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  • Assassination Classroom: Koro-sensei often refers to himself as "sensei", probably to be cutesy, though the official subtitles don't make note of it and just translate it as "I".note 
  • Mazinger Z: Big Bad Dr. Hell occasionally refers to himself in third person when he is ranting, angry or uttering Badass Boasts. Go Nagai's Great Mazinger manga offers a good example:
    Dr. Hell: "Destroy me? How arrogant. A tiny island country intends to destroy Dr. Hell, the future ruler of the world? Alright! I swear I shall crush Japan in merely ten days! And the whole world shall witness the true power of Dr. Hell!"
  • Palla Palla in Sailor Moon, the anime.
    • "Rei-chan" occasionally too.
  • Radical Edward from Cowboy Bebop does this often, although she does occasionally use first-person pronouns.
  • Mai Hi ME manga:
    • Shiho rarely ever uses personal pronouns when referring to herself or other characters.
    • Fumi also occasionally uses Third-Person Person around her mistress, Mashiro, presumably in the humility sense. ("Fumi will always be Mashiro-sama's servant!")
  • Echo of Pandora Hearts often says such things as: Echo is Echo, although she will also refer to herself as I.
  • Nodame, in Nodame Cantabile. It indicates her eccentric, often childish personality.
  • Spoofed by Poemi in Puni Puni Poemi. She not only speaks in third person, but refers to herself as "Kobayashi"... which is the name of her voice actress.
  • Riser Phenex does this for some reason in the dubs of High School DXD, though not in the original Japanese.
  • InuYasha
    • Sesshômaru is fond of referring to himself as "this Sesshômaru", a common idiom for arrogance which is often translated into "I, [name]" in English. It was actually explained in a subbing note: Japanese traditionally had a certain "noble" way of speaking, so they'd tend to refer to themselves in third person, or similar.
    • Rin, meanwhile, does the "cute and childlike" variant.
    • Naraku occasionally does the arrogant version.
  • Naruto
    • Other anime characters who call themselves "this [person]" are Zabuza and Madara. Of course, for Madara it could also be to cast doubt upon his true identity, especially when he talks about his past. Particular with one line one translator is equivalent to saying "I am the Uchiha Madara".
    • Jiraiya also once refers to himself as "kono Jiraiya-sama" in his flashback episodes.
    • A young Hinata does the cute/humble version once in a flashback in Episode 166 of Shippuden.
  • Elfen Lied
    • Nana, young teenage girl with the mind of a six-year-old.
    • Although it's not subtitled, Mariko speaks this way in the original Japanese version.
    • The Manga also gives us Anna.
  • Misa from Death Note slips into Third-Person Personage when she's in her cutesy Idol Singer mode.
  • Excel Saga
    • Pedro does this all the time in the anime, and Excel and Hyatt do this in the anime from time to time, too. Excel when she's feeling hyper, Hyatt when she's about to die again.
    • Hiyoko, a minor character from the manga version, always talks this way, while Elgala, a major character, does when by addressing herself as "I, Elgala".
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
    • "The Chazz always rides alone!" (Only in the 4Kids. He uses ore-sama in the original version.)
    • Miho Nosaka in Season 0 of the anime does this at times.
  • Nanami/Tot from Weiß Kreuz, who's a teenager but acts like a five-year-old girl. Well, a five-year-old girl who likes to kill people.
  • Nanami in Revolutionary Girl Utena talks like this quite a bit, especially around Touga.
  • Hana-chan in Ojamajo Doremi Dokkan, a two-year-old with a Plot-Relevant Age-Up. Subverted slightly in that the first time Hana refers to herself as "Hana-chan" in class (and referring to yourself with a -chan honorific is about as babyish as you can get) she gets cruelly mocked by the class Alpha Bitch.
  • Cheza in Wolf's Rain always refers to herself as "this one". She seems to be more prone to this in the show than the manga, however. The manga appears to be an Alternate Continuity Spin-Off, so it's not required to be consistent.
  • Rurouni Kenshin. This is also Kenshin's usual way of addressing himself (since it conveys humbleness)... Except if he's in Hitokiri mode.
  • Pan of Dragon Ball GT.
  • Yuiko Hawatari of Loveless. Although Ritsuka helps her get over this habit.
  • Sasami from the Tenchi Muyo! series, in the Japanese version.
  • Bu-ling / Mew Pudding in Tokyo Mew Mew, and Akaii Ringo from the Playstation game based on it.
  • Kagura Hinata in H2O: Footprints in the Sand. She used normal pronouns as a child, and only started once she was forced to assume her sister's identity. Once she outs herself to the town as Hotaru, not Hinata, she still speaks in the third person, but with the right name.
  • Pino of Ergo Proxy is a cute little Robot Girl. Though it's grammatically correct to use your own name in Japanese, so she uses "I" in the English dub.
  • Kyouka the Cat Girl from Kyouran Kazoku Nikki does this a lot.
  • One Piece:
    • Captain "Black Cage" Hina refers to herself in the third person. Not exclusively, however; it's in short expressions such as "Hina's disappointed" or "Hina's surprised".
