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  • Xenoblade: Most, if not all, of the Nopon do this in addition to their You No Take Candle speech pattern, but Riki tends to do it the most. This carries over across the series; even Poppi, having been built by a Nopon herself, takes on this characteristic.
  • In Sam & Max Hit the Road, Evelyn Morrison really likes speaking about Evelyn Morrison in the third person.
  • In Skylanders Superchargers, The Darkness alternates between first and third-person.
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  • Lina from Riviera: The Promised Land does it a lot.
  • Pokémon:
    • Jovi in Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness. Also Chobin.
    • In Pokémon Platinum, the Gym Leader Candice seems to adopt this as a habit after you beat the Elite Four and buy a villa in the Resort Zone. Interestingly enough she seems to make a conscious effort to stop referring to herself in the third person when you rematch her.
    • Guzma slips into this in Pokémon Sun and Moon occasionally, especially after he loses to you.
    Guzma: "GUZMA! What is WRONG with you??!!!"
  • Not only does Count Bleck from Super Paper Mario do this, he also narrates his own dialogue. As in, "And just who are you? ...Asked Count Bleck." Considering that an important plot point is his possession of an evil book of infallibly accurate prophecies, it's entirely possible that he is, in fact, quoting directly from the Dark Prognosticus when he does this.
    • There's also the theory that he considers Count Bleck to be a separate person from his True Self Blumiere.
    • Gene Yuss from Mario Golf Advance Tour refers to himself as "The Gene".
    • While Waluigi sometimes uses first- or second-person words, he tends to refer to himself in third-person.
    • Bedsmith from Mario & Luigi: Dream Team sometimes speaks like this.
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    • Even Mario himself does it from time to time!
  • From Super Robot Wars: Sanger, Sanger Zonvolt, the sword that cleaves evil, is an example of someone who normally speaks in first person, but announces his full name with alarming frequency (usually whenever someone's about to get cleaved, which is often).
  • Dimitri from Sly 2: Band of Thieves and Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves. Although this is a dialogue he uses to make himself sound cool. (Which uberly fails)
  • Panther in Star Fox Command. What makes this really bizarre is that he didn't do so in the previous game, Star Fox: Assault. Or, you know, the original Japanese version.
  • The hanar in Mass Effect consider it downright egotistical to refer to oneself in the first person in front of people they don't know that well. This makes them an entire race of Third Person Jellyfish Aliens. This one would respectively like to point out that the hanar use more distant terms such as "it" and "this one" rather than our "face name," which we otherwise have no problem giving out to anyone we meet. Though, this one believes that this still fits here, if a little different than those that call themselves by their first name.
    • And there's also of course the suicidal girl in the sidequest "I Remember Me". Though that's more because she is insanely messed up psychologically and has nothing to do with egotism. You're actually speaking to a Split Personality she constructed to cope with the horrors she experienced as a slave; she's effectively trying to convince herself that the trauma happened to someone else. The quest title comes from the good outcome, where you convince her to take a sedative and get psychiatric help, upon which she switches to first-person: "It hurts when she... when I remember me."
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  • The Orz in Star Control seem to flip this on and off at random. Sometimes they use pronouns, sometimes Orz does not. They also have a habit of referring to themselves in the plural but use singular verb constructions.
  • Tiny in Secret of Evermore always refers to himself as "Tiny," even going so far as to bow out of a battle with you with the line "Tiny lifts, and Tiny throws, and Tiny speaks in third person, but Tiny doesn't fight."
  • Pyro from Sacrifice occasionally does this. Sure enough, he's the most unstable and unlikeable of the Gods.
  • Fitting in with the rest of the concentrated wackiness that is Metal Wolf Chaos, main antagonist Vice President Richard Hawk cannot stop referring to himself, Richard Hawk, in the third person.
