with them.
  • None of the sisters in Sister Princess have family names and until the anime Wataru was only ever referred to by a form of 'brother'. This makes knowing whether they're half sisters or full sisters to each other impossible to tell.
  • Rezo the Red Priest of Slayers, only known by his title. His great-grandson Zelgadis was this initially; however, his surname (Graywords) got mentioned in an interview with the creator, and it eventually gets mentioned several times.
  • In the Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie OVA, Sara's last name is never given. Her dad is only referred to as Mr. President.
  • In Super Cub, Koguma is only known by her surname while Reiko is only known by her first name.
  • Yes! Pretty Cure 5:
    • Karen's butler is known exclusively as Jiiya (a term for an older butler) or Sakamoto-san, with his given name unrevealed.
    • Nozomi's father's surname can be inferred, but he has no name to call his own.
  • Yotsuba&!:
    • For the longest time, Dad is simply known as "Koiwai", with even his best friend Jumbo referring to him with his surname. It wasn't until his mother comes to visit in chapter 86 do we get to learn his first name, Yosuke.
    • One of Dad's friends is nicknamed Yanda. His actual last name is Yasuda, but his first name is not given.
    • Torako and Hiwatari, Asagi and Fuuka's respective best friends, don't have their last names revealed.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's never gives last names to Lua, Luca, Bruno, Yeager, Bommer, Demack, any of the Emperors of Yliaster or members of Team Unicorn, Team Catastrophe, and Team Ragnarok. Which is actually very strange, because most characters are given them.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V: Of the many characters who do not have last names (with most of said characters being orphans), Yuto is probably the oddest case. There's never any mention to his family, but he was living a perfectly normal life going to school and all, and all his friends have surnames, so it's weird that we never hear his - especially since other characters introduce themselves with their full names. It turns out to overlap with Foreshadowing because it's a hint that he's one of Zarc's reincarnations and never had biological relatives, but not having a last name in a modern city trying to live a normal life is... pretty weird.
  • YuYu Hakusho: The Toguro brothers' given names are never revealed. They're only ever distinguished as Younger Toguro and Elder Toguro.

    Comic Books 
  • Doctor Strange's faithful servant is known only as Wong. Lampshaded in a comic Defenders series when Nightmare asked if 'Wong' were his first or last name — and followed up Strange's exasperated silence with "You don't know, do you?"
  • In Hunter's Hellcats, it is never established what Heller's first name is, and no one ever refers to her as anything other than Heller.
  • X-Men comics:
    • Bishop was known only by his surname for years before his first name was revealed to be Lucas during the X-Treme X-Men series.
    • Sage is another X-Man to not have a full name. Tessa is believed to be a part of her name, but it is unknown as to whether this is her first name, last name or even just an alias.
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    Comic Strips 
  • When Arnold began, characters Arnold and Tommy didn't have last names. This all changed, however, when the creator did a contest asking fans to send ideas for their last names. The winning names were Arnold Melville and Tommy Jordon.
  • Calvin and Hobbes: Any character who isn't Susie Derkins has no known full name. The only other characters with full names are the unseen Tommy Chestnutt and Russy White.
  • Miss Lace, in the WWII comic feature Male Call was known only by that name, and refused point-blank to answer a direct question as to whether 'Lace' was her first or last name.
  • Mafalda: Mafalda's surname is never stated. One strip showed a school test of hers with the panel boundary cutting off all but part of the first letter of her surname.
  • Peanuts:
    • The full names of Marcie and Schroeder are never revealed.
    • Other characters were given last names, but these were hardly ever used, meaning that these characters effectively remained without surnames for most readers. For example, Peppermint Patty's surname (spoken only once) was "Reichart" (pronounced "rike-hart").
  • Popeye: Apparently, Popeye wasn't even aware of his full name. One story during the Sagendorf years revolved around Popeye trying to get Poopdeck Pappy to tell him what their last name is. It was apparently so horrible, when he finally did learn what it was, he hid in shame until Wimpy finally talked him out of hiding.

    Fan Works 
  • Abraxas (Hrodvitnon): Dr. Mariko, Nadezhda, Esfir, and Lubyov are only known by their first names. Tejada and Sergeant Travis meanwhile are only known by their last names.
