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"Oh, no, Johnny Steps is losing! And that's me!"

A Third Person Person is a character who always refers to himself or herself in the third person.

In Japanese media, girls who are childish or cutesy may refer to themselves in this manner. In older characters, however, it may be a sign of psychological issues, such as a very traumatic event in their past. It also may be a sign of humility, so Samurai and noblewomen usually refer to themselves in the third person when talking to their lords. If a character transitions into a Third Person Person over the course of the series, watch out for signs of Yandere, and keep tabs on all pointy objects.


On the other hand, a Western character who refers to himself in the third party will usually either be vain, egotistical, or self-absorbed — the implication being that he is so in awe of himself that even he views himself objectively — or a Hulk Speaking primitive. Or, the character could be just a Cloudcuckoolander with a weird speech mannerism. An egotistical villain will especially refer to himself in this fashion if he has a cool or impressive-sounding name or title. Sometimes a character with Acquired Situational Narcissism will temporarily become a Third Person Person as a sign of his suddenly expanded ego. Use of Japanese Pronouns may append a kono ("this") and/or -sama to the name for that added dose of egotism. Use BOTH for the supreme ego.

The technical term for this is "illeism", from the Latin word for "that" (sometimes also used like "he") with "-ism" attached. If the speaker does this for only for a story in which they are revealed as the central character, its And That Little Girl Was Me or Narrator All Along

See also Hulk Speak. Almost as bad as people who insist their name has a "The" in there somewhere.

Examples of Third Person Person include:


  • A commercial for Progressive auto insurance has a guy who comes into "the Progressive store" to talk with Flo about auto insurance refers to himself in this manner, confusing her at first. Then another associate shows up and he gets confused as well, leading Flo to be all "Here we go again."

Anime & Manga


 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.
  • Sayuri, in Kanon. Her crushing guilt over her well-meant but harsh treatment of her younger brother and his early death in her Backstory led her to switch to third-person to distance herself from herself.
  • Doll in Half Prince does this, along with her Magical Girl In the Name of the Moon using her name 
  • Radical Edward from Cowboy Bebop does this often, although she does occasionally use first-person pronouns.
  • Mai-HiME 
    • Shiho in the manga. At times, she'll even only use other characters' names instead of personal pronouns.
    • Fumi also occasionally uses Third Person Person around her mistress, Mashiro, presumably in the humility sense. ("Fumi will always be Mashiro-sama's servant!")
  • 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.
  • Fuko of Clannad, a small, childish character. She continues to speak this way even when she's an adult, though this because she was in a coma for several years. Her sister Kouko points out that people would take her more seriously if she spoke in first person instead, and Fuuko tries it...but immediately gives up.
  • Inu Yasha
    • 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.
  • 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 the first series 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 Wolfs Rain always refers to herself as "this one". She seems to be more prone to this in the show than the manga, however.
  • 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 Catgirl from Kyouran Kazoku Nikki does this a lot.
  • Captain "Black Cage" Hina of One Piece refers to herself in the third person.
  • 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 from Ai Yori Aoshi. Aoi and Chika do it too in the manga, but it could be because of translation problems (pronouns are tricky across languages).
  • Rena Ryuguu in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. In her case, it's both cutesy and sinister.
  • 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.")
  • Dio Brando in the English dub of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure OVA would constantly refer to himself in the first person, then the third person, just to cover his bases ("This is the first time that I, Dio, have felt fear").
  • Magical Girl 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 To Aru Majutsu no 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 One Half
    • Shampoo. 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 Katekyo 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.)
  • Mafuyu in Seitokai no Ichizon.
  • Freyr from Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok.
  • Kero from Cardcaptor Sakura uses this at times, calling himself "the great Cerberus".
  • Murasaki from Kure-nai refers to herself in this way. In this case, it serves as making her be both cute and humble.
  • Juvia in Fairy Tail.
  • 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
  • Maria from Umineko no Naku Koro ni.
  • 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.


Comic Books

  • Face it: if you were named Victor Von Doom, you'd probably refer to yourself as "Doom" a lot too.

 Minion: Doom, why does every word you say sound like you're speaking into a microphone?

Doom: I am. Every word of Doom must be recorded for posterity.

