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  • The Nanobots from The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, do not have names.
  • In an episode of Animaniacs, Chicken Boo assumes the disguise of "The Man With No Personality." This is a parody of the movie which this trope is based off of.
    • Some of the main characters from Animaniacs (Mindy's mom) and Histeria! (Froggo and Toast).
  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender, the Gaang are followed by a Mysterious Mercenary Pursuer that Sokka names "Combustion Man" (he suggested "Sparky-Sparky Boom Man" first, but it didn't stick). Zuko apparently knows his real name, but never said it.
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  • In Avengers, Assemble!, which version of Ant-Man we were seeing remained a mystery for quite some time. Then, surprisingly, Ant-Man got a big-budget summer blockbuster, and more surprisingly, it was actually good. The movie used the Scott Lang version, so naturally, in every episode of Assemble made after the movie, suddenly everyone's on first-name basis with him, and it's Scott.
  • While it's possible, given his parents' demonstrated parenting skills, that Butt-head, of Beavis and Butt-Head is actually named Butt-head, more likely it's a nickname. He is never given any other name, though. In The Movie, he claims that his last name is Head and his first name is Butt.
  • Bounty Hamster. Cassie and Marion are being pursued by another bounty hunter (a horse with a poncho and Clint Eastwood voice) who calls himself "The Horse With No Name". Cassie points out that if he's called "The Horse With No Name" then that is his name.
  • Care Bears
  • Hilariously, the parents in Cow and Chicken were granted nothing but legs and a voice. Their upper body is off-camera AT ALL TIMES, so actions like slamming one's fist on the table are performed by jumping on the table and stamping around. People who have seen the pilot episode know that their parents are nothing BUT legs, as it was clearly revealed.
    • Again, in this series, the names of Cow and Chicken's parents as well as the family last name is never revealed. In fact, it's a running gag in the series that a lot of characters don't even have last names at all. (Flem reveals in the episode, "Dirty Laundry", that he doesn't have one.)
    • Cow and Chicken's teacher has always been addressed as "Teacher".
    • There's also Cow and Chicken's adversary, The Red Guy, who isn't given an actual name in the series and only goes by either "The Red Guy" or whatever he calls himself while dressing into numerous disguises.
  • In Dan Vs., we never learn the name of the person who impersonated Dan in "Dan Vs. Dan" and tormented him in "Dan Vs. the Telemarketer". Fandom usually calls him the Imposter, Imposter Dan or Dan*.
    • Additionally, the names of Dan's mother, father and grandmother are never revealed.
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  • Danger Mouse: Basically the only heroic characters we know the full names of are Ernest Penfold and Professor Henirich von Squawkencluck. Henrich's neice in The Remake isn't given a first name (until "Frankensquawk's Monster" reveals it's actually "Professor"), Colonel K just has an initial, and "Danger Mouse" probably isn't his real name. (The remake also reveals that "Danger [species]" is the standard codename pattern. The only known exceptions are Agent 57 and his son in the remake, Agent 58.)
  • The General on Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines has no name, although in the comic adaptation of the episode "Camouflage Hoparoo" (Gold Key, Hanna-Barbera Fun-In #2 as "It's Flop And Go-Go"), he is identified as General Gibberish.
  • Similar to Calvin and Hobbes, in Dexter's Laboratory, neither the names of Dexter's parents nor the family last name is ever revealed in the entire series. The episode "Lab Retto" came pretty close, though, when the doctor said to Dexter's Dad, "Congratulations, Mr. Father."
  • In the show MTV's Downtown Goat and Fruity never revealed their actual names, when Alex asked what is their names, they immediately rejected.
  • Presumably Presto from the Dungeons & Dragons cartoon wasn't really named that, but it's the only thing he's ever called in the series.
  • On Ed, Edd n Eddy, Eddy's Brother is never given a name, not even in the movie since all the characters refer to him as "Eddy's Brother". In fact, during the movie the credits even state him as "Eddy's Brother". On top of that, the only two characters with confirmed surnames are the Kanker sisters and Nazz (yes, her last name is given in the movie).
  • In The Fairly OddParents!, Timmy Turner's parents are only ever referred by their relation to Timmy. Sometimes they're called Mr. and Mrs. Turner, but more often they're called "Timmy's parents".
    • Gets a bit of a Lampshade Hanging in the episode "Odd Jobs." Timmy's father addresses Timmy's class for a career day, and introduces himself by saying "my name is Timmy's Dad!"
    • Also gets an unreveal in another episode. Timmy goes back in time, meets his parents as children, and a car goes by just as each name is going to be revealed. And after the car has passed, the parents, still children, add "... but everyone calls me Dad/Mom".
