History NamesToRunAwayFrom / NotoriousKillers

10th Oct '17 12:49:20 PM LordGro
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To the Romans, the name was neither ominous nor menacing, because 1) it is also the name of Lucius Junius Brutus who ousted Tarquin the Proud and established the Roman Republic, a Roman national hero; 2) its actual meaning is "stupid".

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To the Romans, the name was neither ominous nor menacing, because 1) it is also the name of Lucius Junius Brutus who ousted Tarquin the Proud and established the UsefulNotes/{{the Roman Republic, Republic}}, a Roman national hero; 2) its actual meaning is "stupid".
10th Oct '17 12:48:35 PM LordGro
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To the Romans, the name was neither ominous nor menacing, because 1) it is also the name of Lucius Junius Brutus who ousted Tarquin the Proud and established the Roman Republic, a Roman national hero [[note]]And possibly unhistorical.[[/note]]; 2) its actual meaning is "stupid".

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To the Romans, the name was neither ominous nor menacing, because 1) it is also the name of Lucius Junius Brutus who ousted Tarquin the Proud and established the Roman Republic, a Roman national hero [[note]]And possibly unhistorical.[[/note]]; hero; 2) its actual meaning is "stupid".
9th Oct '17 11:13:27 AM LordGro
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It doesn't help that the name also means "Insanity".

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It doesn't help that the name also means "Insanity".
Because of Lucrezia Borgia (1480-1519), imagined by posterity as a master poisoner (a probably entirely undeserved reputation).



[[AC:RealLife]]
* The original Lucrezia Borgia, usually ([[CommonKnowledge but wrongly]]) regarded as a notorious poisoner.



Any variation; however, while his creation was a murderer, Dr. Frankenstein himself was not.

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Any variation; however, The morally ambivalent protagonist of the classic Gothic novel ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}''. However, while his creation was a murderer, Dr. Frankenstein himself was not.
9th Oct '17 9:20:11 AM LordGro
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Certainly a name to watch out for. Anyone named this will almost always be covered in muscles and/or weapons, and extremely prone to violence.

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Certainly a
The
name to watch out for. Anyone named this will almost always be covered in muscles and/or weapons, and extremely gets negative connotations from two different directions: 1) it evokes "[[TheBrute brute]]", i.e. a coarse, bestial person prone to violence.
"brutal" violence; 2) it is the name of Marcus Junius Brutus, one of the leading men in the assassination of UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar. The fact that Brutus also was a protegé of Caesar and enjoyed his trust has associated the name not only with murder, but also with betrayal.

To the Romans, the name was neither ominous nor menacing, because 1) it is also the name of Lucius Junius Brutus who ousted Tarquin the Proud and established the Roman Republic, a Roman national hero [[note]]And possibly unhistorical.[[/note]]; 2) its actual meaning is "stupid".




[[AC:RealLife]]
* The original Brutus (Lucius Junius), who ousted Tarquin the Proud, and his descendant Brutus (Marcus Junius the Younger), who betrayed Caesar. At the time, the name only meant "stupid" (or by the latter's time, "icon of democracy"), without the connotations of cruelty it would take on in later centuries.
8th Oct '17 5:52:24 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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[[folder:Brutus]]
Certainly a name to watch out for. Anyone named this will almost always be covered in muscles and/or weapons, and extremely prone to violence.

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[[folder:Brutus]]
Certainly a name to watch out for. Anyone named this will
[[folder:Adolf or Hitler]]
"Hitler"
almost always be covered in muscles and/or weapons, never appears per se, being an already very rare variant of "Hiedler," but variants such as that, "Hiller," "Hidler," and extremely prone "Hibler" are. "Adolf" (and its ''slightly'' less stigmatized variant, "Adolph") is still seen, especially in period pieces, to violence.
evoke a kind of RetroactiveRecognition.

[[AC: Anime and Manga]]
* Adolf Anime/{{K}}. Weismann, born in Germany just around the time that ''that'' one started to become prominent. He seems to be a [[WhiteHairBlackHeart huge pileup]] of [[ManOfWealthAndTaste villain tropes]], down to the name, [[spoiler: but it turns out he's really one of the nicest, sweetest people ever, just body-snatched by the villain.]] Goes by "Adi" to his sister and to most people, but [[spoiler: even after he returns to his original body, his Clansmen still call him by the name they knew him by]].



* Brutus, the handsome but idiotic King of Bebba's Town from the sequels of ''Literature/TheSeaOfTrolls''.
* Subverted with prison guard Brutus "Brutal" Howell in ''Literature/TheGreenMile''. A big man, but not as dangerous as his name or nickname implies. (Unless you're a recalcitrant new inmate.)
* [[http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Brutus_Malfoy Brutus Malfoy]], referenced in ''Literature/TheTalesOfBeedleTheBard''. [[JerkAss/{{Literature}} Someone]] [[Literature/HarryPotter had to pave the way.]]
** And Brutus [[ViolentGlaswegian Scrimgeour]], cited in ''Literature/QuidditchThroughTheAges'' as the author of ''The Beaters' Bible''.
* General Brutus Brute Clay from ''Literature/{{COLD}}'', a high ranking member in the eponymous organization.

[[AC:{{Theatre}}]]
* Brutus Jones, the VillainProtagonist of ''Theatre/TheEmperorJones''.

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* Brutus, Averted: In the handsome but idiotic King children's book ''Literature/{{Heidi}}'', written long before World War II, Heidi's kind, lonely grandfather is named Adolf.
* Adolf is actually used in the novel ''Evil Genius''. One
of Bebba's Town the villains is named Adolf Hauser. To make matters worse, he's actually nicknamed "The Fuhrer" and teaches at the Axis Institute, a school for future supervillains. May be a case of RefugeInAudacity. Oddly enough, he's ''not'' the BigBad.

