->''"My name is Urblad Rotgut."''\\
''"That's '''your''' problem."''
-->-- ''VideoGame/WarhammerDarkOmen''

A compound surname that implies something like an action or an attribute (in the form of something like "Nounverber", "Adjectivenoun(er)" "Adjectiveverber", "Nounnoun(er)", etc.), but the name has no logical reason for it given in the story. It's just there for RuleOfCool.

This was very rarely done in RealLife. Such names were actually [[TheMagnificent epithets given to people for notable things, as in there was a reason]]. Scandinavian kings often acquired cool epithets during their reigns. Their actual surnames were of the patronymic variety (like Gunnarson, meaning "Son of Gunnar"). But their real surnames were often eclipsed by their epithets in posterity.

So in fiction, a guy could be called Olaf Skullcrusher, sit's treated as though that's a normal surname. In reality, if a king was called [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Olaf Skullcrusher]], it was because he was [[EarnYourTitle literally known for crushing skulls in battle]]. Now later on, that name might [[AscendedMeme ascend to a surname]], but fiction rarely gives such justification.

So again, if the name is based on an actual action or attribute of a character, or at least his/her ancestor, it's EarnYourTitle, not this trope.

It should also be noted that some names look like this, but are actually mistranslations or corruptions of non-English names; Poundmaker is a perfectly normal Cree Indian name, for one. Interestingly, ''first'' names of that nature are common in Indo-European languages -- Creator/{{Sophocles}} means "famed for wisdom", for example, and Alfred is something like "counsel of elves''.

A SubTrope of AwesomeMcCoolname. See also AdjectiveNounFred.

The equivalent in ComicBooks is SomethingPerson and TheAdjectivalSuperhero. Compare VerberCreature for a whole species named this way.

Not to be confused with NounVerber.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Tyranno Hassleberry of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', who [[WildMassGuessing (it might be assumed)]] hassled a lot of berries.
* The wizard Slayn Starseeker from ''Roleplay/RecordOfLodossWar'', though his surname was only mentioned in the novel and manga.
* Gene Starwind of ''Manga/OutlawStar'' Gene's name ''might'' be a subversion, as "Starwind" sounds very similar to the known natural phenomenon, "solar winds." It's still as unique as someone named "Northwind," but given that humans are a space-fairing species in Outlaw Star, it wouldn't be unheard of for someone to be named like that.
* ''Star Blazers'' (the dub of ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato'') gives us Derek Wildstar. Derek and Alex Wildstar were originally Kodai Susumu and Mamoru - common names meaning "(to go) forward" and "to protect".
* Gray Fullbuster and [[spoiler:Erza]] Knightwalker from ''Manga/FairyTail''.

[[folder:Card Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'':
** In a rather roundabout avoidance of the trope, the giants of the Lorwyn/Shadowmoor megablock use epithets as decided by their dreams, leading to such names as Worldkiller, Relicsmasher, and Stoutarm. They then go on to follow said dreams.
** Some characters follow the trope. Glissa Sunseeker is one such case.
** Another aversion is Urza Planeswalker, who [[CaptainObvious didn't have planeswalker as a last name and only gained the epithet when he became one]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Very common in the DarkAgeOfSupernames.

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In the [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2354771/1/Where-in-the-World-is-Harry-Potter "Where in the World is Harry Potter"]] trilogy by Nonjon, one of the goblins' names is Crackhead.

* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** Luke Skywalker, the trope name inspiration. His surname is apparently a reference to piloting skill, which he appropriately displays, along with his father Anakin. In the Episode 1 {{novelization}}, an old spacer compliments Anakin Skywalker on his piloting skill and the appropriateness of his name--saying he "walks the sky like he owns it". The official site stated that the first Jedi carried the title 'Skywalker'.
** Luke's last name was originally going to be ''[[StellarName Starkiller]]''. It made an appearance in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' as the name of a Mandalorian gladiator who only fought [[BloodSport death matches]]. It's also the codename of Galen Marek, Darth Vader's secret apprentice who appears in ''Star Wars: VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed'', and less impressively it's the last name of one of Luke's childhood friends. In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', it's the name of the film's new superweapon, Starkiller Base.
** Luke's MauveShirt friend Biggs Darklighter, along with his relatives in the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse.
** The current expanded universe, so far, hasn't done this as much as the old one. The one notable example is Nash Windrider from ''[[Literature/StarWarsLostStars Lost Stars]]'', who's from Alderaan.
** Tatooine seems to have a thing about this in ''[[Franchise/StarWarsLegends Legends]]'':
*** A character named [[ComicBook/XWingSeries Falynn Sandskimmer]] ''also'' becomes a skilled pilot. And resents Luke.
*** Tatooine is also the home planet of Cole Fardreamer, a mechanic who meets Luke in The New Rebellion.
*** Actually easily explained by its port-in-the-middle-of-nowhere status. Local single motherhood rates would be predictably through the roof, provincial mores would frown upon a fatherless kid, and a child carrying his maternal family's surname in such a sparsely-populated area would suffer from his own name being a constant reminder of said stigma to everyone. Hence, local teenage mums would invent suitably heroic surnames for their suitably heroic and conveniently called-to-duty or killed in action imaginary husbands and pass these on to their kids. That said, at the 2010 Star Wars convention, Celebration V, George Lucas said while answering fan questions that Skywalker was actually not an especially rare name. As he put it, "there's even [[Creator/FrancisFordCoppola the Skywalker wine]]."
** ''Legends'' also has some non-Tatooinians named such:
*** Keyan Farlander of Agamar, protagonist of ''VideoGame/XWing''.
*** ''ComicBook/TalesOfTheJedi'' had Nomi Sunrider. 'Sunrider', however, is tied up due to another copyright holder on the name, so now it is under restriction for use in Star Wars media. The role of Bastila Shan from the first ''KOTOR'' game was [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally meant to be filled by Nomi's daughter Vima Sunrider]], but this was changed due to the controversy, although she is mentioned once by name in-game. Lucas Licensing still can't use "Sunrider" in the name of a work or in an action figure/collectible, but apparently the name can be used within works.
** One of [[Myth/NorseMythology Loki]]'s titles is Loki Skywalker. Take it however you want. At least two authors have brought that up, though both were more interested in Anakin rather than Luke.