  • Dungeon Keeper Ami: Ami's mother, Dr. Mizuno, has only her surname known, because no character who'd call her by her first name has been seen.
  • Evershade: Kyle Yates's best friends, Owen and Lauren, don't have their surnames mentioned.
  • The most important human characters in Friendship is Optimal are only known by their first names.
  • Karui mentions during the final arc of Son of the Sannin that the people of Kumogakure have a social norm of never using their last names outside of official documentation to show that their first loyalty is to the village and cut down on clan rivalries. Her boyfriend Choji wasn't even aware that she had a last name until this point despite having known her for several years.

    Films — Animation 
  • An American Tail has Bridget with only a first name, in a series that usually prides itself in coming up with creative Species Surnames.
  • The tombstones of Elsa's and Anna's parents from Frozen only list their names as "Agdar" and "Idunn" when translated. None of the characters are given last names except for Kristoff. In development, Hans was known as "Admiral Westerguard"; Word of God says that can still be considered his surname and it's been used in media like A Frozen Heart.
  • In The Nightmare Before Christmas, Sally has no last name, though fans usually give the last name of Finklestein, Ragdoll, or in Fan Fics where she's married to Jack, Skellington.
  • The Mayor of the City of Frank in Osmosis Jones is only ever referred to as 'Mayor Phleghmming'; a first name is never given.
  • Rise of the Guardians: Jack's last name before it became "Frost" is unrevealed. Likewise, Jamie and Sophie are the only two kids out of the kid group to have their last name (Bennett) revealed.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Beetlejuice: Juno presumably has a surname, but it's never revealed.
  • Clara: Clara's last name is never revealed. She's only called by her first name.
  • Duel: In the original story by Richard Matheson, Mann has no first name, while his wife has one. In the film, this is inverted; David Mann has a full name given, but his wife doesn't.
  • The Earrings of Madame de...: Andre and Louise's last name is never mentioned. Once someone forgets it, once Louise is cut off by some noise when saying it, and two times their name on a card is obscured by a bit of scenery.
  • Fire Twister: Only the main characters in the cast are named at all, and most of them are only given a first name (Scott, Carla, etc.). The only one to have a surname is Mitch Garbernote . Meanwhile, V is known only by her codename.
  • In the James Bond films, Miss Moneypenny's given name was never revealed prior to the Craig reboot. Played with when the reboot version of the character was introduced; her given name is one of the first things the audience learns about her, but it's only later that her surname is revealed.
  • Throughout the entirety of Legally Blonde, Professors Callahan and Stromwell are exclusively referred to by their surnames, with their first names never being established.
  • Margarita: None of the characters get their last names revealed, only the first ones.
  • A Matter of Faith: Both Kamen and Portland are only addressed by their last names.
  • More than half of the named characters in Payback only ever get one name used. The Villain Protagonist is Porter, the High-Class Call Girl with a heart of gold is Rosie, the dominatrix connected to a Triad gang is Pearl. The crooked cops are Hicks and Leary. The Don of The Syndicate is Bronson, whose two subordinates are Carter and Fairfax. Lampshaded when Carter asks Porter's Token Motivational Nemesis Val Resnick for Porter's first name, and Val tries to think for a minute before admitting he has no idea and has only ever heard him called Porter.
  • The Postman: Most of the characters (including the titular Postman) are not referred to with anything except just one name (first, last or nicknames).
  • In The Film of the Book Rebecca: the main character is never called anything but "Mrs. DeWinter" on screen.
  • In Revenge (2017), none of the characters ever have their family names revealed.
  • The Room: Everybody except for Claudette's unseen friend Shirley Hamilton. The closest thing anyone actually has to a last name is "Chris-R".
  • The majority of the sidekick cadre in Sky High (2005) don't have last names given.
  • Sleeping Dogs: The main character is referred to with his last name Smith, or "Smithy" for a nickname, while major characters Bullen and Jesperson are never referred to by first names either. Though in a Freeze-Frame Bonus when Smith's police file appears, it shows that his first name is Martin.
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming has an interesting example with Ned, Peter's best friend. He was originally going to be Ned Leeds, a character from the comics, but his surname is never stated in the script, and Word of God admits that he's In Name Only enough that they may opt not to use it in future films either.
