A form of NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast.

Powerful tyrants, generals, and fighting men of history will generally lend some of their potent reputation to anyone who uses them as a namesake. Characters with these names are bound to be proud and ambitious; sometimes brave and noble, sometimes evil and ruthless.

AdolfHitler, while a notorious tyrant and imperialist, is remembered more for his systematic mass murders than his empire-building, so he's listed on [[NamesToRunAwayFrom/NotoriousKillers Names To Run Away From: Notorious Killers]] instead.

See also NamedAfterSomebodyFamous.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Alexander]]
But only if they never abbreviate it to "Alex"... or for that matter "Xander"...or worst of all, [[GenderBlenderName "Sandy"]].[[note]]Though after 2012, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Sandy "Sandy"]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandy_Hook_Elementary_School_shooting may]] count now...[[/note]] Named after UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat, the Macedonian king who conquered Greece, Asia Minor, Egypt, and Persia. And was starting on India. Bonus points for the somewhat more obscure Iskandar, which was the name the Persians knew him by; see the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iskandar Other Wiki]].

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[[folder: Anime ]]

* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': Alex Louis Armstrong. He can get away with shortening it to "Alex" partly because we hardly ever hear his full name, and partly because he's already such a silly yet {{badass}} character that the name doesn't do much to take away from his {{badass}}ery.
* Alexander Anderson from ''{{Hellsing}}'', Alucard's most dangerous adversary.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* LexLuthor of DCComics is one of the few characters that can get away with shortening it.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Alex Delarge of ''Literature/AClockworkOrange'' comes to mind. Actually his whole name is a pun on Alexander the Great.
* Creator/AgathaChristie's Alexander Bonaparte Cust from ''TheABCMurders''. An appropriate name for a serial killer. [[spoiler: 'Too appropriate.']]
* Iskandar, Chief Lector of the House of Life in ''TheKaneChronicles.'' As mentioned above, his name comes from the Persian name for Alexander the Great.
* It's mentioned that Alexander Naymeer from ''Pendragon'' was named after Alexander The Great.

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[[folder: Professional Wrestling ]]

* WWE star Alexander Rusev, the "Bulgarian Brute"

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic III'', we have a power-hungry necromancer named Sandro (an abbreviated form of the Italian name Alessandro, equivalent to Alexander). [[LoopholeAbuse Hey, he's never called Xander...]]

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'':
** Alexander Xanatos. Confirmed by WordOfGod to be named after the Macedonian king, reflecting his parents' ambitions for him.
** Thailog, a clone of Goliath with Xanatos' values, also chooses "Alexander" as an alias for the same reasons. (Xanatos taught him [[GoneHorriblyRight way too well...]])

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* It is probably not a mere coincidence that Rodrigo Borgia, when he succeeded to the Papacy in 1492, from all possible options chose Alexander as his Papal name, thus becoming Pope Alexander VI.

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[[folder:Attila]]
AttilaTheHun has pretty much turned the name into an adjective meaning 'barbarian' or 'vicious conqueror'. However, "Attila" actually means (in Gothic) "little father". German variants of the name are Etzel and (yes!) Edsel. Also spelled Atilla in Turkey.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* [[{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] villain IBAC, who gains his initials and villainy from Ivan, Borgia, Attila and Caligula.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* Attila Csihar, a Hungarian black metal vocalist who has collaborated with Music/{{Mayhem}} and Music/SunnO.
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[[folder:Augustus]]
But only if they never abbreviate it to "Gus", or, worse yet, [[Literature/JeevesAndWooster "Gussie"]]. Or, for that matter, "Auggie", but that's pretty uncommon. Named after Gaius Octavius Augustus, nephew of Julius Caesar and first emperor of Rome. (And not even the worst one.) (In fact, most would probably agree that he was the BEST one.)

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* Augustus Giovanni from ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'', perhaps the most powerful necromancer in the setting.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness'': Pious Augustus, [[spoiler: a.k.a. Philippe Augustine, a.k.a. Paul Augustine.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'': Colonel Augustus Autumn.

