A variant of NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast.

Anyone who has a name that contains the letter R in it is probably someone you shouldn't trust. This is especially true if the person's name begins or ends in R. Having the name end in '''-er''' counts as well, but not if it begins with '''Er-'''.

If the person's name contains a Verb in it ending in R or '''-er''', that's a different variant of this trope.

Anyone whose name combines several of the distinct types of NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast is generally someone you really, really, do not want to get mad at you. Or they're a MarySue, which is arguably worse.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* [[Anime/YuGiOh Obelisk the Tormentor]], an Egyptian God Card and one of the strongest cards in its game.
* Rory the Reaper - she harvests souls for Emroy, the God of Death, sometimes before the previous owners have stopped twitching. Despite this bullet point in her resume she is much loved by the worshippers of Emroy as his Apostle. Other folks may have a different opinion but that's usually because she's swinging a giant halberd at their midsection at the time.

* ComicBook/LexLuthor
* ComicBook/TheJoker

* [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader]], a Sith Lord
** Exar Kun, an ancient Sith Lord
** Most of {{The Empire}}'s {{Cool Ship}}s have scary-ass names like ''Avenger, Executor, Exsanguinator, Eviscerator''... Lampshaded in one of the ''[[Literature/XWingSeries X-Wing]]'' novels.
* [[Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lecter]]
* [[Film/RedEye Jackson Rippner]]
* [[Film/DrStrangelove General]] [[GeneralRipper Ripper]]
* David Sumner of ''Film/StrawDogs'' turns out to be [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass the single most dangerous man in the universe]]
* Baddies in lots of 80s/90s action movies seemed to be called either Hans, Kruger/Gruber, if not both, i.e. [[Film/DieHard Hans Gruber]]. The harsh sound of the name seems to fit both this and the next category.
* People with last names ending in "-er" seem to be the vast majority of the population of [[Film/HotFuzz Sandford]]. While not all of them are [[spoiler: in on the evil conspiracy]], this does add to the creepiness of the quiet little town.
** [[ObviouslyEvil Simon Skinner]] is kind of a giveaway though.
** TruthInTelevision - many English names are taken from professions, which tend to end in "-er."

* [[Discworld/NightWatch Carcer]]
* {{Mordor}} is a [[LordOfTheRings placename]] you will want to run away from really fast.
* In Creator/NealStephenson's ''Literature/TheBaroqueCycle'', one of [[HangingJudge Jeffreys']] hired assassins is named Bob Carver.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Ripper]].
* [[Series/{{Heroes}} Sylar]], who cuts people's heads open.
* King Uther from ''{{Series/Merlin}}''-a switch from the legends, where he was generally described as a much loved king.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''{{TabletopGame/Warhammer 40000}}'': Flesh Tearers (a Blood Angels offshoot) are technically good guys, but since their symbol is a drop of blood on a circular saw...it's kinda hard to consider them in the same league as the Salamanders or Space Wolves. Also the Soul Drinkers, who are usually good guys, but have a few issues with [[TheCorruption Chaos]].
** Well technically [[GreyAndGrayMorality no one]] in 40k is good.

* Various characters from the numerous ''{{Transformers}}'' series play this alternatively straight or subvert it:
** On the evil Decepticons' side, there's Thundercracker, Bonecrusher, Scavenger, Scrapper, Mixmaster, Devastator, Wildrider, Motormaster, Menasor, Reflector, Tankor and Demolishor, just to name a few.

* All but one of the villains in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' have names ending in an 'R', as does series BigBad Albert Wesker, and TheGhost villain Ozwell E. Spencer.
* [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Seifer.]]
* Do the [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Pokémon]] Gengar and Haunter count? They're not necessarily evil, but they are scary and their Pokedex entries describe them as being generally unpleasant company.
** Also Pokemon-related: [[VideoGame/PokemonColosseum Nascour]]. The guy couldn't be more ObviouslyEvil if he tried.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'': [[spoiler:Seymour Guado]]
* [[VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} Kil'jaeden the Deceiver and Archimonde the Defiler.]]
* Reapers from ''Franchise/MassEffect''.
* [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Ripper Roo]] Seriously [[http://crashbandicoot.wikia.com/wiki/Ripper_Roo look at the guy]]. He's a rabbit who has broken out of, or procured from, an insane asylum. Straightjacket, swirly eyes, seemingly pointless jumping round the level. Yup. SPIN CRASH, SPIN!!
* ''VideoGame/TotalAnnihilation''`s '''Krogoth''' is an example of both NamesToRunAwayFrom/KNames and NamesToRunAwayFrom/RNames.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', has [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-11-29 Arthur J. Arthur]]. Adrian Raven [[DarkIsNotEvil subverts this]] but his mother Pandora Chaos Raven plays it straight.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Colonel Cutter, {{the Dragon}} of ''Film/{{Antz}}'', despite [[spoiler: HeelFaceTurn]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Captain Planet|and the Planeteers}}'' foes, Mama Slaughter and Looten Plunder fit this trope.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Hitler and Himmler, ThoseWackyNazis
** The list of high-ranking Nazis also included Drexler, the Strassers, Speer, Streicher, Kaltenbrunner, Raeder, Schlegelberger and many others.