NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast, similar to [[NamesToRunAwayFrom/{{Adjectives}} names that sound like adjectives]], but these "names" are purely adjectives usually for {{Eldritch Abomination}}s and [[SealedEvilInACan really ancient evils]], presumably so old their real name is forgotten... or they're from a time ''before proper nouns existed''.

Not to be confused with TheAdjectivalMan.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In general, if someone (or some''thing'') has ''-mono'' at the end of his or its name, you want to be somewhere that is not in their vicinity. Translation to English tend to be awkwardly structured, such as "That Which ___" or "The ___ One". Ninjas were originally called ''shinobi-no-mono'', or ''that which endures'' (so he can get a chance in killing you in most unexpected situation, [[TruthInTelevision such as when you're going to the lavatory]]).
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* ''Comicbook/DoctorStrange'' has the Ancient One: the most powerful sorcerer of his generation -- or any generation -- for six hundred years.
* Played With: "''ComicBook/FantasticFour''" fits this naming format, but sounds goofy, harmless, and overblown. [[TheDreaded This is a really]] [[MemeticBadass bad assumption to make.]]
* ''GreenLantern'': The Green Lantern Probert was known as "The Bad One." He's one of two anti-hero Green Lanterns introduced in the '90s (three, if you include the five minutes {{Lobo}} wore one.
* The Endless from ''ComicBook/TheSandman''.
* The Hooded One, the BigBad of ''{{Bone}}'' who [[InTheHood is]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin well]]...
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The BigBad of the ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' FanFic ''Fanfic/ADifferentLesson'' is named Heian Chao, which translates to "the Great Dark One." (His [[MeaningfulRename original name]], Xun Chao, isn't quite as impressive or unnerving, "the Great Quick One.")
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[[folder:Film]]
* The Evil One was the villain from ''Film/TimeBandits''. Just Evil for short.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The Wicked Witch of the West from ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz''. And her dead sister, the Wicked Witch of the East.
* The Great Old Ones in Creator/HPLovecraft's CthulhuMythos.
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'': [[{{Satan}} The Dark One]]
* The [[{{Satan}} Lone Power]] of ''YoungWizards'', sometimes referred to as "The Lone One", although It [[IHaveManyNames has many names.]]
* ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'': [[BigBad The Crimson King]].
** And his alias in ''TheStand'', 'The Black Man' or 'The Dark Man'.
** Actually, no. The Dark Man and The Black Man are aliases of of Randall Flagg, a high-ranking flunky who serves the Crimson King.
* The Unholy. A character from the novels of ''VampireTheRequiem''. She's pure NightmareFuel for other vampires.
* The White Witch from ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia''.
* ''TheKingInYellow''.
* ''Reckless'', in which the most prominent fairies have names with colors in them: The [[WomanInBlack Dark]] Fairy, who is (appropriately) the most direct antagonist and very very powerful, and Miranda the Red Fairy, Jacob's ex-girlfriend, who uses moths in her spells.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' an enemy Harry Dresden, the hero, nicknamed "Sharkface" claims names such as Gatebreaker, Harbinger, Feargiver, and Hopeslayer.
* ''Literature/TheReynardCycle'': The seven Demons are named The Ruiner, The Wanderer, Skindancer, The Hollow Maiden, Duskwalker, The Dreamer, and ''[[Literature/TheElricSaga Stormbringer]]'', ''The Demon King''.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Quor'toth is a hell dimension that's so nasty there are no portals to it, cosmic holes have to be punched through to travel back and forth there. The natives of that realm are so terrified of one being there that they know it only by the name of "The Destroyer". When the gang learn it's on its way to Earth, there are several comments from characters commenting that anyone called that has to be someone you don't want to meet. [[spoiler: It turns out to be Angel's kidnapped son, Connor.]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** [[BigBad The Master]]
** The Anointed One. [[spoiler: ... is a subversion, because he's pathetic and is quickly killed by Spike.]]
** The other other Old Ones.
* ''RuleOfThree'': The First Evil.
* The [[{{Precursors}} First Ones]], from ''Series/BabylonFive'', though those who weren't Shadows or Vorlons weren't really that bad.
* Aerys "The Mad King" Targaryen of Series/GameOfThrones, who thought it was a jolly jape to off people by [[KillItWithFire burning them to death.]]
* Series/OnceUponATime gives us Rumplestiltskin, The Dark One.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has the Great One ([[CatchPhrase "ALL PRAISE TO THE GREAT ONE!"]]), the Giantest of the Giant Spiders in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS11E5PlanetofTheSpiders Planet of the Spiders]]".
