->''"The Lord of all Evil: Tom."''
-->-- '''RiffTrax''' on the [[Film/HarryPotter Trope Namer]]

Generally played for laughs, Tom the Dark Lord is when a character that's evil [[SpecialPersonNormalName doesn't have a particularly evil-sounding name]]. In fact, this could effectively be used as NightmareFuel if you have the character human. Tom the Dark Lord sometimes goes hand in hand with EmbarrassingFirstName, but not always. Bonus points if it manages to be [[MeaningfulName meaningful]] or [[IronicName ironic]]. Contrast with NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast, which is about evil people with ObviouslyEvil names. See also FluffyTheTerrible, which is about vicious animals and beasts with cutesy names. Compare SpecialPersonNormalName. Not to be confused with RonTheDeathEater, although that can lead to this in fan works.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* [[spoiler:Adam]], known by his more [[TheDreaded feared]] [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname nickname]] "the Millenium Earl" in ''DGrayMan''.
* One of the deadliest villains in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', a sadistic young man capable of transforming into a monster whose component parts include a yeti and an ox, had the unfortunate name of Pantyhose Taro.
* Many villains from ''Manga/DragonBall'' have funny PunnyNames, mostly after food.
** The American fans know the villain who destroyed Planet Vegeta as Frieza. It's not this trope, unless you know that's just his name in the English dub. In the Japanese dub, he's mainly known as "Freeza" or "Freezer" (the latter also in the German). It still sounds evil, but the meaning of his name is just laughable.
** The strongest villain of the manga is Buu.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' has an infamous SerialKiller and UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper {{Expy}}, that terrorized the capitol for years and slit the throats of over 100 members of the Military Police Brigade. The name of this fearsome monster, responsible for so much bloodshed? His name is ''Kenny''.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the original ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'' comics, Adam Susan definitely counts.
* Willy Pete, from ''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}''. Until you find out that he goes by that name because it's another name for ''white phosphorus''. If he's close enough to explain it to you, you're dead already no matter what he's saying, considering his whole body burns hotter than the sun, and he's one of the most terrifying and sadistic supervillains ever to blight the face of the earth.
* ''ComicBook/{{WITCH}}'' has a few examples: Cedric, [[spoiler: Thomas Vandom]], Mark Zibosky, Jonathan Ludmoore, Edward Folkner, Tecla Ibsen, and Takeda (first name unknown). [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] for most of them, as they're humans from Earth and not trying to conquer the world ([[spoiler: Thomas Vandom]] and Mark Zibosky don't even know about magic, respectively being [[spoiler: Will's father who is trying to make a quick buck]] and an extorsionist [[MuggingTheMonster who got on the Guardians bad side]]), but Cedric is a {{Shapeshifting}} [[SnakePeople snake man]], and Ludmoore comes from another world.
** The cartoon also adds Miranda, a {{Shapeshifting}} giant spider and Cedric's BastardUnderstudy.
* In the ''[[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW My Little Pony Friendship is Magic]]'' comic's 6th issue, the leader of the Nightmare forces identifies himself as Shadowfright. This doesn't stop his subordinate from calling him by what's apparently his real name: [[spoiler: Larry.]]
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In fanon (or whatever), [[RonTheDeathEater/HarryPotter Ron the Death Eater]].
* ''FanFic/ABriefHistoryOfEquestria'': The Mongrellian Horde was founded by a GenghisKhan {{Expy}} named [[FluffyTheTerrible Fluffy]].
* In ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' Marik's [[AxeCrazy psycopathic]] [[JekyllAndHyde evil personality]] is named "Melvin." Yami Bakura is "Florence".
* In ''FanFic/TheQueenWhoFellToEarth'', a magical terrorist takes on the name Carlos the Gerbil.
* {{Lampshaded|Trope}} in ''FanFic/TheRiseOfDarthVulcan''. The titular Darth Vulcan is actually named Ted, but figured that he wouldn't be taken seriously if he introduced himself as "the Dread Sorcerer Ted", hence the alias.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/FairlyOddparents'' fanfiction, ''FanFic/NeverHadAFriendLikeMe'', the heroes get to face [[spoiler:Bob the boil and EldritchAbomination]]
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''{{Hoodwinked}}'', the main villain berates his {{Mook}} for having the unevil-sounding name of Keith.