  • Star Wars:
    • Palpatine was an example until 2014 — nearly four decades after the character was conceived — when the EU novel Star Wars: Tarkin officially established his birth name as "Sheev Palpatine". Similarly, Ackbar was belatedly given a first name to become "Gial Ackbar". The prequel story Darth Plagueis (written before Tarkin) tried to justify Palpatine's lack of a first name by revealing that he hates his immediate family enough to want to distance himself from the name that they gave him, but still takes pride in his older aristocratic lineage. It's implied that his full name is Cosinga Palpatine II, referencing George Lucas's very first draft of Star Wars, in which the Galactic Emperor's name was "Cos Dashit", which in turn inspired the erroneous but very common fanon name "Cos Palpatine".
    • Count Dooku. Other EU sources make it clear that "Dooku" is a family name. There are other members of his family who are given first names, but the Dooku that we see on-screen hasn't been given one as of yet.
  • Violet & Daisy: Violet and Daisy are never referred to with anything except these names. Neither's last name is revealed in the film.

    Literature 
  • The majority of human characters in Animorphs are only known by their first names. The protagonists narrate at the start of each book that they can't tell you their last names because it'll make it easier for the Yeerks to find them. Jake's surname is revealed to be Berenson in the second-to-last book.
  • Area 51: Many of the military antagonists in the first book don't have their first names shown. This is fairly standard for military address of course.
  • Artemis Fowl series:
    • Students of Madame Ko's Personal Protection Academy are instructed never to reveal their first name to the principal (person they are body-guarding), in order to keep the relationship between them strictly professional. Because of this, Butler's first name is not known by Artemis, or the reader, until he tells Artemis that his first name is "Domovoi" in the third book because he thinks he's on the brink of death and it no longer matters.
    • Foaly's first name is never given.
  • In Basil of Baker Street (and The Great Mouse Detective), most mouse characters have full names (like Dr David Q. Dawson) but Basil is only known by that name (although "of Baker Street" is sometimes used for a "full name" effect). It can be presumed it's his surname (by analogy to how nobody except Mycroft calls Holmes "Sherlock", not even Dr Watson, and because he once mentions a sister named Brynna Basil), but his first name is never revealed. Likewise, the Irene Adler counterpart, Mademoiselle Relda, only has one name.
  • In the children's book The Booger That Escaped, Luke and Clara's surnames are unstated.
  • Catch-22: Major _____ de Coverly, who is so forbidding in appearance that nobody dares to ask his full name.
  • Dirty Bertie: Bertie's last name is Burns, Eugene's is Clark, Nick's is Payne, and Angela's is Nicely. However, we don't know what Darren's last name is.
  • Divergent: Only select characters have known full names. Tris' best friend, Christina, notably never has her surname revealed, even after her birth family are introduced in the third book.
  • This is a major plot point of Don't Go with Strangers, where Lu counts Ralph and Mrs. Smith as strangers since she doesn't know their entire names. Incidentally, we never find out the last name of Lu and her brother Phil either.
  • Dracula: Count Dracula's first name is never given.
  • The Dresden Files:
    • Sanya's last name is never revealed, and it's not clear whether he has one or not.
    • Lord Raith, King of the White Court of Vampires and Big Bad of Blood Rites, is only ever referred to by his title or surname. His children (or at least the plot-important ones) do have given names, but his is never revealed.
  • Garrett, P.I.:
    • Garrett's first name has never been revealed. Presumably he does have a first name, as we know his brother had one (Mikey). We know his mother's pet name for him ("Wart") and the nickname he went by in the Marines ("Wrecker"), and it's been implied that he was named after some long-dead relative, but Cook's still being coy about his given name.
    • Winger's full name has never been revealed. It's less clear in her case whether there's anything more to reveal; given her history, her name might be an alias and "Winger" might be the whole thing.
  • In Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, the main character Pip is raised by his sister and her husband Joe. Joe's surname is not revealed, and his wife is referred to only as "Mrs. Joe" for most of the book until it's mentioned near the end that she's named Georgiana after her mother.
  • Harry Potter is usually meticulous when it comes to characters' identification, making it notable when a character's full name is not disclosed.
    • Molly Weasley's aunt Muriel is only known by that name. It is unknown whether she is Molly's aunt by blood or marriage, whether she is aunt from her father's or mother's side, and whether she is married, so we can't deduce her surname for sure.
