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"Let me explain something to you. Um, I am not "Mr. Lebowski". You're Mr. Lebowski. I'm the Dude. So that's what you call me. You know, that or, uh, His Dudeness, or uh, Duder, or El Duderino if you're not into the whole brevity thing."
The Dude (so that's what you call him), The Big Lebowski

This is a character who is primarily, or even only, known by their In-Series Nickname.

Related to Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep", but that is about people being referred to exclusively by their jobs or what they're best known for doing. Also related to Stage Names. Does not include Fan Nicknames, secret identities, or explicit pseudonyms. Also doesn't include people who give themselves new names following an act of self-reinvention, and stop responding to their old name (e.g. Voldemort). Exceptionally badass examples of this trope fall into the Red Baron. Obvious and common contractions, i.e. someone's full name being William but introducing themselves as Bill, don't really count either.

Usually, Dramatis Personae will give the full name of such a character first, though the actual script will use the nickname almost exclusively even in the unspoken directions.

If the character insists on the nickname, it's Do Not Call Me "Paul". If the nickname is actually his real name, it's His Name Really Is "Barkeep".


Examples:

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    Comic Strips 
  • Peanuts:
    • Pig-Pen. Nobody knows his real name; at his first appearance, he actually says: "I haven't got a name... People just call me things... Real insulting things." In one strip, Pig-Pen says that everyone calls his dad "Pig-Pen Sr."
    • Rerun Van Pelt. When he is introducing himself to his kindergarten class, he reveals that even he doesn't know what his real name is.
    • As well: Patricia "Peppermint Patty" Reichardt.
  • In The Broons, the three youngest kids are called "the twins" and "the bairn". Maybe their parents got tired of naming kids.
  • Thimble Theatre:
    • Scooner Seawell Georgia Washenting Christiffer Columbia Daniel Boom, usually called Swee'pea
    • Popeye, upon finding his long-lost father, asks him what their real names are. Pappy doesn't remember.
  • Doc Boy from Garfield hates being called by his nickname, especially by his older brother Jon, but ironically has no known name. His first few appearances said his name is Doc.
  • Apparently a characteristic of Pluggers according to this strip.
  • In Luann, only two of the main character's fellow students in junior college have been identified — and they are known only as Mr. Jock and Mr. Goth.

    Film — Animated 
  • In a couple of Disney Animated Canon examples, there are many characters who are never given real names:
    • On the surface, The Lion King's Scar appears to be named after his scar, but in a semi-canon novel series, it's revealed that his given name was "Taka." This isn't much better, however, as it's Swahili for dirt/trash. His parents obviously loved him. Not!
    • Tramp from Lady and the Tramp has a rather strange name. He is a homeless stray though, so he probably named himself, since no human named him. Later it's subverted, since that becomes his name (minus "The") once he's adopted. This is also an example of Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep", because one of his old flames wrote a song about him called "He's a Tramp," and the name stuck.
    • Dumbo's name is actually Jumbo Jr. He doesn't seem to mind the cruel nickname he's given, but his mother certainly does.
    • When it comes to the members of Big Hero 6, Hiro and Fred are normal names, and Baymax is a robot name. But Wasabi, GoGo Tomago, and Honey Lemon? They're nicknames given to them by Fred. Adaptation Name Change is in play for Wasabi and GoGo; in the original comics it was "Wasabi No-Ginger" (and it was unclear it was if that was a nickname or his real name), and Jamie Chung (GoGo's voice actress) says that the latter's real name is Ethel instead of "Leiko Tanaka." Given that, like the other two, Honey Lemon was Race Lifted, it's unlikely "Aiko Miyazaki" is her real name, either.
    • Lumpy, originally from Pooh's Heffalump Movie and later My Friends Tigger & Pooh and a couple of other Disney Pooh works has the full name of Heffridge Trumpler Brompet Heffalump the Fourth. However, he can (almost) never remember it, so everyone just calls him "Lumpy."