  • Damaramu from Dragon Half. Probably to emphasize that he's not all there. "Damaramu's brain is very compact!" — to explain how he survived stabbing himself in the head with his own sword.
  • Mayu, Aoi and Chika from Ai Yori Aoshi, though Aoi usually only uses it with Kaoru.
  • Chi(i) from Chobits graduates from Pokémon Speak to Third-Person Person as she learns to communicate.
  • In a variation of this, in the English dub of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Kamina would refer to himself in the third person on occasion when making some sort of declaration (which is based on the original's use of occasional "ore-sama"):
    Kamina: Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey! Listen up ya walking faces! Having left his homeland, he never yields, never retreats, and never regrets! He faces forward, and never looks back! He's manly! He's tenacious! Kamina of Team Gurren is here to take you on! Let's go!

    Kamina: Just who the hell do you think I am? I'm Kamina! And Kamina would rather die than do something he doesn't want to do!
  • Uzura from Princess Tutu combines this with a Verbal Tic to make Uzura seem young and cute-zura! (Which means she says things like "Uzura is Uzura-zura.")
  • While many characters in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure do this once in a while, Big Bad Dio Brando always refers to himself as "kono Dio", roughly meaning "this Dio". Since that sounds rather silly in English, almost all translations of this expression render it as "I, Dio" instead (e.g. "This is the first time that I, Dio, have felt fear").
  • Lyrical Nanoha
    • Though she does use first-person pronouns, the childlike Reinforce Zwei has a tendency to slip into third-person.
    Reinforce Zwei: Uweh? Rein was an adult from the beginning!
    • Arf does this in the second sound stage of the original series, in which Fate creates her, but she switches to using first-person pronouns by the start of the series.
    • Vivio does this from time to time, possibly to indicate that despite being a clone of the Sankt Kaiser, she's still a child at heart.
  • Dita from Vandread.
  • Samejima Mamimi from FLCL.
  • C-ko Kotobuki from Project A-ko does this often in the Japanese version.
  • Yuzuyu in Aishiteruze Baby does this, as she's five years old.
  • A number of the sisters in Sister Princess do this, including the younger ones (Hinako, Aria), but also Karen, one of the older sisters.
  • Ami Kawashima from Toradora!. In her case, she is all the above. She uses it to when she believes she is too cute and sexy, but never in front of people who don't know about her split personality. She definitely has psychological issues.
  • Minami Asakura from Touch does this pretty often. However, she makes it flow with her speech and doesn't try to be cutesy, making it hard to notice if you don't pay attention or don't know Japanese.
  • In the Fruits Basket manga, Yuki's fellow student council member Kimi does this, apparently to make herself more Moe.
  • Nagisa in the Strawberry Panic! manga and light novels. Thankfully, this "cute" habit didn't make it into the anime. (The official manga translation ignores it, too.)
  • The 20,001 MISAKAs in A Certain Magical Index not only talk in the third person, but narrate what their emotions are. In a deadpan voice, "'I did not detect any irregularities in your brain,' suggests MISAKA with a bit of anxiety." Last Order, who ups the moe, announces herself as the subject of her narration twice, that is, "... says MISAKA, as MISAKA...," etc. No-one ever seems to react or care. When talking amongst each other, they refer to both the MISAKA number spoken to/about and the MISAKA number speaking. Aloud.
  • Ranma ½
    • Shampoo does this in the English dub (in Japanese, she uses "watashi" instead). In her case, of course, it was to point out that she was a foreigner.
    • And Azusa Shiratori too, as typical for a Kawaiiko.
  • Niche from Letter Bee often refers to herself as such.
  • Gundam
  • A few characters from Katekyō Hitman Reborn! tend to do this, including Haru (girliness), Lambo (arrogance), and I-pin (foreigner).
  • Amae Koromo of Saki, who fits both the cute anime and villainous Western types. Depending on her mood, watching this Insufferable Genius of a little girl speak in the third person can be adorable, intimidating, or both.
  • Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE-: Mokona is wondering where Mokona is on this list, as Mokona is Mokona. (Yes, this is because pronouns have gender in Japan, and it's a Running Gag that Mokona's gender is unknown.)
    • Turns out, thanks to them outright stating it in Horitsuba when the uniforms for the school festivals Maid Cafe come up, that White Mokona (Soel) is female and that Black Mokona (Larg) is male. That Mokona is Mokona doesn't change, and Soel will always be everyone's favorite Shiro Manjuu.
  • Mafuyu in Seitokai no Ichizon.
    Mafuyu:*interpreting a character suffering from amnesia* Where's Mafuyu? What's Mafuyu's name?
  • Freyr from Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok.
  • Kero from Cardcaptor Sakura uses this at times, calling himself "the great Cerberus".
  • Murasaki from Kurenai refers to herself in this way. In this case, it serves as making her be both cute and humble.
  • Juvia in Fairy Tail, though this gets lost in the English dub of the anime.
    • Mard Geer of Tartaros does the arrogant version.
  • Serial Experiments Lain. Lain does this near the end of the series. However, the twist is that she should be using second person to talk about herself.