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Augusto Pinochet.
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[[folder:Caesar]]
Both of the titles 'kaiser' and 'tsar'/czar' are derived from 'Caesar'. Of course, the kaisers and tsars were notable lines of conquerors in their own rights. In some cases, 'kaiser' can be a respectable title for someone, like it was for Ryu in ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal''. Named after Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar, who conquered and unified Italy, Gaul, and the Iberian peninsula towards the end of the Roman Republic.

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[[folder: Anime ]]

* In the 60s dub of ''KimbaTheWhiteLion'', Kimba's father was named Caesar.
* Caesar Clown of ''Manga/OnePiece'' isn't quite [[WouldHurtAChild brave and noble]], but he certainly has the evil part down pat.

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[[folder: Comics ]]

* In Marvel Family #16 Pluto is ruled by a tyrant called Ceezahr Kaan.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* The historical Cesare Borgia is a character in Gregory Maguire's novel ''Mirror, Mirror''.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/TheCabinetOfDrCaligari'': Somnambulist Cesare murders people on the orders of his master, Dr. Caligari.
* ''TheUsualSuspects'': Keyser Soze.
* The gangster Rico, better known as ''LittleCaesar''.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Caesar's Legion in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout New Vegas}}''.

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Cesare Borgia, son of the aforementioned Pope Alexander. Not as bad as [[{{Demonization}} his enemies suggested]], but still a bad dude. That Cesare Borgia was well aware of the symbolic potential of his name is documented by the self-chosen motto which he had inscribed on his sword: ''Aut Caesar aut nihil''--"either (a) Caesar or nothing".
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[[folder:Cyrus]]
The name's fame comes from CyrusTheGreat, founder of the Achaemenid Persian Empire. However, this name has become less popular (both for real people and fictional characters) after [[Music/MileyCyrus a certain teenage pop star]] (not to mention her father) ruined it for everyone.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/ConAir'': "The Virus".

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[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]

* Cyrus from ''TrailerParkBoys'', a regular troublemaker and all-around dick.
* Cyrus Beene from ''{{Scandal}}'', the President's chief of staff and a MagnificentBastard.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The boss of Team Galactic in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Pokémon Diamond, Pearl and Platinum]]''.
* Archmage Cyrus of the Silver Cities in ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic V''.

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* David Koresh.

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[[folder:Dai Li]]
A former head of the Chinese Military Intelligence Service.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Ba Sing Se's secret police, the Dai Li, from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''.
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[[folder:Darius]]
The name of several kings of the Persian Empire, especially Darius I who ruled the empire at its peak and [[GrecoPersianWars invaded Greece in 492 BC to be beaten at Marathon.]]