    Music — Work 

    Music — Musicians 
  • Ace Frehley, formerly of Kiss. Only his wife addresses him by his real first name, Paul.
  • Korn:
    • The bass player, Fieldy. Most people don't know his real name is Reginald Arvizu.
    • To a lesser extent, Korn's guitarists James "Munky" Shaffer and Brian "Head" Welch.
  • Evelyn Evelyn is a performance art duo supposedly made up of Conjoined Twins, both named Evelyn. Their official names are Eva and Lyn Neville, but during their Hilariously Abusive Childhood nobody ever bothered to remember which one was which, so the twins themselves can't remember either.
  • Canadian Synth Rock band The Birthday Massacre have stage nicknames; while some members just use their real names (Owen, formerly O-en Falcore and Nate) some band members' real names are not public knowledge (Rainbow and Chibi, as well as former members Aslan and Dank).
  • When asked about his name in an interview, Christian Lorenz, keyboardist of Rammstein, responded that his nickname Flake is his proper name.
  • Angel guitarist (and the inspiration for Frank Zappa's song, "Punky's Whips") Punky Meadows. Sounds a lot better than his real first name of Edwin.
  • Ian "Lemmy" Kilmeister of Motörhead.
  • Johnny "Guitar" Watson: The word "Johnny" and the word "guitar" in his name, derived from the film Johnny Guitar, are practically the official way of referring to him in the press.
  • 1920s Blues singer Robert Hicks also worked as a cook at a Georgia barbecue restaurant, so his record label combined this with Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep" and billed him as Barbecue Bob.
  • Alecia Moore, better known as P!nk.
  • Tre Cool (Frank Edwin Wright III) and Mike Dirnt (Michael Pritchard) of Green Day. Averted by Billie Joe Armstrong, whose name really is Billie Joe.
  • Many Black Metal artists' pseudonyms become more well-known than their real names: More people are probably familiar with original Mayhem guitarist's pseudonym "Euronymous" than his real name, Oystein Aarseth.
  • Stefani Joanne Angelina "Lady Gaga" Germanotta.
  • Rappers too numerous to mention.
  • "Destiny Hope Cyrus", who later officially changed her name to "Miley Ray Cyrus."
  • Charles Hardin Holley aka "Buddy Holly". Without the e.
  • Gordon "Sting" Sumner.
  • John Simon Ritchie Sid Vicious — His death certificate had Simon and John around the wrong way.
  • Saul "Slash" Hudson.
  • Ron "Pigpen" McKernan of the Grateful Dead.
  • Michael "Flea" Balzary of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
  • Ringo Starr: Richard Starkey is the only Beatle not known under his real name. James Paul McCartney used his middle name "Paul" to distinguish himself from his father.
  • Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath; their real first names are John, Frank and Terence, respectively.
  • Thomas "Fats" Waller. Not to mention Antoine "Fats" Domino.
  • Salvatore "Sonny" Bono. Politician as well as singer.
  • Paul "Bono" Hewson and Dave "The Edge" Evans of U2.
  • William "Smokey" Robinson.
  • Lauren Keyana "Keke" Palmer. American actress and singer.
  • Alvis "Buck" Owens.
  • Andrew "Greedy" Smith from Australian band Mental As Anything.
  • Marvin Lee Aday is much better known as Meat Loaf.

    Pinballs 

    Professional Wrestling 

    Puppet Shows 
  • Sesame Street:
    • Snuffy's real name is Aloysius Snuffleupagus. Even though almost everyone on the series refers to him by his nickname, his mother usually refers to him by his real name.
    • Cookie Monster, whose real name was eventually revealed to be Sid.
    • "My name is Guy Smiley, and they call me Guy Smiley because I changed my name from Bernie Liederkrantz!"