-->'''[[spoiler:Boingo]]:''' Dolph, tie up the brat; Liesel, hold the book; Vincent, get the truck; and Keith... darn it, change your name, please. That's not scary and I'm embarrassed to say it. Boris, try that. Keith, ya know? "[[SarcasmMode Oooh, Watch out for Keith]]!"
** [[spoiler:[[HypocriticalHumor Keep in mind that this is the villain, a Bunny named "Boingo" saying this to Keith.]]]]
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Freddy Krueger from ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet''.
* The ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' films ([[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness mostly]]) feature a killer named Jason.
* ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'', with Michael Myers.
* ''Film/KungPowEnterTheFist'', where the evil kung fu master changes his name from '[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Master Pain]]' to 'Betty'.
* ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights'': "Mervin? Your name's 'Mervin?'"
* [[CatsAreMean Mr. Tinkles]] in ''Film/CatsAndDogs''.
* In ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' the villain is an evil-genius-doctor-cannibal-killer-billionaire-mad-scientist-criminal-mastermind-outlaw-alien-bisexual-transvestite-inventor-singer and probably rapist called Franky.
* ''FrightNight'' features a terrifying vampire named Jerry.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** The TropeNamer is Voldemort. His real name is Tom Marvolo Riddle. He hates it, in part because of this trope - though more accurately it's because it's not very interesting or unique, rather than not very evil. Also, it's his Muggle father's name. Of course, Dumbledore makes a point of always calling him Tom.
** A few Death Eaters have normal sounding names, like Evan Rosier. There is another who betrayed Harry's parents to Voldemort and was named [[spoiler: Peter]], but everyone calls him [[spoiler: Wormtail]].
* The trio of trolls in ''Literature/TheHobbit'' are named Bert, Bill, and Tom.
* From ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': Dr. John Hix, Unseen University's head of [[InsistentTerminology totally-not-necromancy]], whose real name is actually [[XtremeKoolLetterZ Hicks]]. However, he's not really a threat, as his [[TokenEvilTeammate acts of evil]] fall squarely into PokeThePoodle territory [[RunningGag by university statute]].
** ''Discworld/TheLastHero'' has Harry Dread, the last of the true {{Evil Overlord}}s.
* Randall Flagg from ''TheStand'' and ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' books by Stephen King. Even better, that's not even his real name. His real name is Walter Padick, and has been known as Walter o' Dim in the past. Real intimidating.
* ''TheSagaOfDarrenShan'' has the evil [[spoiler: Lord of the Vampaneze]], revealed at the end of book 9 to be [[spoiler: Steve Leonard]]. Justified in that [[spoiler: book 1, where Steve first appears, was written and published before the rest of the series was planned, and also in that he is usually referred to as Steve Leopard, which is slightly more badass]].
** Desmond Tiny, often called Mr Tiny.
* ''The Empire of the East'' contains a partial example: the [[BigBad Emperor]] of All [[TheEmpire the East]] is a rather ordinary-looking man named John. It's a partial example because his surname is the rather ominous-sounding "Ominor."
* In ''Literature/GoodOmens'' the eleven-year-old AntiChrist is named [[MeaningfulName Adam]]. Although that is mostly because he managed to slip under the radar due to a little mixup - the kid whom the forces of Heaven and Hell ''thought'' was the AntiChrist ended up named "Warlock" thanks to some very persuasive satanic nuns.
** The nun who named Adam was forced to invoke this troupe, since she was really trying to give him either a 'satanic' name or an American name (long story), but she was only giving suggestions to the father. After the father vetoed her original ideas, she then suggested Adam.
* In E. E. "Doc" Smith's ''[[Literature/{{Lensman}} Triplanetary]]'', the human characters are menaced by an [[AbusivePrecursors Abusive Precursor]] who introduces himself as "Roger". That's not his real name (it's Gharlane), but still it's oddly funny to have the crew of the ''Boise'' stumble across him on a random planet and go "OhCrap, it's Roger!".
* In ''{{Animorphs}}'' the second [[PuppeteerParasite Yeerk]] who controls Jake's brother, and who turns out to be a dangerous BigBadWannabe in the final novels, is [[NoNameGiven only ever referred to]] as "Tom," the name of his host.
