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Truth: Hello.
Ed: Who are you?
Truth: Oh, I'm so glad you asked. I am called by many names. I am the World, I am the Universe, I'm God, I am Truth, I am All, I am One, and I am also You.

"Who am I? One name you might have for me is the World, or you might call me the Universe, or perhaps God, or perhaps the Truth. I am All, and I am One. So of course, this also means that I am You."

"Uzu Sanageyama, Honnouji Academy's Athletics Committee Chair. Uzu Sanageyama, one of the Honnouji Academy's Student Council Devas. Uzu Sanageyama, a man with so many titles that introducing him has eaten up this entire preview!"

    Comic Books 
"I've had so many names over the years, and likely will have many more in time, but why don't you just call me Mr Dark, hmm? That's a name to fit any age, and should do splendidly, don't you think?"
Mr Dark, Fables

Carol Danvers: You have like fifteen alternate code names, anyway, Monica-Photon-Pulsar-Captain-Marvel-Rambeau!
Monica Rambeau: I'm sorry, did I just hear that right? Am I being judged by, by Ms.-Captain-Warbird-Binary—Marvel...?

"He has been known by many names; the Prince of Lies, the Director, Lucifer, Belial, and once, at a party, some obnoxious drunk kept calling him 'Dude'."
Stig's Inferno

Moira: I think that we shall be great friends. Err... but what's yuir name? I presume ye have one?
Cable: Oh I have many Mrs. Mactaggert... I have many.

Monica Chang: Hey, "Wolf-Bro".
Victor Mancha: What? It's "Skull Boss" now.

    Fan Works 
"The creature that we're referring to goes by many names. The inhabitants of the ancient planet of Gama called it Mictlantecuhtli. The people of Sura called it Erebus. Other races in the common tongue refer to it as Death Bringer. But the race who first encountered this entity in the early days of our universe called it Esdraelon, which translates to 'the one who will end all worlds'."
King of the Gods Ra telling Bardock about Esdraelon, Dragonball Z: Legacies

"In this line of work, if you survive, you learn that there's three kinds of Dark Wizards. There's Dark Wizards that have one name. There's Dark Wizards that have two names. And there's Dark Wizards that change names like you and I change clothes."

Kara: Who are you? What does your— Dreaming— need me to do?
Dream: There are more names for me than I can even remember. Perhaps all who dream know me by a name unique to them. But I have been called Kaickul, L'zoril, Shaper, Morpheus—
Kara: [covering her mouth] The Dreamsmith!

There was indeed one of the First Aeldari alive, and she had been hiding under everyone's noses as Lelith Hesperax, the Queen of Knives. After the Mark of Commorragh, it wasn't exactly difficult to reassemble the fragments and find other names: Qa'leh, Mistress of Blades; First Gladiator; First Sword-Bearer; the Uncrowned Empress; Princess of the Hunt; Commander of the Abyssal Fleet; Blood of the First Line.
But there is one name above others that is hers and that no one will claim until the stars die and the Aeldari race vanish from memory.
She is the Queen of Blades.
The Weaver Option, Extermination 8-4

"My name is Ben Sobel... -lioni. Ben Sobellioni. I'm also known as, uh, Benny the Groin, Sammy the Schnazz, Elmer the Fudd, Tubby the Tuba, and once as Miss Phyllis Levine."
Ben Sobel, Analyze This

Gabriel: Son of Perdition! Little Horn. Most Unclean.
Lucifier: I do miss the old names.

Kevin Lomax: What are you?
John Milton: (chuckles) Oh, I have so many names!
Lomax: Satan.
Milton: ...Call me "Dad".

"I go by many names. None of which you are worthy of pronouncing."
Muriel the Grand Black Witch, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

"Me? I've had so many names... old names that only the wind and the trees can pronounce. I am the mountain, the woods, and the earth. I am... I am a faun."
The Faun, Pan's Labyrinth

''"The first name I was given," the old man started.
Trava interrupted him. "We only need one," she said. "Get to the story."''