    Radio 

    Theatre 
  • In Both Your Houses, Girl Friday Hypercompetent Sidekick secretary Greta Nilsson is only ever referred to as "Bus" - and the play never explains why.
  • In David Belasco's The Girl of the Golden West, the title character is known as "the Girl" even in the play's Dramatis Personae; only very rarely is her real name, Minnie, mentioned in dialogue. The opera averts this and has her called Minnie all the time.
  • Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, called that because nobody bets higher. In the few moments between "My Time Of Day" and "I've Never Been In Love Before", Sky reveals to Sarah his real name, Obediah Masterson, and says she's the first person he ever told it to.
  • "Yank", the protagonist of The Hairy Ape by Eugene O'Neill. In one of the later scenes, he gives his name as Bob Smith, "but I been just Yank for so long."
  • Little Buttercup in Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore. Her real name, Mrs. Cripps, appears only in the Dramatis Personae.
  • In The Most Happy Fella, Tony addresses his love letters to "Rosabella" because he doesn't know her name. Nobody in the play calls her anything else, until the final scene where she reveals that her real name is (or was) Amy. (This is averted in They Knew What They Wanted, where Amy is never called Rosabella.)
  • The Wreck in My Sister Eileen and The Musical Wonderful Town. His name is Ted Loomis, but nobody calls him Ted.
    Eileen: Is there anything I can do for you, Mr. Loomis?
    The Wreck: Leave out the mister—call me Wreck.
    Eileen: Wreck?
    The Wreck: That's what they called me at Georgia Tech. I'd have made All American, only I was expelled.
  • Perfect Pie: The protagonist Patsy's real name (Patricia) is mentioned only once in the entire play, and is very easy to miss completely.
  • The title character of Madame Butterfly is only called "Butterfly," "Madame Butterfly," or "Cho-Cho San" (which means "Madame Butterfly" or "Miss Butterfly"), even by her relatives. Her birth name is never revealed.
  • In Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, the male leads go by the nicknames Roo and Barney; their real names are given once, when they're being introduced at the beginning, and then never mentioned again. Then there's the neighbor Bubba, who everyone's known since she was a little girl; it's a significant moment in her personal arc when a newly-introduced character, Johnny, thinks to ask what her actual name is (and it's followed by a scene where Johnny refers to her by that name and Barney is like "who?" before realizing he means Bubba).

    Toys 
  • Barbie:
    • No one ever calls Barbie by her full name, Barbara.
    • Her oldest younger sibling seems to have a name, but she's only called "Skipper".

    Visual Novels 
  • All the Servants in Fate/stay night continue using only their class names long after their true identities are revealed. It can be a bit awkward to refer to an apparently teenaged girl by the term "Saber". The only one who is commonly referred to by name is Gilgamesh, who is often called Archer by Saber.
  • Zero Escape Trilogy:
    • Everyone except Junpei is eligible for this trope in Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors. The nine players of the Nonary Game decide to create nicknames for themselves based on their bracelet numbers; and then there's Zero, their kidnapper, whose name is also fake; and a couple more characters who also receive nicknames temporarily for the sake of explaining their deaths until the others figure out their real ones. Ultimately, we get to know all the real names except for Seven and Lotus.

      It should be noted that Junpei's companions make a Double Subversion out of this trope: Junpei gives them arbitrary nicknames in his head, and then they proceed to say their names... The code names based on their bracelet numbers. On the other hand, Clover zig-zags this trope by subverting it three times: her real name really is Clover.
    • Virtue's Last Reward:
      • Zero III is usually called Zero Jr, to differate him from the actual mastermind of the Nonary Game Also calling himself Zero(and players call him Zero Sr.) Zero jr's official name is Lagomorph.
      • K claims he doesn't remember his name so the players just call him K. Depending on the timeline K is ither Kyle Klim or Akane Kurashiki,
    • Q from Zero Time Dilemma is for most of the game only called such. His real name is Delta.
  • M in Shikkoku no Sharnoth is never called anything but that. He claims not to actually have a name. If he had a name, it would be James.
  • Ciel in Tsukihime. Her real name is Elesia, which is referenced roughly equally relating to her as to her Nightmare in Kagetsu Tohya: One scene.
  • The servants in Umineko: When They Cry are all referred to by names ending with the character for "sound" (pronounced "on", "non" or "ne"). Shannon's actual name is Sayo, and Kanon's is Yoshiya. And then there's the servant who is only known as Yasu. His/her full name is confirmed in the manga to be Sayo Yasuda, further establishing that Shannon and Yasu are the same person.
  • Zen and 707's real names (Hyun Ryu and Luciel Choi, respectively) in Mystic Messenger are mentioned in the prologue, but V (himself an example of this trope) is nearly the only one to use them. There's also a double-nested example with 707: a player who does the Casual Story first will probably assume that Luciel is his real name, but the Deep Story reveals that Luciel is actually his baptismal name and Saeyoung is his true birth name.