  • The eponymous hero if Cerebus does this until the day he dies. And after. Though he has actually referred to himself as "I" at least once.
  • In the Asterix books, Julius Caesar would often do this. At one point he has the exchange "He's great!" "Who?" "Er... you!" "Oh, him!" This is a reference/parody to the fact that the real life Julius Caesar wrote his memoirs in third person.
  • Caliban of X-Men does this, at least in the early Morlock stories. Another Morlock, a one-shot named MeMe (whose name should be "good luck ever sleeping again") does this, too (with a Verbal Tic that has him repeating other words as well, so his name may actually be "Me").
  • In the Salvation arc of Preacher (Comic Book) local Big Bad Odin Quinncannon constantly refers to himself in the third person. Unfortunately for him, Jesse Custer hates people who do that and proves it by throwing Quincannon through the nearest window.
  • Rorschach of Watchmen sometimes uses the third person to refer to himself, but usually to distinguish between what he does and thinks as Rorschach and as Walter Kovacs, especially when describing his Freak-Out.
  • Police Commissioner Preston Stoker in Warren Ellis' Doktor Sleepless.
  • Petalwing, and presumably all of the Preservers in Elf Quest. They're also ignorant of pronouns, always referring to themselves by name.
  • In Kingdom, the only dog soldier who doesn't do this is Rex Horizon, to indicate his great intelligence.
  • Jack Kirby's Cosmic Dictator Darkseid has referred to himself in such a manner, often when giving speeches, though sometimes he does it in plain conversation. 
  • The Spike, member of the second X-Force (before it was renamed X-Statix), often referred to himself as such. This is possibly an attempt to clarify that he bears no relation to team director Spike Freeman. Mr. Freeman's Spike; the Spike is the Spike, thank you.
  • Yorick from the German comic YPS.
  • Feist in Sonic the Hedgehog. Likely a side effect of being a god.
  • The characters talk like this in the Malibu Mortal Kombat comics. You begin to wonder if Outworld lacks first person at all.
  • Rahan and other characters from the comic talk like this, being cavemen.
  • The Hulk often refers to himself in the third person. Depending on the Writer, this is either simply primitive Hulk Speak, the Hulk being arrogant (Hulk is strongest one there is, remember?) or a mixture of the two.
  • Mantis of The Avengers always referred to herself as "this one."
  • Vault, a minor villain from Invincible and its sister books The Astounding Wolf Man and Capes. Vault is a comically self-sure villain and an inveterate braggart, so it fits him very well. "Vault is prepared — unstoppable!"
  • In 2000AD there is the Lowlife strip, featuring a wally squad (undercover) judge named Dirty Frank. He's pretty...odd...and generally refers to himself in the third person (and occasionally brushes against the fourth wall).

Comic Strips

  • Calvin and Hobbes has a short arc where Calvin demands that he be called "Calvin the Bold", going on to say that "Calvin the Bold will begin referring to himself in the third person." Then his dad knighted him with the name Mud, and the whole charade disappeared very quickly.
  • Lucy van Pelt did this when she was very young, in early Peanuts strips.
  • Terry and the Pirates has several of these: Dragon Lady, Sanjak, Rouge, Klang...

Fan Works

Films — Animation

Films — Live-Action


 "There's only one person authorized to transport superheroes: Ron Wilson — Bus Driver. And I am Ron Wilson — Bus Driver!"

  • Seen in the film American Pie, where the self-named "Shermanator" refers to himself in the third person and tries to pick up women.
  • Golden Sparrow in The Forbidden Kingdom refers to herself as she. Like Kanon's Saiyuri, this is due to emotional trauma (and the fact that it doesn't sound nearly as strange in Chinese).
  • The titular heroine from the 1968 movie Great Catherine, played by Jeanne Moreau, does this sometimes.
  • The title character from Bicentennial Man refers to himself as "This one", as do all robots. It is a sign that he has become self aware when he refers to himself as "I".
  • Kurt Bozwell in Good Burger does this throughout the movie, leading to many funny retorts from the main characters.
  • Pavi Largo from Repo! The Genetic Opera does this a good fifty percent of the time. Of course, he is a face-stealing narcissist...
    • Come to think of it, it sort of runs in the family: both Rotti and Luigi refer to themselves in third person a few times as well. Amber probably would do the same, if she ever managed to use a sentence that didn't start with 'I'.
      • Amber does manage to use sentences that don't start with 'I'--when she's trying to get a hit from Grave-Robber or get into someone's pants.
        • Or get a hit from Graverobber by getting into his pants.
  • Jack Burton from Big Trouble in Little China uses this on many occasions, as he is quite fond of quoting himself.