* In ''Literature/TheBlackCompany'' series, a lot of the most powerful sorcerers follow that rule : Soulcatcher, Shapeshifter, Stormbringer, Moonbiter, Shadowspinner... Moreover, the name usually [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin tells about what the sorcerer is best at]].
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Many dwarf names fit the trope, presumably as a direct pastiche of Oakenshield. ''Wyrd Sisters'' and ''Guards! Guards!'' both suggest that expat dwarfs in Ankh-Morpork make up (allegedly) imposing names like "Timkin Rumbleguts" as posturing.
** Better example: the late Grag Hamcrusher in ''Discworld/{{Thud}}''. I guess he crushed a lot of thighs in his day.
** On the other hand, there are also dwarfs with last names like "Snoriscousin" or [[OverlyLongGag "Glodssonssonsson"]]. There are also a few humans who picked this kind of name to trick people into thinking they were dwarfs, sometimes for business reasons (People thought dwarf-made was better, so why argue?).
* Mario Greymist in ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' averts this -- it's an epithet, bestowed either because of the number of people he "sent to Greymist Valley" (i.e., killed) or because he used a gray mist to facilitate his most famous assassination, depending on whether you believe Vlad Taltos or Paarfi.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Ravenclaw house counts, since Rowena Ravenclaw was its founder.
** And so is Gryffindor (stylized French for "golden griffin").
** Luna Lovegood combines this with StellarName. And then there's her dad [[GeniusBonus Xenophilius]].
** Another example in the Harry Potter series comes in the form of one of the goblins, Griphook.
* ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'':
** The series has few true examples out of the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters huge cast]]. There are lots and lots of epithets though: soldiers in the Malazan army are [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname generally known by their nicknames]] (e.g. Mudslinger and Throatslitter) and some characters have heroic epithets attached to their name (e.g. Dujek Onearm, Scabandari Bloodeye).
** A more straight example is Bellurdan Skullcrusher from ''Literature/GardensOfTheMoon'', a [[OurGiantsAreBigger Thelomen]] mage.
** ''Literature/ReapersGale'' introduces Orbyn Truthfinder. He's a Section Commander of the Patriotists, so technically, Truthfinder could be an acquiered, ironic nickname based on the fact that he tortures people for real or fake confessions, but it's treated like a family surname and never explained.
* There's an Arys Oakheart in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. In fact, many of the Houses in that series seem to take their names from this convention.
* Some versions of ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' briefly discuss the temporal/literary theories of one Dr. Dan Streetmentioner.
* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'':
** A Giant has a double-barreled version of this trope: ''Saltheart Foamfollower''. Guess how the Land's giants are [[OurMonstersAreDifferent different]]. There's also Kevin Landwaster and Berek Halfhand. Most of these do follow the epithet rule, however.
** We meet some more Giants in the second trilogy and most of them have names like Cable Seadreamer (which is probably a poetical nickname) and Grimmand Honninscrave (which probably isn't: how exactly ''do'' you crave an honnin?)
** Giantish last names (at least) are clearly mostly of the EarnYourTitle or epithet variety rather than inherited, as Honninscrave and Seadreamer are actually brothers.
* ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'':
** TheHero has a flaming sword called 'Fire' in a foreign language. Angela the quirky witch complains that he should have just called his sword 'Burningblade' and be done with it if he wasn't going to be creative.
** Also, ''Eragon Shadeslayer''. And his million other names that he uses in ''Brisingr''.
* Justified in Edward Rutherford's multigenerational period fiction, where he deconstructs the origins of names like "Barnikal" (from "bairn-ne-kill", a Viking raider's plea for his comrades to spare the lives of children) and "Silversleaves".
* Creator/KeithLaumer used some similar names in his ''Literature/{{Retief}}'' stories, usually for incompetent and/or corrupt ambassadors (Hidebinder) and occasionally members of their staff (Colonel Underknuckle), but on one occasion a very shapely young woman was superbly designated "Miss Braswell."
* Creator/TamoraPierce's Literature/CircleOfMagic books use this for some of their mages, the ones who choose their names after they become certified. You can measure the size of the mage's ego (good or bad) by how sentimental their name is -- compare Niklaren Goldeye the seer and Yarrun Firetamer the, er, firetamer to Olennika Potcracker the cook and Ishabal Ladyhammer the war-mage.
* Tons of the minor vermin characters in the ''{{Literature/Redwall}}'' books are named like this -- Ragear, Mangefur, Blacktooth, Wormtail.
* In David Edding's ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' series, many of the Alorn Kings of centuries past had their surnames granted to them upon reaching adulthood, such as Cherek Bearshoulders and his sons. Some, like Uvar Bent-beak, were given their names because of physical characteristics.
* Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story "The Great Stone Face" (about the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Man_of_the_Mountain real natural formation]] that bears the same nickname) included a character named Ichabod Pigsnort. Hawthorne was rather fond of creative naming.
* Sturm Brightblade from the Literature/{{Dragonlance}} novels. [[spoiler: His son is lumbered with the name Steel Brightblade by his mother, Kitiara, [[WhoNamesTheirKidDude who thought it was hilarious.]]]] Kender also seem to have names like this, most notably Tasslehoff Burrfoot.
* From the ''Literature/HankTheCowdog'' books, we get the coyote Chief "Many-Rabbit-Gut-Eat-In-Full-Moon". And his daughter, "Girl-Who-Drinks-Blood". Not exactly surnames, though.
* In the ''Literature/{{Thraxas}}'' series, some sorcerers have names like these. While Glixius Dragon Killer may well have offed a dragon or two, it's well known that Tirini Snake Smiter has never smitten a snake in her life.
* Many of the characters in ''Literature/GivesLight'' have names like this, because they belong to a Plains Shoshone tribe.
* The majority of Foxen names in Literature/TheRedVixenAdventures are like this, including Rolas Darktail (a pun on "dark tale" given his family's tragic background), Ali Waterfarmer, Lu Blacksailor, and Kev Highglider.
* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': Peasant characters who perform particularly impressive feats gain titles like this, since they don't have surnames normally. One of the main characters, Kaladin Stormblessed, is the only one we see.