** Even more in line with this is [[TortureTechnician Taylor]], who actually prefers using her host's name (a sign that she and the real Taylor have an [[DoubleConsciousness unusual]] relationship). Her title, at least when we first meet her, is Sub-Visser Fifty-one.
* In ''MuddleEarth'' the villain, described as being the most evil man there ever was, is called Dr. Cuddles. He's also [[spoiler: a pink teddy bear]], which explains the name.
* ''Gil's All Fright Diner'' by A. Lee Martinez has Tammy, the seventeen-year-old planning to unleash the Old Gods on the universe. She insists that her minion (she only has one) refer to her as "Mistress Lillith."
* In the ''{{Literature/Twilight}} Illustrated Guide,'' Alistair's back story involves his father [[DealWithTheDevil making a deal]] with the demon Asteroth. Ashteroth, however, was actually a vampire, not a demon, and his real name was George. He just likes to mess with people, apparently. Also, a lot of the villains have relatively normal names, like [[TheHunter James]], the BigBad of the first novel.
* In ''Lovely Assistant'' by Geoph Essex, there's the [[TheDragon sinister man]] who Jenny calls the "Ice Cream Psycho" (for [[BuffySpeak internal monologue]] [[BadHumorTruck reasons]]). Turns out his name is...Lawrence. There's also the leader of the racist skinheads who Jenny encounters in the park: Barry. Jenny [[LampshadeHanging mercilessly teases him]] about it once she gains the upper hand.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* A minor villain from the third season of ''{{Lexx}}'' had the name Fifi. It's worth mentioning that this villain is male.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' has the second season's villain Spike, whose real name is William. There's also demon antagonist "Skip" in Series/{{Angel}}. Angel himself was originally "Liam".
* John Sheppard of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' [[InvokedTrope played]] this trope with the Wraith whether they wanted it or not, which gave us such villains (or in one case, an AntiVillain) as Steve, [[BigBad Michael]], Bob, [[NobleDemon Todd]] and Kenny.
* BOB, also known as "Killer BOB", the demonic BigBad of ''TwinPeaks''.
* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' has Jim, perhaps better known by his (more intimidating) surname "Moriarty".
* Another Holmes adaptation, ''Series/{{Elementary}}'', revealed Moriarty to be [[spoiler: a woman named Jamie, who lived under the alias Irene Adler.]]
* ''TheGoodies''. In "The Lost Island of Munga" the Goodies meet a DiabolicalMastermind of previous acquaintance.
-->"Who am I? I ''[DramaticPause]'' am the Napoleon of Wickness. The Most Naughty Man in the World! {{Master of Disguise}}s (Sussex University). Arch Rascal, Prince of Mischief. You many know me as... ''[henchman plays OminousPipeOrgan]'' Nasty Person!"
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[[folder:Radio]]
* In ''DialMForPizza'', a sinister fortune teller introduces himself to two hapless travellers:
-->'''Fortune teller:''' Me? Why, they call me "Doctor Terror".\\
'''Baz:''' How strange!\\
'''Fortune teller:''' Especially as my real name is Ernie Thompson.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* [[http://www.peregrine-net.com/PGS_PGN_PRODUCTS/Bob_Lord-of-Evil.html Bob, Lord of Evil]]
* ''MutantChronicles'': The Prophet of the Dark and Harbinger of Destruction... is named Billy.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The most significant villain in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' is named Seymour. The name's not treated as embarrassing in the story, it's not a completely plain name even if it is in use in real life, and it's not an ironically cute name. But it probably still fits this trope.
* Fleming, Lord of the Demons from ''VideoGame/ShadowsOfTheDamned''.
* ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'': A giant, purple carnivorous space dragon who can shoot fire, fly through space and regenerate his body after incredible injuries. His name? Ridley. Probably a ShoutOut to Creator/RidleyScott, as ''Film/{{Alien}}'' was clearly an influence on the ''Metroid'' series.
* In the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series, The Illusive Man - the leader of the pro-human rogue paramilitary group Cerberus and part of the BigBadEnsemble with Harbinger in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' - never has his name revealed in-game. However, if you read the tie in comics, it's revealed that his name is actually [[spoiler: Jack Harper.]]
* Heroic example: ''VideoGame/KirbysEpicYarn'' has a WarriorPrince who goes along with Kirby to trounce all the monsters on the planet. His name? Prince Fluff.