[[AC:LiveActionTV]]
* Distortions of Hitler's name, especially "Hiller", are featured in works ranging
from the sequels of ''Literature/TheSeaOfTrolls''.
* Subverted with prison guard Brutus "Brutal" Howell in ''Literature/TheGreenMile''. A big man, but not as dangerous as his name or nickname implies. (Unless you're a recalcitrant new inmate.)
* [[http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Brutus_Malfoy Brutus Malfoy]], referenced in ''Literature/TheTalesOfBeedleTheBard''. [[JerkAss/{{Literature}} Someone]] [[Literature/HarryPotter had
''WhosTheBoss'' to pave the way.]]
** And Brutus [[ViolentGlaswegian Scrimgeour]], cited in ''Literature/QuidditchThroughTheAges'' as the author of
Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''The Beaters' Bible''.
Martian Way''. In these cases, these people are shown to be Hitler {{Expy}}s either in-universe or by WordOfGod.

[[AC:Other]]
* General Brutus Brute Clay from ''Literature/{{COLD}}'', There is a high ranking member in the eponymous organization.

[[AC:{{Theatre}}]]
* Brutus Jones, the VillainProtagonist of ''Theatre/TheEmperorJones''.
clothing line called ''[[http://adolfo.com/ Adolfo]]'' that was created by Adolfo Sardina.



* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', [[http://www.wowpedia.org/Brutus Brutus]] the [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Golem pirate]].

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* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', [[http://www.wowpedia.org/Brutus Brutus]] Dolph from ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'' may qualify, though.
* The video game ''VideoGame/VandalHearts'' pulls a double whammy with
the [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Golem pirate]].
BigBad Dolf Crowley. In fact, ''Vandal Hearts'' is full of these--it also has an antagonistic character named Hel Spites and his son, [[NameOfCain Kain]].



* Brutus/Bluto from the ''{{Popeye}}'' cartoon.
* Brutus, the psychotic, hulking guard rat from ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNimh''
* Bruticus, a particularly, um, brutal CombiningMecha in ''{{Transformers}}''
* Brutaka from ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}''.
* In ''Disney/TheRescuers'', the villain has two pet alligators named Brutus and Nero. See above.

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* Brutus/Bluto Dolph, one of the bullies on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
** Interestingly, Dolph is Jewish. He's even in Hebrew school.
** Also, one of Mr. Burns' vicious hounds is named Hitler. Ironically, when seen, he's a ''very'' old dog, and not vicious anymore, although Mr. Burns fondly remembers when he was young and "bagged his first hippie".
* Dolf The Crow, the sort-of BigBad
from the ''{{Popeye}}'' cartoon.
* Brutus,
Dutch TV-Show ''WesternAnimation/AlfredJKwak'' was a halfbreed of a crow and a blackbird, spoke in a German accent, turned evil, started a political party with a banner obviously similar to the psychotic, hulking guard rat from ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNimh''
* Bruticus,
Nazi flag. He also attempts world domination a particularly, um, brutal CombiningMecha in ''{{Transformers}}''
* Brutaka from ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}''.
* In ''Disney/TheRescuers'', the villain has two pet alligators named Brutus
few times, and Nero. See above.
all this while wearing a Napoleon-like attire.



* The original Brutus (Lucius Junius), who ousted Tarquin the Proud, and his descendant Brutus (Marcus Junius the Younger), who betrayed Caesar. At the time, the name only meant "stupid" (or by the latter's time, "icon of democracy"), without the connotations of cruelty it would take on in later centuries.

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* The original Brutus (Lucius Junius), who ousted Tarquin Before the Proud, and his descendant Brutus (Marcus Junius end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, Adolf was one of the Younger), who betrayed Caesar. At most popular names that German parents chose for a baby boy. After the time, end of World War II, very few parents [[OneMarioLimit in Germany named their son Adolf any more.]] (And many German men suddenly started to use the name only meant "stupid" (or by the latter's time, "icon of democracy"), without the connotations of cruelty it would take on in later centuries.nickname "Adi".)
* Creator/DolphLundgren, too, maybe.



[[folder:Hawley]]
Was the first name of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Crippen Dr. Crippen]], a murderer famous in Britain.

[[AC:ComicBooks]]
* In ''Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', Creator/AlanMoore gave this name to the Invisible Man, identifying him as Hawley Griffin. Not only is this a PunnyName kind of like Jackson Ripper, but it foreshadows "dangerous to women" - Crippen murdered his wife, while Griffin is a SerialRapist.

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[[folder:Hawley]]
Was the first name of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Crippen Dr. Crippen]],
[[folder:Brutus]]
Certainly
a murderer famous in Britain.

[[AC:ComicBooks]]
* In ''Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', Creator/AlanMoore gave this
name to the Invisible Man, identifying him as Hawley Griffin. Not only is watch out for. Anyone named this a PunnyName kind of like Jackson Ripper, will almost always be covered in muscles and/or weapons, and extremely prone to violence.

[[AC:{{Literature}}]]
* Brutus, the handsome
but it foreshadows "dangerous to women" - Crippen murdered idiotic King of Bebba's Town from the sequels of ''Literature/TheSeaOfTrolls''.
* Subverted with prison guard Brutus "Brutal" Howell in ''Literature/TheGreenMile''. A big man, but not as dangerous as
his wife, while Griffin is name or nickname implies. (Unless you're a SerialRapist.
recalcitrant new inmate.)
* [[http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Brutus_Malfoy Brutus Malfoy]], referenced in ''Literature/TheTalesOfBeedleTheBard''. [[JerkAss/{{Literature}} Someone]] [[Literature/HarryPotter had to pave the way.]]
** And Brutus [[ViolentGlaswegian Scrimgeour]], cited in ''Literature/QuidditchThroughTheAges'' as the author of ''The Beaters' Bible''.
* General Brutus Brute Clay from ''Literature/{{COLD}}'', a high ranking member in the eponymous organization.