    • And when Sherlock Holmes deduces everything about the parents at the end of "Shelf Life", Holmes starts to tell them their names, but the book closes on the scene right when he's saying it, and the parents are heard in awe in Holmes' deducing ability.
  • Futurama
    • One episode has Planet Express being bought out by... That Guy. That Guy's name was eventually revealed... In the DVD commentary for said episode. Apparently he's Steve Castle, but nobody bothered to learn his name on the show.
    • There's also Professor Farnsworth's rival who's only known as "Mom". In one episode, Zoidberg is revealed to have some history with her, and addresses her as "Carol."
    • This trope is almost a Futurama tradition; characters known only by one of their names surprise others when they reveal their full names, including Turanga Leela, Philip Fry, and Dr. John Zoidberg.
    • And Bender Bending Rodriguez.
    • "I am The Man With No Name: Zapp Brannigan!"
    • Played for Laughs in the episode "Naturama":
    Narrator: The new hatchlings are known as "Fry."
    Amy: What's your name?
    Fry: I don't have a name. I'm a salmon.
  • Gargoyles:
    • The title species traditionally don't use names. They just never saw the point — when Elisa asks one old garg what to call him, he looks at her as though she's nuts and asks "Must you humans name everything? Does the sky need a name? Does the river?" Humans find this sort of awkward, so every important gargoyle gets one at some point — whether they like it or not. The three Coldstone personalities don't get individual names until their last appearance on the show, though; before that fans and the script called them Othello, Desdemona and Iago. The species as a whole has started to subvert the trope, however — by 1994, some of the 9 surviving clans have adopted the human custom of naming their children.
    • Nobody but Claw knows his real, human name. The poor bastard was so traumatized by being mutated into a bat-cat-fish thing that he went mute, and either he's illiterate or he doesn't write things down either. Thus the nickname, "Claw."
  • In Gravity Falls, Dipper Pines' [[real name was never said or mentioned in the series. However, in Gravity Falls: Journal 3 (written by series creator Alex Hirsch) it is confirmed that his first name is Mason.
    • Gravity Falls in general doesn't often give its background characters names (Tourists, recurring Mystery Shack guests, friends of other characters...even Tyler, nicknamed the Cute Biker, wasn't named until the end of season 1).
  • The title character of Hey Arnold! has no given last name. Subject to Lampshade Hanging when bad handwriting or smudges make it impossible for teachers or other characters to read his full name aloud; he gets away with this by being the only kid named Arnold at his school. The creators let slip that Arnold's last name was never actually a secret, just consistently obscured and a mystery to the students and audience. His grandfather called him by his last name all the time: it's Shortman. Confirmed by Craig Bartlett during an online interview, and later in Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie.
  • Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi: Ami, Yumi and Kaz never had their surnames mentioned in the series. In an episode where Ami and Yumi went to a hospital to visit Kaz, a receptionist asked them to say his surname and they didn't know it.
    • Of course, it's safe to assume their surnames are those of their real-life counterparts, Ami Onuki, Yumi Yoshimura, and Kaz Harada.
  • Two occasional members of the Histeria! Kid Chorus are known only as the Crooked Mouth Boy and the Bow-Haired Girl. Storyboards for one episode, though, reveal Crooked Mouth Boy's actual name - Chipper.
  • In Invader Zim, Dib and Gaz's last name is never given in the show. Some in the fandom speculate it's Membrane, like their father, possibly because a Nick.com e-card for the show claimed that Membrane's first name was Professor, but Jhonen Vasquez, the show's creator, says that Membrane is in fact the professor's first name.
    • "Dib... Dib... Whatever your last name is." "That's right."
      • So wait, is he admitting he doesn't actually have a last name, or that his last name is Whateveryourlastnameis?
      • Or his last name is "Thatsright".
    • Also, the aliens in the episode Abducted are never named. So everyone refers to them as Blue and Green, their eye colors (a system modeled after Tallests Red and Purple, which are canon names).
  • In Jackie Chan Adventures, Uncle Chan is only called "Uncle" (even by himself); when Jade's parents are introduced they too call him Uncle, leaving Jade puzzled as to exactly how he's related to be everyone's Uncle. Also, Jackie Chan's friends El Toro and Viper both seem to be Only Known by Their Nickname.
  • Kim Possible villain Shego's real name is never given. (The real names of her heroic Team Go brothers aren't given either, but they only appear in three episodes.)
    • Though fans believe "Go" is their actual surnames.
  • Kaeloo: Mr. Cat's first name is never revealed.