    • Fleur's father is only known as Monsieur Delacour. His wife, on the other hand, is named (Apolline Delacour).
    • The books never mention Ollivander, Myrtle, and Gregorovitch's full names. Word of God, though, eventually revealed that they are Garrick Ollivander, Myrtle Warren, and Mykew Gregorovitch.
  • The Hunger Games:
    • Among the Hunger Games tributes, only Katniss, Peeta, Haymitch, Johanna, Finnick, and Annie have their full names revealed. Katniss never finds out about Rue's last name despite befriending her, and Beetee similarly has his last name unrevealed even after he moves to District 13, where everyone are customarily called by their last names.
    • Aside from Katniss, Gale, and Finnick, the Star Squad members go by their last names only. The Leeg twins are nicknamed "Leeg 1" and "Leeg 2", rather than first names, because they opt to stick to formality. The propo team (Cressida, Messalla, etc.), on the other hand, go by their first names only.
  • I'm in Marsport Without Hilda: Max, the Character Narrator, is only referred to by his first name. By extension, so is Hilda, Max's wife. Flora, his girlfriend, is referred to only by her first name as well. It would seem as if all the characters were going to be given only one name, but then Rog Crinton, Max's boss, shows up and tells him to investigate Edward Harponaster, Joaquin Lipsky, and Andiamo Ferrucci.
  • Indexing: Reflections: The Jack that built The House That Jack Built doesn't have his last name provided.
  • Little Princess: Even when the Princess, Admiral, and Maid's names were revealed in the sequel series Not-So-Little Princess, their surnames remained unrevealed.
  • Lyttle Lytton Contest: 2001: The people in these entries:
    • Corn eater:
    Jeremy didn't remember eating corn or, for that matter, wearing his good loafers.
    —Michael Wells
    • Goat Inhabiter:
    Leon fell out of the goat.
    —Rob Tobias
    • Person:
    In anticipation, John licked his own lips.
    —Andrew Lloyd
    • Therapist:
    Hank, Herculean therapist, cleansed the Augean stables of my soul.
    —Peter Berman
  • Looking Backward: Dr. Leete's first name is never revealed.
  • Lord of the Flies: Most of the characters are known only by their first name or a nickname. The exceptions are Jack Merridew, who attempts unsuccessfully to insist on Last-Name Basis, and Percival Wemys Madison, who recites his full name and address as a Madness Mantra.
  • The title character of Lovejoy is never given a first name. In the TV series adapted from the books, it is hinted that his name may be "Malcolm", but he does not confirm or deny this.
  • Matilda: Nigel, Hortensia, and Lavender's last names aren't revealed despite all the other kids having theirs revealed.
  • In The Midnight Gang: Nobody has their full name known except for Tom Charper and Quentin Strillers.
  • In Mog, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas's first names are unrevealed.
  • In The Moon Maid and sequels by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the Framing Device is a man named Julian recounting a series of adventures from his Past-Life Memories; he makes a point of not telling Burroughs' Author Avatar his full name because he doesn't want it getting around that he remembers other lives — particularly since some of the lives he remembers haven't happened yet.
  • The protagonist of Agatha Christie's The Mysterious Mr Quin is the elderly, and rather old-fashioned in manners, Mr Sattherthwaite. If he's on first-name basis with anybody it never comes up, and his given name is never revealed.
  • Otherside Picnic has Kozakura, who is known only as Kozakura.
  • The protagonist of the Polish YA series Pan Samochodzik is only ever referred to as Tomasz. His last two initials are N.N., which could be a reference to his author's last name and pen name (Nowicki-Nienacki), or the abbreviation for the Latin nomen nescio ('name unknown').
  • Parker, the Villain Protagonist of a series of novels by Richard Stark. Stark decided not to give the character a first name when he thought The Hunter was going to be a standalone novel. He stuck with this decision when it became a series, even though it complicated writing the subsequent books.
  • In "Paycheck" by Philip K. Dick, we're never told the protagonist's first name - he's consistently referred to only as "Jennings".
  • Phantastes: Anodos, the protagonist.
  • Prophecy Approved Companion: Multiple characters:
    • Mr. Clockwork, the Mr. implies he has a first name, but we don't know it.
