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Basic Trope: Someone is referred to by their last name.

  • Straight: Alice Miller is nearly always referred to as "Miller" by either everybody in the show or specifically by Bob.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Even her family, her best friends, and her Love Interests call her "Miller".
    • Everyone gets referred to almost exclusively by their last names.
    • Her first name is never revealed.
  • Downplayed: Bob sometimes calls Alice "Miller", but everyone else calls her "Alice".
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  • Justified: Alice is in a military situation.
  • Inverted: First-Name Basis.
  • Subverted: "Hey, Miller...I mean Alice."
  • Double Subverted: Then Charlie says, "Yeah, hey, Miller."
  • Parodied: ???
  • Averted: Alice Miller goes by Alice or, in formal situations, Ms. Miller.
  • Zigzagged:
    • Bob calls Alice "Alice", Charlie calls her "Miller", Diane calls her "Ally", and Evan calls her "Ms. Miller".
    • Alice Miller gets called "Miller", Robert Smith gets called "Bob", Diane Gibbs gets called "Diane" and Evan Drew gets called "Mr. Drew".
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "Why do we never call Miller 'Alice'?"
  • Invoked: Alice asks people to call her by her last name.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: "Call me Alice."
  • Discussed:
    Bob: "What's Miller's first name?"
    Charlie: "Alice."
    Bob: "How come nobody calls her that?"
    Charlie: "I don't know."
  • Conversed: "Why do the characters call that character by her surname?"
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  • Played for Laughs: ???
  • Played for Drama: ???

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