* Hawley was the name of the villain of the musical ''Rose-Marie''.

[[AC:WebOriginal]]
* ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest's'' Hawley Faust.

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* Hawley was Brutus Jones, the name VillainProtagonist of ''Theatre/TheEmperorJones''.

[[AC:VideoGames]]
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', [[http://www.wowpedia.org/Brutus Brutus]] the [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Golem pirate]].

[[AC:WesternAnimation]]
* Brutus/Bluto from the ''{{Popeye}}'' cartoon.
* Brutus, the psychotic, hulking guard rat from ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNimh''
* Bruticus, a particularly, um, brutal CombiningMecha in ''{{Transformers}}''
* Brutaka from ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}''.
* In ''Disney/TheRescuers'',
the villain of has two pet alligators named Brutus and Nero. See above.

[[AC:RealLife]]
* The original Brutus (Lucius Junius), who ousted Tarquin
the musical ''Rose-Marie''.

[[AC:WebOriginal]]
* ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest's'' Hawley Faust.
Proud, and his descendant Brutus (Marcus Junius the Younger), who betrayed Caesar. At the time, the name only meant "stupid" (or by the latter's time, "icon of democracy"), without the connotations of cruelty it would take on in later centuries.



[[folder:Hitler]]
"Hitler" almost never appears per se, being an already very rare variant of "Hiedler," but variants such as that, "Hiller," "Hidler," and "Hibler" are. "Adolf" (and its ''slightly'' less stigmatized variant, "Adolph") is still seen, especially in period pieces, to evoke a kind of RetroactiveRecognition.

[[AC: Anime and Manga]]
* Adolf Anime/{{K}}. Weismann, born in Germany just around the time that ''that'' one started to become prominent. He seems to be a [[WhiteHairBlackHeart huge pileup]] of [[ManOfWealthAndTaste villain tropes]], down to the name, [[spoiler: but it turns out he's really one of the nicest, sweetest people ever, just body-snatched by the villain.]] Goes by "Adi" to his sister and to most people, but [[spoiler: even after he returns to his original body, his Clansmen still call him by the name they knew him by]].

[[AC:{{Literature}}]]
* Averted: In the children's book ''Literature/{{Heidi}}'', written long before World War II, Heidi's kind, lonely grandfather is named Adolf.
* Adolf is actually used in the novel ''Evil Genius''. One of the villains is named Adolf Hauser. To make matters worse, he's actually nicknamed "The Fuhrer" and teaches at the Axis Institute, a school for future supervillains. May be a case of RefugeInAudacity. Oddly enough, he's ''not'' the BigBad.

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[[folder:Hitler]]
"Hitler" almost never appears per se, being an already very rare variant
[[folder:Hawley]]
Was the first name
of "Hiedler," but variants such [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Crippen Dr. Crippen]], a murderer famous in Britain.

[[AC:ComicBooks]]
* In ''Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', Creator/AlanMoore gave this name to the Invisible Man, identifying him
as that, "Hiller," "Hidler," and "Hibler" are. "Adolf" (and its ''slightly'' less stigmatized variant, "Adolph") Hawley Griffin. Not only is still seen, especially in period pieces, to evoke this a PunnyName kind of RetroactiveRecognition.

[[AC: Anime and Manga]]
like Jackson Ripper, but it foreshadows "dangerous to women" - Crippen murdered his wife, while Griffin is a SerialRapist.

[[AC:{{Theatre}}]]
* Adolf Anime/{{K}}. Weismann, born in Germany just around Hawley was the time that ''that'' one started to become prominent. He seems to be a [[WhiteHairBlackHeart huge pileup]] name of [[ManOfWealthAndTaste the villain tropes]], down to the name, [[spoiler: but it turns out he's really one of the nicest, sweetest people ever, just body-snatched by musical ''Rose-Marie''.

[[AC:WebOriginal]]
* ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest's'' Hawley Faust.
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[[folder:Jack
the villain.]] Goes by "Adi" to his sister and to most people, but [[spoiler: Ripper]]

[[AC:{{Film}}]]
* The villain in ''Film/RedEye'' is named Jackson Rippner. He
even after [[LampshadeHanging notes the connotations]], and why he returns to his original body, his Clansmen still call him never goes by the name they knew him by]].

[[AC:{{Literature}}]]
Jack.
* Averted: In [[GeneralRipper General Jack D. Ripper]], in ''DrStrangelove'' is even more directly based on Jack the children's book ''Literature/{{Heidi}}'', written long before World War II, Heidi's kind, lonely grandfather is named Adolf.
* Adolf is actually used in the novel ''Evil Genius''. One of the villains is named Adolf Hauser. To make matters worse, he's actually nicknamed "The Fuhrer" and teaches at the Axis Institute, a school for future supervillains. May be a case of RefugeInAudacity. Oddly enough, he's ''not'' the BigBad.
Ripper.



* Distortions of Hitler's name, especially "Hiller", are featured in works ranging from ''WhosTheBoss'' to Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''The Martian Way''. In these cases, these people are shown to be Hitler {{Expy}}s either in-universe or by WordOfGod.

[[AC:Other]]
* There is a clothing line called ''[[http://adolfo.com/ Adolfo]]'' that was created by Adolfo Sardina.