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Darius Just in Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Murder at the ABA'' is generally a decent enough fellow, albeit with a sharp tongue and the martial arts skills to back it up.
* Darius from J.R. Ward's ''Literature/BlackDaggerBrotherhood'' series.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* [[spoiler:The {{Chessmaster}}]] from ''NeedForSpeed Carbon''.
* Not a villain, but Lord Darius Crowley from ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' is badass enough to count.
* The ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'' series has Darrius. Also not really a villain.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Darius}}'' shmup series.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* [[EvilUncle Darius Dun]] from ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fast Forward]]''.
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[[folder:Gaius]]
The first name of several Roman emperors including Gaius Octavian Augustus, one the greatest emperors. This is because it was the Roman "praenomina" which, by the time of the late Roman republic, had been narrowed down to less than ten common names. The "cognomen" (the second name usually) was much more commonly used by the time of the Caesars.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* In ''Literature/CodexAlera'', the entire House of Gaius, adopted (Isana and Aquitainius Attis) and particularly by blood (all those by blood are automatically a PersonofMassDestruction). Particular examples Gaius Sextus [[spoiler: who set the benchmark for HeroicSacrifice and an incredibly BadassGrandpa]], Gaius Septimus, one of the greatest swordsmen ever to live and almost as powerful as his father without inheriting his furies, and Gaius Octavian (later known as Gaius Tavarus Magnus, i.e. Lord Wolverine the Great) who [[spoiler: is the main character, grew up without furies]] and combines the raw power of the House of Gaius with a mind that looks at everything sideways.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Played with on ''Series/{{Gunsmoke}}.'' When Chester's brother Magnus rolls into town, Chester is embarrassed because he considers him to be an uncivilized, half-wild backwoodsman. To Chester's surprise, it turns out that despite Magnus's [[BunnyEarsLawyer goofy demeanor,]] he's TheAce who is good at practically anything he sets his hand to.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Gaius (misspelled "Guius"), the third boss of ''VideoGame/{{Valis}} II''.
* Caius Ballad, the BigBad of ''{{VideoGame/Final Fantasy XIII 2}}'', using the alternate spelling that replaces the G with a hard C or K.
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[[folder:Genghis]]
The original gets the double whammy of also having Khan used as part of his nickname. He's ''that'' {{Badass}}). His real name Temujin is less intimidating, but it pops up occasionally. Even though Temujin roughly translates to "Strong-As-Iron" in Mongolian, and "Supreme Earth Man" in Chinese.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': Cohen the Barbarian's first name is found to be Genghis in ''Discworld/InterestingTimes''.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Not actually present in the game, but a centaur Khan named Temuejin exists in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''.

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[[folder:Gilgamesh]]
The original is a Sumerian king and the hero of the ''Literature/EpicOfGilgamesh'', the oldest known heroic epic.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'': Probably just a coincidence, but Gil-galad is only one syllable off.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Gilgamesh of ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''. His {{badass}}ery might vary from game to game, but try telling that to [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Seifer]].
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'': MONGRELS! How dare you forget about the King of Heroes? [[StormOfBlades *Gate of]] [[MemeticMutation Babylowned*]]

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[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'': Gilgamesh Wulfenbach. He wants to be reasonable, really he does. But people usually don't let him. Those people tend to regret it... But not always for very long. He will call down the lightning. He will disappear before your eyes. There's nothing he could not do, had he cause... And now? Now he has one.
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[[folder:Hannibal]]
Thanks to PopculturalOsmosis, a [[Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs fictional serial killer]] is more famous than the [[UsefulNotes/PunicWars Carthaginian general]].

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'': Hello, Clarice...

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* The book ''Elephant Run'' features a huge elephant named Hannibal, who's pretty nasty if you don't know how to handle him. He was probably given that name because the Carthaginians were famous for their war elephants.

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[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]

* ''Series/TheATeam'' has one too.
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[[folder:Hippolyta (or just Lyta)]]
An Amazon queen in Greek Mythology, though as one of the few "tough" feminine names, a girl with this name has at least an even chance of being good. "Polly" is generally too quaint-sounding to be tough or evil, though.

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[[folder: Anime And Manga ]]

* ''Anime/SailorMoon'': Makoto's Creator/DiC dub name was Lita. Fitting, considering she's the most amazonian of the Inner Soldiers.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/BabylonFive'' gives us badass telepath Lyta Alexander.

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[[folder: Professional Wrestling ]]

* Wrestling/{{Lita}}
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[[folder:Ivan]]
The Russian czar Ivan the Terrible. Note that Ivan is a very common name in Eastern Europe, and isn't considered particularly scary in those parts.

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[[folder: Anime And Manga ]]

* Russia from ''Axis Powers Hetalia'' was given the human name Ivan.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* [[{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] villain IBAC, who gains his initials and villainy from Ivan, Borgia, Attila and Caligula.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* The BigBad of ''Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangersTheMovie'' was named Ivan Ooze.

