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People who are Only Known by Their Nickname in western animation.

  • This was a plot point in Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog. Some two-tailed foxes show up claiming to be Tails' parents, and Sonic realizes later they must be fake because they called him "Tails" right off the bat instead of "Miles", when the former was a nickname that Sonic gave him.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball:
    • The eponymous character is only referred to as Gumball, but it's only in "The Promise" that it's stated to be a nickname. In "The Name" his full name is revealed (to both the audience and himself) to be Zach Tristopher Watterson but by the end of the episode "Gumball" has legally become his actual name.
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    • There’s also Mowdown, Scythe, and Reaper. Lawrence Needlemeyer, Rockwell Robinson, Joanna Watterson, Harry Gedges, Juke (possibly), and Harry Tootmorsel (Ocho)
  • Arthur:
    • Everyone refers to the title character's sister as D.W., when her real name is Dora Winifred (after her grandmother). This is lampshaded in a later episode when she goes missing in the White House.
      Dad: Her name is D.W.
      White House Guard: That's it? Initials? You didn't give the kid a full name?
    • There's the Brain. His real name is Alan Powers. His classmates are often confused when he is called this.
    • There's also Mary Alice "Muffy" Crosswire and Shelley "Binky" Barnes. Binky is an interesting case in that he had forgotten his name was "Shelley", as he's been referred to exclusively as "Binky" most of his life.
  • As Told by Ginger:
    • Dodie and her little brother Hoodsey are only called "Deidre" and "Robert-Joseph" by their mother.
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    • Melissa 'Mipsy' Mipson is referred to by her nickname by everyone but her teachers.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • Combustion Man, whose name Sokka made up. He has a real name, but it is never revealed. Zuko knows it, but doesn't divulge it; when Sokka calls him Combustion Man, Zuko replies, "Well, that's not his name, but—" before getting interrupted.
    • A lot of the people in Jet's gang (The Duke, Pipsqueak, Longshot, Sneers).
    • And of course, the Cabbage Man.
  • Batman in Batman: The Brave and the Bold is only seen and referred to by his superhero identity. However, this only applies to him; all of the other superheroes are often seen as their secret identities and called by their real names. This is even reflected in the credits, as everyone else is credited as "Superhero name/Secret Identity" (e.g. Jaime Reyes/The Blue Beetle) but he's just credited as "Batman". The exception is in "Chill of the Night!" when Bats confronts Joe Chill, and declares, " Bruce Wayne!"
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  • Belphegor, from the series of the same name. He's well known under the name "Belphegor" and everyone, himself included, always refers to him as such. He also goes to great lengths to prevent people from seeing his face or finding out his real name. Understandable, since he's a wanted criminal.
  • Unlike Daedalus Boch never being called "Doodlebug", Junkyard Dog in Beware the Batman falls here, never being referred to by his real name, Tucker Long.
  • In Boo Boom! The Long Way Home has the titular main character, Boo-Boom. His real name is Filippo, but pretty much the entire series he is only known by his nickname Boo-Boom, which was given to him by his five animal companions since they don't know his real name he is unable to tell them due to having become The Speechless.
  • CatDog: Cat, Dog, Cliff, Shriek and Lube are almost always referred to by their nicknames. Their real names, mentioned in a handful of episodes, are Felinius, Caninius, Clifford, Alice and Ignatius, respectively.
  • A character from Combo Niños is known as "Old Head". It's revealed in one episode that his real name is Bernie.
  • On C.O.P.S., both the Cops and the Crooks are rarely referred to by their real names, only their code names and aliases. This is especially notable in the case of PJ "Longarm" O'Malley; his father and son are both recurring characters, and even they only ever call him Longarm. Only Bulletproof has his real name, Baldwin P. Vess, mentioned more than once.
  • On Daria practically everyone calls Michael Jackson Mackenzie "Mack" or (to his annoyance) "Mack-Daddy;" the one exception is his girlfriend, Jodie. Likewise, Charles Ruttheimer III is "Chuck" to himself and his cousins but "Upchuck" to everyone else.
  • On Disney Junior's Doc McStuffins, everyone refers to the titular character as "Doc," even her parents. Her real name, Dottie, was only mentioned during the series' first episode.