Thomas Covenant: Who are you?
Lord Foul: I have had many names. To the Lords of Revelstone, I am Lord Foul the Despiser; to the giants of Seareach, Satansheart and Soulcrusher. The Ramen name me Fangthane. In the dreams of the Bloodguard, I am Corruption. But the people of the Land name me the Grey Slayer.
"Many are my names in many countries, Mithrandir among the elves, Tharkûn among the dwarves; Olórin I was in my youth in the west that is forgotten, in the south Incánus, in the north Gandalf; to the east I go not."
Gandalf the Grey, The Lord of the Rings

Every museum and history has a section dedicated to Orj, and we were no exception. Orj the Consumer, Orj the Great Descendant, Orj the Inheritor, and Orj the Eater of his own Progeny.
The Museum Of Unnatural History, by David M Henley

I have worn many names. Earth Terror and Ground Shaker, World Ripper and Night's Fire. I am the Betrayal of Foundations, the Toppler of Cities. I was there when Kharolaen burned and its people choked in burning ash, I laughed as Ynalra drowned in laughter. [chuckles] Yes, call me Old Man.
The Old Man, The Ruin of Kings, by Jenn Lyons

"People call us many things. Targeteers, Contractors, The Business, The Wizards of Armageddon. The last was intended as an insult but we rather like it."
The flat-voiced man, The Salvation War

<Are you the Speranza?> said Kotov.
That is but the most recent of my names. I have had many in my long life. Akasha, Kaban, Beirurium, Veda, Grammaticus, Yggdrasil, Providentia… a thousand times a thousand more in all the long aeons I have existed.

"I have many names, almost as many names as I have years ... You only have one name so far. In time you may get another - or even several. Some people collect names as they go along through their lives. Sometimes names wear out just like clothes."
Belgarath the Sorcerer, Pawn of Prophecy, The Belgariad

Catherine: The Firstborn named me Losara, the Queen of Lost and Found. To the Wasteland I was the Squire, the Carrion Lord's sole apprentice. The fae knew me by many names, though the last I ever bore was Sovereign of Moonless Nights. On this side of the Whitecaps, though? It's a simple name I am known by.
Tancred: The Black Queen. The leader of the Woe.

    Live-Action TV 
"Do you know me? Do you know what I am? Do you want to know my name? This is what I am called. I am called Glad-O-War, Grim, Raider, and Third. I am One-eyed. I am also called Highest, and True-Guesser. I am Grimnir, and the Hooded One. I am All-Father, Gondlir, Wand-bearer. I have as many names as there are winds. As many titles as there are ways to die. My ravens are Huginn and Muninn. Thought and Memory. My wolves are Freki and Geri. My horse is the gallowed. I am Odin!"
Wednesday, American Gods (2017)

"The Doctor has walked in blood through all of time and space. The Doctor has many names. The Destroyer of Worlds. The Imp of the Pandorica. The Shadow of the Valeyard. The Beast of Trenzalore. The Butcher of Skull Moon. The Last Tree of Garsennon. The Destroyer of Skaro. He is the Doctor of War."

"Yeah, I go by a few names. Johnny Reubonic, Don Rubio... Cool the Underdog."
John Reuben, "Sing It Like You Mean It"

"So as through a glass, and darkly
The age long strife I see
Where I fought in many guises,
Many names, — but always me."
George S. Patton, Through a Glass, Darkly

    Tabletop Games 
We call this bizarre deity Tzeentch, but in fact of all the gods of men and daemons, He has more names and guises than any other. Tzeentch is change, said to personify every mortal's recognition of, and desire and for, change. His face and form shifts and warps from eternity unto eternity. To the hairy savages north of our great Empire, Tzeentch is most commonly known and worshiped as Tchar: the Great Eagle. In the east, the dread horsemen of the Man-Chu, Kuj and Khazags know Tzeentch as Chen Chi-En: Lord of the Shifting Breeze. And it is said that in the hellish jungles south of the Old World, the Changer of ways is known simply as Shunch. Yet whatever the real and whomever the people, Tzeentch is known always as the Great Schemer; a manipulative and politicking god who should be feared as much as He should not be trusted.

A thousand names and faces bob like flotsam in Nissiku's wake. I hear the Gangrel mutter "Iktomi," and I think of Nissiku. I hear the Nosferatu grumble the name "Malk Content," and I think of Nissiku. Iktomi, Malk Content, Devil Hanse, the Babylonian, Fool-Eater, Old Man Hate - they all catch at the same memory. I am certain that the Clever Prince has survived to modern times...
Vampire: The Masquerade - Clanbook: Malkavian (Revised)

For generations, this Vampire has moved among the living, masquerading as one of them whilst feeding upon young, innocent victims. He has many guises: to the criminal underclass, he is the Master of Shadows; the ruling elite of the city know him as the reclusive Baron von Karsparlund; to traders he is the Secretary of the Merchant's Guid, Daimler Voltz; secretive cultists fear him as the Magister of the Temple Ascendant. With these multitudinous personae to hide his true nature, the Master of the Shadows continues to weave his plots, growing in strength and influence year by year.
Warhammer: Vampire Counts Army Book (7th edition)