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* Distortions of Hitler's name, especially "Hiller", are featured in works ranging from ''WhosTheBoss'' to Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''The Martian Way''. In these cases, these people are shown to be Hitler {{Expy}}s either in-universe or by WordOfGod.

[[AC:Other]]
* There
''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Ripper, who, even 30 years later and much more mellow, is still quite dangerous (technically, he killed Glory/Ben, which means he killed a clothing line called ''[[http://adolfo.com/ Adolfo]]'' that was created by Adolfo Sardina.
Hellgod).



* Dolph from ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'' may qualify, though.
* The video game ''VideoGame/VandalHearts'' pulls a double whammy with the BigBad Dolf Crowley. In fact, ''Vandal Hearts'' is full of these--it also has an antagonistic character named Hel Spites and his son, [[NameOfCain Kain]].

[[AC:WesternAnimation]]
* Dolph, one of the bullies on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
** Interestingly, Dolph is Jewish. He's even in Hebrew school.
** Also, one of Mr. Burns' vicious hounds is named Hitler. Ironically, when seen, he's a ''very'' old dog, and not vicious anymore, although Mr. Burns fondly remembers when he was young and "bagged his first hippie".
* Dolf The Crow, the sort-of BigBad from the Dutch TV-Show ''WesternAnimation/AlfredJKwak'' was a halfbreed of a crow and a blackbird, spoke in a German accent, turned evil, started a political party with a banner obviously similar to the Nazi flag. He also attempts world domination a few times, and all this while wearing a Napoleon-like attire.

[[AC:RealLife]]
* Before the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, Adolf was one of the most popular names that German parents chose for a baby boy. After the end of World War II, very few parents [[OneMarioLimit in Germany named their son Adolf any more.]] (And many German men suddenly started to use the nickname "Adi".)
* Creator/DolphLundgren, too, maybe.

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* Dolph from ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'' may qualify, though.
''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' has a unique Ripper chainsaw named Jack.
* The video game ''VideoGame/VandalHearts'' pulls a double whammy with ''Franchise/MetalGear'': Raiden, whose first name is Jack, was called "Jack the BigBad Dolf Crowley. Ripper" during his days as a (very effective) child soldier during the First Liberian Civil War. In fact, ''Vandal Hearts'' is full of these--it also has an antagonistic ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance]]'', he succumbs to his repressed bloodlust and rage, which unlocks "[[AxCrazy Ripper]] [[SuperMode Mode]]" in-game, increasing damage dealt and causing every attack to break armor and dismember enemies.

[[AC:{{Webcomics}}]]
* In ''Webcomic/MiscellaneousError'', the main
character named Hel Spites and his son, [[NameOfCain Kain]].

[[AC:WesternAnimation]]
* Dolph, one of the bullies on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
** Interestingly, Dolph is Jewish. He's even in Hebrew school.
** Also, one of Mr. Burns' vicious hounds
is named Hitler. Ironically, when seen, he's a ''very'' old dog, and not vicious anymore, although Mr. Burns fondly remembers when he was young and "bagged his Jack D. Ripper. The [[http://miscerror.thecomicseries.com/comics/7 first hippie".
* Dolf The Crow,
comic that mentions his last name]] references both the sort-of BigBad serial killer and the character from the Dutch TV-Show ''WesternAnimation/AlfredJKwak'' was a halfbreed of a crow and a blackbird, spoke in a German accent, turned evil, started a political party with a banner obviously similar to the Nazi flag. He also attempts world domination a few times, and all this while wearing a Napoleon-like attire.

[[AC:RealLife]]
* Before the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, Adolf was one of the most popular names that German parents chose for a baby boy. After the end of World War II, very few parents [[OneMarioLimit in Germany named their son Adolf any more.]] (And many German men suddenly started to use the nickname "Adi".)
* Creator/DolphLundgren, too, maybe.
''DrStrangelove''.



[[folder:Jack the Ripper]]

[[AC:{{Film}}]]
* The villain in ''Film/RedEye'' is named Jackson Rippner. He even [[LampshadeHanging notes the connotations]], and why he never goes by the name Jack.
* [[GeneralRipper General Jack D. Ripper]], in ''DrStrangelove'' is even more directly based on Jack the Ripper.

[[AC:LiveActionTV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Ripper, who, even 30 years later and much more mellow, is still quite dangerous (technically, he killed Glory/Ben, which means he killed a Hellgod).

[[AC:VideoGames]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' has a unique Ripper chainsaw named Jack.
* ''Franchise/MetalGear'': Raiden, whose first name is Jack, was called "Jack the Ripper" during his days as a (very effective) child soldier during the First Liberian Civil War. In ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance]]'', he succumbs to his repressed bloodlust and rage, which unlocks "[[AxCrazy Ripper]] [[SuperMode Mode]]" in-game, increasing damage dealt and causing every attack to break armor and dismember enemies.

[[AC:{{Webcomics}}]]
* In ''Webcomic/MiscellaneousError'', the main character is named Jack D. Ripper. The [[http://miscerror.thecomicseries.com/comics/7 first comic that mentions his last name]] references both the serial killer and the character from ''DrStrangelove''.
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8th Oct '17 5:51:01 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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[[folder:Adolf Hitler]]
"Hitler" almost never appears per se, being an already very rare variant of "Hiedler," but variants such as that, "Hiller," "Hidler," and "Hibler" are. "Adolf" (and its ''slightly'' less stigmatized variant, "Adolph") is still seen, especially in period pieces, to evoke a kind of RetroactiveRecognition.