[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Half the spoof names spoken in the ''Film/SpaceMutiny'' episode of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' qualify: [[IHaveManyNames Slab Bulkhead, Fridge Largemeat, Punt Speedchunk, Butch Deadlift, Bold Bigflank, Splint Chesthair, Flint Ironstag, Bolt Vanderhuge, Blast Hardcheese, Thick McRunfast, Buff Drinklots, Trunk Slamchest,]] [[LongList Fist Rockbone, Stump Beefnob, Smash Lampjaw, Punch Rockgroin, Buck Plankchest, Stump Chunkman, Dirk Hardpeck, Rip Steakface, Slate Slabrock, Crud Bonemeal, Brick Hardmeat, Rip Slagcheek, Punch Sideiron, Gristle McThornBody, Slake Fistcrunch, Buff Hardback,]] [[OddNameOut Bob Johnson,]] [[OverlyLongGag Blast Thickneck, Crunch Buttsteak, Slab Squatthrust, Lump Beefbroth, Touch Rustrod, Reef Blastbody, Big McLargeHuge, Smoke Manmuscle, Beat Punchbeef, Pack Blowfist, and Roll Fizzlebeef. And of course, Blast Hardcheese!]]
* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in ''Series/FreaksAndGeeks'': One of the cool guys winds up playing ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' with the geeks ([[ItMakesSenseInContext long story...]]) and names his [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame dwarf]] character "Carlos". HilarityEnsues as the geeks object but, when pressed, can't come up with a reason ''why'' the character can't be called that.
* Many sketches in ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' - Mr Smokestoomuch, Mrs Brainsample, Lady Mountback. And the explosive [[ValuesDissonance Mrs. Niggerbaiter.]]
* ''Series/ABitOfFryAndLaurie'' used these at times, most notably in a sketch about viewers writing in to tell about mildly amusing names they've come across, where all the letter-writers themselves have names that are filthy phrases -- so you have Peter Cuminmyear writing to say he went to school with a DonaldDuck. There's also Ted Cunterblast from the library sketch, which they inexplicably got away with.
* Series/KennyStarfighter.
* [[Series/{{Lexx}} Zev Bellringer]].
* Cindy Lightballoon of ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''.