  • Doug: Doug's full name is Douglas, Patti's full name is Patricia, Judy's full name is Judith, and Skeeter's full name is Mosquito.
  • Presto from the Dungeons & Dragons cartoon series. His nickname precedes the kids' journey into the Realm.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy:
    • "Double D" (Eddward) is referred to that way by everyone bar his parents, due to being best friends with two guys both named Edward. As per the title of the show, he and others also write "Edd" as an alternate nickname.
    • Both Ed and Eddy count too, for the same reason as Double D - they're all named "Ed(d)ward".
  • Megan, Christopher and Stewart in Family Guy, better known as Meg, Chris, and Stewie, respectively. Meg's been called Megan a few times, mostly early on. Then again, "A Fistful of Meg" implied her real name was Megatron after Peter wrote it on her birth certificate.
  • Frankie (Frances Foster) and Bloo (Blooregard Q. Kazoo) from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends are almost always referred to by their respective nicknames by everyone. It's justified at least in Bloo's case, since he was made up and given that name by Mac, when the latter was three years old. Nobody would stick to a name a very little kid gave him. Notably, Mister Herriman does not abide by this, and calls them "Miss Frances" and "Master Blooregard," respectively.
  • Futurama:
    • "That Guy" from the episode "Futurestock". Word of God says his real name is Steve Castle.
    • Nibbler, for brevity's sake, goes by Nibbler because, as he puts it, "In the time it would take to pronounce one letter of my true name, a trillion cosmoses would flair into existence and sink into eternal night."
    • Bender Bending Rodríguez a.k.a. Bending Unit 22
    • "Clamps" is revealed in "Silence of the Clamps" as Francis X. Clampazzo. It would be interesting if the X is for Xavier, to make him named after the founder of the Jesuits.
  • Glitch Techs: Hector Nieves goes by the nickname "Five", with even his grandparents referring to him as such. Whether this is a shortening of his gamer tag "Hi-Five" or the nickname came first is unknown.
  • On Goldie & Bear, Golidlocks generally goes by "Goldie" and The Big Bad Wolf goes by "Big Bad" and has the real first name of Aloysius.
  • Gravity Falls:
    • It's revealed in the episode "Double Dipper" that Dipper is a nickname that comes from the Big Dipper-shaped birthmark on his forehead, which is usually hidden by his hair. His birth name continued to be unknown for the entire series, however. It was only revealed to be Mason in a book released months after the series ended, where he additionally notes that everyone has called him "Dipper" so much over the years that his real first name doesn't feel natural anymore.
    • Also Soos, which according to his driver's license, is short for Jesús (hay-SOOS).
  • "Piff" from The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy. Billy calls him this because he refuses to speak on account of his high-pitched voice.
  • The Bow from Harvey Street Kids has a name, but Audrey cut her off before she could state it the one time she tried.
  • Jackie Chan Adventures:
    • El Toro. "El Toro Fuerte" is the full name, though this is more likely to be his stage name than his real name.
    • While we're on subject, how about Uncle? Makes sense for his nephew Jackie and grand-niece Jade to call him that. Everyone else? Not so much.
  • All The Misfits and The Stingers from Jem go exclusively by their Stage Names. Pizzazz outright gets mad when called "Phyllis" and when visiting Philly Roxanne insists her old friends call her "Roxy." Stormer and Jetta don't dislike their names, however they won't allow family to use them around their bandmates likely for image purposes. Out of The Stingers, only Riot's name is mentioned in-series (it's "Rory"). Minx's (Ingrid) and Rapture's (Phoebe) are only mentioned in the Series Bible and on the boxes of some post-series collectable dolls.
  • Jimmy Two-Shoes has Jamie "Peep" Two-Squirrels. This caused Heloise to get her hopes up when she started receiving love notes from a secret admirer with the initials "J.2.S."...
  • Race Bannon of Jonny Quest fame. In the Real Adventures episode "Race against Danger" he tells Jonny his real name, and Jonny's understandably flabbergasted. "Roger?!" The name "Roger" had been used in the classic series.
  • Kick Buttowski:
    • Kick, Mouth, and Emo Kid.