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[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]

* ''Series/BabylonFive'': "Who am I? [[MyNameIsInigoMontoya I am Susan Ivanova, Commander.]] [[IAmXSonOfY Daughter of Andre and Sophie Ivanov.]] [[IAmTheTrope I am the right hand of vengeance and the boot]] [[BadassBoast that is going to kick your sorry ass all the way back to Earth]], [[TermsOfEndangerment sweetheart!]] [[IAmTheTrope I am death incarnate]], [[BadassBoast and the last living thing that you will ever see]]. [[PreAssKickingOneLiner God sent me."]]

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The obscure PlayStation game ''Krazy Ivan'' features a badass HumongousMecha pilot by the name of Ivan Popovich.
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[[folder:Julian]]
Julian the Apostate was a Roman Emperor who rejected Christianity in favor of paganism, for which posterity branded him a traitor. Julian, the semi-legendary Count of Ceuta, joined the Muslims and let them cross over into Spain; and the probably fictional Saint Julian the Hospitaller ''murdered his parents while they were staying at his house''--although he was [[NotWhatItLooksLike tricked into it]], and got his name for using his wealth to build shelters for the poor afterwards. A Julian is seldom as psychotic as some of the names on this list, but he should be taken very seriously. Not to mention the fact that it is the adjective form for describing some of the early Roman emperors (though they are more commonly referred to as Julio-Claudian).

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Julian Solo, from ''SaintSeiya''.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* ''ComicBook/XMen'': [[Characters/{{X-MenOtherTeams}} Julian Keller]], [[GoodIsNotNice otherwise known as Hellion.]]

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[[folder: Film ]]

* King Julian from the ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' movies is a rather comical example. He was [[EnsembleDarkHorse so popular]] that he got carried over to [[ThePenguinsOfMadagascar the animated TV series]].

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Julian from Creator/RogerZelazny's ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfAmber'' series. Quote: "I delight in the slaughter of beasts, and I think of my relatives constantly."
* In ''Literature/EndersGame'', this is the real name of [[spoiler:Bean]], whose full name is Julian Delphiki II.

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[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]

* ''Series/{{Alias}}'' has Julian Sark, mysterious Brit-cum-Russian aristocrat, and [[TheDragon Dragon]] to more than a few BigBad[=s=].

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Another one: the genocidal Julian Robotnik from the ''WesternAnimation/{{Sonic|SATAM}} '' continuity, who makes every other version of Robotnik/Eggman look like JulieAndrews.

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Julian Assange, cofounder of Wikileaks.
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[[folder:Khan]]
Technically a Mongol-Turkic title, but whatever. Coincidentally a common surname in South Asia. Lots of Pakistanis, as well as Indian Muslims, will have the surname "Khan".

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[[folder: Anime And Manga ]]

* Possibly, Haman Khan from ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' and ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ''. There's a bit of SpellMyNameWithAnS on her name, though. Either way, she is one of the most fearsomely capable villains in the ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' franchise.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* David Gemmell's Drenai series has a whole dynasty of Khans along with a prophecy of one taking over the world for good measure.
* Shere Khan in ''Literature/TheJungleBook''.

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[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]

* ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'''s original appearance of Khan Noonien Singh mentioned above.
* Dalek Caan, on ''Series/DoctorWho''

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[[folder: Music ]]

* Subverted by the German disco-pop group Music/DschinghisKhan.
* Drone/sludge metal band {{Khanate}}.

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[[folder: Radio ]]

* Shiwan Khan of ''Radio/TheShadow''.
* Averted by ChakaKhan

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Jaghatai Khan]] has the additional badassery from his first name, shared with one of Ghenghis' sons