* [[Myth/NorseMythology Odin and Loki]] have an obscene number of these titles, usually in reference to how untrustworthy they are, like "Oathbreaker" and "Liesmith". Also more positive ones like All-Father or Skywalker.
* Myth/GreekMythology has plenty such names.
** For example, Zeus Cloud-Gatherer, Zeus Aegiduchos (Aegis Bearer) & Zeus Meilichios (Easy-to-be-entreated).
** Also Aphrodite Androphonos (man-killer), and Aphrodite Kallipagos (sexy butt.) ([[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer Yes, really]].)
** And more modern occultists have given some extra names for Pan; Pan Pangenitor Panphage - Pan All-Maker All-Destroyer. Unfortunately the historical deity's name probably wasn't synonymous with the word "pan" - "all". The god Pan's name comes from the same root as the word "panic." Because his domain is temporary insanity.
** Some are just like this in general; Heracles, for example, means "Glory of Hera." Ironic, given how much Hera despised him.
* Same goes for Myth/EgyptianMythology; for example, Amun-Min gaining the epithet Kamutef, meaning "Bull of his mother".
* ''All'' Navajo names are verbs, including those of many of their gods. Coyote, for instance, is known as "Wanderer" and "Scolder"; the former, maii, is the usual word for coyotes in general. Monster Killer, one of the two twin war-gods, is more technically Killer of Hostile Gods. And the de facto head of their pantheon has titles including White Body of the Fourth World and Maternal Grandfather of the Gods, but is usually just called Talking God. Many Navajo rituals involve litanies of divine epithets. During their war-chant, for instance, Monster Killer is invoked with titles like Child of Changing Woman, Full-Grown in a Single Day, Reared Within the Earth, Wearer of Hard Flint Armor, Slayer of Bears, and dozens of others.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* This is one of many different odd naming styles used for characters in the tabletop RPG ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}''. A lot of Linowan use this style, as does the Dawn Caste pirate Moray Darktide.
* In ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' it's rather common: there's Dornal Silverhand (father of the Seven Sisters) and Florin Falconhand (Dove's husband), Rowanmantle and Wyvernspur (Cormyrean noble houses), and so on and on.
* Tabletop fantasy games have two well known subsets of this rule: ''The [=AxeBeard=] Law'' states that [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame all dwarves]] MUST have some reference to either axes or beards in their name, and ''The [=PineSol=] Law'' states all [[OurElvesAreBetter elves]] must have a reference to a plant or celestial body somewhere in their name. Taken to the logical conclusion with the dwarven martial artist [[minmaxforum.com/index.php?topic=6062.0 Fistbeard Beardfist]].
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'':
** Orcs/Orks always follow this trope. Justified in that they wouldn't normally have surnames, what with having no families and all, and that such names are more common for higher rank orcs and are clearly supposed to be nicknames and honorifics. They are usually violence or food related (or both). Dwarfchewer (or with [[FunetikAksent their accent]], Dwarfchewa) being a fine example.
** Also done by the Tau. A Tau's given name will be (in order) their caste, their rank, their world of birth, followed by any personal names they might have earned. As a Tau's career advances, one or more noun-verb titles are added to their name. However, for brevity's sake, Tau will often answer to a single well-known name instead of their full formal name. For example, Shas'O Vior'la Shovah Kais Mont'yr ("Fire Caste-General Hot-Blooded Farsighted Skillful Battle-proven") is more commonly known as O'Shovah or Commander Farsight.
** Par for the course in ''Warhammer'''s successor, ''[[TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar Warhammer: Age of Sigmar]]''. If someone (or something) has a name, chances are that it's either going to be a case of AwesomeMcCoolname or this, ''and'' that it will be an example of ThemeNaming.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' had this as a major feature, especially in the Lorwyn and Shadowmoor expansions. Amusing examples include [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=153301 Thistledown Duo]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=157411 Thunderblust]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=153297 Ghastlord of Fugue]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=153126 Stenchskipper]], [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=139467 Soulbright Flamekin]], and [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=139498 Kithkin Daggerdare]]
* Several ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' supplements have tables for randomly generated Nounverber names in the languages of various races.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} Universe'':