[[AC: Anime and Manga]]
* Adolf Anime/{{K}}. Weismann, born in Germany just around the time that ''that'' one started to become prominent. He seems to be a [[WhiteHairBlackHeart huge pileup]] of [[ManOfWealthAndTaste villain tropes]], down to the name, [[spoiler: but it turns out he's really one of the nicest, sweetest people ever, just body-snatched by the villain.]] Goes by "Adi" to his sister and to most people, but [[spoiler: even after he returns to his original body, his Clansmen still call him by the name they knew him by]].

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[[folder:Adolf Hitler]]
"Hitler"
[[folder:Brutus]]
Certainly a name to watch out for. Anyone named this will
almost never appears per se, being an already very rare variant of "Hiedler," but variants such as that, "Hiller," "Hidler," always be covered in muscles and/or weapons, and "Hibler" are. "Adolf" (and its ''slightly'' less stigmatized variant, "Adolph") is still seen, especially in period pieces, extremely prone to evoke a kind of RetroactiveRecognition.

[[AC: Anime and Manga]]
* Adolf Anime/{{K}}. Weismann, born in Germany just around the time that ''that'' one started to become prominent. He seems to be a [[WhiteHairBlackHeart huge pileup]] of [[ManOfWealthAndTaste villain tropes]], down to the name, [[spoiler: but it turns out he's really one of the nicest, sweetest people ever, just body-snatched by the villain.]] Goes by "Adi" to his sister and to most people, but [[spoiler: even after he returns to his original body, his Clansmen still call him by the name they knew him by]].
violence.



* Averted: In the children's book ''Literature/{{Heidi}}'', written long before World War II, Heidi's kind, lonely grandfather is named Adolf.
* Adolf is actually used in the novel ''Evil Genius''. One of the villains is named Adolf Hauser. To make matters worse, he's actually nicknamed "The Fuhrer" and teaches at the Axis Institute, a school for future supervillains. May be a case of RefugeInAudacity. Oddly enough, he's ''not'' the BigBad.

[[AC:LiveActionTV]]
* Distortions of Hitler's name, especially "Hiller", are featured in works ranging from ''WhosTheBoss'' to Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''The Martian Way''. In these cases, these people are shown to be Hitler {{Expy}}s either in-universe or by WordOfGod.

[[AC:Other]]
* There is a clothing line called ''[[http://adolfo.com/ Adolfo]]'' that was created by Adolfo Sardina.

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* Averted: In Brutus, the children's book ''Literature/{{Heidi}}'', written long before World War II, Heidi's kind, lonely grandfather is named Adolf.
* Adolf is actually used in the novel ''Evil Genius''. One
handsome but idiotic King of the villains is named Adolf Hauser. To make matters worse, he's actually nicknamed "The Fuhrer" and teaches at the Axis Institute, a school for future supervillains. May be a case of RefugeInAudacity. Oddly enough, he's ''not'' the BigBad.

[[AC:LiveActionTV]]
* Distortions of Hitler's name, especially "Hiller", are featured in works ranging
Bebba's Town from ''WhosTheBoss'' the sequels of ''Literature/TheSeaOfTrolls''.
* Subverted with prison guard Brutus "Brutal" Howell in ''Literature/TheGreenMile''. A big man, but not as dangerous as his name or nickname implies. (Unless you're a recalcitrant new inmate.)
* [[http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Brutus_Malfoy Brutus Malfoy]], referenced in ''Literature/TheTalesOfBeedleTheBard''. [[JerkAss/{{Literature}} Someone]] [[Literature/HarryPotter had
to Creator/IsaacAsimov's pave the way.]]
** And Brutus [[ViolentGlaswegian Scrimgeour]], cited in ''Literature/QuidditchThroughTheAges'' as the author of
''The Martian Way''. In these cases, these people are shown to be Hitler {{Expy}}s either in-universe or by WordOfGod.

[[AC:Other]]
Beaters' Bible''.
* There is General Brutus Brute Clay from ''Literature/{{COLD}}'', a clothing line called ''[[http://adolfo.com/ Adolfo]]'' that was created by Adolfo Sardina.
high ranking member in the eponymous organization.

[[AC:{{Theatre}}]]
* Brutus Jones, the VillainProtagonist of ''Theatre/TheEmperorJones''.



* Dolph from ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'' may qualify, though.
* The video game ''VideoGame/VandalHearts'' pulls a double whammy with the BigBad Dolf Crowley. In fact, ''Vandal Hearts'' is full of these--it also has an antagonistic character named Hel Spites and his son, [[NameOfCain Kain]].

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* Dolph from ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'' may qualify, though.
* The video game ''VideoGame/VandalHearts'' pulls a double whammy with
In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', [[http://www.wowpedia.org/Brutus Brutus]] the BigBad Dolf Crowley. In fact, ''Vandal Hearts'' is full of these--it also has an antagonistic character named Hel Spites and his son, [[NameOfCain Kain]].
[[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Golem pirate]].



* Dolph, one of the bullies on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
** Interestingly, Dolph is Jewish. He's even in Hebrew school.
** Also, one of Mr. Burns' vicious hounds is named Hitler. Ironically, when seen, he's a ''very'' old dog, and not vicious anymore, although Mr. Burns fondly remembers when he was young and "bagged his first hippie".
* Dolf The Crow, the sort-of BigBad from the Dutch TV-Show ''WesternAnimation/AlfredJKwak'' was a halfbreed of a crow and a blackbird, spoke in a German accent, turned evil, started a political party with a banner obviously similar to the Nazi flag. He also attempts world domination a few times, and all this while wearing a Napoleon-like attire.