 "Like old Jack Burton always says: It's all in the reflexes."

  • Angela from the Eragon film speaks this way, though she didn't in the original book. Not to mention that she is so unimportant to the plot that it doesn't even matter to begin with.
  • Data in The Goonies occasionally slips into this.

 Data: Data's okay. But Data's tired of falling and Data's tired of skeletons.

  • Lampshaded and Played for Laughs in The Tuxedo. Jackie Chan's character, who is impersonating his boss Clark Devlin, inadvertently mentions that "Mr. Devlin liked insects too", and tries to remedy this slip by claiming that "I like to refer to myself in the third person." His partner Agent Del Blaine counters: "Del Blaine thinks you're an idiot."
  • Syd in Children of Men. Syd doesn't know why they want to get inside the camps. Syd doesn't want to know. Syd doesn't care.
  • Rico in Little Caesar, the film considered the codifier for the gangster genre, did this quite a bit. In fact, his dying words are "Mother of Mercy — is this the end of Rico?"
  • Mongo like to play!
  • In Phantom of the Opera Erik has an unfortunate tennancy to slip into this.


  • "This Trope thought it could get away with not noticing him, but it failed to account for Hercule Poirot." In an Insufferable Genius way, usually after The Reveal.
  • The artist Boday, from Jack Chalker's series "Riders of the Winds". In her case, it's not egoism, but rather quirkiness bordering on insanity.
  • In the Star Wars Expanded Universe, nearly all members of the Gand species refer to themselves in the third person, due to their belief that referring to yourself as "I" assumes everyone knows who you are and is the height of arrogance — unless a Gand has been officially declared notable enough to warrant it.
    • Young Gand have no names; only after they've done something (say, learning to pilot a ship) do they even get a basic name. Doing something more noteworthy (say, mastering advanced pilot techniques and astronavigation) nets them a personal name, and they have to be truly special to be put through the ceremony that lets them go by "I". Embarrassed Gand use the less specialized names — to make it clearer, Ooryl Qrygg goes by Ooryl normally, Qrygg if he's uncertain or embarassed, and Gand if he's being really humble or has screwed up massively. Being deemed noteworthy enough for "I" just adds another layer; he slips back into third person from time to time.
      • The author of the part of the X Wing Series that involves Ooryl, Michael Stackpole, wrote this in the "About the Author" blurb at the end of The Bacta War.

  [...] and hates writing these "About the Author" pieces because they force him to refer to himself in the third person. Being neither a Gand nor a presidential candidate, he finds this awkward.