  • Played for Laughs in one American Dad! episode about bum fights. Steve dramatically explains that one competitor doesn't have a name because "he...killed his own name."
  • On The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack the inventor in episode 1 and his brother in episode 5 do not give their names.
  • Bunny Scout Leader in Max and Ruby is only referred to as such.
  • On The Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series, four of the protagonists (five if you count Canard) are known only by their first names. Then again, judging from the Species Surnames their two colleagues are given, that's probably a good thing.
  • In Mighty Max, the villain of the episode "The Missing Linked" is never given a name. He tries to announce his name on camera multiple times throughout the episode, but always gets cut off before he can.
  • In Mission Hill, Carlos and Natalie's baby not only didn't have a name, its gender was never determined.
  • One of Orel's friends in Moral Orel, to the point that this character doesn't have a name (and is essentially a Living Prop) becomes a Running Gag. The others awkwardly refer to him as "him" or "[the rest of] the gang" and in Beforel Orel, he's cut off before he can say his name. His name WAS given indirectly through a cast list in "Orel's School Pageant." Billy.
  • Nanny from Muppet Babies (1984). the remake calls her Miss Nanny.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • The mayor of Ponyville.
    • The queen of the changelings in the Season 2 finale is named Chrysalis, but she doesn't formally introduce herself after she shows her true colors. Her name finally gets mentioned in the Season 5 finale.
    • Both of these examples are given names in the Expanded Universe though. The Mayor is named "Mayor Mare" according to the trading cards, and the changeling queen is named Chrysalis, according to the end credits.
    • A more straightforward example from the show is the tourist pony from "Games Ponies Play", whom the main cast mistake for Ms. Harshwinny. She has earned the Fan Nickname "Ms. Peachbottom", which was, according to Word of God, the original name for Ms. Harshwinny. Some fans also call her "Chickadee", based on her cutie mark. Since then, DVD captions and official online material have made "Ms. Peachbottom" her official name.
    • An odd and controversial example is the popular background pegasus, nicknamed Derpy Hooves by the bronies. As a nod to those fans, she had a scene in the episode "The Last Roundup" that confirmed her name was Derpy. Then some viewers and parents protested that the name was a slur against the mentally handicapped. In response, the episode was re-edited, but Lauren and Hasbro have confirmed her canon name will remain Derpy Hooves. Despite this, she's credited as "Muffins" these days (also a fandom nod, as it's become her Trademark Favorite Food by way of Memetic Mutation.)
    • An example not with a character: the village the main characters visit in the season 5 premiere is never given a name. M.A. Larson has stated that the fandom can decide what to name it themselves.
  • On Ninjago before Skales becomes general of the Hypnobrai, he does not refer to Slithraa as anything other than 'General'. The other Serpentine generals, who according to the toys are Fangtom, Acidicus, and Skalidor, are also not named.
  • The Powerpuff Girls has HIM. He has no name, though it may simply be a case of his name being reviled and feared. His name apparently is shortened from "His Infernal Majesty".
    • You also never find out Professor Utonium's first name throughout the series. Even when the girls go back in time to when he was a child (where it wouldn't make sense for anyone to call him "Professor"), a teacher simply refers to him as "Mr. Utonium."
  • The recurring trio of kittens in the Van Beuren Studios Rainbow Parade cartoons "Merry Kittens" and "Rag Dog" aren't named, are interchangeable in personality, and are only distinguishable by their colors (white, orange, grey).
  • On Rated "A" for Awesome, there's a recurring Perky Goth who is just called Girl in the credits whenever she gets a line, except for the episode "Lazy Monkey Mornings" where a teacher doing roll call calls her Sally but the credits call her Ivy.
  • Rocko's Modern Life lampshades this trope. At an awards ceremony, Rocko is announced as "Rocko (no last name given.)" Fandom gives him the last name Wallaby though, it makes sense because many of the characters last names are the animals that they appear to be. The creators of the series deliberately did not give him a last name, because they couldn't come up with anything that seemed to be funny. They were considering Stretchbrain... However, Joe Murray's original description of Rocko, shown in the book Not Just Cartoons: Nicktoons!, reveals that his surname was in fact Rama.
  • The title character of Samurai Jack. His real name is never mentioned, and the reason he calls himself "(Samurai) Jack", is because the first people he meets when he arrives in the future kept saying "Jack" as they talked to him (future slang equivalent of "guy" or "dude").
    • For that matter, many (if not most) characters' real names are never revealed, even those who are important to the story. Examples include (but are not limited to): Jack's parents, the Emperor and Empress of Japan; the Scotsman (and his spouse, the Scotsman's Wife)note ; most of the Daughters of Aku (aside from Ashi, they're not named on-screen)note , and even their mother (the High Priestess of the Cult of Aku).