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* Dolph, one of the bullies on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
** Interestingly, Dolph is Jewish. He's even in Hebrew school.
** Also, one of Mr. Burns' vicious hounds is named Hitler. Ironically, when seen, he's a ''very'' old dog, and not vicious anymore, although Mr. Burns fondly remembers when he was young and "bagged his first hippie".
* Dolf The Crow, the sort-of BigBad
Brutus/Bluto from the Dutch TV-Show ''WesternAnimation/AlfredJKwak'' was ''{{Popeye}}'' cartoon.
* Brutus, the psychotic, hulking guard rat from ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNimh''
* Bruticus,
a halfbreed of a crow particularly, um, brutal CombiningMecha in ''{{Transformers}}''
* Brutaka from ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}''.
* In ''Disney/TheRescuers'', the villain has two pet alligators named Brutus
and a blackbird, spoke in a German accent, turned evil, started a political party with a banner obviously similar to the Nazi flag. He also attempts world domination a few times, and all this while wearing a Napoleon-like attire.
Nero. See above.



* Before the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, Adolf was one of the most popular names that German parents chose for a baby boy. After the end of World War II, very few parents [[OneMarioLimit in Germany named their son Adolf any more.]] (And many German men suddenly started to use the nickname "Adi".)
* Creator/DolphLundgren, too, maybe.

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* Before The original Brutus (Lucius Junius), who ousted Tarquin the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, Adolf was one of Proud, and his descendant Brutus (Marcus Junius the most popular names that German parents chose for a baby boy. After Younger), who betrayed Caesar. At the end of World War II, very few parents [[OneMarioLimit in Germany named their son Adolf any more.]] (And many German men suddenly started to use time, the nickname "Adi".)
* Creator/DolphLundgren, too, maybe.
name only meant "stupid" (or by the latter's time, "icon of democracy"), without the connotations of cruelty it would take on in later centuries.



[[folder:Brutus]]
Certainly a name to watch out for. Anyone named this will almost always be covered in muscles and/or weapons, and extremely prone to violence.

[[AC:{{Literature}}]]
* Brutus, the handsome but idiotic King of Bebba's Town from the sequels of ''Literature/TheSeaOfTrolls''.
* Subverted with prison guard Brutus "Brutal" Howell in ''Literature/TheGreenMile''. A big man, but not as dangerous as his name or nickname implies. (Unless you're a recalcitrant new inmate.)
* [[http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Brutus_Malfoy Brutus Malfoy]], referenced in ''Literature/TheTalesOfBeedleTheBard''. [[JerkAss/{{Literature}} Someone]] [[Literature/HarryPotter had to pave the way.]]
** And Brutus [[ViolentGlaswegian Scrimgeour]], cited in ''Literature/QuidditchThroughTheAges'' as the author of ''The Beaters' Bible''.
* General Brutus Brute Clay from ''Literature/{{COLD}}'', a high ranking member in the eponymous organization.

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[[folder:Brutus]]
Certainly
[[folder:Hawley]]
Was the first name of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Crippen Dr. Crippen]],
a murderer famous in Britain.

[[AC:ComicBooks]]
* In ''Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', Creator/AlanMoore gave this
name to watch out for. Anyone named the Invisible Man, identifying him as Hawley Griffin. Not only is this will almost always be covered in muscles and/or weapons, and extremely prone to violence.

[[AC:{{Literature}}]]
* Brutus, the handsome
a PunnyName kind of like Jackson Ripper, but idiotic King of Bebba's Town from the sequels of ''Literature/TheSeaOfTrolls''.
* Subverted with prison guard Brutus "Brutal" Howell in ''Literature/TheGreenMile''. A big man, but not as dangerous as
it foreshadows "dangerous to women" - Crippen murdered his name or nickname implies. (Unless you're wife, while Griffin is a recalcitrant new inmate.)
* [[http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Brutus_Malfoy Brutus Malfoy]], referenced in ''Literature/TheTalesOfBeedleTheBard''. [[JerkAss/{{Literature}} Someone]] [[Literature/HarryPotter had to pave the way.]]
** And Brutus [[ViolentGlaswegian Scrimgeour]], cited in ''Literature/QuidditchThroughTheAges'' as the author of ''The Beaters' Bible''.
* General Brutus Brute Clay from ''Literature/{{COLD}}'', a high ranking member in the eponymous organization.
SerialRapist.



* Brutus Jones, the VillainProtagonist of ''Theatre/TheEmperorJones''.

[[AC:VideoGames]]
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', [[http://www.wowpedia.org/Brutus Brutus]] the [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Golem pirate]].

[[AC:WesternAnimation]]
* Brutus/Bluto from the ''{{Popeye}}'' cartoon.
* Brutus, the psychotic, hulking guard rat from ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNimh''
* Bruticus, a particularly, um, brutal CombiningMecha in ''{{Transformers}}''
* Brutaka from ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}''.
* In ''Disney/TheRescuers'', the villain has two pet alligators named Brutus and Nero. See above.

[[AC:RealLife]]
* The original Brutus (Lucius Junius), who ousted Tarquin the Proud, and his descendant Brutus (Marcus Junius the Younger), who betrayed Caesar. At the time, the name only meant "stupid" (or by the latter's time, "icon of democracy"), without the connotations of cruelty it would take on in later centuries.

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* Brutus Jones, Hawley was the VillainProtagonist name of ''Theatre/TheEmperorJones''.

[[AC:VideoGames]]
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', [[http://www.wowpedia.org/Brutus Brutus]] the [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Golem pirate]].

[[AC:WesternAnimation]]
* Brutus/Bluto from the ''{{Popeye}}'' cartoon.
* Brutus, the psychotic, hulking guard rat from ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNimh''
* Bruticus, a particularly, um, brutal CombiningMecha in ''{{Transformers}}''
* Brutaka from ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}''.
* In ''Disney/TheRescuers'',
the villain has two pet alligators named Brutus and Nero. See above.