** Cairne (and Baine) Bloodhoof, Illidan (and Malfurion) Stormrage, Sylvanas (and Alleria and Vereesa) Windrunner, Magni (and Bran and Muradin) Bronzebeard, Alastair Bentstaff, Gann Stonespire and Melgromm Highmountain. Most of the LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters in the series, significant or incidental, have this. It seems likely that the developers used some sort of random name generator, feeding it with words like "Rage," "Fire," or "Blood." Rage is the most overused name-element. Ragefire Chasm, Ragetotem, Stormrage, Bloodrage, even just the "rage" used by the Warrior class, are some examples.
** ''Everyone'' in Wrath of the Lich King is some variant of Mary Chillydeath or Frank Zombiesnow.
** The Death Knight class have summoned zombie companions actually poke fun at this, with names like "Corpsecruncher" and "Rotripper." It actually uses a random [[http://www.wow.com/2008/09/10/death-knight-ghouls-baby-name-book/ combination list.]]
** The overwhelming majority of Night Elf [=NPCs=] have combinations of "Moon," "Silver," "Bow," "Breeze," "Runner," "Star," and others, while Blood Elves and High Elves have similar ones, but more uses of "Sun," "Dawn," and "Fire" than their nocturnal counterparts.
** Grom Hellscream might be a good explanation of how this sort of thing gets started. His son is named Garrosh Hellscream, and is often specifically called "son of Hellscream." This is because Grom got his name for a [[ScreamingWarrior very]], [[BattleCry very]], [[TheBerserker VERY]] good reason. Of course, Warlords of Draenor made this weird by introducing Grom's father, Golmash Hellscream. Who, it should be noted, has "the Giantslayer" as a separate title based on his own deeds, while Hellscream, which originally came from a trait of his son, is apparently now just a surname that predates its origin.
** And then there's his friends, Kargath Bladefist and Kilrogg Deadeye, who earned their epithets through MachoMasochism. Kargath cut off his left hand and replaced it with a deadly scythe blade, which is now par for the course in his clan, the Shattered Hand. Kilrogg either lost or pulled out his eyeball, depending on the storyline, and wore an eyepatch to cover it; his clan named themselves the Bleeding Hollow in his honour, and his sons Jorin and Grillok Deadeye share this injury, complete with their own eyepatches.
** This is actually pretty standard for orcs, particularly clan names. The Bonechewers are cannibals; the Frostwolves often live in harsh, snowy landscapes with strong ties to their wolf pets; the Warsong often charge and ride to battle singing songs to rally their comrades; the Twilight's Hammer are mad cultists who dream of bringing about the apocalypse; and the Dragonmaw, in all their incarnations, have used dragons as a cornerstone of their lifestyle and military force. This is pretty standard among the sapient races, in fact.
** Averted by, of all people, Thrall, leader of the Horde in ''Videogame/WarcraftIII''. His name is another word for slave, but he kept it specifically for that reason (he was RaisedByHumans as nothing but a BattleThrall).
* In ''{{FATE}}'' and its sequels, every quest monster and uniquely-enchanted item has a randomly-generated name and/or title.
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'':
** Khelgar Ironfist, of the Ironfist clan.
** Grobnar Gnomehands, ''is'' a gnome, so his name is a bit ShapedLikeItself. He makes a joke about it when you first meet him.
** In ''Storm of Zehir'' you have the svirfneblin wizard Chir Darkflame, the [[SquareRaceRoundClass half-orc paladin]] Grykk Bannersworn, and the insane monk Ribsmasher.
* Korgan Bloodaxe is an evil dwarf from ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII''. The game goes so far as to tell you there's an actual clan Bloodaxe. The game also has one example a realistic usage of it: Jan Jansen's ([[TheMunchausen alleged]]) uncle Uriah Twin-Hammers. The surname was an epithet earned because he, well, used a warhammer a lot. The "twin" part was because of his, um, ''other'' "hammer." The leader of the Shadow Thieves, Renal "Bloodscalp", earned his epithet in an unknown manner, [[ForegoneConclusion though it was probably gruesome]].
* ''VideoGame/AgeOfMythology'':
