A form of NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast.

If a character has either the first ''or'' last name of a noted criminal, real or fictional, it's a good sign they're headed towards a life of crime themselves. If their name is followed by "the" and a violent-sounding verb (like JackTheRipper or [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Barry the Chopper]]), then they're almost certainly a SerialKiller.

GunmanWithThreeNames is a subtrope characters referred to by three names, likely a killer or dangerous sort, based on the examples of John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, James Earl Ray, and Mark David Chapman, famous assassins.
There were also enough people named {{Cain|AndAbel}} or variants that it got [[NameOfCain its own article]] as well.

See also NamedAfterSomebodyFamous, and TheButcher.

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!!Examples:

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

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[[folder: Literature ]]

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

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

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

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

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

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

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* Before the end of WorldWarII, Adolf was one of the most popular names that German parents chose for a baby boy. [[OneMarioLimit After the end of World War II,]] ''[[OneMarioLimit nobody]]'' [[OneMarioLimit in Germany named their son Adolf any more.]] (And many German men suddenly started to use the nickname "Adi".)
* Creator/DolphLundgren, too, maybe.
* During WorldWarII, there was a US soldier with the same name as AdolfHitler. When asked about whether he would change his name, the soldier replied "let the other guy change ''his'' name."
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[[folder:Brutus]]
Certainly a name to watch out for. Anyone named this will almost always be covered in muscles and/or weapons, and extremely prone to violence.

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

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* Brutus Jones, the VillainProtagonist of ''The Emperor Jones''.

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

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

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* The original Brutus (Lucius Junius), who ousted Tarquin the Proud, and his descendant Brutus (Marcus Junius the Younger), who betrayed Caesar. At the time, the name only meant "stupid" (or by the latter's time, "icon of democracy"), without the connotations of cruelty it would take on in later centuries.
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[[folder:Hawley]]
Was the first name of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Crippen Dr. Crippen]], a murderer famous in Britain.

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

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

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* ''SurvivalOfTheFittest's'' Hawley Faust.
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[[folder:Jack the Ripper]]

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

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

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

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* In ''MiscellaneousError'', the main character is named Jack D. Ripper. The [[http://miscerror.thecomicseries.com/comics/7 first comic that mentions his last name]] references both the serial killer and the character from ''DrStrangelove''.
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[[folder:Lucrezia]]
It doesn't help that the name also means "Insanity".

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* Lucrezia Noin from ''GundamWing''

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* Lucrezia Borgia is a character in Gregory Maguire's novel "Mirror, Mirror".
* In ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', Adora Belle Dearheart's stiletto shoes are in a style called "Pretty Lucrezia." It fits the trope despite not being the name of a person, because she uses them to attack a drunk (and in TheFilmOfTheBook, Moist ''himself'', with whom her relationship is more SlapSlapKiss than in the novel) and delivers a line about how she doesn't know if she can press them straight to the floor, but is willing to try.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* Lucrecia [=McEvil=] from an EarthWindAndFire song. Also an example of ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
** EarthWindAndFire, BloodSweatAndTears, what's a couple of words?

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* Lucrezzia Belladona (belladonna is a type of poison), a mercenary poisoner (and husband killer!) from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}''.

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* The VideoGame/{{Zork}} parody of Lucrezia Borgia counterpart Lucrezia Flathead
* A slight variation of the name: Lucrecia from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''

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* Lucrezia Mongfish from ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', who before she married a hero was an evil scientist [[spoiler: and is the Other]].

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* The original Lucrezia Borgia, usually ([[HistoryMarchesOn but wrongly]]) regarded as a notorious poisoner.
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[[folder:Victor or Frankenstein]]
Any variation; however, while his creation was a murderer, Dr. Frankenstein himself was not.

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* Frankenstein: Franky in ''Franchise/OnePiece''
* Manga/FrankenFran herself may never be referred to as explicitly as her name is given in the title, but...
* Dr. Franken Stein, an obvious reference in ''Manga/SoulEater''

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* The real name of Creator/{{Marvel}} villain ComicBook/DoctorDoom is Victor von [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom Doom]].