    • Pantsy is presumable not the given name of Mouth's older brother, either. Maybe it's a family thing.
  • Kim Possible:
    • Kim and Ron are rarely called "Kimberly" and "Ronald". When they are, it's usually when something is wrong.
    • Shego is the only major villain not to have her real name ever mentioned. She's the second most common villain alongside Drakken (who is referred to several times by his name Drww Lipsky), but the closest we get is heavy implications that her surname is "Go" in "Stop Team Go". Her brothers - Hego, Mego, and the Wego twins - also are only referred to as such.
  • King of the Hill has Elroy "Lucky" Kleinschmidt. Lucky got his nickname from an incident at Costco when he'd injured himself tripping on pee-pee in the restroom. He sued the store and received a cash settlement.
  • Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts: The character Wolf, who gains the alias when she refuses to tell Kipo what her real name is, thus getting named after the wolf pelt she constantly wears. Kipo also throws around a few alternatives like Jolene.
  • In The Magical Adventures of Quasimodo, Quasi's real name is Jacques de Bernassac, but everyone calls him Quasimodo.
  • Megas XLR: The main hero, Coop, is only ever called that, even by his own mother. His last name is shown to be Cooplowski, but no first name is given.
  • Pickles in Metalocalypse. At least we assume it's a nickname. In a world where Murderface's last name REALLY IS Murderface, it's possible that's his birth name (his parents and brother have been in the show several times and have only called him that).
  • Adrien's bodyguard/chauffeur in Miraculous Ladybug is referred to only as "The Gorilla", which is French slang for a bodyguard.
  • The unknown masked man seeking revenge on Mike Chilton in Motorcity, whose identity was never revealed is nicknamed "Red" by Texas.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Pinkamena Diane Pie, better known to everyone as Pinkie Pie. She's the Odd Name Out when it comes to the main characters because "Pinkie" is a nickname, in addition to her having a middle name. This may also extend to the rest of her family, as one of her older sisters is named Maudalina "Maud" Daisy Pie.
    • Mi Amore Cadenza is always called "Cadance". This led to Twilight briefly being enraged about her brother marrying her, since she didn't recognize the name on the wedding invitation until he reminded her.
  • In My Little Pony (G3) Spike had the full name of "Kenbroth Gilspotten Heathspike", though everyone still just called him Spike.
  • Moose (Margaret Rose) Pearson from Pepper Ann.
  • Ferb from Phineas and Ferb. It's short for—oh, there's that thing I was looking for. Given a Continuity Nod later when his sister admits she doesn't know. Dan Povenmire said he would reveal what Ferb is short for if someone guessed. It's "Ferbs".
  • The titular character of Rainbow Brite is only ever called by her real name, "Wisp", in her origin. Characters refer to her as either "Rainbow" or "Rainbow Brite". It's possible she gave up her name when she joined the Color Kids.
  • Recess:
    • TJ is this way. The T is for Theodore; the J stands for an Embarrassing Middle Name. It's eventually revealed to be Jasper.
    • Spinelli is known by her last name, with her first name being Ashley. The reason she kept it a secret isn't because she hates her name, but rather because all the other Ashleys at the school are a group of shallow Valley Girls, while Spinelli is a tomboy who hates girly things, so she'd rather avoid that affiliation. When it does become known, the other Ashleys force her into servitude until T.J. is able to figure out a plan to free her.
    • In addition to the above, "Mikey" is short for Michael, "Vince" is short for Vincent, and "Gus" is short for Gustav. Of the main six, only Gretchen presumably goes by her full name, and even the name "Gretchen" originated in Real Life as a German nickname for "Margarethe".
    • Several of the supporting kid characters are only known by descriptive nicknames. "Swinger Girl", "Hustler Kid", "Guru Kid", "Upside-Down Girl", "Cornchip Girl", "Library Kid", etc. Sometimes we learn their real names too, sometimes not.
  • Rocket Power: Maurice Rodriguez, also known as Twister. The only characters that refer to his real name regularly are his parents.
  • In The Rocketeer, the real name of protagonist Kit Secord is Katherine Secord, but everyone except her Grandpa calls her Kit.
