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Third-Person People in live-action TV.

  • "You know, Ghoulardi hates nostalgia. Ghoulardi knows nostalgia ain't what it used to be."

  • Season 9 auditions for American Idol have introduced an odd character who spouts his nickname, "Skii Bo Ski" (emphasis on the second syllable), much the way Denny Crane spouts his name. Time will tell if he'll make it long enough for the public to vote on him.
  • Rich from American Ninja Warrior 2 does this randomly in Boot Camp. Even gets a Lampshade Hanging:
    Host: Does Rich always refer to himself in the third person?
    Rich: Rich does today.
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  • In Arrow, Oliver Queen refers to himself as "Oliver Queen" when referring to his civilian persona.
    Diggle: Do you think you can do it?
    Ollie: The Arrow can't... but Oliver Queen can.
    Diggle: I've been meaning to tell you, it weirds me out to no end when you refer to yourself in the third person like that.
  • Zathras, Zathras, and Zathras from Babylon 5. Presumably, they're brothers — Zathras and Zathras did the same thing.
    • Zathras told you that he and Zathras were brothers. And that Zathras has seven more brothers named Zathras. No one listens to Zathras.
    • Captain Jack is also a Third-Person Person, though he does give his real name at one point.
  • Bob in Becker. Lampshaded (as if it wasn't obvious enough) in one episode: Linda refers to herself in the third person and, when called on it, says, "What? Bob's the only one who's allowed to do it?"
  • Being Human: Tully, lampshaded later in the episode when George tries on the device and is promptly mocked by his housemates for being so impressionable.
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  • Boardwalk Empire features the bootlegger George Remus, who constantly refers to himself in the third person. "Remus finds you petty and resentful." This annoys most of the people Remus deals with, as well as being a source of hilarity, not least when Al Capone can't figure out whether Remus is talking about himself or another person. And turns into a Funny Moment when Remus is busted, and is trying to insist that Remus's bribes should keep him safe: "Remus has paid! Remus kept receipts!" Truth in Television: The real Remus was known for doing this.
  • The eccentric nurse Oraetta Mayflower from Fargo Season Four.
  • Boston Legal's Denny Crane doesn't often replace "I" with his own name, but he has to announce himself frequently. Denny Crane! Definitely the ego version.
  • Chris Rock's "Terry Armstrong" routine from Bring The Pain.
    Exasperated Interviewer: You can't go through life not using the word "I"!
    Terry Armstrong: Terry Armstrong is missing your point.
    Exasperated Interviewer: What did you say at your wedding?
    Terry Armstrong: Terry Armstrong do.
  • In Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Terry often refers to himself in the third person whenever he mentions his favorite things (or even just things he likes), usually phrased as "Terry loves [X]". This gets him in minor trouble once, when a female officer named Terri hears him complimenting his own backside and assumes he means hers.
    • While it started off reletively minor, by the point of the Sixth Heist, a character notes that Terry must be feeling ill, as he hasn't refered to himself in the third person recently.
  • The character Karl Malone on Crank Yankers. "Don't hang up on Karl Malone!"
  • Daredevil (2015):
    • Matt Murdock refers to himself in the third person when talking about his superhero persona "Daredevil" or "The Devil of Hell's Kitchen," as a way of disassociating Daredevil from the facade that Matt puts on for people who don't know his secret identity.
    • Foggy has a case of this in the first episode when debating defense strategy on Karen's case:
      Foggy Nelson: All right, I'm just gonna say this once and we can move on. You don't necessarily show the best judgement when beautiful women are involved, Matt.
      Matt Murdock: How would I even know if she's a beautiful woman?
      Foggy Nelson: I don't know! It's kinda spooky, actually. All I know is that if there's a stunning woman of questionable morality in the room, Matt Murdock is going to find her, and Foggy Nelson is going to suffer.
      Matt Murdock: All right, I don't disagree with anything you're saying.
      Foggy Nelson: [sigh of relief] Thank you...
      Matt Murdock: But I need you to back me anyway.
  • Original Cindy of Dark Angel.
  • In the season 2 episode of Dead Like Me called "Hurry", George works with a guy named Ted who incessantly refers to himself as "the Ted", "Tedmeister", and "Tedster".