    Web Comics 
  • Redcloak from The Order of the Stick. He gives himself and his one-eyed brother Right-Eye easy-to-remember nicknames after witnessing their soon-to-be-partner Xykon murdering a lizardman for having an Unpronounceable Overly Long Name. Sort of evolves into a Meaningful Rename over time.
  • "Fox" Maharassa of Friendly Hostility reacts with violence to being called by his real name — "Kailen". Word of God is that this is due to years of having to listen to people mispronounce it (it's supposed to be something like "Ka-ee-len", not "Kay-len".)
  • Riff from Sluggy Freelance is actually named "Riffington." No one except his mother has ever actually called him that, except to tease him.
  • Exterminatus Now:
    • Syrus "The Virus" Zuviel is generally only referred to as Virus, unless the person referring to him is either far lower-ranking or far higher-ranking.
    • Ryoushi Nekittou ("Rogue") is only called Ryoushi by other Daemon Hunters.
  • Smic from Jayden and Crusader is known to all, including his girlfriend, as Smic, which is an abbreviation, apparently, of Strange Man in Cupboard. His real name is Sir Reginald Vladimir Gregory Maximillian Augustus Posthumus Alexander Nicholas Derby, the third Earl of Derbyshire. Apparently the name Smic was adopted for convenience.
  • Path To Greater Good - the mannequin-like creature which apparently saved Tobi writes "3" as its answer to any question... so that's what Tobi calls it.
  • In So Damn Bright, Anxiety's name is actually Ana Cortez, but "only relatives are allowed to call [her] that."
  • "Crowbar" Benson. His real first name is unknown to readers, due to the fact that he is only ever referred to by his nickname.
  • K from Blip. Her full name is unknown to the readers, and even to her boyfriend.
  • Something*Positive:
    • PeeJee, whose real name is Penelope Jennifer Shou. Aubrey and Jason's daughter, Pamela Joycelyn Chorde, is called PamJee or "Little PeeJee" after her.
    • Shazam Wil-Wheaton Dowden-Patel's name is usually shortened either some variant of his first name (usually by his father) or middle name (by his mother).
  • Vauxhall from A Tale of Fiction is known only as 'Room' to his roommate Harper for a very long time.
  • In General Protection Fault, Jason "Fooker" Barker is initially known only by his nickname to Ki until she interviews at GPF.
  • Vulture of My Life At War (at least we think that isn't his given name) and to a lesser extent Big Al.
  • Used as a major plot point when Teddy Weddy becomes a character in 1/0, as speaking his real name will awaken him from the dead. He finally comes alive when Zadok realizes his real name was Theodore.
  • A variation in Homestuck. Jade's penpal ( Jake English) was only known by his initial, J. After his full name was revealed, J itself turned out to be a nickname for him from one of his friends. Similarly, other characters referred to Roxy Lalonde and Dirk Strider by their last names, their initials, Ro-Lal for Roxy and Di-Stri and Bro for Dirk before their proper introductions. This is lampshaded by the narration.
    • As revealed on this page, "Doc Scratch" is only a nickname.
    • "Lord English" is likewise pointed out to just be a title, and is what the character was known as for the majority of the comic. His true name is eventually revealed to be Caliborn.
  • Shroomy is the only Electric Wonderland character whose real name doesn't show up in the official bios.
  • In Commander Kitty, the title character is only known by his nickname. He once tried to reveal his real one on Twitter, only to run out of space.
  • In Life, the male lead is not actually named Edward — but Felicia, and everyone who knows him through Felicia, calls him that.
  • Shadowpalm in L's Empire is an example played for laughs. When your 1709 year old brother, who has known you his entire life, doesn't even know your real name, you qualify.
  • There is a minor villain in Roommates, who introduced herself as "Odile", when she debuted in an arc based heavily on Swan Lake (and Inception) so this isn't her name, it was her part. She kept the name for convenience later so it's more this trope nowadays.
  • Karin-dou 4koma: Inukai Suzume is almost exclusively known by her punny nickname, Catherine ("Fire-bird-dog" �> "Ka-Tori-Inu" �> "Catherine")
  • Buddy Champ Oven from Precocious...sorta. That's actually his full name. Blame his dad Joseph.
  • Amical, Curio, Adrestia and Flux from morphE are only known by their Mage names. Also, Asia Ellis didn't choose a Shadow name with the others because Asia is not her birth name and so cannot be magically used against her.
  • In Go Get a Roomie! Roomie and WOC have not had their real names revealed to date.
  • Ménage ŕ 3 has some minor examples:
    • Zii notes in an early strip that her real name is Suzi, but nobody ever calls her that. Strictly speaking, "Zii" is just a contraction of her real name, but it's unusual enough to count.
    • Everybody calls DiDi solely by that nickname — except Sandra, who usually calls her Desirée. Again, "DiDi" is a sort of contraction of her real name, but it's both slightly unusual and highly descriptive.
