A form of NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast.

Names from ''Literature/TheBible'' tend to imposing and vaguely supernatural. Cain is a very popular example, to the point that it has its own page; See NameOfCain. Demons and Angels also [[NamesToRunAwayFrom/DemonsOrAngels have their own page]].

This is a subset of [[NamesToRunAwayFrom/ReligiousNames Names To Run Away From: Religious Names]].

See BiblicalBadGuy when you've actually got the real deal making an appearance.

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[[folder:Absalom]]
In Jewish tradition, the name Absalom is considered banned or at least bad luck to give to a child, given that the character [[CallingTheOldManOut led a revolt against his father]]. Doubles as an IronicName since it literally means "father of peace."

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* There used to be a ''Series/DoctorWho'' spin-off comic called "Abslom Daak, Dalek Killer".

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* ''Literature/TheCanterburyTales'' have a ButtMonkey character with this name, but that's probably more in reference to him being "pretty" (as was the Biblical character) than because of ill-omens associated with the name.
* ''Literature/CryTheBelovedCountry'' features Absalom Kumalo, son of an African preacher who ultimately ends up killing a man (to be fair, it was something of an accident).

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* ''Series/{{Buffy|TheVampireSlayer}}'' vampire

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* There is also a Franchise/{{Pokemon}} named Absol, which is considered a bad omen due to its attraction to catastrophe.
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[[folder:Adam]]
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* The first, and by far the most powerful angel in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. The mere act of waking up this being wiped out half the population of earth and changed most of the major landmass. Oh, and when Adam woke up it's four wings were large enough to be visible from space.

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* In ''ComicBook/{{Wanted}}'', the African dictator Adam One is one of the five heads of the suppervillainous Fraternity, which secretly controls the globe. While one of the more "benevolent" leaders ([[ALighterShadeOfBlack as in he wants to oppress the common people rather than destroy them all]]), he is still the supervillain ruler of an entire continent.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Adam is the vampire lord ruling over the vampiric hierarchy which controls the Southern states in ''Film/AbrahamLincolnVampireHunter''.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* There's the [[AntiAntiChrist Adam]] from ''Literature/GoodOmens''.
* The monster in the original Literature/{{Frankenstein}} was named Adam, according to [[WordOfGod Mary Shelley]].

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* Adam, Frankensteinian Magitek demon-bot on Season 4 of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.
* Adam Monroe/[[spoiler:Takezo Kensei]], of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' who true to his name is the forerunner of all of the other superpowered people.

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* ADAM and EVE in ''Franchise/BioShock''.
* Eve in ''VideoGame/ParasiteEve''.
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[[folder:Apocalypse]]
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* Apocalypse, the immortal ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' supervillain who wants to transform the world to fit his {{Social Darwinist}}ic vision.

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* Subverted/Parodied in [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=283 this]] ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' strip. Doctor Apocalypse is actually ''the hero'' trying to stop the child-murdering "superhero" Turboman.
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[[folder:Delilah]]
The notorious seducer who betrayed Samson. While Samson's name suggests a violent killer, Delilah's tends to suggest a temptress and an evil woman

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* SpiderMan villain the Rose (Jacob Conover) employed a cybernetic female enforcer named Delilah, both as a bodyguard and an assassin. (Unlike her namesake, she seemed to have UndyingLoyalty towards him.)

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* In the second season of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', Thailog makes a fused clone of Demona and Elisa Maza, naming her Delilah.
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[[folder:Eden]]
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* One of the two villains from ''TheProposition'' is named Eden Fletcher. His first name kind of gets him on here. Since he's an evil decadent type, and, better yet, a {{Smug|Snake}} ''[[SmugSnake Snake]]'' his name makes perfect symbolic sense.
* Eden Log, the promised paradise in ''Film/EdenLog'' that lends the film its title, [[spoiler:which turns out to be an evil company harvesting people.]]

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* Villain Eden [=McCain=], from ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', a Company operative with [[CompellingVoice the power of persuasion]].

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* Eden, the ultimate summon from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII''.
* The [[AIIsACrapshoot malfunctioning supercomputer]] in ''{{Rez}}'' and ''ChildOfEden''.
* ''ProjectEden''.
* President Eden in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}''.

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* [[EverythingTryingToKillYou The]] [[CarFu Edens]] [[DrivesLikeCrazy Expressway]] in Chicago, Illinois.
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[[folder:Gog and/or Magog]]
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* The titular AntiHero of ''ComicBook/KingdomCome''. Although this may be a subversion, as the character was recently reintroduced in the pages of [[JusticeSocietyOfAmerica JSA]] as a LegacyCharacter and seems to be reforming from his WellIntentionedExtremist self.
* Alien foe of {{ComicBook/Spider-Man}}

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* Gog and Magog are the names of the blacksmith's hulking, mentally challenged slaves in ''Literature/TheSeaOfTrolls''.
* Aragog, the GiantSpider from the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' books.
* [[Literature/GalaxyOfFear Borborygmus Gog]].