  • Lots of characters from Rugrats fit this trope:
    • Adults — Andrew "Drew", Stuart "Stu" and Didila "Didi" Pickles, Elizabeth "Betty" Deville, Charles "Chaz" Finster, and Randall "Randy" and Lucille "Lucy" Carmichael.
    • Kids — Thomas "Tommy" and Dylan "Dil" Pickles, Charles "Chuckie" and Kimiko "Kimi" Finster, Phillip "Phil" and Lilian "Lil" Deville, and Susanna "Susie" Carmichael.
      • It's averted for Charlotte and Angelica Pickles, Howard Deville and Kira Finster. Although Betty does sometimes call Howard "Howie" and Charlotte "Char", and in one episode, an adult referred to Angelica as "Angie".
      • About the only time Phil and Lil's full names get used are when Lil and Phil themselves (respectively) feel like mocking each other. "You're doing it wrong, Phil-lip." "No I'm not, Lil-li-an."
  • Jack of Samurai Jack. We never learn the true name of the Samurai Warrior. The name Jack came from him impressing some jive-talking bystanders immediately upon entering the future and adopting the nickname.
  • The Simpsons:
    • Krusty, Sideshow Mel and Sideshow Bob might be borderline examples of this; while they do have full names (Krusty's is Herschel Shmoikel Pinchas Yerucham Krustofski, Mel's is Melvin Van Horne and Bob's is Robert Underdunk Terwilliger), they're rarely used on the show (Krusty's full name is never used; the most we hear is Herschel Krustofski).
    • We're forgetting the most important one: Bartholomew "Bart" Simpson.
    • Margaret "Maggie" Simpson and Marjorie "Marge" Simpson. Whenever someone actually uses Maggie's full name, Homer has no idea who they're talking about.
    • Comic Book Guy was given the canon name Jeff Albertson in "Homer and Ned's Hail Mary Pass", but you'd be forgiven for not knowing it. The subtitles for the 20th season DVD box set label him simply "Jeff". Interestingly, voice actor Hank Azaria has stated that the person upon whom he based Comic Book Guy's voice was a college dorm mate that everyone knew as "F".
  • Scooby-Doo:
    • Shaggy's name is "Norville Rogers".
    • Scooby as well. In at least some incarnations, it's short for Scoobert.
    • The Hex Girls are a reoccuring band consisting of three women who use stage names. Only Thorn's real name ("Sally McKnight") has ever been revealed.
    • In Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? episode "The New York Underground!", Halsey's real name is only mentioned when she tells it to the Mystery Gang and they add it while repeating her introduction.
  • South Park has Leopold "Butters" Stotch. Kenneth 'Kenny' McCormick, and Stanley 'Stan' Marsh count too.
  • Star Wars Resistance: It isn't until the 11th episode, "Bibo", that Tam Ryvora's first name is revealed to actually be "Tamara", as she's never been addressed as such before and is just "Tam" in the credits. Only First Order personnel regularly use her full name.
  • Teen Titans: Unlike on Justice League or the source comics, the heroes never call each other by their civilian names as seen in the comics. The only exceptions (unless you count Cyborg using his last name, "Stone", as an alias while going undercover in season 3) are Beast Boy and Starfire, both called their real names by relatives. If you're wondering, their names are Garfield Logan and Koriand'r, respectively. Also Raven ("Rachel Roth" is the alias, Raven is her birth name). It's actually a little unusual that they never use their real names considering they're best friends. Starfire's a direct translation and B.B. appears to be fleeing the onus of Garfield (he explicitly never told them his real name, and they only found out when his adopted mother called him that), but this would imply Robin doesn't trust the rest of the team enough for them to know his real name and Cyborg has emotionally distanced himself from "Victor Stone". Robin's counterpart from another dimension is known as Larry but his real name is Nosyarg Kcid, suggesting this cartoon's Robin is Dick Grayson.
    • Inverted with Slade. In the comics, he was known as Deathstroke, but the creators thought that wasn't an appropriate name for a kid's show, so they just called him by his real name.
  • In The Telebugs, Arcadia is so called because she always gets the high scores in video games. Her true name is never revealed.