    • Perhaps the most straightforward examples are a couple of characters who aren't really known by any moniker, not even a formal and consistent nickname used in-universe. They are an evil demonic spirit from "Jack and the Haunted House", and the primordial monster made of pure darkness from "The Birth of Evil".
  • While Shaggy from Scooby-Doo does have a first name (Norville), you could easily watch a hundred episodes of the franchise's various incarnations without hearing it.
    • At least one Scooby-Doo board game included Shaggy's full name in his profile description. In a story book made for the children's toy Leap Pad, Shaggy explicitly introduced himself as "Norville 'Shaggy' Rogers", despite rarely doing so in the television show.
  • Many of the background characters of The Simpsons have nicknames rather than legitimate names. Like Bumblebee Man, Blue-Haired Lawyer, The Yes Guy. However some of these background characters have their name mentioned at least once at some point. Comic Book Guy's name is Jeff Albertson. It was originally going to be Louis Lane, as a reference to Lois Lane, but Matt Groening didn't reveal that idea before Comic Book Guy's name had already been established.
    • Being the Simpsons, this is lampshaded often. The blue-haired lawyer once reveals a novel he wrote, and the author credit on the cover reads "by Burns' Lawyer" (as he usually referred to in scripts). When flirting with Comic Book Guy, Mrs. Krabapple asks if there's "a Mrs. Comic Book Guy." In a Halloween episode, Mayor Quimby tries to guess the identity of someone in a costume (he thinks), and one of his guesses is "Old Jewish Man."
  • In The Small One the eponymous donkey is the only character named.
  • On South Park, Kenny's mom has never been given a name. Common Fanon is Carol, since Sharon, Sheila and Linda all were called that at one point before each had a Sudden Name Change.
  • In the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Mrs. Puff, You're Fired", Mrs. Puff's replacement driving instructor Sgt. Roderick doesn't give his name.
  • In the Steven Universe episode "Last One Out of Beach City," the pink-haired woman whom Pearl is interested in goes unnamed; the Credits Gag listed her as "Mystery Girl As Herself." However, the initial "S." can be seen on the phone number she gives Pearl. Storyboard artist Lauren Zuke says that she thinks of her name as "Sheena," after the song "Sheena is a Punk Rocker."
  • One 1980's Strawberry Shortcake special uses this deliberately: Strawberry Shortcake and the Baby Without a Name. No one has been able to think of a name for her, and no one does by the end of the special. When this is pointed out, Strawberry reassures her "I'm sure that someone, somewhere has just the right name for you," giving a quick glance to the audience (since there was a doll made of this character).
    • The skunk in Pets on Parade doesn't have a name either; he thinks it's Yowee A. Skunk because that's what people say when they see him. At the end, when he helps save the day and is adopted by Angel Cake to win the pet show, Strawberry asks him his name and when he can't reply, Angel suggests "Souffle", a name he happily accepts.
  • In Transformers: Generation 1, of the Sweeps, only Scourge is given an actual name. Two Sweeps are referred to as "Sweeps 6 and 7" in the episode The Call of the Primitives, however.
    • Two of the background Female Autobots in The Search for Alpha Trion are unnamed (at least in the episode itself).
    • There were also three unnamed Decepticon Seekers, although two of them were named Sunstorm and Acid Storm in the Universe toyline.
  • Teen Titans:
    • None of the heroes ever give their civilian identities. However, the writing staff included their real names from the comics, one way or another. In one, Starfire's nanny speaks a long phrase in their native tongue, which includes her real name (Koriand'r) note . In another, when Cyborg infiltrates the villain school, he uses the pseudonym "Stone" (his real name is Victor Stone). The Doom Patrol reveals Beast Boy's (Garfield Logan), the episode with Larry indirectly reveals Robin's (Dick Grayson), and Raven's name is indeed Raven. Terra's real name was given in the show's tie-in comics: Princess Tarra Markov.
    • In the episode "The Quest", the True Master's name was never spoken onscreen; however, the end credits revealed her name to be Chu Hui.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) , in spades.
    • "Hun" might be the character's real one, or it might not. Whatever his real name is, it has never been revealed (although the comic books will name him Hunter "Hun" Mason when he debuts there).
    • Dr. Chaplin's first name has never been revealed.
    • Recurring characters Angel and Sid are known by only their first names (although given who Sid is related to, there's a one in four chance that it's "Jones").
    • Nobody and the hunter from "Hunted" have established names (Longer and Jack Marlin, respectively—the former is a surname, by the way), which have never been mentioned within the series itself.