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* [[ThatOneBoss Shao Kahn]] of ''VideoGame/MortalKombat''.
* Dar'Khan Drathir of ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''.
* The Great Khans in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''.
* Khan from ''{{Magicka}}'' was named just so they could use the [[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan KHAAAAAN!!!!]] joke.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Shere Khan of ''Disney/TheJungleBook''
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[[folder:Magnus]]
Latin for "(the) Great" or "Big" (and root of "[[TheMagnificent Magnificent]]"). A rare personal name in Roman antiquity, it made another career after the newly-christianized, warlike royals of medieval Scandinavia adopted it as a first name by shortening the name of their idol Charlemagne ("Carolus Magnus" or "Karlamagnus" to them).[[note]]The Latin meaning of the name was mostly lost to them. However, as it happens, 'magn' also means 'power' or 'might' in Old Norse. Magni ('strong one'/'strength') is the name of a [[NorseMythology son of the God Thor.]][[/note]] Due to this lofty origin, it was exclusive to members of the high aristocracy, usually royals, in the Middle Ages. Today it is a fairly common (and therefore, harmless) first name in many Nordic countries. In fiction, often points to a Scandinavian, vaguely [[HornyVikings Viking]]-y, {{aristocrat|sAreEvil}}ic background.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* {{Magneto}} from ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'', alias Erik ''Magnus'' Lehnsherr. The way Magneto spells his Erik with a k has an additional effect of making him look Nordic. Also, "Lehnsherr" is German for [[FeudalOverlord 'liege' or feudal lord.]]
* The eponymous protagonist of ''ComicBook/MagnusRobotFighter''.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* A slight variation: ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'''s hero, Maximus Decimus Meridius. Due to the quirks of Roman naming (and also because of the idiosyncratic way his name was rendered), most viewers don't realize that Maximus is not actually his given name, but a title. In English, his name comes out as [[BadAss Maximus the Great, Conqueror of the South]]. Certainly a name to run away from if you're in the arena with the fellow, or just ''happen'' to have assassinated his Emperor.
** Using the normal Roman nomenclature, Maximus would be his given name, Decimus his family name, and Meridius perhaps a nickname given after a notable victory. But since everyone in the movie calls him Maximus - and almost no one called a Roman by his given name except his closest family - perhaps a more accurate rendering of the name would be Decimus Meridius Maximus?

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Magnus Honey from Creator/RoaldDahl's ''Literature/{{Matilda}}'' is an exception, as he seems to have been a NiceGuy, perhaps in keeping with his surname. Also Dahl is from Norway, where Magnus is a conventional name.
* The title character from Creator/MontagueRhodesJames' short story "Count Magnus" fits this trope [[AristocratsAreEvil to]] [[EvilSorcerer a]] [[OurLichesAreDifferent "T"]]...
* In ''Literature/CodexAlera'', Gaius Tavarus Magnus (Lord Wolverine the Great), formerly Gaius Octavian, formerly Rufus Scipio, formerly [[spoiler: Tavi Ex Cursori, formerly Tavi Patronus Gaius, Tavi of Calderon, formerly Tavi of Bernardholt]]. Looks at everything sideways and is the epitome of GuileHero, combined with a heavy dose of CrazyAwesome, every plan being CrazyEnough to work and is [[spoiler: eventually]] a PersonofMassDestruction.

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[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]

* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The War Chief from ''The War Games'' was given the name Magnus in the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse.
** Magnus Greel, the villain of ''The Talons of Weng-Chiang'', one of the most egregious war criminals in human history.
* In the Sanctuary series Helen Magnus; dated, and had a daughter with JackTheRipper who can teleport by the way, has a complicated relationship with UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla who was a vampire, is in conflict with [[JekyllAndHyde Dr. Jekylle and Mr. Hyde]], used to hang out with [[Franchise/SherlockHolmes James Watson]] and [[Literature/TheInvisibleMan Nigel Griffin]] before they died of old age (she can live for ever, Tesla is a vampire and [[JackTheRipper Druitt...]] well no word on what keeps him, or [[JekyllAndHyde Adam]] alive), currently friends include Bigfoot and [[WolfMan a werewolf]] and occasionally has to deal with a rampaging superabnormal like Big Bertha aka [[HinduMythology Kali]].