    • The three Prophecy Approved Companions:
      • Qube, the Mage Companion
      • Quinton, the Warrior Companion
      • Quince, the Hunter Companion
  • In Ratburger, Tina Trotts is the only character whose full name is revealed. The other characters are only known by their first names.
  • Ravensong: Almost every character, such as Stacey, the protagonist, her sister Celia, and their brother, Young Jim.
  • Several characters in the ''Redwall series have no stated full name. Most notably the eponymous Martin The Warrior, and his father Luke.
    • Several of the "vermin" characters are only referred to by one name, though this is likely a case of Only One Name
  • Repairman Jack: F. Paul Wilson deftly avoids revealing Jack's last name, even in novels where other members of his family appear.
  • In the novelette A Rose For Ecclesiastes, the protagonist Gallinger's first name is never mentioned.
  • Roys Bedoys:
    • The Bedoys siblings are the only kid characters with known last names.
    • Mr. and Mrs. Bedoys's first names are unknown, and when the books' web animation adaptations still had comments, the creator was asked via comment what Mrs. Bedoys's first name was and said she didn't know.
  • Sick Simon: Simon's last name and Ms. Slowinski's first name are unrevealed.
  • Many, if not most, of the characters in Someone Else's War are known by first name or nickname. Not counting the main character and his family, a grand total of three characters ever get a full name.
  • Spenser series by Robert B. Parker: Anytime someone asks, the detective protagonist simply replies with "Spenser." One time, when questioned if that was his first or last name, Parker writes the line "I told her."
  • In The Story of Valentine and His Brother, the twins' mother is simply Myra, or Forest Myra. Even her first name isn't mentioned until Chapter 18, and is only used a handful of times after that.
  • None of the characters in Surfacing by Margaret Atwood have full names. The narrator's three companions are only known by their first names. (And the narrator herself is never named at all.)
  • Laurent in Thérèse Raquin. We're never even told if that's his first or last name.
  • In the children's book Tim's Problem, Tim's last name is never mentioned.
  • A minor character in To Kill a Mockingbird is Mr. X Billups. Subverted in that Jem explains to Dill that X really is his name, not an initial.
  • The Trial by Franz Kafka: The protagonist is referred to only as Josef K.
  • Almost everyone in Uglies, save for Tally Youngblood and Andrew Simpson Smith. Most of the Extras characters get last names, but we still never learn the last names of the characters from the original trilogy who show up. Dr. Cable is also only ever Dr. Cable, and David may not actually have a last name.
  • War and Peace: Hundreds of characters. Zherkov, Raevsky, Tikhon, Speransky, Pfuel, etc. Most of the historical characters are only referred to with one name (such as General Mack and Marshals Murat and Davout) since Tolstoy probably assumed anyone reading this book in 1870 would recognize the names from history lessons.
  • Winnie-the-Pooh: Christopher Robin's last name isn't revealed, though the real-life boy he was based on had the surname of "Milne" and in the movie Christopher Robin, "Robin" is his last name.
  • In The Witch Family, no one has a given last name.
  • Wyatt: The protagonist is only ever referred to as 'Wyatt'. It is not until The Fallout (book 6 in the series) that the reader learns that Wyatt is his surname, when his nephew laments that he wanted to known as 'Wyatt', but couldn't because everyone in the underworld knew there was only one 'Wyatt': his uncle.

    Music 
  • Songdrops: Christie, who featured in the Valentine's Day song, has an unrevealed surname.
  • The members of Xera are only known by their first names.

    Podcasts 
  • Cool Kids Table: In the Firefly game, Caleb has no last name given.
  • In the Opening Narration of Sporadic Phantoms, Robin says that they can't tell you their last names out of fear of retaliation.
  • Welcome to Night Vale: Carlos the Scientist's last name is never revealed (unless it's literally "the Scientist"). Intern Dana, Old Woman Josie, Telly the Barber, and Kevin are also still going without surnames. Cecil was an example for the first 33 episodes, before his full name was revealed (it's Cecil Gershwin Palmer. Probably).

    Radio 
  • On The Vinyl Cafe, Stuart McLean went out of his way to not give Dave and Morley's family a last name, hilariously twisting himself out of situations where it would be expected for the last name to come up, to his audience's delight.