    • The Gand bounty hunter Zuckuss (who appeared for a single scene in The Empire Strikes Back and later became an important supporting character in Tales of the Bounty Hunters and Bounty Hunter Wars) is portrayed as an outcast from Gand culture because he quite freely uses personal pronouns.
    • Barabels are hinted to use third person speaking too, not only when referring to themselves but to others as well. Which leads to confusion when "this one" is used to replace both I and you.
  • Proprietor Tom from Deltora Quest.
  • All wolves in The Belgariad speak using "one" instead of "I", or "me", or "you", or... you get the idea. This is supposed to be because wolves have a Hive Mind, but this doesn't bear out in their actual behaviour.
  • Harry Potter
    • "Dobby is a free elf!" All house-elves, actually. This likely stems from the fact that they live to serve others and therefore have no real sense of self.
    • Lord Voldemort occasionally does the egotistical version. ("Worthless and traitorous as you are, you helped me... and Lord Voldemort rewards his helpers...")
  • Gollum/Sméagol in The Lord of the Rings. Tom Bombadil as well.
  • The Unsullied in A Song of Ice and Fire are an extreme example. They are slaves who have had their real identities literally beaten out of them since childhood. The Good Masters make them pick their names at random each day from a bag, each a combination between a color and a type of vermin. They are forced to refer to themselves as "this one" instead of "I", and given different names each day in order to ensure they will not have any sense of individuality. Like the house-elves mentioned above, the Unsullied live only for their duty.
    • Shagga, son of Dolf, Strong Belwas and Jaqen H'Ghar are also examples, with H'Ghar being a really interesting case. Not only does he forgo using first person pronouns, but also second person ones, and names in general, choosing to refer to everyone by generic nouns complete with indefinite articles. Instead of saying, "I don't like you," he would say, "A man does not like a girl."
  • Erik in Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera. And how.
  • Thomas Cromwell in Hilary Mantel's Wolf-Hall.
    • Not really. The book is told in the third person, and told from Cromwell's point of view. Cromwell, however, is almost never referred to by name in the narration; often enough, "he" refers to Cromwell, even though you'd expect it to refer to another character. He does not refer to himself in the third person in dialogue, and there's no reason to believe that he's the narrator.
  • The title character of Doctor Faustus
  • Formal Chinese etiquette requires those who appear before Judge Dee's bench to use the third person; such as, "This person would like to report a crime." It is generally proper to use the third person when formally addressing a superior. 
  • The titular protagonist of Shane does this towards the end of the book. It is in fact a form of Badass Boast; 'No man should be ashamed of being beat by Shane.'
  • Fax from Anne McCaffery's Dragonflight does this occasionally as a veiled insult when speaking to F'lar.
  • The damane in the The Wheel of Time series are required to say their names instead of the pronoun "I", as a means of humiliating/dehumanizing them.
  • Malazan Book of the Fallen: Kruppe is deeply hurt by the fact, that his humble self was not mentioned earlier. It reminds him of what happened few years ago. It begins with Kruppe...
  • In the semi-dystopia of "Everlasting" by Holly-Jane Rahlens, the first-person singular pronoun was abolished some centuries earlier as part of an ideological war, and is now known only to historians and to the residents of a few vaguely Amish-like enclaves.
  • Quid from the Xeelee Sequence novel Raft.

Live-Action TV

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Seinfeld
    • Used in the episode "The Jimmy", where Elaine accidentally dates a guy who only refers to himself in the third person.
    • George's exposure to Jimmy causes him to refer to himself in the third person as well. When he realizes he's doing it, he stops, but lets it slip out several times throughout the series at moments when "George is gettin' upset!"
  • 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?"
  • Many a Super Sentai series has a Kawaiiko girl who fits this trope.
  • Todd from Scrubs sometimes refers to himself as "The Todd". Try ALL THE TIME.
  • ICarly: At times, Sam refers to herself as Mama. Mama knows her fat cakes. Mama came at the right time! and Mama wins!
  • 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.
  • Monk. Adrian Monk, in the episode where he takes mood control medicine, starts referring to himself as The Monk.
  • 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.
  • Fonzie from Happy Days! Eeeeeeeyyyyyyy!
  • Bobby Hobbes of The Invisible Man.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.

  • 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?!"
  • The Unusuals has a detective named Eddie Alvarez who says things like, "Eddie Alvarez works alone."
  • Original Cindy of Dark Angel.
  • The Wire
    • Bunk "The Bunk" Moreland occasionally indulges in this.
    • Omar lives by this trope. Oh indeed.
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • In the X-Files episode "Duane Barry", the character Duane Barry often refers to himself in the third person. 
  • 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.
  • The character Karl Malone on Crank Yankers. "Don't hang up on Karl Malone!"
  • "You know, Ghoulardi hates nostalgia. Ghoulardi knows nostalgia ain't what it used to be."
  • 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.


 Weaver: Does Dai speak of himself in the third person now?

Dai: Dai does!

  • 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.
  • Boardwalk Empire features George Remus who refers to himself in the third person. Because he is very rich and a powerful supplier of illegal alcohol, people generally do not call him on it. 
    • The Ken Burns documentary Prohibition mentioned that the historical George Remus was also known for doing this.
  • 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.


  • "Opheliac" by Emilie Autumn uses the psychological version of the trope. "She speaks in third person/So that she can forget that she's me."
  • Tim Minchin's Rock And Roll Nerd doesn't want to seem self-obsessed, so he writes his songs about himself in third person.
  • Soulja Boy Tell 'Em usually starts with his songs with "Soulja Boy Tell 'Em". (Nach.)
  • This doesn't happen all the time, and it doesn't seem to happen as often as it once did, but it has been a recurring feature in rap/hip hop music for the lyrics to include the artist or group refering to themselves in third person. This often happened especially during the 1980s and 90s.
  • "Whatever Jigga say, Jigga probably do"
  • Eminem does this a lot.

