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  • Seen in William Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar, where the self-loving and egotistical soon-to-be dictator Julius Caesar keeps on referring to himself in the third person. After assassinating Caesar, Brutus begins to do so as well on occasion, although not nearly as consistently as Caesar did. This probably derives from Real Life, as the real Caesar did this in his writing.
  • More or less the central gimmick of Samuel Beckett's Not I, a monologue in which the central character desperately denies that the person whose tormented life she is describing is really herself. Maybe...
  • One William Shakespeare editor noted that "Hamlet frequently speaks of himself in the third person; which is characteristic of the philosophic man,—reflective, thoughtful, given to moralize and speak in the abstract."
  • Not all the time, but Inspector Javert in Les MisÚrables does this frequently enough to be noticed. It suits him, given that he is seen by many people in the play and audience (and to some extent, by himself,) less as a person and more as an avatar of the aloof, relentless, impartial law.
  • Doctor Faustus repeatedly refers to himself in third person.