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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magog_%28Andromeda%29 Magog]] are a race of horrific aliens in ''Series/{{Andromeda}}''.
* [[Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder Mesogog]]. Mix of "Gog" and "Mesozoic".
* [[Series/TokumeiSentaiGobusters Escape]] has two guns, each named after the duo.

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* Gogs and Magogs are base-level creatures of the "inferno" town type in ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic [=III=]''.
* The Gronns Goc and Magoc in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''.
* The first boss in FinalFantasyXIII2 is Gogmagog.
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[[folder:Jezebel]]
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* Not a straight example, but in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', James' cruel and sadistic ex-fiancé is named Jesse Bell, a clear pun on the infamous name.

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* In the ''ComicBook/{{Blacksad}}'' album "Arctic Nation", Jezebel is the name of sinister police officer Karup's wife, who openly despises her husband and seems to have an agenda of her own. [[spoiler:By the end it's revealed that she orchestrated everything that happened as a way of getting revenge on Karup, who is actually her father.]]

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* Jezebel, in ''Film/JacobsLadder''.

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* Ahab's wife Jezebel qualifies as well. In the first ''KingdomKeepers'' book, [[TheHero Finn]] runs across a girl named Jez, who flat out admits it's short for Jezebel, from Literature/TheBible. Not being a biblical scholar, Finn fails to realize he should be worried.
* In Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Caves of Steel'', our hero Elijah is married to a woman named Jezebel.

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* There are three Jezebels in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'': Jezebel Bican, a simple supplies vendor; [[http://tinyurl.com/3665evu Shadowmistress Jezebel Hawke]], a warlock; and the [[http://www.wowpedia.org/Je%27Tze%27s_Bell Je'Tze's Bell]], an item. There's also Jacob Alerius, a Paladin.

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* Also on ''JimmyTwoShoes'', Lucius' girlfriend is named Jez, though the connection is never explicitly stated.
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[[folder:Judas]]
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* The Judas Breed, a species of giant insectoid monsters in ''Film/{{Mimic}}''. Since the scientists who engineered them picked the name themselves, they can charitably be called idiots for actually expecting their bio-engineering project to not [[GoneHorriblyRight Go Horribly Right]].

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* Arnold Judas Rimmer from ''Series/RedDwarf'', for a double dose of treachery. Subverted however in that he eventually becomes a JerkWithAHeartOfGold after receiving more character development.

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* Captain Judas from ''TerryAndThePirates''.

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* [[SdrawkcabName Saduj]] in ''UltimaV'' betrays the party.
* Judas from ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2''.

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* During her time on ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'', IronLiz had a murderous [[EvilTwin doppelgänger]] named "Judas Liz". The name had a double meaning, as the character was both evil and wore a Judas Priest tee shirt (in contrast to the Iron Maiden tees Liz normally wears).
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[[folder:Lazarus]]
Any medical experiment named "Project Lazarus", run by a Dr. Lazarus, or building "the Lazarus Device" will be intended to [[FountainOfYouth cheat death]] or even return the dead to life. Bringing back the dead and cheating death is Meddling In God's Domain, and will almost certainly [[GoneHorriblyWrong go horribly wrong]] and punish all involved.

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* Actually averted by ''Film/GalaxyQuest''.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Tenth Doctor's incident with a Dr. Lazarus. The episode ''title'' was "The Lazarus Experiment."
* ''{{Sanctuary}}'' had the Lazarus virus and while it only infected abnormals not human, the infected nonetheless became hazardous to human health as a result of the disease. Among abnormals it was also lethal.
* ''Series/Sherlock'': Lazarus is the codename [[spoiler: texted to Mycroft to start the plan to fake Sherlock's death]]

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* Shepard is revived by the "Lazarus Project" in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' with no ill effects. However, the Project is simply the reason s/he survives being killed and remains the {{player character}}, rather than a significant plot point.
* Archbishop Lazarus of Tristram from ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}''. If Big D isn't running the show, he is. Then again, Big D is ''always'' running the show. Still, the guy's a bastard.
* Father Lazarus, a Forsaken (read: undead) priest trainer in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''.
* Referenced in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'' with the stealth tank, which uses the Lazarus Shield to camouflage itself.
* Lazarus in ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'' is a radio host, focusing on conspiracy theories. [[ProperlyParanoid Most of the time he's right.]]
* The BigBad in the obscure PSX driving combat game ''Auto Destruct''.
* Averted by the Lazarus Concordance, the elders of the Lost Land in the ''VideoGame/{{Turok}}'' series.