New Media

  • This Troper has seen this... somewhere.
    • And it shouldn't be there! Stop doing it!
  • It is almost instinctive in Gender Bender stories to refer to one's opposite-gender self in the third person, usually as her name.
  • I Love Bees has Monster Ann, a minor antagonist who speaks this way. 

Pro Wrestling

  • The Rock says... he is going to lay the smackdown on the jabronis who neglected to mention him here!
  • Not as common, but Mr. Kennedy (...KENNEDY!) still makes it a big deal in his pre-match promo.
  • It's not uncommon for wrestlers to use their title nicknames to refer to themselves. Triple H has been quite guilty of this lately (King of Kings going back on his throne, you know the deal).
    • ... and that's the bottom line, 'cause Stone Cold said so!

Puppet Shows

  • This is a permanent feature of the puppet for Alain Delon (see Real Life below) in Les Guignols De L Info.
  • Elmo of Sesame Street does this; it's part of the reason he's so adorable. Not so much ego as he hasn't learned pronouns yet.
    • The Mexican version, Plaza Sesamo, has Lola doing it as well, since she's the show's Elmo equivalent.


  • Mitch Benn spends part of one episode of Mitch Benn's Crimes Against Music in the third-person for tax purposes.
  • Most of the cast of The Navy Lark would slip in and out of whenever it was funny, but C.P.O. Pertwee and Fatso Johnson would do it more than most.
  • Denis King of Hello Cheeky would do this whenever he had just told a terrible, terrible joke. Usually the statement would go along the lines of "How does he think of them?" or "He's working well tonight!"


  • Seen in 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 (see below).
  • 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 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."

Video Games

  • Lina from Riviera the Promised Land does it a lot.
  • Jovi in Pokémon XD. Also Chobin. As they were two of the first NPCs encountered in the game, at least a handful of people began to fear that everyone would talk like that.
    • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 Starfish 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 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.
  • 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 games that take place on Tellius. 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."
    • The manaketes Fa from Sword of Seals and Nowi from Awakening speak in the third person, as well, which reinforces their nature. In Nowi's case, this is toned down in the localization.
    • Vaike and Gregor from Awakening do this sometimes too. In Vaike's case, it's done out of comical haughtiness; in Gregor's, it's because he is a Funny Foreigner.
    • In the JPN version of Fire Emblem Fates, Peri does this because she is a Woman Child due walking on her mother's murder when she was a child.. In the localization, she speaks in very juvenile ways instead.
  • Neverwinter Nights have 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)
    • Minsc does it occasionally, too.

 "Minsc will inspire you by CHARGING BLINDLY ON!"


 Pommy: Pommy's name is "Pommy."


 Taokaka: Tao is Taokaka, meow!

    • Nu-13 does it a lot too.
    • I, BANG SHISHIGAMI, am astonished that I have not been acknowledged!
  • Iris in Sakura Wars is yet another cute Japanese girl version...even though she's French.
  • In The World Ends With You, Princess K, shopkeeper for Lapin Angelique's store, does this.
  • Carlie of Seiken Densetsu 3 does this, which just makes her even more painfully adorable.
  • Ayla and Kino from Chrono Trigger do this consistently. Granted, it's because they're in the year 65,000,000 BC....
  • Dampierre from Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny 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 hard: 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.


 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.
  • There's a good reason the multiplayer arcade game Gauntlet (1985 video game) tells you which character is doing things but in single player mode 'Warrior needs food becomes this trope.
  • "Mundo say his own name alot, or else he forget. Has happened before!"

Visual Novels

  • Angie in Shikkoku no Sharnoth, which is kind of odd considering it takes place in Victorian Britain. Ah well.
  • Rizu in A Profile. At one point Masayuki is worried for her when she uses the more standard "atashi" to refer to herself.
  • Katawa Shoujo's Misha plays with this trope a lot. She sometimes uses what sounds like third person speech, but it's because she's voicing Shizune's signs. She also inverts the trope by speaking in first person for a third person. Lastly, she's not above lampshading it either, which is justified when it's to make clear who's actually speaking.
  • Remi from My Girlfriend is the President
  • Da Capo's Miharu refers to herself in third person.
  • Gonta Gokuhara from Danganronpa does this, as he spent 10 years as a child raised by animals in the forest.