  • Possibly the earliest television example... in an episode of Dennis the Menace called "Dennis and the TV Set", Fix-it Man Opie continually does this.
  • Doctor Who:
  • Falling Skies: Dai.
    Weaver: Does Dai speak of himself in the third person now?
    Dai: Dai does!
  • River on Firefly sometimes lapses into this. But not nearly as often as fanfics would have you believe.
    River: She understands. She doesn't comprehend.
    • Mind you, this example was in reference to Mal yelling at Simon about the gun River mistook for a stick. "Does she understand how dangerous this is?!"
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Syrio Forel speaks like this.
    • Jaqen H'ghar refers to everyone in indefinite third-person, calling himself "a man" and Arya "a girl".
    • Slaves from Slaver's Bay, including the Unsullied, are required to refer to themselves as "this one" to help destroy their sense of identity. Like all slaves, Missandei refers to herself as "this one" — at least until Daenerys frees her, and she rediscovers her first-person pronouns. Of the Unsullied, Grey Worm has grown out of it, and presumably so have others.
  • Fonzie from Happy Days! Eeeeeeeyyyyyyy!
  • iCarly: At times, Sam refers to herself as Mama. Mama knows her fat cakes. Mama came at the right time! and Mama wins!
  • Bobby Hobbes of The Invisible Man.
  • In the Reality Show Jersey Shore, Mike Sorrentino violates the first rule of nicknames, spells his nickname with a the, and uses his nickname to refer to himself in the third person. These three facts tell you everything you need to know about his personality and character.
  • An interesting version in Leverage: Parker consistently refers to her own alter-ego Alice White as a different person, claiming "Alice made a friend!" She seems indifferent to Eliot's correction that she is the one who made the friend. It's intended to show that Parker is a little nutty.
  • The Magicians (2016): The Binder always refers to himself this way, or "he", and claims not to know what Margo's talking about when she calls it out.
  • Mendol Ikemen has Hinata, who constantly refers to herself as "Hinata" rather than "I".
  • Monk. Adrian Monk, in the episode where he takes mood control medicine, starts referring to himself as The Monk.
  • Chris Keller on One Tree Hill:
    • "Chris Keller feels like Chris Keller's dates sometimes."
  • Funny Foreigner Balki from Perfect Strangers sometimes does this.
  • In Season 5 of Project Runway, Suede referred to Suede quite a bit in third-person. Whether this is charming or profoundly irritating is open to debate.
  • In Psych, Shawn, who's been shot and is locked in a trunk, accidentally calls a woman he'd dated once. When she ignores his requests of help and asks him why he never called her back, he said it was because she spoke about herself in the third person.
  • Todd from Scrubs sometimes refers to himself as "The Todd". Try ALL THE TIME.
  • Seinfeld
    • Used in the episode "The Jimmy", featuring the titular Jimmy who always refers to himself in the third person. This causes Elaine to accidentally agree to go on a date with him because she thought he was talking about the attractive, muscular guy she had been blatantly staring at all day (who as it turns out was gay anyway).
    • George's exposure to Jimmy causes him to start referring to himself in the third person as well. It takes him a while to even realize he's doing it, and it causes a lot of confusion at his job, since his boss is also named George. In later episodes, he stops, but slips back into it whenever he gets angry ("George is gettin' upset!").
  • Elmo on Sesame Street. (ducks)
  • Warlord Shank, the Big Bad from Space Cases does this... of course, he's arguably insane.
  • On Star Trek: Voyager the ship is hijacked by a sentient bomb.
    Tom Paris: When a bomb starts talking about itself in the third person, I get worried.
  • Many a Super Sentai series has a Kawaiiko girl who fits this trope.
  • Fez from That '70s Show referred to himself as Fez, but this wasn't his real name. Eventually, his friends asked him to stop it.
  • In one of the sketches of That Mitchell and Webb Look, Julius Caesar is instructed to talk about himself in this way. It doesn't work at all.
  • The Unusuals has a detective named Eddie Alvarez who says things like, "Eddie Alvarez works alone."
  • The Wire
    • Bunk "The Bunk" Moreland occasionally indulges in this.
    • Omar lives by this trope. Oh indeed.
  • In The X-Files episode "Duane Barry", the character Duane Barry often refers to himself in the third person.


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