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* Ra's al Ghul's Lazarus Pit in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnderTheRedHood'' goes terribly awry

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* EliezerYudkowsky may not be evil, but as a transhumanist, one of his main projects is trying to find a way to live forever.
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[[folder:Moloch]]
A Biblical god/demon who [[{{Demonization}} according to his enemies]] went in for child sacrifice by fire.

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* A (former) crime boss in ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'', though he's well past his prime in most of the scenes featuring him.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* [[{{Ravenor}} Zygmunt Molotch]]

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* The techno demon on ''Series/{{Buffy|TheVampireSlayer}}''.

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* Moloch is the former ruler of the Sixth Hell in ''DungeonsAndDragons'' cosmology, before being deposed shortly before the 3rd Edition, and was the BigBad of the module ''The Apocalypse Stone''.

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* A boss in the ''MortalKombat'' series.
* Mortimer and Randolph Moloch, twins in the Stormwind Stockade.
--> "Allow me to introduce myself. I am Randolph Moloch, and I will be killing you all today."

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* [[WebComic/GirlGenius Moloch von Zinzer]] really ''sounds'' like a name to run away from, but compared to some of the other characters he's a fuzzy-wuzzy teddy bear.
** More of an UnfazedEveryman / ActionSurvivor at this point. And [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial definitely not Agatha's minion]]. There's also a lampshade hanging on his name, when a religious character asks if he's aware of the meaning. Moloch replies that his parents picked it from the Bible, but didn't read the details too closely.
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[[folder:Nimrod]]
An ancient conqueror mentioned only once in Genesis. Given that the first half sounds like a Portmaneau of "numb" and "dim," and what "rod" can mean, this name's level of badass may have decayed a bit by now. (BugsBunny calling Elmer Fudd "Nimrod"[[note]]Elmer Fudd, of course, being an utterly incompetent hunter, the exact opposite of Nimrod's reputation among the Bible's authors.[[/note]] certainly didn't help.)

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* Shares the same name as a [[Characters/{{X-MenVillains}} robot from the future]].
* Similarly, there's a serial killer named Nimrod ("a mighty hunter before the Lord" and all) in ''The Doll's House'' from [[ComicBook/TheSandman Sandman]]. Which also has the Corinthian, named for the Biblical symbolism of "through a glass, darkly" (as a dark mirror of humanity) as well as for the [[TheCharmer the]] [[JerkAss mode]] [[KavorkaMan of]] [[SerialKiller behavior, with his particular twist on it.]]

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* A subversion in the ''Doctor Who'' episode "Ghost Light". Nimrod is the name of the [[spoiler: original]] BigBad's Neanderthal butler, and a [[spoiler: worshipper of the actual BigBad, a PhysicalGod known only as Light]], but he's a good guy.
** The Whoniverse has '' another'' Nimrod - an AxCrazy [[OurVampiresAreDifferent undead]] government agent hell-bent on world domination by Britain, and complete control of Britain by his organization, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Forge]], which should be itself put around here given its Orwellian type of evil and willingness to abuse alien tech.
* In the two-part episode, "White Light" of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' Season 2, Lord Zedd creates a monster literally named Nimrod the Scarlet Sentinel. In fact, she was the first MonsterOfTheWeek that Tommy fought as the White Ranger, and clearly, this Trope ''does'' apply, as she was ''very'' powerful, managing to nearly flatten the Thunder Megazord in the first part of the two-parter, right before Tommy appeared in his new identity. (Of course a big part of that was because Zordon was, at the time, diverting most of the Command Center's energy to Tommy in order to give him his new powers, leaving the Megzord at subpar levels.) She had [[ShockAndAwe powerful electrical attacks]] and could summon two other monsters (her "assistants") [[ShoutOut named AC and DC]] to help her.

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* Demonic Nimrods are type of [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Demon]] in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''.
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[[folder:Samson]]
The guy who killed an entire army with the jawbone of an ass. Anyone who has this name, whether he's good or bad, is likely ''very'' strong.

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* ''ComicBook/IncredibleHulk'' GeniusBruiser Doc Samson.

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* An excellent zig-zag of the trope is Samson from ''Series/{{Carnivale}}'', who is the dwarf manager of the carnival. He isn't particularly evil or physically imposing, but he was once a weightlifter and is certainly closer to the supernatural elements of the show than other characters.