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[[folder: Professional Wrestling ]]

* TNA has a former world champion by the name of Magnus. Formerly Brutus Magnus, so he could could doubly

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* Another ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' example: Magnus the Red, Primarch of the Thousand Sons.
* A TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} example: Magnus the Pious

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' gives us Magus, who is certainly evil and scary enough and is only missing one letter. On the other hand, "magus" is Latin for "wizard" and is not related to "magnus."
* In ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', [[TheDragon Lord Crump's]] battle mech is named "Magnus Von Grapple''.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' gives us Magni Bronzebeard.
* Magus/Megas, BigBad of ''VideoGame/{{Valis}} II''.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Butch Magnus Milosevic from ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks''.
* ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' villain C. L. Magnus.

* Ultra Magnus, from ''{{Transformers}}'', is an exception. Except the ''[[Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise Robots In Disguise]]'' incarnation.
** And, naturally, the one from the ''[[TransformersShatteredGlass Shattered Glass]]'' MirrorUniverse, who pulled the Earth of another universe into his own, ''destroying the rest of that universe in the process.''

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Magnus Ver Magnusson, the Icelandic powerlifter.
* Another Icelander: Magnus Magnusson, the late host of QuizShow ''Series/{{Mastermind}}''. The mere sight of that iconic black chair could strike terror into the bowels of any would-be contestant.
* Prominent conqueror kings from the Middle Ages who added taste to the name Magnus would be Charlemagne (Carolus Magnus), Magnus I "the Good" of Norway and Denmark, Magnus IV "The Caresser" of Sweden and Magnus III "Barelegs" of Norway.
* As a Roman epithet, Magnus was most prominently connected with {{Alexander|TheGreat}} and UsefulNotes/{{Pompey}}. There is also Magnus Maximus, a 4th century usurper who toppled the Western Roman Empire in a disastrous civil war.
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[[folder:Napoleon]]

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Little Bonaparte, the mob boss from ''SomeLikeItHot''
* The ironically named ''Film/NapoleonDynamite'', who's actually just a teenage dork.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/AnimalFarm'''s ManipulativeBastard pig whose actions emulate Stalin's.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Subverted in Disney's ''Disney/TheAristocats'' which features a dog called Napoleon who although not an actual villain, almost certainly would be if he encountered the protagonists of the film.
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[[folder:Nero]]
Also means "black" in Italian, both literally and figuratively.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* ''ComicBook/GreenLantern'': Alex Nero, MadArtist and one time wielder of the Qwardian yellow power ring.
* The demon lord Neron from TheDCU. The numerological ties to "666" are pointed out.

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[[folder: General ]]

* Believe it or not, any use of the NumberOfTheBeast might count, since it's speculated that the Literature/BookOfRevelation is a disguised anti-Roman tract. When treated as Hebrew numbers, the letters of "Neron Kesar", the Greek version of Nero's name, add up to 666. This theory is further supported by the use of 616 as an alternate NumberOfTheBeast in some early editions of the Bible. The letters in 'Nero Caesar" (the original Roman spelling of his name) add up to 616.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* The villain of the 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' feature film is called Captain Nero.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Don't mess with Literature/NeroWolfe.
* Book The Fifth of ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents: The Austere Academy'' introduces the petty, bullying Principal Nero.
* Nero, the greedy cliff [[AllTrollsAreDifferent troll]] from the ''Literature/{{Fablehaven}}'' series. Tying in with the name's meaning, he also has black scales.
* In the [[HiveSeries H.I.V.E. Series]], the principal of the titular Higher Institute of Villainous Education. He is the main villain of the series [[spoiler:until it is revealed that he is, in fact, a good man, operating under the orders of Overlord to capture and train Otto.]]

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Nero Angelo from ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'', [[spoiler: who turned out to be Vergil]], and Nero ([[strike:no relation]] [[strike:his son, according to WordofGod]]. [[http://www.capcom-unity.com/carbo/blog/2009/04/28/captivate_2009__devil_may_cry_news_no_new_game_unfortunately Here you go.]]) from ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 4''.
* Nrvnqsr (pronounced Nero) Chaos from ''{{Tsukihime}}.''
* One of the [[TheMafia Omertas]]' bosses in VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In ''Disney/TheRescuers'', the villain has a pair of pet crocodiles named Nero and Brutus (see below).
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[[folder:Ozymandias]]
The Greek name of Pharaoh Ramses II (Ramses the Great).

