There is a trope in American visual media (movies, television) in which a main character meets aliens or indigenous peoples unfamiliar with the name conventions of the character's culture.

Very commonly, the main character will introduce themselves as "John Doe" and the supporting characters will subsequently always refer to them by their first and last names as a compound word: "JohnDoe".

This gag became attenuated in the "Bond, James Bond" tradition, where the main character uses that structure to introduce themselves, and is subsequently always referred to as "DoeJohnDoe".

  • What is the first appearance of either form of this gag?
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    Not confident enough to put this as an answer but its a joke in the books, radio-show, tv show and possibly movie of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Arthur Dent introduces himself like that and is henceforth referred to as Dentarthurdent by one character. So that would have first appeared in 1981 in TV form. – iandotkelly Nov 17 '17 at 20:38
  • @iandotkelly nice instance, but it's definitely much older than Hitchhikers! – DukeZhou Nov 17 '17 at 20:40

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