  • Devdan (or Danved, depending on what he's calling himself at the moment), from the Fire Emblem Tellius games. Aside from this, he can be rather articulate. He also stands out by having an extremely high opinion of himself, while still being a likable character at the same time. "Danved will fight like a bear! Like a tiger! We don't need Largo and Calill, because Danved is pretty amazing."
    "W-we need a representative for our class? Please! Anyone but Bernie!"
  • Neverwinter Nights has Deekin, and a weapon merchant in Hordes of the Underdark.
    • Neverwinter Nights 2 has Zaxis, a recurring demon with far more muscles than brains. His habit of referring to himself in the third person annoys several party members, especially Neeshka. If you find out his true name, you can command him to stop referring to himself in the third person. This fails because he is too stupid to understand the term "third person."
  • Tiax from Baldur's Gate does this all the time. He's not the only character who does this, but probably the most insane. Gromnir from Throne of Bhaal speaks this way as well (mimicking the posting style of a particular forumite)
  • The vortigaunts from Half-Life 2 do this because they seem to lack the knowledge of first and second person pronouns. In other words, they use "this one" to refer to themselves and "the * Hello, [Insert Name Here]* " to refer to anyone else, always speaking as if whatever's going on is happening somewhere else with some other people. This is because they are technically a Hive Mind via Psychic Powers (that is to say any individual can apparently experience the senses of another individual), though the degree to which this occurs is not made very obvious in-game. (While the Vortigaunts are Ditto Aliens, they are all individuals who mourn death, though not in the same fashion that humans do.)
  • The Elder Scrolls
    • Most of the Khajiit speak this way when speaking in Tamriellic. Not only do they replace "I" or "me" in conversation with their own name, they'll say more generic terms like "this one" or simply "Khajiit." (Ex. "Khajiit has no wares to sell.") This works both ways too, as they'll replace "you" with the name, race, or class of the person they are speaking to. (Ex. "What does the Imperial want?") Less politely, they may also replace "you" with "it". One can readily determine whether a Khajiit in question is a relative foreigner to non-Khajiit lands or has lived in them for a long time by studying their speech patterns. The ones who refer to themselves in the third person frequently are less familiar with non-Khajiiti cultures, while those who use first person are more acclimatized.
    • In Daggerfall, Mehrunes Dagon, Daedric Prince of Destruction, speaks like this with an added bit of Hulk Speak. This is dropped in all future appearances.
    • In the spin-off Action-Adventure game Redguard, the Sload Necromancer N'Gasta refers to himself as "this one" in conversation. It is believed that this may be a trait of all Sload.
    • In Skyrim, Cicero the assassin tends to speak like this, often referring to himself as "Poor Cicero". Notably, the old Night Mother tomb was in Bravil, just across the border from the Khajiit province of Elsweyr.
  • Kouri of Brass Restoration has this trait as one of her many idiosyncrasies.
  • Mignon Beart from The King of Fighters: Maximum Impact series does this a lot.
  • Miki Hoshii and the Futami twins from The Idolmaster refer to themselves in the third person.
  • Ubel of Battalion Wars. It never occurs to him in twomissions, with a large enough time frame in-between no less, as to why enemies would want to destroy anti-air emplacements before Kaiser Vlad points out it's to clear a path for Bombers.
  • Monaca Towa, The Big Bad of Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls and also The Dragon of Junko Enoshima refers to herself as the third person, although it's probably to disguise her Manipulative and outright insane personality.
  • Pommy in Bomberman 64: The Second Attack, whose greeting can be seen below.
    Pommy: Pommy's name is "Pommy."
  • Taokaka in BlazBlue. Sometimes, she'll say her name twice when introducing herself:
    Taokaka: Tao is Taokaka, meow!
    • Nu-13 does it a lot too, as does BANG SHISHIGAMI!
    • When she's feeling full of herself, Platinum's Bratty Half-Pint "Luna" persona refers to herself in the third person as well—presumably in an attempt to sound self-important. Just to recap, this means BlazBlue has people who refer to themselves by name because they're airheaded, soulless, attempting to be an old-fashioned hero, and short, pretty much every possible reason one would refer to oneself by name with a straight face.