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* [[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} Adrian]] "[[spoiler:[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome thirty five minutes ago]]]]" Veidt.

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* [[LookOnMyWorksYeMightyAndDespair Ozymandias, King of Kings]], from the famous poem by Creator/PercyByssheShelley.
* Ozymandias is the leader of LaResistance in ''Literature/TheTripods''.

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* Kahran Ramsus of ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}''.
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[[folder:Raze]]
What conquerors are likely to do.

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* ComicBook/RasAlGhul from ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' sounds like this. For extra running bowel-trembling terror-ness, Ra's al Ghul means "the demon's head" in Arabic.

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* The Ra'zac from the ''Literature/InheritanceCycle''.
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[[folder:Stalin]]
After the infamous Soviet dictator. Fun fact: Stalin is itself already a Name To Run Away From Really Fast, as it is an almost direct translation into Russian of Stalin's original Georgian surname, Dzhugashvili. It means "Man of Steel".

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Fran Stalinoskovichdavidovichski in ''{{Dodgeball}}'' who can knock out and possibly kill a man with one throw of a dodgeball.

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* The Katyusha multiple rocket launcher was nicknamed "Stalin's organ" by the Germans in WorldWarTwo partly because the missile racks resembled a church organ, but also because of the terrible howling noise and destruction they caused.
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[[folder:Tarquin]]
The name of several of Rome's pre-Republic Etruscan kings, but especially associated with Tarquin the Proud, Rome's final king and a reputed tyrant, as well as his son, Sextus Tarquinus, known as a rapist.

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* Given its allusions to Roman history, this might be an inspiration for Tarkin in ''Film/StarWars'', one of the Empire's top generals.

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* Tarquin Winot the epicurean VillainProtagonist and UnreliableNarrator of ''The Debt to Pleasure''
* Tarquin Blackwood, a vampire in some of Anne Rice's novels.

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* General Tarquin, an affable EvilOverlord in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''.

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* Lieutenant Tarquin Victus from ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''
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[[folder:Vlad/Vladimir]]
Note that "Vladimir" roughly translated as "ruler of (this) community", but due to language drift it translates to "ruler of the world" now. Note that in Russian these names are just everyday names, so they are not that scary.

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* ''Film/DemolitionMan'' with Lenina Huxley.

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* Baron Vladimir Harkonnen in ''Literature/{{Dune}}''
* Vlad Taltos of Steven Brust's ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' series
* Also note Lenina as female name in ''Literature/BraveNewWorld''.
* Vlad Menshikov from ''Literature/TheKaneChronicles.'' Interestingly, his last name sounds like "Menshevik," even though Lenin was a Bolshevik.

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* Vladimir Bierko from ''Series/TwentyFour''

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* Wrestling/VladimirKozlov

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* The eventual Khan (aha!) Vlad Ward of ''BattleTech'' fame.

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* Vlad from ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive''
* Vlad Heterodyne, AKA Vlad the Blasphemous, from ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''. Built the first Castle Heterodyne (a simple fortress, particularly compared to later incarnations, but effective and intimidating nonetheless) and invented the [[SuperSerum Jägerdraught]], the drink that turns people into [[SuperSoldier Jägerkin]].

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* Vladimir Lem from ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'', {{badass}} [[TheMafiya mafiya]] leader in both games, and [[spoiler:the BigBad of the second]].
* Kaiser Vlad of ''Battalion Wars''.

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* Vlad Masters/Plasmius in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'',

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known as Lenin, Vlad the Impaler (aka Dracula), Vladimir Putin (particularly if you used to be part of the USSR). List wouldn't be complete without the guy who started the tradition: Vladimir the Great, Kievan prince who christened Rus.
* Vladimiro Montesinos, head of Peru's intelligence service during President Fujimori. His parents actually named him after Lenin; ironic, considering he became famous for being the head of intelligence of a government that fought against a communist insurgence.
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[[folder:William]]
William the Conqueror (and William Wallace too) make William and variations on the name a usage of this trope.