    • A one-character-only version; Gary was originally referred to by Yuki solely as "Violator-San". However, after he gave her flowers (made out of Mushrooms and drum sticks), she started calling him by his real name. Or not.
  • Zig Zag from Sabrina Online has only got angry a few times, one of which was when Sabrina addressed her as 'Miss Zumbrowski'. She very firmly established that her name is Zig Zag, and that Zumbrowski was just the name she gave the IRS.
    • She seems to have got it changed by deed poll. Later in a courtroom a lawyer questions the fact that they're calling her Zig Zag and she states she "...has the paperwork and everything".
  • In The Dragon Doctors, "Sarin" was a nickname given to a poisonous bully of a child at an orphanage — and although Sarin learned better than to continue being that person, she never actually told anyone her birth name until she proposed to Mori (and she still goes by 'Sarin').
  • In The Silver Eye, Melete Dolan is referred to as "Blue" or "Blue Dolan" by everyone except Bhatair.
  • The villain of the "Identity" arc in El Goonish Shive is only known by his forum handle. He actually tries to announce his real name several times, but no-one cares. Even when other characters who know his real name arrive, they never actually use it.
  • The Dreaming Dome teachers in Alice and the Nightmare do give their names at the beginning of the lesson, but after that, both them, other characters and the narrative refer to them as Dee and Dum.
  • Assistant in Gloomverse.
  • Cog Kleinschmidt from Clockwork goes exclusively by the nickname his sister gave him as a baby, as it has more meaning attached to it than his real name for him after his father and sister began calling him it.
  • The Super Soldiers from Manly Guys Doing Manly Things don't have "real" names so much as serial numbers, so they mostly go by self-selected monikers. For example, the main character's serial number is "D37-9E-B52", so he called himself Rock Lobster (it was both more humble and more accurate than "Love Shack"), and his siblings/batchmembers/squadmates are "D37-9E-A53" (Ace), "D37-9E-J37" (Jet) and "D37-9E-C47" (Cat). Jet is Happily Married to V47-KR-A43 (Angel). However, Rock Lobster is very rarely referred to by either name or serial number. Most people adress him by as "Commander" or, more fully "Commander Badass".
  • In The Back o' Beyond, Sawbones is only ever referred to by his job title.
  • In The Boyfriend Of The Dead due to Ghost Amnesia N has no idea what his name was while alive. He does have a business card with his face on it, but a combination of being ripped up then taped back together and covered in bloodstain's has rendered it illegible, save for the first letter of his name: "N". So that's what they call him.
  • Girl Genius:
    • Played with when Dimo and Violetta describe the Storm King's favorite weapons. Dimo calls the sword "Slasher" and the mace "Smasher", while Violetta corrects him with "Archimedes' Lever" and "The Platonic Solid". They both agree that both weapons were extremely powerful, and their full abilities were unknown.
    • It's a long time before the reader learns that "Grandmother's" actual given name is Terebithia.
    • The old fighter who used to ride with the Jägers and is now a sandwich maker is called 'Old Man Death' which is unlikely to be his given name but the only other thing he's addressed as (by his granddaughter) is 'Grandpa'.
  • In Val And Isaac, only Minnow's parents and sometimes her girlfriend really call her "Melody", and Space Dread's true name is completely secret (the setting's Black Magic works on I Know Your True Name, and apparently Space Dread's real name is worth a fortune to some of her enemies).
  • Grrl Power: To various degrees. Dabbler, Harem, Anvil, Math, Mr. Amorphous, Achilles, Jiggawatt, and Varia all primarily use their superhero identities in common conversation, but Maxima, Brook (Heatwave), Hiro (Super Hiro), Adrian, and Vance all use their civilian names more. And of course, none of them have secret identities. Sydney falls somewhere in the middle, with the press generally referring to her as "Ms. Scoville," her coworkers referring to her as Sydney, and her fans using Halo.
  • Magical Girls in Sleepless Domain often have nicknames or titles that they go by when "on the job", but typically use their real names among themselves or when not transformed. One exception to this is Heartful Punch, who prefers to go by her Magical Girl title, or HP for short, over her real name, Kokoro, because she doesn't like how cute her real name is. It's treated almost like a Berserk Button by other characters, who call it the "Forbidden Name" and Undine is the only person with permission to use it. One character who approaches HP realizes she doesn't even know her real name and ends up calling her "Miss Punch". Even the comic website's character sheet calls her "Heartful Punch a.k.a. Kokoro" when everyone else has it the other way around.