** Every hersir unit has a name given to it, all of them in this style. 'Biscuitchiller' and 'Refreshingbeveragemaker' were among the more amusing possibilities.
** There is also the particularly cool name of 'Surtr Firesword', however, there's a reason for that - Surtr is a Norse mythological character which is a giant wielding a flaming sword, who's flames he will bring forth during the Ragnarok will engulf the earth.
* ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'':
** Names follow this trope to the letter; every name, be it for a person, place, or thing, is generated randomly from a list of words, and like the example above can be amusingly irreverent, like Urist Diamondpants. Compare [[http://fromearth.net/LetsPlay/Boatmurdered/ Boatmurdered,]] also a case of NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast. (And ''Places'' To Run Away From Really Fast, considering it features [[WaveMotionGun "Project Fuck The World"]], which unleashes a stream of magma upon any goblins foolhardy enough to lay siege.)
** "Urist" is the dwarven word for "dagger." Thus names are very noun-noun verbnoun-y. For giggles: "Om nom nom nom" translates to "Clutter the god of godly gods."
* ''VideoGame/{{Wizard 101}}'' practically enforces this trope, as players must choose parts of their character's names from a set of lists rather than inputting them directly. However, you can choose "(none)" on at least one of them.
* Names in ''VideoGame/FreeRealms'' also follow this convention.
* In ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic VIII'', the dragon leader is called Deftclaw Redreaver.
* As said above, [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Ork]] names in ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar II''.
* ''VideoGame/WarhammerOnline'' has mostly "normal" names, although very Germanic, for the Empire [=NPCs=]. For Chaos and all the non-human races, this trope applies. For example, "Garik Bludfist", "Kargesh Fellgaze", "Bjorn Warpmask", "N'rarch Fleshreaper", "Vaardek Skullsplitter", "Alaric Grimstone" and "Brok Boarsmasha". No surprise that player characters who purchase a last name tend to either choose "[=NounVerber=]", "[=AdjectiveNoun=]" or a pop-culture reference.
* In ''VideoGame/RuneScape'', the entire Gorajo tribe has names belonging to this trope. Members of the Gorajo tribe don't have personal names and instead call themselves by their rank (Cub, Little, Naive, Keen, Brave, Brah, Naabe, Wise, Adept or Sachem) and role within the tribe. Players can summon Bloodragers (melee warriors), Deathslingers (ranged fighters), Stormbringers (magic users), Skinweavers (healers), Worldbearers (item carriers) and Hoardstalkers (foragers) to help them in a dungeon. There is also a character called "Lokar Searunner".
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' has some in its opening theme—"Alduin, bane of kings, ancient shadow unbound." Every dragon's name is a three word epithet; "Alduin" means "destroy-consume-lord". Alduin was made by [[TopGod Akatosh]] (or may even be an aspect of Akatosh) to [[BeastOfTheApocalypse destroy the world at the end of time]], hence his other major title, the "World-Eater".
** Many other [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]] have names which fit when translated from draconic, such as "Curse Never Dying" and "Snow Wing Hunter", for example. Crosses over with AwesomeMcCoolname as the translated names sound quite intimidating.
** In addition, numerous Nords have names like this (Ulfric Stormcloak, Brunwulf Free-Winter, Torsten Cruel-Sea, Galmar Stone-Fist, Hajvarr Iron-Hand, Sjoring Hard-Heart etc.). Some are even given name origin stories (e.g. Hofgrir Horse-Crusher), but the majority are given no such justifications.
** Throughout the series, [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent Goblin]] tribe names are frequently in this format. Examples include the Throatcutter, Dogeater, and Rock Biter tribes. Others have an "adjective-noun" format instead, such as the Bitterfish and Bloody Hand tribes.
* ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' and ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'' has some of these, mostly for their two ProudWarriorRaceGuy races, the charr and the norn. Both are at least somewhat [[JustifiedTrop justified]]. A charr's last name is chosen to show solidarity with their warband. Kalla Scorchrazor, Rytlock Brimstone, and Pyre Fierceshot are fairly typical charr names. Norn surnames seem split between Scandinavian-style patronymics like Olaf Olafson or Olrun Olafdottir and self-given titles like Gunnar Poundfist or Knut Whitebear.
* ''VideoGame/EvilIslands'': Everyone and their mother is named like that in Gipath. Examples include Erfar Silvertongue, Gort Skullcrusher and Babur Tightfist to name a few. Hilariously, a handful of non-human NPC's such as Goblin Chieftain Gogo averts this. It's also averted in Ingos and Suslanger.

* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** Of the six main characters, only four have revealed their last names, and all are compounds: Roy Greenhilt, Haley Starshine, Belkar Bitterleaf and Durkon Thundershield.
** The Greenhilt clan has some justification, as Roy says they were [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0113.html named]] for that sword.
** Durkon is a cleric of Thor, and uses a shield, so it's quite fitting, though that'll have to mean his entire family fits the same description as well.
** And then there are supporting characters Hilgya Firehelm, Leeky Windstaff, Reegon Mithrilspear, Hiran Sinkeye, Clang Killitchy, Deergar Bluehawk, Firuk Blackore...
** Girard Draketooth [[AvertedTrope used to be be]] an example of this trope, until it was revealed that [[spoiler:he was descendant from a black dragon. OhCrap.]]
** Finally, [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname Redcloak]]. Given that he wears a red cloak (and Xykon threatened to kill him if his name proved too difficult to remember) it makes sense.
** Laurin Shattersmith.
* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'': Doctor Raven Darktalon... Blood (admittedly a parody and a minor character). When the Penny Arcade team started playing Dungeons and Dragons, Gabe named his character Jim Darkmagic (of the New Hampshire Darkmagics). Scott Kurtz's response was "Jim Darkmagic? Why don't you just name him Chet Awesomelaser?" Considering Scott Kurtz was playing a character named Binwin Bronzebottom... In all fairness Scott Kurtz was playing a dwarf. You actually lose game abilities if your dwarf isn't a Luke Nounverber.
* Lance Swordfighter from Webcomic/GoldCoinComics.
* In the ''StarWars'' parody webcomic ''Diary of a Crazed Mimbanite'', the {{Parody Name|s}} for Luke Skywalker was Cliff Nerfherder (a reference to an insult applied to Han Solo in ''The Empire Strikes Back'').
* Dellyn Goblinslayer, one of the first prominent villains in ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}''. He has a [[FantasticRacism special hatred for goblins (on top of his hatred for monstrous races in general)]].
* ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'' has Alexsi's biological mother [[http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_1194.php Quintinga Sharpspear]]
* Rak Wraithraiser from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod''.
* ''Webcomic/{{Weregeek}}'': In one arc, the group play a ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' LARP, and most of the werewolf names are in the form 'Verbs-The-Noun' (such as Cracks-The-Code, Finds-The-Way, and Slays-The-Night). There's even one character ''actually named'' Verbs-The-Noun.
-->'''Verbs-The-Noun''': Let's just say it's not a good idea to backtalk your elders during the naming ceremony.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, the Amerind side character Stormwolf is Adam Ironknife. But the main character Heyoka, who is a Lakota Indian, is merely Jamie Carson.
* Pastiched by Yahtzee's WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation review of Richard Garriott's ''Tabula Rasa'', in which Yahtzee, in an effort to test out the game's cuss word filter, names his character "Gareth Gobelcoque."
* WebAnimation/HomestarRunner's Lem and Bev Sportsinterviews and Senor Havingalittletrouble.
* ''Literature/TalesOfMU'':
** Elves take epithet names that are often in this form, but are disappointed that Jamie Bowman, a quarter-elf raised in human society, does not have any archery skill.
** Dwarves in the same have clan names that are either of the "Oakenshield" variety or are [[TranslationConvention Dwarvish]] equivalents like "Sternbauer".
* In ''Franchise/StarWars'' tradition, ''Roleplay/TheGunganCouncil'' has this appearing frequently: Skywalker, Starkiller, Darkhold, Sunfell, Ravenclaw, Holdfast, Shadowdragon, Hawkmoon, Skylark, Darksun, Eventide, and ''many'' more.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' has Gadget Hackwrench. In this case, the verb part of the surname is "hack". Very fitting, considering [[WrenchWench she's frequently hacking around with hardware.]]
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/EekTheCat'' with "Leek Bottomsitter".
* ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'''s Kit Cloudkicker. A name that, for all we know, he came up with himself. Anyway it's appropriate since he is known for "air surfing".
* In one of Brendon's movies in ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'', he plays a character named "the Landstander".
* The ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' movie includes a "Dr. Applecheek" and a lawyer simply named "Lickboot."
* Many {{Transformers}} have names like this that line up with their abilities, such as Thundercracker, Trailblazer, and Mixmaster.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', when Lisa tries becoming a {{goth}}, she changes her name to "[[DarknessVonGothickname Ravencrow Neversmiles]]." Edna Krabappel is one of the best known examples of this trope.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' Roger creates two personas; his plan is that one will sexually harass the other and in that character, he will claim compensation. The name of the harasser personality was Luke Fondleburg.
* A number of the characters from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' have such names, like Rumble, Cloudkicker, Thunderlane, etc.
* A couple episodes of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' feature a redneck comedian named Mike Drunkbeater.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Quite a few actual family names conform to this pattern, for instance:
** Armstrong (there is a clan legend about what feat by an ancestor is was commemorated in that name).
** Cartwright, Goldsmith, Shoemaker, Wainwright and other names indicating specialized craftsmen. Even more than you might think; a lot of last names are from professions that either no longer exist or are at least much less common than they used to be. Some examples are Cooper (a person who makes barrels) and Chandler (candle-maker). If a surname in English ends in -er there's a good chance that it's this. And some are even more obscure--a "[[Creator/ChristopherReeve reeve]]" in medieval England was an overseer of the lord's estates who collected and sold the produce grown by the serfs.
** Eisenhower - from "Eisenhauer" (iron-hewer) is a German version of this.
** Shakespeare - "spear-shaker". There also was Nicholas Breakspear, later Pope Adrian IV.
** Turn(e)bull, according to the more popular theory William of Rule got that name for saving Robert the Bruce from a bull.
** As graciously pointed out by ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Hancock could be considered this, though the actual meaning is nothing out of the ordinary.
** Kicklighter, an Americanization of the German surname Kückleiter (lit. "chicken ladder"), sounds like the name of [[StarWars someone you'd run into at Tosche Station while shopping for power converters]].
** The surname Lamphere is a double example, as its spelled "Lamp-Here" but pronounced "Lamp-Fear".
** In a somewhat convoluted way, the surname Bump, according to genealogical legend, was formed this way. Bump is a form of the French surname Bumpas, which was allegedly given to a servant of a noble after making a harrowing and speedy journey through a battle to deliver a message (the messenger is said to have had a ''bon pas'', or a good pace).
* There was an Austrialian football player in the early twentieth century whose last name was Conquest. Then you learn [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Conquest_%28footballer%29 his]] first name was ''Norman''. [[ThemeNaming He was named after a period of history]].
* Folke Filbyter the forefather of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_Bjelbo House of Folkung]]. Filbyter is an old form of Fölbitare, meaning Foal biter. According to the legend he did really bite foals, ''he castrated colts by [[GroinAttack biting their balls off]]''.