    • The Battle Nexus characters are all referred to by role, and it's possible they don't even have real names.
    • Characters known as "The Ancient One" and "The Professor" are not known by any other name, making them...
    • Casey's mom is only ever referred to as "Casey's mom".
  • The last names of the girls of Totally Spies! are apparently a closely guarded secret.
    • In one episode, Sam gives her full name as "Samantha Simpson." However, as she is speaking to a suspected villain, and using a cover as a journalist, it is unknown if that is in fact her real last name or part of her cover. Nonetheless, Fan Fic authors have more or less accepted "Simpson" as her last name.
    • Some of the more popular last names for the other characters include:
    • A series bible written by the series creators is rumored to exist in some form.
  • The title characters of 2 Stupid Dogs are never given names because they are strays, the closing credits dub them "Big Dog" and "Little Dog".
    • In one episode, Little Dog has to fill out a form. He leaves "name" blank, and laments, "I don't know my name!"
      • Little Dog asked if Big Dog knew. After Little Dog rejected Big Dog's guesses, Big Dog answered "I don't know", leading Little Dog to write "Ida Know" as his name.
    • Though one episode had the big dog say his name was "Jonathan". Technically, he simply didn't contradict the hamster who called him by that name.
    • The announcer on the episode "Let's Make A Right Price" calls them from the audience as simply "Dog."
  • The name of Lion-O's mother, who was also Tygra's adoptive mother in ThunderCats (2011) was never revealed. According to Dan Norton, the crew considered her name to be Leona but stated he didn't know if the name was cleared through legal and therefore the character remained nameless. Fanon has considered Leona to be her name.
  • In the "Lyle, the Kindly Viking" episode of VeggieTales, a scallion passes by during the Silly Songs segment. Larry asks his name, and he replies "I don't have a name. I've been around since Show One and they still haven't given me a name."
  • Few characters in Voltron have last names, even those who are referred to by their military ranks. Last names (based on their GoLion counterparts) were adopted in the comic book series and were later adopted in the revival Voltron Force. "Crossed Signals" does a bit of Lampshade Hanging when they discover that Keith had an Arusian ancestor (identified as "Commander Kogane"): Hunk remarks that he'd forgotten they even had last names.
    • In the 2016 reboot, Voltron: Legendary Defender, Allura's mother and Keith's father are unnamed. Within the fandom, they are often referred to as Romelle (Allura's cousin in the original) and Texas Kogane (due to his southern accent). Ultimately subverted for the former as Allura's mother's name was revealed in the secomd official tie-in book to be Melenor and Romelle appeared in season 6.
  • On Wacky Races, only Clyde and Ring-A-Ding are identified in the Ant Hill Mob. A Hanna-Barbera publicity drawing has the others identified as Mac, Danny, Rug Bug Benny, Willy and Kirby, none of the names of which are mentioned on the show itself. When the Mob made it to The Perils of Penelope Pitstop a year later, Ring-A-Ding would be renamed Dum-Dum, and the others would be renamed Pockets, Yak-Yak, Snoozy, Zippy and Softy.
  • Wallace from Wallace & Gromit is never given a last name. Made particularly obvious and funny in A Close Shave, when Wallace meets the owner of a store he's cleaning the windows of:
    Wendolene: Ramsbottom. Wendolene Ramsbottom.
    Wallace: Charming. I'm Wallace... the windows.
  • The Troll from Wander over Yonder, has no name.
  • In Wat's Pig, due to the very limited dialogue, Wat is the only character with a name and it only appears in the title.
  • Played with in We Bare Bears in regards to Ice Bear, who's name he not only states, but as a Third-Person Person, Ice Bear states it very often. This trope comes into play with the fact that he seems to be the only person on that show that seems aware of this, as his adopted brothers, Grizzly and Panda, only ever refer to him as "bro" or "little bro" while other character use some form of Hey, You! whenever they address him.
    • In "Losing Ice", the Sushi chef calls Ice Bear "Kuma-kun".
    • In "Pet Shop" Grizzly calls him "Po", so this may be short for "Polar Bear", and suggesting that "Ice Bear" is a nickname.
    • In "Planet Bears", the narrator calls him "the polar bear".
    • Subverted again in "Cooking With Ice Bear", wherein the announcer says his name in Korean several times.
    • In "Icy Nights II", Yana calls him "Snezhnyy Mishka" ("Little White Bear").
  • In Winx Club, it might be acceptable for the characters from the Magical Dimension not to have last names — they identify themselves by the realm they're from — but the two fairies who grew up on Earth, Bloom and Roxy, aren't given last names either, although Bloom's is rumored to be Peters.

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