Web Comics

  • Magellan has The Man Who Can, who is very particular about his name.
  • Faz of Shortpacked often does this.
  • Thog of The Order of the Stick also talks like this. In fact, most orcs do. This is eventually lampshaded when one orc abandons a chase to attend grammar class, hoping to learn personal pronouns.
  • Schlock Mercenary: Lota is too large for your puny pronouns.
  • The Wotch: "Lord Sykos is announcing his arrival." The full letter can be seen in this comic, and yes, he refers to himself in third person again before finishing it by signing his name.
  • In the world of Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures, being the king or queen of the Fae kingdom requires talking in the third person.
  • Jim Darkmagic from Penny Arcade D&D podcast.
  • Kagerou has two of these: Dark and Dee.
  • Darken: Gort, Lord of Hellfire, usually when he's being particularly egotistical. Also Zathras, who refers to himself only in third person.
  • Girl Genius: Othar Tryggvassen, Gentleman Adventurer! usually uses pronouns, but he announces himself as "Othar Tryggvassen Gentleman Adventurer!" in his first sentence to anyone new.
  • Sauerkraut of Trigger Star.
  • Ed from Digger refers to himself in this way, due to having had no company for many years, and having his name 'eaten' as punishment for a crime. Before Digger gave him his new name, he referred to himself as 'it'. 
  • Waluigi in Brawl in the Family.
  • The Adventures of Dr. McNinja: In the future, Google becomes a robot who looks like a refrigerator and always speaks like this. And also has No Indoor Voice



Western Animation

  • The Simpsons
    • Disco Stu doesn't advertise.
    • But Duffman totally does! Oh yeah!
    • Ol' Gil refers to himself in the third person, yes siree!
  • Uncle in Jackie Chan Adventures.
  • Bombo in Monster Allergy, but he can say "me".
  • Futurama
    • Occasionally, Zoidberg has the tendency to refer to himself in the third person, usually when gloating about something idiotic.

 "... but you still have Zoidberg! You all still have Zoidberg!"

    • "All humans are vermin in the eyes of Morbo!"
    • And of course who could forget Scruffy. The Janitor.
    • "The Big Brain am winning! I am the greetest!" (Justified in that he's trapped in a book written by Fry.)
  • THE BOULDER' is enraged that he has not been mentioned yet! And while he is Avatar: The Last Airbenders Captain Ersatz of The Rock, he still speaks like this even after he became a soldier.
    • Of course, there's "never room for Old Sweepy".
  • The Flea of Mucha Lucha is an even more obvious parody, although he does say "I", "me", or "my" occasionally.
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy depicts Dracula as a crazy old guy who does this.

 "You're not the boss of Dracula!"

  • Transformers
    • Waspinator of Transformers: Beast Wars combined this with an odd, buzzing lisp and several other weird speech quirks. "Ant-bot get blown up, Waspinator salvage. Waspinator get blown up, nobody salvage. Why universe hate Waspinator?"
    • Beast Machines has Tankor, though it's all an act after he gains access to Rhinox's intellect.
    • Wasp of Transformers Animated (who doesn't get the "-inator" part until he's actually turned into a technorganic wasp Transformer) is a somewhat more tragic version, speaking normally at first but winding up sounding much like Waspinator after being driven mad by a lot of Break The Not So Cutie that isn't played for humor as it was with Waspinator. (He's a jerk, but not enough of one to deserve what happened to him.)
    • Me, Grimlock, play with this trope! Me, Grimlock, include name in sentence, but also say "me" which is first person pronoun! In some versions me Grimlock stupid, but sometimes me speech proze... me talk box thingy just broken. Even in the evil universe, I, Grimlock, who is gifted with remarkable intelligence, still speak with such linguistic idiosyncrasies. Mustn't complain to much now, wot?
    • Then there's Soundwave and, to an extent, Wheelie.
    • And the rest of the Dinobots.
  • The title character of Invader Zim does this multiple times per episode, although he still uses personal pronouns when speaking normally, using this trope usually only when he's shouting. "VICTORY FOR ZIM!"
    • In most instances, you can expect almost pornographic Large Ham emphasis on 'Zim.'

 "Zim needs no vacation!"

