I'm sitting here, working on a draft of my first chapter for this new novel. I have a scene where, out of nowhere, one of the characters turns around and abruptly asks, "By the way, what's your name?" It's horribly out of place in the context of the chapter, and frankly a lazy way to introduce my character's name. His name is important, because he's an important character, so I'm not sure how to go about revealing it. I don't want to spend the entire chapter referring to him as a "mysterious figure" or "enigmatic individual" or anything else in that box, so I was wondering: How do you introduce your characters' names? I suppose I could easily just mention his name in passing as I introduce him, like I've seen in various other novels, to give the impression his name is "already known" by the reader. I prefer to give the introduction of a name some spotlight though, to help give a feel of a character's importance. I could have someone mention the character's name who isn't supposed to know him, for example, for the somewhat cliche "how do you know my name!?" scenario. That's a bad example, but its the concept I'm getting at. I'm considering changing around the chapter to a situation where my main character is alone, though, and I'm having some trouble thinking of a clever way to reveal his name in that situation. What do you all think?