    Theatre 
  • Avenue Q: Most characters are only known by their first names, while Mrs. Thistletwat (or Mrs. Butz in the school version) is only known by her last name. The only characters whose full names are known are Kate and Trekkie (who both have "Monster" as their Species Surname, but it's considered racist to assume they're related).
  • In Company, all the characters are referred to by first name only, as the setting is a gathering of friends who are on a First-Name Basis.
  • The title character of Elling. Made all the more curious by the fact that no one mentions it even though everyone refers to his roommate using a Full-Name Basis.
  • Legally Blonde: Professor Callahan is never referred to by anything other than his last name.

    Video Games 
  • Animal Crossing: Tom Nook is the only character in the whole franchise to have a given full name; everyone else has unknown surnames.
  • In the Borderlands series, most of the protagonists in the games usually just go by their first name or a nickname, with only a handful of characters so far having full names, from Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! onwardsnote . Handsome Jack's last name has also never been established, with his company ID in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! just listing him as "Jack".
  • Until Driver: San Francisco gave him the first name John, the protagonist of the Driver series was known simply as Tanner. One advertisement for Driver 2 even referred to him as "one cop with one name", and at least one gaming magazine around the time of DRIV3R's release gave his first name as Bruce.
  • else Heart.Break() has most people referring to themselves and referring to other people by their first names.
  • Full Throttle: The player character is only ever called just Ben, and prefers to keep his last name a secret. The same goes for Maureen, although you do find out her full name very soon after meeting her: Maureen Corley.
  • None of the characters from Ghost Trick are given two names, thus leaving it unclear in many cases whether people are being referred to by their first name or last name.
  • Going Under: Worker humans. Only known surname is of protagonist Jaqueline "Jackie" Fiasco.
  • Hero & Daughter: Everyone has only one name, even those summoned from modern setting worlds.
  • Played for fun in King's Quest (2015). The game has a Running Gag where Graham tries to introduce himself with his full name, but every time, he gets cut off just as he's about to give his surname. We know it begins with "Cr-" but that's about it.
  • Very few of the characters in The Last of Us and The Last of Us Part II have stated last names. Joel, Tommy, and Sarah's is Miller and Abby’s is Anderson. Ellie's name was Williams in the original draft of the first game before they decided to remove all of them but the Japanese translation decided to use it officially. Isaac's last name is Dixon, as revealed in a document found early on in the second game.
  • Life: the Game: We never find out the last name of Alan, the protagonist's cousin.
  • In the Metal Gear series we have David (Solid Snake), John (Naked Snake/Big Boss), Adamska (Revolver Ocelot), Jack (Raiden), Rosemary, Mei-Ling, Dr. Clark (Para-Medic), Jonathan (two of them), Ed and Johnny (after his surname "Sasaki" was retconned out of existence). That's not even counting characters who are known primarily by their one-word codenames like EVA and Vamp.
  • Minecraft: The player characters are named Steve (the man) and Alex (the woman) with last names unspecified.
  • No Straight Roads: Tatiana is the only character with a confirmed last name, with an in-game magazine cover revealing her full name as Tatiana Qwartz. Everyone else either goes by just their first name or a stage name, or is unnamed altogether in the case of Yinu's mother and the members of 1010.
  • Pokémon characters other than Professors rarely have last names (and in the case of Professors, most lack first names). Exceptions include Daisy Oak, Blue Oak (having last names due to being the grandchildren of Professor Oak), Steven Stone from the main series of games, Blake Hall and the rest of the Hall family from Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia, and Ash Ketchum from the anime (who likely only has a last name in the English version to give enough syllables).
  • Portal: The protagonist is named Chell, but her surname is deliberately unknown.
  • Shin Megami Tensei:
    • Shin Megami Tensei I: The Heroine can be given any name in the opening, but no last name. This turns out to be a plot point: she deliberately doesn't tell her last name to the rebel group she leads, and the police has no description of her, so they end up arresting any woman that shares the same first name with her even if they are completely innocent, trying to find her by process of elimination.
    • Shin Megami Tensei IV: Several characters in this game and the sequel Apocalypse do not give their surnames. Some characters simply don't have them due to coming from a pseudo-medieval society or being orphans, but there's no reason why Asahi, who has known living relatives in a modern city shouldn't have one. Just to bring up one example.
  • So uh, a spaceship crashed in my yard.: Only the protagonist's first name is known. It's Mark.