* [[RetiredMonster Samson Gray]], Sylar's father on ''Series/{{Heroes}}''.

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* Brock Samson from ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' The man is a walking TERROR. He once proposed weaponizing a jawbone, which (combined with his oft-mocked mullet) are subtle little Shout Outs to the original.
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[[folder:Zillah]]
The wife of Lamech (descendant of Cain). No relation to 'Zilla, the FanNickname for [[Film/{{Godzilla 1998}} the first American Godzilla]].

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* However, as ''{{Toei}}'' so capably showed us, Zillah without the H is a horrible failure.

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* Poppy Z. Brite's ''Lost Souls'''s character. Interestingly, Brite's Zillah is male.
* The third book in MadeleineLEngle's ''Time Quartet'', ''ASwiftlyTiltingPlanet'', revolves around women of a particular line all named "Zillah/Zylle/Zyll". Zillah is actually the middle name of Meg's mother in law, who sets the events of the story into motion and is central to the conflict.
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* Tobias, the "dreaded" competitive Darkrai trainer from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''.
* Haman Kahn ([[SpellMyNameWithAnS or Karn]]), ruthless dictator and deadly AcePilot of ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' and ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ'' shares a name with the Persian minister who tried to talk the king into massacring the Jews in the Book of Esther.

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* Subverted in ''Diggstown'' with Gabriel [[NameOfCain Caine]], who, while he is a con man, is still basically good and is unquestionably one of the heroes of the story.
* All the leaders of Franchise/ChildrenOfTheCorn and and their right hand men have Biblical names: Isaac, Malachai, Micah, Mordecai, Eli, Josiah, Ezeekial and so on.

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* ''Literature/MobyDick'': Captain Ahab, named after an evil king from the Old Testament.
* [[Literature/CiaphasCain '''COMMISSAR CIAPHAS CAIN]], [[FakeUltimateHero HERO OF THE]] [[TvTropesWikiDrinkingGame IMPERIUM!!!''']], named after TWO biblical villains (Joseph Caiaphas was the high priest who had Jesus condemned to death)
* Bathsheba and Gabriel of Literature/FarFromTheMaddingCrowd
* Herod Sayle in the Literature/AlexRider novel ''Stormbreaker'' shares his biblical namesake's desire for infanticide.

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* ''Series/{{Carnivale}}'', fittingly enough for a show about Biblical catastrophes and superpowered beings, has many Biblical names, but not among the villains. The only Biblical connection on the dark side is Tommy Dolan, his first name being an excellent and prophetic reference to "doubting Thomas".
* The fourth season of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' featured as its BigBad one Samuel Sullivan, a DarkMessiah who promised to lead the "[[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual specials]]" to a promised land where they would be free of persecution. In the Bible, Samuel is the prophet who essentially founded the Kingdom of Israel.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' has a lot of Biblical names. Ironically, the show's resident MagnificentBastard is named Benjamin. This should refer to Jacob, too, now that Ben has started to turn into the real powers' ButtMonkey.
* Messiah, the [[AIIsACrapshoot Killer AI]] of ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGoBusters''. For bonus points, he was "born" on Christmas Day.

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* [[TheVirus The Flood]] from ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' had a [[WhatCouldHaveBeen rejected monster]] called the Armageddon Beast.
** The villains of the {{game mod}} ''RED'' are named Joshua and Michael.
* The Ark of Napishtim from ''VideoGame/{{Ys}} VI'' is named after the Ark of Ut-napishtim, the Epic of Gilgamesh's analog of Noah.
* Leviathan in any installment of the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series. Usually it's one of the most powerful summons or Espers available. In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', it's literally a ''[[CoolAirship flying Dreadnought.]]''
* Joshua Graham, aka the Burned Man, in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas: Honest Hearts''.
* Numerous specimens in ''VideoGame/{{Monster Hunter}}'', including the all-too-obvious and all-too-appropriately-named Deviljho (Read: Devil, Joe), as well as the Diablos, which translates to Satan in Spanish. Other more vague/loose examples include the Ceadeus (Sea + Deus).

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* In ''ImpureBlood'', the Abomination, the long term sole survivor of every GladiatorGames. When Dara rescues him [[http://www.impurebloodwebcomic.com/Pages/Chapter001/ib007.html she immediately asks for his real name]].

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* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'', when Meatwad attempts to name what [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld appears to be]] a mini-Shake that appeared on their doorstep:
-->"I'm gonna name you Jesus...Ezekiel...Jesus. And that's from the Bible."
* [[WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}} David Xanatos]], the father of multiple trope categories?
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