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22nd Apr '16 8:08:20 AM Michael
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* ''VideoGame/{{Belladonna}}'' takes place entirely in the home of Doctor Wolfram von Trauerschloss



* ''VideoGame/{{Belladonna}}'' takes place entirely in the home of Doctor Wolfram von Trauerschloss
22nd Apr '16 8:07:31 AM Michael
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* ''VideoGame/{{Belladonna}}'' takes place entirely in the home of Doctor Wolfram von Trauerschloss
30th Mar '16 7:34:18 PM DoctorCooper
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22nd Mar '16 3:52:14 PM howdotheyriseup
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** His first name is Biblical, referring to a deity with links to child sacrifice. Apparently his mother [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120817#.VvHLdOKLTIU wasn't very literary]] and just picked it out the Bible. There hasn't been an explanation for his apparent noble roots, though.
** There's also been a [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20140411#.VvHMFeKLTIU brief appearance]] [[spoiler: before Martellus shot him in the face, anyway,]] from a [[SuperSoldier Jaeger]] named Rerich, with the original last name of Von Billeguether. Perhaps a noble house that ended up under the rule of the Heterodynes?
14th Mar '16 5:39:56 PM DoctorCooper
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14th Mar '16 6:31:29 AM Nohbody
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* Karl-Theodor ([[OverlyLongName Maria Nikolaus Johann Jacob Philipp Franz Joseph Sylvester]]) Freiherr von und zu Guttenberg, a politican who was the German Defence Minister until 2011. He used to have a [[HerrDoktor doctorate in law]] (making his name [[UpToEleven even longer]]), until someone found out that he had almost completely plagiarised his thesis.
* Creator/DickVanDyke
* And Dick Van Patten, of ''Series/EightIsEnough'' fame.
* Professor Sebastian Van Strien at Warwick University. Aside from being TheUnintelligible and setting [[NintendoHard impossible exams]], he's not exactly ''evil''.
* [[UsefulNotes/UngernSternberg Roman Ungern von Sternberg]], crazy tinpot dictator extraordinaire.
* Creator/ErichVonStroheim, an actor who specialized in Evil German roles.
* [[AncientAstronauts Erich von Däniken]]
* Dita Von Teese, burlesque model and former fiancee of Music/MarilynManson's, presumably chose her stage name for its darker exotic qualities.
* The famous Dutch football (soccer) player, Marco van Basten, regarded as one of the all-time best forwards in the game.
* Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, director of the movies ''Film/TheLivesOfOthers'' and ''Film/TheTourist''.
* Architect Maria Ludwig Michael Mies, to seem more impressive, appended his mother's surname, "van der Rohe."
* Wernher von Braun is a combination of the light and dark. Member of the Nazi party, inventor of the V2 rocket, one of the principal brains (if not '''the''' principal brain) behind the American side of the Space Race. It's still not clear what his motivations for serving the Nazis were, and whether his use of slave labour was forced upon him or merely a cost-saving expedient.
* Music/LudwigVanBeethoven - But wait, why does a German man have a Dutch surname, you ask? It just so happens Beethoven was of Belgian descent, his grandfather having emigrated to Bonn from Mechelen in the 1730s. His birth name was actually "Lodewijk".
* [[Music/GreyDelisle Erin Van Oosbree]]
* UsefulNotes/MartinVanBuren, eighth President of the United States, came from a Dutch family. In fact, he was one of the few Presidents to be naturally bilingual.
* Mario Van Peebles and his father, Melvin Van Peebles.
* Jean-Claude Van Damme
* Creator/JamesVanDerBeek
* Actor Casper Van Dien played the character Brom Van Brunt in ''Film/SleepyHollow''. The Van Diens are reportedly distant relatives of the real-life Van Brunt clan, making a bit of ActorAllusion.
* Steven Van Zandt, [[Music/BruceSpringsteen E Street Band]] guitarist and portrayer of [[Series/TheSopranos Sil Dante]].
* Also cult country-folk singer Townes Van Zandt (no relation).
* The Van Zant brothers, Ronnie (from Music/LynyrdSkynyrd), Johnny (who replaced Ronnie after the latter's death in a plane crash), and Donnie (from .38 Special).
* As well as the Music/VanHalen family: Eddie, Alex, and Wolfgang.
* And country musician Ricky Van Shelton.
* NFL Hall of Fame [=QBs=] Steve Van Buren and Norm Van Brocklin. Other notable [=NFLers=]: Bruce Van Dyke, Alex van Dyke, Bob Van Duyne, Billy Van Heusen, Doug Van Horn, Keith Van Horne, Jeff Van Note, Brad Van Pelt, Bradlee Van Pelt (son of Brad Van Pelt,) Alex Van Pelt, Dick Van Raaphorst, and Art Van Tone.
* Colonel Hans von Luck, a protege of [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany Heinz Guderian]] and UsefulNotes/ErwinRommel. His autobiography ''Panzer Commander'' provides great insight into Nazi Germany's tank operations. When he was captured by the Soviets, the aristocratic connotation of his named decidedly did not work in his favor, and he spent over a decade in a gulag.