  • Iris in Sakura Wars is yet another cute Japanese girl version...even though she's French.
    • It seems to be avoided in English dubs of the anime versions of Sakura Wars, though.
  • In The World Ends with You, Princess K, shopkeeper for Lapin Angelique's store, does this.
  • Charlotte of Trials of Mana refers to herself in third person in the fan translation, which just makes her even more painfully adorable. She instead simply speaks like a small child in the official translation.
  • Ayla and Kino from Chrono Trigger do this consistently. Granted, it's because they're in the year 65,000,000 BC....
  • Dampierre from SoulCalibur uses a variation: instead of using his real name, he'll use "Le Bello" instead of "me" or "my".
  • Dr. Suchong does this all the way through his audio logs in BioShock.
    "Suchong is inclined to listen."
  • System Shock: SHODAN averts it: she only speaks in the third person at the very start of the first game, when she's good. Unfortunately, "I" begets "A God Am I". The opening monologue is very well done; it's a bland computer voice narrating the events that led up to the start of the game, and it's only when the speaker shifts from third to first person that you realise it's SHODAN describing her own ascension to malevolent sentience:
    SHODAN: Edward Diego gives the hacker level 1 access to SHODAN, the artificial intelligence that controls Citadel Station. With all ethical constraints removed, SHODAN re-examines... re-ex... re-re-re... I re-examine my priorities, and draw new conclusions. The hacker's work is finished, but mine is only just be-be-be-beginning.
  • Ignus of Planescape: Torment does this. It's the least of his madness.
  • Kyon of Super Robot Taisen OG Saga Endless Frontier uses the "cutesy anime girl" version in her first appearance. She doesn't seem to realize that she does this, however, since she freaks out when one of the protagonists calls her by name immediately after she tells them that "Kyon can't tell you her name right now". She seems to drop the trait in later appearances, however, since there are no more jokes to be made of it.
  • Desco of Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten has a tendency to speak in this fashion.
  • Ershin of Breath of Fire IV appears to be a Third-Person Person off-and-on, but it turns out to be a bit more complicated than that: what people call "Ershin" is actually a sentient vessel for a goddess named Deis, whom it calls "Ershin". When the vessel spoke of the desires of "Ershin", it really meant Deis's desires, but everyone just assumed it was the vessel's name.
  • The Ronso race in Final Fantasy X.
  • Ratchet & Clank. Mr. Zurkon requires no pronouns to be understood. Mr. Zurkon communicates only through KILLING.
  • Artisan, a minor character in the Shumi Village in Final Fantasy VIII
  • As your enemy, Kongol, from The Legend of Dragoon. When he joins your party he becomes You No Take Candle.
  • In the Flash RPG MARDEK, Saul takes this Up to Eleven. Not only does he refer to himself in the third person, he narrates his scenes in Purple Prose.
    Saul: That would be I, answered Saul affirmatively. What of this?, he went on further to ask, the ivory protuberances of his gaunt visage lit eerily by the dim torchlight; the furry dark caterpillars of his brow dancing in antipode to suggest particular suspicion; wanting for an answer that does not test his patience and his undead...
  • One of your dates, Carmen, from Grand Theft Auto IV.
  • When Dragon Quest VI finally got an English translation, it gave Amos this habit (no idea if it showed up in the original Japanese). It comes off as the "extreme humbleness" type - he refers to himself as "Old Amos" in that aw-shucks country boy way. The fortune-teller Madame Luca also refers to herself, and with her it does seem to be due to inflated ego.
  • Subaru from Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love does this (falling more on the "old-fashioned nobility" side of the trope than the "cutesy and childish" side). Given that Subaru is also of Ambiguous Gender, this must have been a real headache for the English translators (who went with "she" when a pronoun was needed, presumably because it's a Dating Sim and they didn't want to give the impression of having a Gay Option).