"Treachery! Lies! ZIIIIIMMM!"

"Zim? Lose? Impossible!"

  • X-Men
    • The '90s animated version of Gambit. Used a little (not to Verbal Tic levels) elsewhere.
    • Apocalypse's Horsemen were prone to using their own names in a sentence whenever possible. "Pestilence shall separate the weak from the strong!" "It's time to welcome Death, X-Men!"
  • A Pimp Named Slickback in The Boondocks. And make sure you call him "A Pimp Named Slickback" or you'll set yourself up for a huge Pimp Smack.
  • The Fairly Odd Parents makes a quick joke about this in the episode where Wanda and her seemingly hotter blonde twin sister switch places in "Blondas Have More Fun." When Jorgen Von Strangle is yelling at the imposter Wanda for irresponsible wishes, Blonda snaps:

 Blonda: Now you listen here jar-head!! I've been running around trying to keep Bucky Mc Death Wish here happy, and what do I get?!

Jorgen: Uhhh...

Blonda: A big musclehead YELLING AT ME ALL DAY!! Wow. I never realized how tough Wanda has it.

Jorgen: But this isn't about you! It's about your getting-less-hot-by-the-second sister Blonda! She won't kiss Doctor Poof Ever Wish and they're going to cancel All My Biceps!

Blonda: I'LL save the show! But you have to promise to stop blaming Wanda for everything!

Jorgen: I dunno why we are talking in third person, but okay. Jorgen will stop yelling at Wanda.

Blonda: And YOU! Stop with the extreme wishing or you'll be kissing Jorgen at MACH FOUR!!

Timmy: Yes! Timmy promises to stop his extreme wishing!


 Mysterio: You dare call Mysterrrio a magician?! Fool! Mysterrio is no illusionist playing parlor tricks! Mysterrio is the master of the aracane arts!

Spider-Man: Well it seems to me "Mysterrrio" is the master of talking about himself in third person.

    • Kraven the Hunter also does this in the very next episode. Spider-Man, naturally, lampshades it.

 Spider-Man: Hey, Spidey never does anything easy! Aw, now you've got me talking in the third person! Just for that... (*Slam!*)

  • Passlings from WITCH do this, Blunk being the most notable. 
  • Oberon in Gargoyles doesn't always refer to himself in the third person, but if he's angry or making a dramatic pronouncement (both fairly frequent conditions for him) he's liable to slip into it. "Oberon does not compromise — Oberon commands!"
  • Lemme tell you something, TV Tropes! Not mentioning Rath from Ben 10 Ultimate Alien makes Rath Really angry!!
  • All of the characters on the preschool-targeted British / Canadian series Waybuloo inevitably refer to themselves in this manner. In fact, this is fairly common for many series targeted directly at that age group, because children at that age often simply don't know any better. In this particular series, the characters also always use third person when speaking to each other, i.e. "What Yojojo doing?"
  • Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: Varg do this too.
  • Needle the Phoenix in the animated Conan the Adventurer series.
  • Magneto is angry that he has not been mentioned yet, and when he gets angry, things begin to happen.
  • El Tigre villains Dr. Chipotle Sr., and his son, Dr. Chipotle Jr., do this. SWINE!
  • Teen Titans: "Foolish biologicals! OVERLOAD WILL DESTROY!"
  • Young Justice gives us the animated version of Harm, a ruthless serial killer of superhumans, how apparently likes to do this a lot. On a related note, he also says "it" instead of "you".

 "Mediocrity such as this is never far from Harm."


Real Life


 "Maybe Bob Dole should run. Bob Dole thinks Bob Dole should run. Actually, Bob Dole just likes to hear Bob Dole talk about Bob Dole. Bob Dole!"

    • Dole later claimed he did this because he felt the persona he had to affect while campaigning wasn't anything like the real Bob Dole. Kinda sad, really, especially considering it failed anyway.
    • Spoofed one time on Family Guy.