  • Stardew Valley: Nearly everyone in the game is known only by their first name, if any name at all. Two characters have known surnames but not first name: M. Rasmodius, who everyone calls "the Wizard" anyway, and the mysterious Mr. Qi. The only two characters whose full name is revealed are George (Penny calls him Mr. Mullner) and Evelyn (a note in Penny's handwriting calls her Granny Mullner).
  • Saints Row: Lin, Aisha and Shaundi's surnames were never revealed in the series.
  • Street Fighter:
  • Story of Seasons: Pete, Sara, Rachel, Sanjay, Rod, Nami, Chelsea, Georgia... The list goes on. Most characters have only given names, even the doctors and mayors.
  • While everybody in Survivor: Fire has the surname of MacDougal, their first names are a mystery.
  • Tekken: Hwoarang's full name is never revealed. Not played straight with Ganryu, King, Raven, as those are mere pseudonyms (Ganryu and King are ring names, while Raven is an agent name).
  • Trick & Treat: Charlotte, John, and Richard are somewhat human, but we don't know their surnames, and it's a world with at least somewhat modern technology, as seen in its prequel, The Witches' Tea Party.
  • A Very Long Rope to the Top of the Sky: Word of God: They exist, but it's never said except for the only known marriage of Gainer's parents.
  • The Walking Dead: Clementine's surname is never revealed throughout the series. This is very strange considering the setting, at least someone should have asked her about it or Clementine herself should have told someone. It's doubtful that we'll ever learn what it is. It might be Marsh; one of the calls on the answering machine does mention the "Marsh Household". Developers have stated that her surname was originally "Crawford", before a community under that name was created in episode four of the first season.

    Webcomics 
  • The Adventures of Dr. McNinja: Dr McNinja's surname is explicitly stated multiple times throughout the series as McNinja, but no first name is given. He's usually just called "Doctor", and his clone goes by Old, as in Old McNinja. In "First Generation Ninja American", we find out why no first name has been given: his grandpa erased his name from history to trap a ghost wizard who was trying to cast a curse that would make him an enemy of the universe itself, and saying his name will cause the ghost wizard to be freed. He is ultimately forced to give up his name in order to persuade Sparklelord to stop King Radical from causing The End of the World as We Know It, and his name is revealed to be "Patrick".
  • Darths & Droids: All the players are on First-Name Basis with each other, and their surnames are never mentioned.
  • El Goonish Shive didn't reveal Sarah's last name (Brown) until 2007 (having been running since 2002). When they did give Sarah's name, it was a casual toss-out (the principal was yelling at her).
  • The Petri Dish: Downplayed for Thaddeus's mother Betty. We don't know her surname, but it could well be "Euphemism", since that's her son's last name.
  • In Piled Higher and Deeper, several of the characters do not have last names.
  • Queen of Wands never mentions the last names of its characters. Kestrel from QoW wound up becoming a recurring character in Something*Positive (which does have characters with full names) but still has no last name, which is Lampshaded on the cast page.
  • Sabrina and her family in Sabrina Online never had their surname revealed. Lampshaded when Sabrina married R.C. near the end of the strip's run; the first time she was introduced as "Mrs. Conrad", another character remarked "Oh... so that's her last name!".

    Web Original 
  • Can You Spare a Quarter?: We never get to know what the protagonist Jamie's family name is.
  • The only characters whose full names have been mentioned in Feng Ling Yu Xiu are Bai Yuxiu, Chen Feiyan, who has yet to make an onscreen appearance, and some members of a performing troupe who serve as minor antagonists.
  • KateModern: Several major characters' surnames have not been revealed, including Charlie, Lauren, Sophie and Terrence.
  • Marble Hornets: Alex Kralie is the only character with a known last name. The one time Jay (the narrator) mentions his last name to someone, he mutes it on the Youtube video. When he finds some medical records of Tim's, someone has scribbled over his last name except for the first letter (W).
  • Simon's Cat: Simon's surname is unspecified, though the creator, who Simon was based on, has the last name of "Tofield".
  • Corbin and Desmond from Splinter Cell: Extinction. Desmond's surname is always left out of the frame, and "Corbin" is either the protagonist's given name or code name (judging from the fact he's apparently on First-Name Basis with his Mission Control).

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