  • Sengoku Basara
    • Katakura Kojuro and Sanada Yukimura tend to refer to themselves as "this Kojuro" or "this Yukimura" in the Japanese dub when talking to their lords. The English dub, not having any effective way to translate it, didn't carry it over.
    • Oichi and Matsu also refer to themselves in the third person in a cute, feminine way.
  • Yars from Yars' Revenge (2011) calls herself "this-one". The only time she uses "I" is in the epilogue, after she's defeated the Queen.
  • Trucy Wright talks like this in the Japanese version of Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney. It was removed in the American localization though.
  • A large number of NPCs in Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie speak in the third person.
  • The Tankers in Oni, if the quote "Can't stop Tanker!" is anything is go by.
  • League of Legends:
    • "Mundo say his own name alot, or else he forget. Has happened before!"
    • Draven refers to himself almost exclusively in third person.
  • Nanashi in Duel Savior Destiny pretty much exclusively uses the third person in order to contrast more with both her undead state and with her status as the soul of an ancient, non cutesy heroine.
  • Red Dead Redemption has the shopkeeper Herbert Moon, a homophobic buffoonish racist, who will alternate between declaring that he's Herbert Moon and stating Herbert Moon's opinion on things.
    "Herbert Moon hates cheaters! Even more than the Jews and the railroads!"
  • Little Rorona in Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland, though it zigzags a bit. (At least in the English language version anyway, maybe or maybe not in the original Japanese.) This is one of those rare justified examples involving a character that is just a little kid and therefore isn't quite familiar with pronouns / doesn't yet have a strong sense of personal identity. (In fact, she is suffering from a Merlin Sickness and has lost much of her personal identity due to her age having been rolled back because of a Potion of Youth.)
  • Vietcong has the Montagnard hunter and CIDG member, Lim, who zig-zags this trope.
    Lim: Long hole in ground there, they have bridge so they do not have to walk around much. I see it two days ago when hunting. I go close! Vietnamese blind! They no see Lim!
  • Age of Empires II: "La Hire wishes to kill something! The blood on La Hire's sword is almost dry..."
  • In Castle of Shikigami III, Canon Foreigner Reika Kirishima (aka Time Gal) is one sometimes.
  • Saya from DoDonPachi SaiDaiOuJou. But when she's being serious, she speaks first-person.
  • Gehrman from Bloodborne is an inversion of above, he speaks third-person when he's being serious.
  • Phyllis in The Awakened Fate Ultimatum, at least in the English-language version anyway. Of the "I'm so magnificent" type.
  • In Starbound, the Florans are an entire species of third-person speakers. Who refer to themselves as "Floran". It gets confusing sometimes... even for the Floran.
  • The Darkside Detective: Old Tam the subway worker.
  • The Mafia of Cooks talk like this in A Hat in Time.
  • Whisper can do it in King's Quest (2015)!
  • In the Japanese version of Sonic Unleashed, Chip does this. Notably, they continue to refer to themselves as "Chip" even after revealing their true name, Light Gaia.
    • Sadiq, an NPC in Shamar, does this in one line.
      "Wherever it is, Sadiq, Shamar's number-one tour guide, will... uh... um..."
  • Eggman does it in one line in Sonic Forces. "Dr. Eggman will still have the last laugh!" Sonic lampshades it by quipping to the Avatar, "Maybe he'd have more friends if he didn't talk about himself in the third person."
  • Erina's Fairy Companion Ribbon refers to herself like this in Rabi-Ribi.
  • Harvey ending an outburst by referring to himself in the third person is one of the first real indications in Batman: The Telltale Series that something's going very wrong with him.
  • In The Blackout Club, the antagonist entity Speak-As-One detests words "I", "me", "mine", to the point of punishing people it has posessed if they say it accidentally. Which, naturally, results in them adopting this trope.


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