    Web Original 
  • The Whisperer in Enigma. Very few even know what he looks like (or what manner of feline he is), let alone his actual name.
  • Vex and Vax in Critical Role don't usually get called by their full names (Vex'ahlia and Vax'ildan) unless they're being officially addressed, and Percival Frederickstein von Musel Klossowski de Rolo III just goes by Percy. Gilmore is also this, by way of Last-Name Basis.
  • In Echo Chamber, Porn Girl is always "Porn Girl". For that matter, Mr. Administrator seems to be the only one of the main cast who isn't The Danza.
  • In Red vs. Blue, after Frank DuFresne makes his introduction, his teammates declare his name too hard to remember, so for the rest of the series he's only been known as "Doc." [Grif's] Sister is an even worse case, since her real name Kaikaina was first revealed in external materials. Most of the Freelancer agents are only known by their codenames, though we do know the first names of some of the more relevant ones - Tex is Alison, Washington is David, Wyoming is Reginald, etc. Sarge fell under this trope for a long time, until Season 14 revealed that His Name Really Is "Barkeep".
  • In the CYS story-game Eternal, your abusive teacher is initially known only as Mistress. Even after her real name is revealed, she is still often referred to as Mistress.
  • The Red Panda is never referred to by his real name, even in his secret identity.
  • Does Captain Hammer have a civilian name? Who knows?
  • In The Guild, most of the characters prefer to be addressed by the names they use in the game they all play. We, the audience, still don't know the real name of Tinkerballa, a.k.a. Tink.
    • Spoiler! As of season 5, we do. It's April Lou, which is why she hid it.
  • If the Emperor Had a Text-to-Speech Device: The Custodes that the Emperor has chosen as his confidante is only known to the other Custodes as... little Kitten.
  • Several Protectors Of The Plot Continuum agents work this way, picking whatever sounds cool. Agents adopted from badfics also tend to have to change their names. Within Real Life this is because of copyright issues in case the badfic author sees it and gets annoyed, and within the canon the characters tend not to want to be reminded of their badfic-related pasts.
  • Everyone in The Binder of Shame is known by a Meaningful Nickname, to protect their real-life identities.
  • Calling Yahtzee "Ben" is good way to piss him off.
  • In Philthon Jones, it's always "Jones", never James.
  • The Let's Players of Tipping Forties have all taken to using their real names rather than online handles with the exception of Micheal aka bandunk, who is generally referred to as bandunk with the exception to the Once an Episode greeting.
    • Conversely, the Freelance Astronauts all call each other by their respected handles (Maxwell Adams, Evek, Ferr, and pipes!!). Of course, every once in a while, they'll slip up (either in a moment of Is This Thing Still On?? for Evek or Angrish for pipes!!), and that's when their Ustream erupts in chatter.
  • Epic Meal Time's Muscles Glasses.
  • Abused in the MSF High Forum, with NPCs of Mitchell. There's a good reason, though. He's terrible with names!
    • Examples include Snuggles, the hug-happy Kappa; Apprentice, the apprentice demonslayer; and The Mysterious Deviling, a Deviling cowgirl.
  • The Mallers from We're Alive seem fond of this. Latch, Scratch, Bricks, and Puck are all nicknames or may be nicknames. The Colony also has Gatekeeper who names himself after whatever job he has at the time.
  • On the game music podcast Nitro Game Injection, co-host Suraida never goes by her real name on the air.
  • Odd example in Something Awful's Spring/Summer(/Fall/Winter 2011) Ghost Story Thread: The "Site Kilo-29" (finished on SA) and "Cursed Snoopy" (after the pictures; apparently abandoned?) epics by users 50 Foot Ant andOneWhiteWhisker. Because these eerie stories are framed as actual events, they're always referred to as Fifty or Sgt. Ant and Whisker (son of Mr. and Mrs. White) by characters within the story but only as covers for their real names. Which makes the time when Sgt. Ant actually shouts "I AM THE FIFTY FOOT ANT!" extra hilarious ("Sgt. Ant, are you calling yourself an ant?").
  • The protagonist of Lovelace ˝ is named Andrea Gannett-Moore, but everyone — students and teachers alike — calls her Andi.