* The final boss of ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' is named Seth. Like Seymour above, it's a religious reference that sounds exotic in Japan, but to English speakers it just sounds silly (especially compared to "Akuma", "Sagat", or "M. Bison"). Helping somewhat is that it's also a reference to PromotedFanboy Seth Killian.
* Handsome Jack from ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}''. [[spoiler:His birth name, John, counts too]].
* ''VideoGame/DokaponKingdom'' has Overlord Rico, but he fits right in with the ridiculous nature of the world.
* The recurring evil mastermind of the ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' series is named Alex. Like Seymour above, it's not really commented on, and it's justified in that he comes from Imil, where relatively plain Western names are the standard. More outlandish villains have more outlandish names, making Alex a distinct contrast.
** Subverted in ''Dark Dawn'' when [[spoiler: Alex uses the alias "Arcanus". Not only does it match the Tarot ThemeNaming of his new allies, it also upstages them, fitting Alex's [[ItsAllAboutMe self-important personality]] and [[AGodAmI new powers]]. And returns to being played straight when he finally reveals his identity, to the shock of all present. Except for [[CoolOldGuy Kraden]], [[TheSmartGuy who had figured it out already]].]]
* The pirate chief in ''Dungeon Raiders'' is called the "Giant Parrot Who Goes 'Qweek'!" Lampshaded when the main character commented "Yup, it's a stupid name, but don't let that fool you. He's very dangerous!" And again when he added that once he rescued his friends "After that, we'll see. But we could get together and decide to change the stupid names of the bosses."
* ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' contain an unintentional example via {{Mondegreen}}. The OminousLatinChanting in the BigBad's battle music becomes DENNIS. DEEEEENNIS. DEEEEEEEEEEEEEENNIIIIS!
* A lot of Bosses in the ''Franchise/FinalFight'' series have pretty average names, such as Abigail in the first game, Freddie and Philippe in the second, Dave and Drake in the third, and Hugo in ''Revenge''.
* ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' has as its main enemy.... a guy called Bob.
* The Pig King of ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' makes Giygas look tame in comparison, orchestrating the horrific Chimera projects that turns peaceful animals into deranged cyborgs, conquering your hometown and corrupting the residents into greedy, selfish people, and ultimately deciding to destroy the world for laughs. King P[[spoiler:orky]] also qualifies in the [[Videogame/EarthBound previous game he appeared in.]]
* The ''VideoGame/YoshisIsland'' series almost seems to be making a trend out of this for the boss names, with all the villains having names more suited to a school or workplace than the dark side. Some examples include Roger (the potted ghost), Raphael (the raven), Gilbert (the gooey boss in world 1), Hector, Sal and (in ''New Island'') Fred.
* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' Caesar, the leader of the brutal slave army Caesar's Legion, self-proclaimed Son of Mars [[spoiler:was born Edward Sallow]], and the man even he was afraid of: the Malpais Legate, or the Burned Man was originally [[spoiler: a Mormon named Joshua Graham.]]
* The boss of the Holy [[{{MacGuffin}} MacGuffin]] Quest in ''Videogame/KingdomOfLoathing'' is the mighty Ed the Undying. When [[LampshadedTrope asked about this]] he says that he was never big on fancy titles.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games, the leader of the NebulousEvilOrganization usually has a cool name; [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Team Rocket]] has Giovanni, [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Team Galactic]] has Cyrus, [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Team Plasma]] has Ghestis, and [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY Team Flare]] has Lysandre. [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Team Magma and Team Aqua]], however? Maxie and Archie, respectively.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* From ''LookingForGroup'', there is a character whose titles include "Chief Warlock of the Brothers of Darkness, Lord of the Thirteen Hells, Master of the Bones, Emperor of the Black, Lord of the Undead, King of the Dance, [[SheIsTheKing Mistress of Magma]] and mayor of a little (undead) village up the coast." The character's name? Richard. This is constantly mocked in the comic. The protagonist Cale is fond of referring to him as Dick just to get on his nerves.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' gives us an alternate reality EvilOverlord version of one of the protagonists. All hail Lord Tedd! And then there's the maniac with a god complex, Damien.
* In SluggyFreelance we have "Chaz," an unstoppable sword also known as the Unholy Evil Death Bringer, forged in the most insidious of flame by the blacksmith known only as... Bob.