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* Casanova Frankenstein was used as the villain of ''Film/MysteryMen'' just because of his awesome name.
%%* ''Film/YoungFrankenstein'': It's pronouned 'Fronkensteen'. %%Zero context example. Please provide context before uncommenting.

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* Agent Franks of ''Literature/MonsterHunterInternational'' was a bad guy but eventually pulled a HeelFaceTurn and just became a major Badass.

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* [[MyNaymeIs Viktor]] Vaughn, the sinister street criminal and star of MF DOOM's ConceptAlbum ''Vaudeville Villain''.

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* Victor: Victor von Gerdenheim in ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}''

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* Doctor Vicktor (Benvictor as well) in ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}''.
* (Icky) Vicky from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents.''
* Victor Frankenstein from ''WesternAnimation/{{Frankenweenie}}''.

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* Some hikers remark that "[[http://www.localhikes.com/Hikes/FrankensteinCliff_0000.asp Frankenstein Cliff]]" was a tough trail. Seriously, people, [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace with a name like that]], you didn't see it coming?
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[[folder:Mordred]]
Who killed King Arthur, does a double whammy, crossing into the '''Mor names''' category.

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* Mordred Deschain in ''Franchise/TheDarkTower''.
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[[folder:Saint-Just]]
Might not sound like a threatening name, unless you happen to have studied the French Revolution, where the original was the guy in charge of the original ReignOfTerror. You know, where they chopped off all those people's heads.

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* DavidWeber has a habit of throwing him into his books, including the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series, and a mention in Crusader.
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* Grell Sutcliff of ''Anime/BlackButler'' has a slightly altered version of the surname of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Sutcliffe Peter Sutcliffe]], also known as The Yorkshire Ripper. Appropriate, considering Grell is [[spoiler:one half of this universe's version of Jack The Ripper]].

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* Retroactive aversion: Ralph Hinkley on ''Series/TheGreatestAmericanHero'' was renamed Ralph Hanley after a man with the name Hinkley attempted to assassinate President Reagan.
* The future humans in ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'' really should have known better than to give [[spoiler: the Terminator captain of a submarine]] the name [[Literature/TheCaineMutiny Queeg]], even if they thought it was funny.
* ''Series/RedDwarf'': Queeg is also used for the computer that [[TyrantTakesTheHelm temporarily replaces]] Holly. [[spoiler: He's actually Holly trying to teach the crew to apprectiate him more]].
* Jesse St. James from ''Series/{{Glee}}'' - named after Jesse James, obviously.
* In ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'', like Grell Dr. Donald Sutcliffe shares his name with the aforementioned Peter Sutcliffe, and is friends with The Chesepeake Ripper [[spoiler:aka Hannibal]].

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* ''Webcomic/SeventySeas'' has sister Mary Mendele, MadScientist and MadDoctor.

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* [[Film/ChildsPlay Charles Lee Ray]] - UsefulNotes/CharlesManson, Lee Harvey Oswald, and James Earl Ray.

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* Music/MarilynManson's "gimmick" for stage names was to take the first name of an iconic female sex symbol and the last name of a notorious SerialKiller and combine the two. In his case, he combined MarilynMonroe with Charles Manson; the rest of his original band (which was called Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids) did the same. (The stage names of the original members who did this were Daisy Berkowitz, Olivia Newton Bundy, Zsa Zsa Speck, Madonna Wayne Gacy, and Ginger Fish. Members who joined after that did not do so, but Manson's current bassist/guitarist, Twiggy Ramirez, dis so.

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* Fawkes, the renegade Super Mutant in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', after British terrorist Guy Fawkes.

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* ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' v4's Aileen Borden, who shares parts of her name with ''two'' [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aileen_Wuornos female]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lizzie_Borden murderers]]. Subverted in that, ironically enough, Aileen is a [[KnightInSourArmor cranky yet good intentioned]] UnwittingPawn of Aaron Hughes whose one kill is a set-up by the latter.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' has Amon, possibly named after Nazi war criminal Amon Goeth.

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