 "Bob Dole is the friend of the tobacco industry. Bob Dole likes your style. Bob Dole...Bob Dole...Bob Dole...Bob Dole...Bob Dole...Bob Dole...Bob Dole..Bob Dole (falls asleep)"

  • The same has been said about Alain Delon. Lampshaded in the movie Astérix aux Jeux Olympiques, where Alain Delon is playing the role of Caesar.
  • A standard literary practice when most of the Biblical Old Testament was written. New Testament books that are not letters written in direct address use this as well (at least, most Bible scholars believe that John refers to himself when mentioning "the disciple whom Jesus loved").
    • For that matter, Jesus often referred to Himself as "The Son of Man" while prophesying.
      • Some Christian scholars believe it was actually a title he used to establish himself as THE Christ and the son of, not just any man but THE man, God himself. This is of course, subject to a great deal of interpretation.
  • Any number of professional athletes qualify for this trope — Bo knows that Bo Jackson was an early example, and (as with any narcissistic trope) Terrell Owens leaps to mind.
    • "This is Rickey, calling on behalf of Rickey." — Allegedly, the beginning of a message left by Major League Baseball Hall-of-Famer Rickey Henderson. David Cross spoofed the hell out of this one.
      • Everyone anxiously awaited Rickey's Hall of Fame induction speech in 2009 to see how many times he'd refer to himself in the third person. He stuck to first person the entire time.
    • Karl Malone would rather have people remember Karl Malone for being #2 on the NBA's all-time scoring list than for Karl Malone's constant use of this trope, among other examples of Karl Malone's unique command of the English language. Spoofed again, this time by Jimmy Kimmel on The Man Show.
  • Texas songwriter/humorist/politician Richard S. "Kinky" "the Kinkster" Friedman is known for referring to himself in the third person, though it's tongue-in-cheek on his part.
  • "Comrade Stalin has been told that" Comrade Stalin often spoke in third person. Comrade Stalin also enjoyed quoting Comrade Stalin, in this form.
  • Rahman "Rock" Harper, the winner of the third season of the U.S. version of Hell's Kitchen, referred to himself nigh-exclusively as "Rock".
  • Miss Manners refers to Miss Manners in the third person. Judith Martin, the writer of the column, originally presented herself as Miss Manners's "amanuensis."
  • Famous football player Pelé uses this a lot.
    • So did Zlatan Ibrahimović in his early years.
  • Joe Biden sometimes refers to Joe Biden in the third person when discussing Joe Biden's past political accomplishments.
  • Occasionally comes up in cases of Alter Ego Acting, where the third person and first person may refer to different people. Conversations can get complicated.
  • The group game Silent Football requires its players to call the other players by their proper names, as pronouns are considered insulting and dehumanizing. Accordingly, many players choose to speak in third person so as not to dehumanize themselves. (In some versions of the game, third person is required.)
  • Marines' boot camps require new inductees to refer to themselves as "this recruit", instead of "me" or "I", in order to break the trainee from himself and force him to think as part of a group instead of as an individual.
  • Julius Caesar's commentaries on the Gallic campaigns and the civil war were written in this fashion. Remember, though, that despite having an ego roughly the size of the Campus Martius, Caesar chose third person to disguise his heavily biased propaganda efforts as balanced, dispassionate histories.
  • Referring to self as a third person is rather an etiquette rule in Bahasa Indonesia when said self is older than the person who they share a conversation with. Mostly parents to children.
  • In Thailand, it is extremely common to refer to oneself's nickname in the Third Person, and there's not even a set rule. Elder to younger, younger to elder, among friends, among couples, among family members, etc. The only rule seems to be only one or two syllable nicknames are used. Referring to oneself's first name or full name is still odd. Note that this is all in informal situations, and in formal situations you naturally revert to pronouns.
  • Interpreters. They speak about someone else (the speaker) in the first person, and when said speaker speaks about the interpreter, they have to say that in third person.
  • Colonel Muammar Qaddafi of Libya seemed to be this for a time.
  • Some Autistic Spectrum People do that.
  • Wolfman, a DJ for KMAJ in Topeka, Kansas, not to be confused with Wolfman Jack, who also does this, will usually refer to himself in the third person, except when pointing out that he's the Wolfman.

  "If the Wolfman says you suck, you suck. So there, you suck."


  1. Note also that in Japanese language there is no grammatical distinction between first, second and third person (the verb endings do not depend on person or singular/plural as in English), and the subject often gets omitted. The difference between first and third person is not so sharply obvious in original Japanese texts, therefore, as it is in the English ones where the subject always has to be mentioned. This can be a headache for the translators, and the translations are, consequently, often inconsistent.
  2. except not actually any different