[[AC:RealLife]]
* The original Brutus (Lucius Junius), who ousted Tarquin
of the Proud, and his descendant Brutus (Marcus Junius the Younger), who betrayed Caesar. At the time, the name only meant "stupid" (or by the latter's time, "icon of democracy"), without the connotations of cruelty it would take on in later centuries.musical ''Rose-Marie''.

[[AC:WebOriginal]]
* ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest's'' Hawley Faust.



[[folder:Hawley]]
Was the first name of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Crippen Dr. Crippen]], a murderer famous in Britain.

[[AC:ComicBooks]]
* In ''Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', Creator/AlanMoore gave this name to the Invisible Man, identifying him as Hawley Griffin. Not only is this a PunnyName kind of like Jackson Ripper, but it foreshadows "dangerous to women" - Crippen murdered his wife, while Griffin is a SerialRapist.

[[AC:{{Theatre}}]]
* Hawley was the name of the villain of the musical ''Rose-Marie''.

[[AC:WebOriginal]]
* ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest's'' Hawley Faust.
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[[folder:Jack the Ripper]]

[[AC:{{Film}}]]
* The villain in ''Film/RedEye'' is named Jackson Rippner. He even [[LampshadeHanging notes the connotations]], and why he never goes by the name Jack.
* [[GeneralRipper General Jack D. Ripper]], in ''DrStrangelove'' is even more directly based on Jack the Ripper.

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[[folder:Hawley]]
Was the first name
[[folder:Hitler]]
"Hitler" almost never appears per se, being an already very rare variant
of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Crippen Dr. Crippen]], a murderer famous "Hiedler," but variants such as that, "Hiller," "Hidler," and "Hibler" are. "Adolf" (and its ''slightly'' less stigmatized variant, "Adolph") is still seen, especially in Britain.

[[AC:ComicBooks]]
* In ''Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', Creator/AlanMoore gave this name
period pieces, to the Invisible Man, identifying him as Hawley Griffin. Not only is this evoke a PunnyName kind of like Jackson Ripper, but it foreshadows "dangerous to women" - Crippen murdered his wife, while Griffin is a SerialRapist.

[[AC:{{Theatre}}]]
RetroactiveRecognition.

[[AC: Anime and Manga]]
* Hawley was Adolf Anime/{{K}}. Weismann, born in Germany just around the name time that ''that'' one started to become prominent. He seems to be a [[WhiteHairBlackHeart huge pileup]] of the [[ManOfWealthAndTaste villain tropes]], down to the name, [[spoiler: but it turns out he's really one of the musical ''Rose-Marie''.

[[AC:WebOriginal]]
* ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest's'' Hawley Faust.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Jack
nicest, sweetest people ever, just body-snatched by the Ripper]]

[[AC:{{Film}}]]
* The villain in ''Film/RedEye'' is named Jackson Rippner. He
villain.]] Goes by "Adi" to his sister and to most people, but [[spoiler: even [[LampshadeHanging notes the connotations]], and why after he never goes returns to his original body, his Clansmen still call him by the name Jack.
they knew him by]].

[[AC:{{Literature}}]]
* [[GeneralRipper General Jack D. Ripper]], in ''DrStrangelove'' is even more directly based on Jack Averted: In the Ripper.
children's book ''Literature/{{Heidi}}'', written long before World War II, Heidi's kind, lonely grandfather is named Adolf.
* Adolf is actually used in the novel ''Evil Genius''. One of the villains is named Adolf Hauser. To make matters worse, he's actually nicknamed "The Fuhrer" and teaches at the Axis Institute, a school for future supervillains. May be a case of RefugeInAudacity. Oddly enough, he's ''not'' the BigBad.



* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Ripper, who, even 30 years later and much more mellow, is still quite dangerous (technically, he killed Glory/Ben, which means he killed a Hellgod).

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Ripper, who, even 30 years later and much more mellow, Distortions of Hitler's name, especially "Hiller", are featured in works ranging from ''WhosTheBoss'' to Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''The Martian Way''. In these cases, these people are shown to be Hitler {{Expy}}s either in-universe or by WordOfGod.

[[AC:Other]]
* There
is still quite dangerous (technically, he killed Glory/Ben, which means he killed a Hellgod).
clothing line called ''[[http://adolfo.com/ Adolfo]]'' that was created by Adolfo Sardina.



* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' has a unique Ripper chainsaw named Jack.
* ''Franchise/MetalGear'': Raiden, whose first name is Jack, was called "Jack the Ripper" during his days as a (very effective) child soldier during the First Liberian Civil War. In ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance]]'', he succumbs to his repressed bloodlust and rage, which unlocks "[[AxCrazy Ripper]] [[SuperMode Mode]]" in-game, increasing damage dealt and causing every attack to break armor and dismember enemies.

[[AC:{{Webcomics}}]]
* In ''Webcomic/MiscellaneousError'', the main character is named Jack D. Ripper. The [[http://miscerror.thecomicseries.com/comics/7 first comic that mentions his last name]] references both the serial killer and the character from ''DrStrangelove''.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' Dolph from ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'' may qualify, though.
* The video game ''VideoGame/VandalHearts'' pulls a double whammy with the BigBad Dolf Crowley. In fact, ''Vandal Hearts'' is full of these--it also
has a unique Ripper chainsaw named Jack.
* ''Franchise/MetalGear'': Raiden, whose first name is Jack, was called "Jack the Ripper" during his days as a (very effective) child soldier during the First Liberian Civil War. In ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance]]'', he succumbs to his repressed bloodlust and rage, which unlocks "[[AxCrazy Ripper]] [[SuperMode Mode]]" in-game, increasing damage dealt and causing every attack to break armor and dismember enemies.