* The world-famous RedBaron was, in fact, a baron -- and his real name was Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen.
* Longtime baseball announcers Dave Van Horne (Montreal Expos/Florida Marlins) and Pete Van Wieren (Atlanta Braves).
* NBA coach turned TV anaylst Jeff Van Gundy, as well as his brother Stan.
* Classical music conductor Herbert von Karajan.
* Dutch physicist Johannes Diderik van der Waals.
* Filmmaker Gus Van Sant (''Film/GoodWillHunting'', ''Film/{{Milk}}'', etc.)
* Several German and Dutch electronic music producers/[=DJs=], like Paul van Dyk, Music/ArminVanBuuren, Sander van Doorn etc.
* A number of [[DichterAndDenker German luminaries]] were born as commoners but were later ennobled, which is very much like the conferring of a knighthood in the United Kingdom. Some people prefer to refer to them by their original names though, e. g. in the cases of Johann Wolfgang (von) Goethe and Friedrich (von) Schiller.
* Defied in modern Austria, where old titles of nobility, including the von, are totally banned, unlike Germany, where they are retained as parts of names. This led to an interesting example where the communications to Otto von Habsburg, the last Habsburg crown prince who resided in Bavaria most of his life, from the Austrian government addressing him as Herr Habsburg, without the von.
8th Mar '16 8:12:31 AM Nohbody
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The trope name is a pun on the von Trapp family, of ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'' fame.



* The trope name is a pun on the von Trapp family, of ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'' fame.
6th Mar '16 2:11:08 AM Morgenthaler
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* Baron Friedrich von Schoenvorts in ''TheLandThatTimeForgot''.

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* Baron Friedrich von Schoenvorts in ''TheLandThatTimeForgot''.''Literature/TheLandThatTimeForgot''.



* There are many vons among the generals commanding the two Russian armies invading Germany in ''August, 1914'' by AleksandrSolzhenitsyn, causing the protagonist to wonder whose armies they really are. Ironically, the German army opposing them is led by a Huguenot, with a French name (but also a von): Herman von Francois.

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* There are many vons among the generals commanding the two Russian armies invading Germany in ''August, 1914'' by AleksandrSolzhenitsyn, Creator/AleksandrSolzhenitsyn, causing the protagonist to wonder whose armies they really are. Ironically, the German army opposing them is led by a Huguenot, with a French name (but also a von): Herman von Francois.
31st Jan '16 8:51:39 PM jormis29
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* General von Pinck, the German assassin in ''The Assassination Bureau''.

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* General von Pinck, the German assassin in ''The Assassination Bureau''.''Film/TheAssassinationBureau''.
28th Jan '16 3:00:52 PM KizunaTallis
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* Several German and Dutch electronic music producers/[=DJs=], like Paul van Dyk, Armin van Buuren, Sander van Doorn etc.

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* Several German and Dutch electronic music producers/[=DJs=], like Paul van Dyk, Armin van Buuren, Music/ArminVanBuuren, Sander van Doorn etc.
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