Perpetually driven by his own vile ambitions, Fabius Bile has travelled the galaxy more widely than any other man. He has committed so many atrocities that he is outcast even from his own Traitor Legion – even the sensation-seeking Emperor’s Children will not truck with him, for they know the risks well. On Dimmamar, Bile was known as the Chem-master, for there he changed the atomic composition of the air until the population was forced to ingest his transformative serums or slowly suffocate. On Arden IX and in the Bray system he is Manflayer, for there he would wear the skins of those who opposed him as a great stitched cloak, forcing the skinless survivors to carry the garment behind him like a bridal train. To the wretched tribes living among the ravaged hives of Paramar V he is the Clonelord, for he vat-grew obedient twins of every firstborn child and replaced them with their doppelgangers the better to guide the planet’s descent into darkness.
To Bile himself, there is only one title that does his magnificence justice – the Primogenitor.
Warhammer 40,000: Champions Of Chaos

    Video Games 
"I am the Bookbinder, but I have many names. Keeper Of The Dead, Lord Of Dreams, Hades, Echo Master, That Crazy Dude Who Talks To Zombies. Hehe. People, so creative."
Bookbinder, Code 7, "Episode 3: Backdoor"

Aveline: I know what she is: the Witch of the Wilds.
Flemeth: Some call me that. Also Flemeth. Asha'belannar. An old hag who talks too much.

"I promised you my name. There are so many names: once upon a time, a prophet forced me to admit the seventeen names I used to sow mischief. Say My Name: Abeko. Abito. Amizo. Say my name! Batna. Eilo. Ita. Izorpo. Kea. Kali. Say My Name! Odam. Kokos. Partasah. Patrota. Podo. Satrina. Talto. [...] Can you guess my final name? Lilith. "

I have been Freyja. I have been Thanatos. I have been Maman Brigitte. I have been Anubis, Izanami-No-Mikoto, Erishkigal, Hades, Santa Muerte, Azrael, Daena, Ankou, and more.

    Web Comics 
Hecate: I am Trimorphe, the Gatekeeper, the Light-giver, Lady of the Below, and She Who Turns Away. But you, Persephone, can call me Hecate. Everyone underground does.
Persephone: That is an awful lot of titles.
Hecate: The longer you live, the more you get. Mortals are incredibly fond of naming things.

    Web Original 
"Signed, (with all my aliases),
Big T
T Dog
T Money
T Fella
Mr T
Mr Huge T
Huge T
T Gun
T Gunner
T Shot
Shot Big T
Tall T
T Gamer
Master T
King T
Massive T
Big T Bomb
T Bomb
Thankful T
Friend of Bruno
Gracious T
T Baby
T Money
T $
T $$$

—"homework 1", Dream SMP

"Although SCP-507 has an already-established name due to its unremarkable upbringing, it seems to find entertainment in forcing those it meets to give it a nickname in lieu of divulging this information. Thus SCP-507 will now respond to the names Tommy, Steve, Bruto, Guy, Houdini, and Grabnok the Destroyer."

I am known by many names. "Mountain Slayer." "Thunder Lion.""The Chocolate Axe." But you? You may call me... Tiffany.
Agil/Tiffany, Sword Art Online Abridged

Uno: Legend has it the Grey Men are walking around.
Ragan: The Soulless.
Masema: The Shadowsoulled.
Lan: The Shadow-eyed.
Moiraine: The Shadow-walkers.
Min: The Soul Brothers?
Uno: The Soul Masters.
Min: Oh, the Funky Shadow Dancers.
Moiraine: The Dark Soul Chorus.
Lan: The Dark One's Ensemble of Evil-Souled Dark Nightwalkers.
Min: I wonder if they'll show up later in the story.
Lan: Probably not.

"C.Wizzy, Chad Daddy. I go by many different names. Big Poppy, a'ight..."

    Western Animation 
"You speak my name, but you do not know me. I am Ch'rell, Oroku Saki, Duke Acureds: the ONE, TRUE, SHREDDER! I am a destroyer of worlds, and I fear NO-ONE!"
Shredder, Turtles Forever

    Real Life 
"The most famous hero of the story of the New York City underworld is Edward Delaney, alias William Delaney, alias Joseph Marvin, alias Joseph Morris—alias Monk Eastman, the leader of a gang of twelve hundred men.
Those shifting "dodges" (as tedious as a game of masks in which one can never be certain who is who) fail to include the man's true name—if we allow ourselves to believe that there is such a thing as "a man's true name." The fact is, the name given in the Records Division of the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn is Edward Ostermann, later Americanized to Eastman."
Jorge Luis Borges, A Universal History Of Iniquity, "Monk Eastman, Purveyor of Iniquities"


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