[[AC:{{Webcomics}}]]
* In ''Webcomic/MiscellaneousError'', the main
an antagonistic character named Hel Spites and his son, [[NameOfCain Kain]].

[[AC:WesternAnimation]]
* Dolph, one of the bullies on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
** Interestingly, Dolph is Jewish. He's even in Hebrew school.
** Also, one of Mr. Burns' vicious hounds
is named Jack D. Ripper. The [[http://miscerror.thecomicseries.com/comics/7 Hitler. Ironically, when seen, he's a ''very'' old dog, and not vicious anymore, although Mr. Burns fondly remembers when he was young and "bagged his first comic hippie".
* Dolf The Crow, the sort-of BigBad from the Dutch TV-Show ''WesternAnimation/AlfredJKwak'' was a halfbreed of a crow and a blackbird, spoke in a German accent, turned evil, started a political party with a banner obviously similar to the Nazi flag. He also attempts world domination a few times, and all this while wearing a Napoleon-like attire.

[[AC:RealLife]]
* Before the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, Adolf was one of the most popular names
that mentions his last name]] references both German parents chose for a baby boy. After the serial killer and end of World War II, very few parents [[OneMarioLimit in Germany named their son Adolf any more.]] (And many German men suddenly started to use the character from ''DrStrangelove''.nickname "Adi".)
* Creator/DolphLundgren, too, maybe.



[[folder:Jack the Ripper]]

[[AC:{{Film}}]]
* The villain in ''Film/RedEye'' is named Jackson Rippner. He even [[LampshadeHanging notes the connotations]], and why he never goes by the name Jack.
* [[GeneralRipper General Jack D. Ripper]], in ''DrStrangelove'' is even more directly based on Jack the Ripper.

[[AC:LiveActionTV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Ripper, who, even 30 years later and much more mellow, is still quite dangerous (technically, he killed Glory/Ben, which means he killed a Hellgod).

[[AC:VideoGames]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' has a unique Ripper chainsaw named Jack.
* ''Franchise/MetalGear'': Raiden, whose first name is Jack, was called "Jack the Ripper" during his days as a (very effective) child soldier during the First Liberian Civil War. In ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance]]'', he succumbs to his repressed bloodlust and rage, which unlocks "[[AxCrazy Ripper]] [[SuperMode Mode]]" in-game, increasing damage dealt and causing every attack to break armor and dismember enemies.

[[AC:{{Webcomics}}]]
* In ''Webcomic/MiscellaneousError'', the main character is named Jack D. Ripper. The [[http://miscerror.thecomicseries.com/comics/7 first comic that mentions his last name]] references both the serial killer and the character from ''DrStrangelove''.
[[/folder]]



After the infamous UsefulNotes/{{Soviet|RussiaUkraineAndSoOn}} dictator UsefulNotes/JosefStalin. Fun fact: Stalin is itself already a Name To Run Away From Really Fast, being a direct UsefulNotes/{{Russian|Language}} translation of Stalin's original Georgian surname Jughashvili, meaning "Man of Steel."

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After the infamous UsefulNotes/{{Soviet|RussiaUkraineAndSoOn}} dictator UsefulNotes/JosefStalin. Fun fact: Stalin is itself already a Name To Run Away From Really Fast, being a direct UsefulNotes/{{Russian|Language}} translation of Stalin's original Georgian UsefulNotes/{{Georgia|Europe}}n surname Jughashvili, meaning "Man of Steel."
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[[folder:Stalin]]
After the infamous UsefulNotes/{{Soviet|RussiaUkraineAndSoOn}} dictator UsefulNotes/JosefStalin. Fun fact: Stalin is itself already a Name To Run Away From Really Fast, being a direct UsefulNotes/{{Russian|Language}} translation of Stalin's original Georgian surname Jughashvili, meaning "Man of Steel."

[[AC:{{Film}}]]
* Fran Stalinoskovichdavidovichski in ''Film/DodgeballATrueUnderdogStory'' who can knock out and possibly kill a man with one throw of a dodgeball.

[[AC:RealLife]]
* The Katyusha multiple rocket launcher was nicknamed "Stalin's organ" by the Germans in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII partly because the missile racks resembled a church organ, but also because of the terrible howling noise and destruction they caused.
* Giant hogweed, also known as "Stalin's revenge," grows as fast as [[AlienKudzu kudzu]], and its sap is a potent, insidious, slow-acting poison causing burns like mustard gas! It can kill kids who don't know better and tamper with it. It's also fifteen feet tall and grows in massive growths of hazardous shrubbery, like some toxic alien jungle. You have to wear a hazmat suit if you want to clear a patch of this plant monster. Fun fact: it's also related to poison hemlock, also known as "that plant they used to kill Creator/{{Socrates}}."
[[/folder]]
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* Franchise/DCComics shapeshifting villain Everyman is named for two fictional ones: Hannibal Bates for [[Film/SilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lecter]] and [[Film/{{Psycho}} Norman Bates.]]

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* Franchise/DCComics Creator/DCComics shapeshifting villain Everyman is named for two fictional ones: Hannibal Bates for [[Film/SilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lecter]] and [[Film/{{Psycho}} Norman Bates.]]
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* DCComics shapeshifting villain Everyman is named for two fictional ones: Hannibal Bates for [[Film/SilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lecter]] and [[Film/{{Psycho}} Norman Bates.]]

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* DCComics Franchise/DCComics shapeshifting villain Everyman is named for two fictional ones: Hannibal Bates for [[Film/SilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lecter]] and [[Film/{{Psycho}} Norman Bates.]]
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