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* Marvel's Bill Foster with alias like the Black Goliath, the fourth Goliath, and the second Giant-Man is definately someone to run away from really fast.
* Billy Batson, a/k/a [[{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]]
* William (Billy) Kaplan, Magneto's grandson. He's a hero though, and the Avengers are worried he'll go the way of his mother, the Scarlet Witch.

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* President William Harrison (Bill) Mitchel from ''{{Dave}}'', not exactly a nice guy.
* A favorite in Westerns which gave us the likes of Wild Bill Hickok, William Colton, Will Kane, and Will Sonnet
** Plus the historical Billy the Kid
* ''Film/BillyJack'', anyone?
* ''Film/KillBill''

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* The Swiss folk hero William Tell.

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* William Boldwood from Creator/ThomasHardy's novel ''Far from the Maddening Crowd'', set his sights on pursuing a conquest of a different sort than his name sake.
* William Briden a character in Creator/HPLovecraft's work, who actually survives his first encounter with Cthulhu and escapes from R'lyeh, although having seen an EldritchAbomination and having [[GoMadFromTheRevelation Gone Mad From The Revelation]] he isn't exactly able to survive for the several weeks his ship spends at sea awaiting rescue.
** He has ''almost'' the same name as one of history's more memorable badasses: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Brydon the sole survivor of the Retreat From Kabul]]. (Well, sole survivor other than {{Flashman}}, that is.) This might be a coincidence, but given that Lovecraft was a fervent Anglophile and obsessed with history, it's quite possible that it intended as a ShoutOut.
* William Ewart Gladstone from the Bartimaeus trilogy "was a very powerful nineteenth century British magician, who rose to become a Prime Minister. He led the Grand Army of the Empire on conquests that decimated countries and made them a part of the British empire" - [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Characters_of_the_Bartimaeus_trilogy#William_Gladstone The Other Wiki]]
* Mr. William Bones, Esquire, better known as Billy Bones, from ''TreasureIsland'' was the [[NumberTwo first mate]] of Captain Flint and not someone you wanted to piss off. Even Long John Silver was wary of confronting Billy directly.
* William Wilson, from the short story of the same name. He's so bad that his conscience manifests as a {{Doppelganger}} trying to stop him, whom he eventually murders. That's right, ''he killed his own conscience''.

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* ''Star Trek'''s Will Riker
* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'': [[BadassBookworm Billy Cranston]]. A highly intelligent, determined warrior (especially as the series progressed) who faced down countless monsters. Not somebody to mess with. Monster has an annoying special trick to make attacks not work? He'll find a way to neutralize it and join his team-mates in the ensuing beatdown.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'': William Birkin.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'': Prince Liam Greymane of Gilneas (Liam being an abbreviation of William)

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* ''CodeLyoko'' has a William, who's actually a pretty nice guy...[[FaceHeelTurn until Season 4.]]

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Wilhelm (a German variant of William) was the name of two German kaisers, the second of whom ruled during UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne.

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[[folder:Xerxes]]
The original Xerxes ''did'' conquer half of the middle east, though he is most often remembered for his failed [[GrecoPersianWars attempt at conquering Greece.]] Good to know: Xerxes' name also appears as Ahasuerus; both forms are just different transliterations of his Persian name ''Xšayārša''.

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[[folder: Anime And Manga ]]

* Van Hohenheim's homeland from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist.'' Not scary or threatening, but it sure sounds cool.
* Xerxes Break (no, it's not his real name) from ''PandoraHearts''.

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* Xerxes from ''VideoGame/SystemShock 2''.

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* Also the name of Mozenrath's flying eel companion in Disney's ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'', but he's more of a Nuisance Connected to Someone to Run Away Really Fast From than anything. Still, they made the effort.
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