  • Maria in Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei. This, along with her similar aversion to shoes and general strangeness is why many people compare her to Ed from Cowboy Bebop.
  • Natsuki in Initial D.
  • Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple
  • Hagall from Ah! My Goddess has referred to herself in the third person a few times.
  • Aoko Nakamori from Magic Kaito, who is 17 years old and talks like a little girl. It's hinted, though, that this comes from her rather low self-esteem: Aoko views herself as childish, so she acts accordingly.
  • Yotsuba&!: Yotsuba does this a lot (in Yen Press' translation, but not ADV Manga's translation).
  • Yuma from Puella Magi Oriko Magica. She's the Token Mini-Moe.
  • Haruka and Yuuto from Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu tend to do this to each other.
  • Sara from Ai no Shintairiku refers to herself by her name.
  • Manami from Life refers to herself as "Mana". She uses it to seem cute, but it's also used in the more Western idea (it foreshadows her manipulative and egotistical ways).
  • In Code Geass, Lelouch gives his orders in the form "Lelouch vi Britannia orders you" (the last episode is probably the only one featuring this without using the Geass).
  • Nessa does this in Fractale, makes sense since she is a doppel and the original Nessa is a bunny plushtoy.
    Nessa: Nessa loves love.
  • The ghost girl Menma from Ano Hana The Flower We Saw That Day.
  • Digimon Tamers:
    • I, Dukemon, spoke in a construct based around this, but only in the original Japanese. It carries over from his base form; Guilmon did use some pronouns like boku from time to time, but most of the time he spoke in a standard third person way. This also applied when he evolves to Growmon. Of course, it's a bit different with his Ultimate form: Guilmon is a rather childlike character, Growmon is rather a Manchild, and Dukemon is a royal knight, so it's going from "Me Guilmon not know pronouns!" to "I, Dukemon, shall smite thee!" This also reinforces that Dukemon has shades of its own personality, supported by having a very different-soundingnote  voice to Guilmon. It should be noted that while most subtitles render his pronouns as "I, Dukemon", it carries a slightly different connotation to his actual pronoun in Japanese speech, "kono Dukemon"note , showing his specific reference in the third person is more of a humble servant, befitting his standing as a knight, especially in later media where Dukemon actually served a master, rather than the grandiose and self-important sounding "I, Dukemon".
    • Culumon follows a similar pattern with some 'culus' thrown in.
  • Momose from Bloody Cross talks like this.
  • In Girls und Panzer, Katyusha likes to refer to herself in the third person, often "Katyusha-sama" when she's feeling particularly egotistical.
  • Fat Buu does this in Dragon Ball Z, but only in the FUNimation dub.
  • K's Neko has her moments.
    Neko: Neko wa Shiro no neko de...Shiro wa Neko no Shiro da yo~~ (Neko is Shiro's cat and...Shiro is Neko's Shiro!
  • Kind of a plot point in an episode of Hell Girl. Haime and Tsugumi meet a Lonely Rich Kid who talks like this and says that "Mina's Daddy left her". It turns out she is the mysterious Mina, and she's a Creepy Doll...
  • The German girl Tina from Tonari no Kashiwagi-san uses a rather childish language, including using her own name instead of pronouns, and she's described as unused to speaking Japanese.
  • Justified Trope in Nobunaga Concerto: Nobunaga seems to talk that way, but since Nobunaga is actually Saburo, a time-traveling Identical Stranger it makes sense from Saburo's point of view while everyone else is completely confused.
  • Zeno from Yona of the Dawn talks like this. It's later revealed to have tragic origins: his wife suggested it to remind himself of his own name, since, living forever and mostly alone with no one to talk to him, he is in danger of forgetting it.
  • Ayumi tends to do this in Charlotte.
  • Another Ayumi does this too: the one from Detective Conan. In her case, it's justified because Ayumi Yoshida is just six/seven years old.
  • Jessiebelle from Pokémon speaks this way in the Japanese version.
  • Nico Yazawa from Love Live! often speaks like this whenever she's in her cutesy persona yet whenever she isn't, she speaks normally. This also applies to the English dubbed version.
    Nico: Nico Nico Nii! Nico will always be in your heart! Hi there I am Yazawa Nico-Nico! Don't leave me, cause I Nico-need you! (from the FUNimation dub)
    • Yoshiko Tsushima from ''LoveLiveSunshine calls herself Yohane whenever she is in her chuunibyou mode
    • Ruby Kurosawa would also do this, although many fans seem to think that creators did this on purpose to add onto her cuteness.
  • Heintz's daughter Emily from Magnetic Rose speaks this way because she's depicted as a little kid.
  • WORKING!!: Yamada Aoi refer to herself as Yamada. This is obviously not her real name, and at first she did'nt answer when people called her by it, so she probably did it initially to remind herself that she was Yamada.
  • The nekomata Adeba from Kitsune No Yomeiri speaks in the third person at time. This habit, coupled with her sometimes stilted sentence structure, seems to indicate her unfamiliarity with human speech.
  • Xiaxi in Goddess Creation System usually uses the third person to speak to her social superiors, which is a form of self depreciation. Like "this lowly servant Xiaxi would never dare to blah blah blah."

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