* ''Webcomic/ExterminatusNow'' gives us the Conspirator, Greater Daemon of the Patterner...Kevin.
-->'''Jamilla:''' Wait, ''Kevin?''\\
'''Kevin:''' "Kevin" is not my real name, since that is unpronounceable in your feeble mortal tongue. If you were able to pronounce it, [[BrownNote the skies themselves would shatter]]!\\
'''Morth:''' Actually, it ''is'' his real name.\\
'''Kevin:''' Oh, just tell everybody, why don't you?
* Bob is one of the major villains of the sprite comic ''BobAndGeorge''. [[spoiler:He's also a fiery supervillain known as Napalm, but most people refer to him as "Bob" even when he's manifesting his "Napalm" superpowers.]]
* The Emperor of the Souballo Empire's name is "Brian" in ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure''.
* The (most frequently appearing) super-powered, evil trickster of the ''Webcomic/MountainTime'' universe is Dave.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog Doctor Horrible]]. His SecretIdentity is that of an awkward nerd named Billy. Of course, his villainous nickname and its accompanying catchphrase ("I've got a [=PhD=] in Horribleness") are intentionally {{Narm}}y as well.
* In NewVindicators, the main villain of the Laputa arc in the European story, Laputa-Prime, is really named [[spoiler:Elizabeth]], but often addressed by a very cutesy-sounding nickname, [[spoiler: Little Lizzie.]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':
** Dr Doofenschmirtz is often called Dr. Doof.
** Doof started an Evil League called the '''L'''eague '''O'''f '''V'''illainous '''E'''vildoers '''M'''aniacally '''U'''nited '''F'''or '''F'''rightening '''I'''nvestment in '''N'''aughtiness. Or as it's better known, [[FunWithAcronyms L.O.V.E.M.U.F.F.I.N.]]
%%** Khaka Peu Peu.
** Galactic Overlord Mitch. [[IHaveManyNames Some people call him "Big Mitch".]]
* The '''L'''eague '''O'''f '''V'''illainous '''E'''vildoers (LOVE) featured in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee''. June also goes up against a GovernmentConspiracy called '''H'''umans for the '''A'''bolishment of '''M'''agic... HAM.
** Another recurring villain in the series is the Sandman, who prefers to go by his real name: Stephen. (But does ''not'' like to be called "Steve".)
* ''WesternAnimation/YinYangYo'' has Carl the Evil Cockroach Wizard.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian'', there is the Dark Lord Chuckles the Silly Piggy.
* Simon the gremlin from ''WesternAnimation/{{Trollz}}''.
* In the third [[TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius Jimmy]]-[[TheFairlyOddparents Timmy]] [[{{Crossover}} Power Hour]], there is a ''male'' villain named "Shirley". Poof's anti-fairy counterpart hates being named Foop.
* ''TheSuperHeroSquadShow'' once had The Trapster appear. However due to his original villain name being 'Paste Pot Pete' he is mocked by MODOK and the Abomination for being named "Pete".
* In ''WesternAnimation/TuffPuppy'', when Larry took over D.O.O.M. he changed his name to Murray, which made everyone in T.U.F.F gasp in fear.
* In ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'', the main villain is a rodent-like alien named Dr. Hamsterviel, often mispronounced to sound like the not-very-threatening Hamsterwheel.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' has [[VampireMonarch Marceline]]'s father, Hunson Aberdeer. Neither are particularly common names, but it's oddly normal for a demonic, [[YourSoulIsMine soul-sucking]] HumanoidAbomination who rules over a [[WorldOfChaos World Of]] ChaoticEvil. (It's also a bit odd for the setting, as most characters don't have "normal" surnames.)
* The TV Series of ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' gives us Alvin the Treacherous. Also lampshaded in the show itself.
* In ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' Death's baby son is named Thomas.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' has Bill Cipher, an eccentric demon who resembles the Eye of Providence (from the back of the US one-dollar bill) and who was summoned to invade Stan Pines' memories in the episode "Dreamscaperers". He's also described by the journals as the most dangerous being in Gravity Falls.
* David Xanathos of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' has a cool last name but a pretty common first one.
* Plankton from ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' has the EmbarrasingFirstName of Sheldon, which is not particularly evil-sounding either.
* Sideshow Bob from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', although he is rarely referred to simply as "Bob."
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