  • Bunny is, well, referred to as, well, Bunny but, according to her profile, her real name is Ethelinda Berniece Rabbitwright. However, her real name or rather shorter forms of her name have been mentioned in some stories. Naturally, people merely refer to her as "Bunny" or, as Toki or Doki calls her, Usagi. Her little sister's name is Madgeline and she is generally known as Madgie.
    • We also have this with Jinx and Spin, to which Amoridere states their real names are Jinxers and Spinner respectively.
    • Toki-Doki Rose [1] is mostly called "Rose", even by her mother. However, that could be because the "Toki-Doki" part isn't really apart of her name any more than it probably is a title or an optional extension, which is something that, apparently, doesn't have to be apart of her name.
  • If certain comments are to be believed, a rather large number of JackSepticEye's subscribers don't seem to realize his real first name is Sean.
  • YouTube-based sword enthusiast Björn Kronisch is almost always referred to as either Skallagrim or Skall.
  • Due to Noob happening mostly inside the game the characters are playing, this is the case of a large majority of the cast. The real names so far known are those of Fantöm (Max Middle), Arthéon (Stanislas Chatelain), Gaea (Gabrielle Jolivet), Omega Zell (Morgan Lavande), Sparadrap (Kevin Lepape), Golgotha (Catherine Mourru), Ystos (Thomas Lepape), Saphir (Elena Penelope Gonagal), Couette (Angélique Fleur), Ivy (Fanny Blanchet) and Judge Dead (Théodore Saquebien). The game creator is the only character only called by his real name. The identity of the player behind a given avatar is a regular source of plot twists.
  • From Killerbunnies we have: Computer Virus, her real name is Cassandra Vanessa.
    • There is also Visceraline and that is only because her full real name is too long or hard to say.
    • Remilia is an interesting case in that she was actually born Fraulein Petersen and "Remilia" was actually name given to her by he adoptive father, taking the name Remilia Fraulein Petersen. However, her real name, "Fraulein" is also in question as per her updated profile
    • The Evans Triplets are mostly known by their nicknames being either Fern, Tommie, and Flori or their nicknames Scissors, Chainsaw, and Nails.
    • According to their profile, Kamu was originally named Kuma but for some reason decided to go by "Kamu" instead. It's never stated but it could have something to do with the fact that "Kuma" can be easily misspelled as "Kamu"
    • Hattie's real name is Harriotte.
    • According to her deviantArt description, Milo is generally known by various nicknames, one of which being Mahalo
    • Experiment XI0014101 is more often than not called "Marigold" and she prefers to be called that, over the aforementioned.
    • Oleander is normally called nicknames, more commonly Imogene, because, apparently, people can never seem to remember her real name.
    • Fae Chantrea's real name is Fleurdelice Belladonna Fae Chantrea Enderstone
    • Farahilde is typically called Fabienne or "Fabie"
    • We also have Experiment 0099-404 who tends to go by "Mikie" or, rather, "Michealenne"
    • Cerise's real name is Hyacinth Angelica Cerise Blumenthal
    • Ardith is typically called Ardie.
    • Xylona, Cybie, and Bria are actually named Absinthe, Cybele, and Briallen.
    • Rudolphina is usually called "Rudie" and her little sister often called "Frie-Rox"
    • Greasestain's real name is "Gunhilde"
    • Frankie is short for "Francinia"
    • Harlie is typically called "Gas" and you can see why
    • Racquel is called "Nia"
    • Second Liberator's real name is Saoirse Lizanne
  • Ered from Camp Camp is only called by her full name, Meredith, by her parents in "Parents' Day", and even then she tells them to call her Ered.
    • "Space Kid" is even bigger example of this trope, for much of the series, Space Kid was the only thing any of the characters called him and when asked, he claimed he was named after his grandfather Neil Armstrong which of course no one believes, at least till "Parents Day", where his Honorary Uncle Buzz Aldrin reveals that he is in fact, named Neil Armstrong Jr.


Alternative Title(s): Nick Name Basis, Known Only By Their Nickname, Only Known By His Nickname, Only Known By Her Nickname

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