A form of NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: When a character has a name referencing crime or criminality, you can't really be sure what you're dealing with.



[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* ComicBook/TransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers: There's a Decepticon named Snare who tries to release Impactor. Impactor doesn't trust him because of the name, but Snare really does want to help him.
* ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog: Would you trust a group calling themselves Team Hooligan to abide by the law?


[[folder: Literature ]]

* Double subverted with [[TheLordOfTheRings Wormtongue]], who was given the name because of his TreacherousAdvisor ways. And yet his true name is "Grí­ma, son of Galmod", directly translated from Anglo-Saxon means "Mask, son of Licentious". Nice. Even in modern English, it just sounds "Grimy".
* Would you expect anything other than [[IncrediblyLamePun monkey business]] from an ape named [[TheChroniclesOfNarnia Shift]]?
** Subverted with his friend Puzzle the Donkey, who's actually a good guy.
* Would you trust a rat named [[TheUnderlandChronicles Twirltongue?]]
* Would you trust a man named [[ASongOfIceAndFire Janos Slynt]]?
* Would you vote for a Congressman named [[Creator/IsaacAsimov Hornswoggle]]?
* Vermin in the ''{{Redwall}}'' series. When characters with names like Scumnose, Mangefur and Cheesethief knock on the door of your abbey, do you follow the dictates of peace and let them in, or do you put up all the barricades and start hunting down Martin the Warrior's sword?
* One heroic example is Lyra "Silvertongue" Belacqua, clever heroine of ''HisDarkMaterials.''
* S. Wendell "Swindle" Palomino from Creator/GordonKorman's ''Swindle''.
* If you went to prison, would you trust your prison mate if he was named [[Literature/AmericanGods Low-Key Lyesmith]] ([[NorseMythology Loki]] Lie-smith)?


[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]

* Trust someone named [[{{Everybody Hates Chris}} Risky?]]
* How 'bout [[ShiningTimeStation Horace Schemer]]?
* Or [[ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia ShaDynasty]]?


[[folder: Music ]]

* [[{{Eminem}} Slim Shady]].


[[folder: Radio ]]

* From ''Radio/AdventuresInOdyssey'', the evil Dr. Regis Blackgaard ("blackguard" means a troublemaker). Arguably subverted in that he has a twin brother, Edwin, who shares the name but is only guilty of being a LargeHam.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* How about PirateGirl [[VideoGame/{{Shantae}} Risky Boots]]?
* And how about Swindle Bilk, the sneevil from Miltonius' Secret Area from ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds''?
* You'd want to be careful dealing with a [[VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment Ravel Puzzlewell]], wouldn't you?


[[folder: Web Animation ]]

* Or buy something from a street vendor named [[HappyTreeFriends Shifty]]?


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* Would you play ''Quake'' with someone with the nick "[[Machinima/DiaryOfACamper Camper]]"?


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'':
** Would you trust anything a Decepticon said to you? By now it's even been commented on in-show.
-->'''Jazz:''' [[LampshadeHanging Deceived by a Decepticon. Who knew?]]
** Would you buy something from a guy named Swindle?
* How about a guy named [[GarfieldAndFriends Al G. Swindler]]?
* Would you carry valuables around a fox named [[WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer Swiper]]?
* Would you trust someone with the name [[WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfSuperMarioBros3 Cheatsy Koopa]]?
** Or share a prison cell with Crimewave Clyde?
* Simon Bar Sinister, BigBad of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Underdog}}'' series.
* [[WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers Sly Sludge, Verminous Skumm, and especially Looten Plunder.]]


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Would you buy a house from ''[[http://www.crookandblight.com/ Crook & Blight]]''?
* There's actually a financial service company named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standard_%26_Poor%27s Standard & Poor's]]. MeaningfulName much?
* There was a famous embezzler during the recession from about 2008 in named Bernie Madoff (pronounced "made-off") Robin Williams lampshaded the irony about an embezzler having such a name, "What's next? [[TheLawFirmOfPunPunAndWordplay A law firm called Dewey Fuckyou and How?"]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creflo_Dollar Creflo Dollar]]'s last name sounds like something one would want to change the name from before becoming a televangelist; not to.


[[folder: Other/Multiple Media ]]

* People named Simon, especially children (as in, "Simon Says"), may be capable of [[MindManipulation mind control]] [[MoreThanMindControl or more]].
* [[TheLawFirmOfPunPunAndWordplay Law firms called "Dewey, Cheatum, and Howe" ("Do we cheat 'em? And how!") or similar variants are often used in comedic settings.]]