A nickname was a name other than an individual's real one, usually chosen by others, such as a lover, (TOS: "The Man Trap") a friend, (DS9: "The Alternate"; VOY: "Equinox") or a sibling. (ENT: "Cold Station 12")
Though most were a sign of the name caller's affection, (DS9: "The Alternate") some nicknames were given cruelly, such as Wesley Crusher's bestowing of the moniker "Broccoli" on Reginald Barclay. When Data argued that nicknames were usually given as a sign of fondness, Geordi La Forge agreed and put an end to the "Broccoli" name calling. (TNG: "Hollow Pursuits")
- See Category:Nicknames.