  • The title characters of the animated series This One and That One about two twin anthropomorphic cats are called this because when they were really young and running around the house, their Dad said to their Mom "You get this one, and I'll get that one!" The names stuck.
  • In addition to Duck's example (see the Literature folder), Thomas the Tank Engine also gives us Gerald, better known as Gator, as his sloping water tanks make him look like an alligator.
  • Thunderbirds has resident Gadgeteer Genius "Brains", whose real name is only mentioned in one episode. (It's "Hiram Hackenbacker", by the way.) The reboot has Race Lifted him into a Bollywood Nerd, so presumably this is no longer canon.
  • Babs Bunny from Tiny Toon Adventures is in fact named Barbara Anne Bunny. Calling her by her full name is an easy way to get on her bad side.
  • Rock and Spud from Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race. While Rock could be his real name, Spud almost certainly isn't.
  • In Transformers Animated, apparently everyone in the Autobot military goes by a nickname given to them by their drill sergeant. For example, one bot was shown to be good with stingers (small, electric weapons), he was named "Wasp", and when a certain yellow bot fails to show him up with the same weapon, he's considered a bumbler, and from that he gets the name "Bumblebee".
    • Most of the Transformers in Beast Wars are assumed to be going by nicknames they made up based on their alt-modes (Rattrap, Cheetor, Scorponok, etc). This got somewhat confusing when comics were made about them before they gained their alt-modes, which took pains to avoid mentioning their in-series names (at least, for characters who chose their new names onscreen).
  • Both Blinky and Aaarrrgghh!!! from Trollhunters. The former's full name is Blinkous Galadrigal, and only Vendel ever calls him such, and the latter's is Argumont, only referred to by Aaarrrgghh's species' queen.
  • Under Grads: Parker "Nitz" Walsh, Justin "Gimpy" Taylor and Mump. Nitz's real name is mentioned a few times over the series, with Nitz himself claiming in the pilot to have forgotten how and when he acquired that name. Gimpy's real name is only mentioned once, with no explanation for the nickname. Mump's real name is not revealed.
  • The Venture Bros.: Nobody ever calls Dr. Venture "Thaddeus". It's always "Rusty" (his childhood nickname) or "Doc", which is funny since he never actually finished college. (He has an honorary doctorate from a university in Tijuana, Mexico.) There are several others whose real name we know, but who go by their nickname 99.9% of the time: the Monarch (Malcolm,) Dr. Girlfriend/Dr. Mrs. the Monarch (Sheila,) Phantom Limb (Hamilton,) and Sgt. Hatred (Courtney.) Henchman #21 also counts, though he has spent more time going by his real name (Gary) than any of the previously listed characters have.
    • Worthy of special mention is the pirate captain, who despite being a regularly recurring character since the first season, is only ever called "captain" or "pirate".
Rusty: Pirate. Pirate? I need help with my damn company. Pirate! Hey, is that his name? Just, "Pirate"?
Hank: Right? Ooh, can we name him? I think, "Sir Reginald von Pirate-Guy" is cool.
Dean: He's not a pet pirate!
  • Voltron: Legendary Defender: Team Voltron only ever refer to Takashi Shirogane by his nickname "Shiro" (and he always introduces himself as such), to the point where his first name wasn't even spoken aloud until flashbacks in Season 7. Similarly, no one except for her parents refers to Pidge using her given name of Katie, and even they switch to using "Pidge" eventually.
  • Ping-Pong from Xiaolin Chronicles is only called by his nickname so that the other characters don't bother to remember his Overly Long Name. He's not called by a single of his real names, let alone his full name.
  • Robin and Superboy in Young Justice, unlike the rest of the team. Robin because Batman insists that his identity is kept secret, and Superboy because he doesn't have any other name. Artemis is a special case where her real name is Artemis, but the others (except possibly Robin, who goes to her school) don't know that. Rob's actually a double example: except for Wally, the team only knows him as "Robin", and his civilian friends and family only call him "Dick". When Superboy starts school, he takes the name "Conner Kent".
  • On Zou, the main character's name is actually formally Bizou, but nobody calls him this except for his mother. To everyone else in his friends and family, he's just "Zou".


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