The "withheld" name (name nerd spoilers - Teen Wolf)

Have you ever watched a TV show where one of the running gags is "nobody knows this character's real name" and the series ends with the big reveal? I've seen it before (a character from Greek who goes by Cappie for 4 seasons before we find out his name is actually Captain John Paul Jones--a reference which was total lost on me, to be honest), but this time around, the reveal delighted me:

"Stiles" Stilinski made it through all six seasons of the show without viewers finding out his first name. His nickname, which everyone including teachers calls him--after multiple scenes over the years of people doing double takes while looking at class rosters or his ID--is obviously based on his last name, as well as being a family nickname. But, we found out in the series finale that his actual first name is... <drum roll, please>... Mieczysław. And, if that weren't awesome enough, he couldn't pronounce when he was small, leading to him coining the extremely appropriate nickname of "Mischief" for himself. 

I think that's amazing! So, kudos to the writers of Teen Wolf (whatever you may think of the teenybopper supernatural genre) for an awesome reveal of the main thing that this name nerd cared about as the show wrapped!


June 8, 2018 9:25 AM

That must have been so satisfying for you!

The one that comes to mind is when we learned Kramer's first name on Seinfeld. It wasn't the end of the series (it was mid season 6 and there were 9 seasons total,) but it was a huge deal when they made the Big Reveal. The thing with intentionally and overtly hiding a name is that it makes the name into a plot point and you'd better deliver something good when you finally tell. Mischief sounds like it did just that!

By mk
June 8, 2018 2:53 PM


I first thought of Seinfeld too. Mr. Big from Sex and the City is another one. I never watched the series, but I think his name wasn't revealed until the finale, or close to it. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is a more recent show. Mac's real name is revealed several seasons in, and I don't think they have revealed the Waitress's name yet.

July 21, 2018 6:06 PM

now I'm thinking of Star Trek, where Uhura's first name had several competing names for decades, none of them canonical. In the 2009 reboot film, Kirk not knowing her first name was a running gag until it was revealed, late in the film, as Nyota (long the most popular of the competing non-canonical names). 

July 30, 2018 9:15 AM

Which means 'star' in Swahili!