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Trinites}}'' : The Devoured Ones.
* ''TheDarkEye'': The Nameless One, the god of a secret (and evil) cult.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': The Unclean One, The Nightbringer, The Deceiver, The Void Dragon, The Outsider.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'': The other other other ... Old Ones.
* ''MagicTheGathering'': The Doubtless One, Nameless One, Soulless One, Reckless One, Heedless One.
* ''[[Tabletopgame/YuGiOh Yu-Gi-Oh!]]'': Exodia the Forbidden One.
* In the [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons AD&D 2nd Edition]] ''Monstrous Manual'', the "Lich" entry states that many ancient liches have abandoned the names they had in life, and now go by pseudonyms like "The Black Hand" or "The Forgotten King."
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[[folder:Toys]]
* ''{{Bionicle}}'': The Shadowed One, ancient and feared leader of the Dark Hunters.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'': The Fallen -- he's perpetually [[IncendiaryExponent on fire]].
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[[folder:Videogames]]
* ''PlanescapeTorment'': The Nameless One, also known as The Broken One. Also, the Transcendent One.
* ''DemonsSouls'' -- The Forgotten One, and [[BiggerBad the Old One]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' has [[spoiler: Father Rodin]], The Infinite One, as a BonusBoss.
* A BonusBoss of ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLamentOfInnocence'' is also named The Forgotten One.
* The [[EldritchAbomination Old Gods]] from ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}''. The Faceless Ones from the same franchise. Also, we almost forgot The Forgotten Ones.
* ''StarCraft'' -- The Voice in the Darkness, also known as Lord of the In-Between Places, the Living Heart of the Void, and the One True God.
* ''{{Spellforce}}'': [[BigBad The Dark One]].
* ''QuestForGloryIV'': The Dark One, too.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'': The Illusive Man, The Shadow Broker.
* ''[[StarControl Star Control (not) 3]]'': The Eternal1s.
* ''TheLastRemnant'': The Fallen. Oh, and The Lost.
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'': It's advisable to stay well clear of anyone referring to themselves as "The White Void", "The Just Sword" and "The Cold Steel". It's also advisable to run for your dear life away from anyone who's referred to as "The True Evil" by an Omnicidal RobotGirl.
* ''VideoGame/BaldursGate 2'':
** The BigBad of Shadows of Amn, Jon Irenicus, is also known as "The Shattered One".
** The BonusBoss of Throne of Bhaal, Demogorgon, is referred to as "The Imprisoned One", being a SealedEvilInACan.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' -- The Mysterious Figure (The Unknown in Japan, which is just as bad if not worse). There's also The Iron Imprisoner, The Infernal Engine, the titles of all Organization XIII members are phrased in this manner, The Armored Controller (one of Xemnas' forms), and The Lingering Will.
* ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor2'' has the Anguished One, who in turn refers to the main character as the Shining One.
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' has [[SandWorm Terramorphous]], [[BigCreepyCrawlies Vermivorous]], [[FireBreathingWeapon Pe]][[PlayingWithFire te]], [[TouchedByVorlons Hyperius]] and several others. All of them are "The Invincible", which means that these guys should '''NOT''' be taken on alone if you don't know what you're doing: they're raid bosses, intended to be fought by several high-level players at once and with a strategy to back them up.
* At the end of ''[[VideoGame/LegendOfLegaia Legaia II: Duel Saga]]'', after fusing with his Supreme Origin, [[spoiler:Igohl, Avalon]] becomes known simply as the Infinite One.
* ''VideoGame/GemCraft'' has the Forgotten, SealedEvilInACan that keeps escaping after being forgotten.
* ''[[{{VideoGame/STALKER}} S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow of Chernobyl]]'' - [[PlayerCharacter The Marked One]] a.k.a [[spoiler:Strelok]]
* Also The Dark Ones from ''[[{{VideoGame/Metro2033}} Metro]] [[{{Literature/Metro2033}} 2033]]''
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* The god of goblins in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' is known as [[DarkIsEvil The Dark One]].
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum'': The Mysterious Somebody.
* ''TheSlenderManMythos'' has the Slender Man himself.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': The Dark Ones.
* In contrast, the hero of WesternAnimation/MightyMax is called "The Mighty One" by Norman, one of his guardians, as well as "Capbearer" by the Skullmaster.
* In WesternAnimation/{{Total Drama}}, Mike's SuperPoweredEvilSide is referred to as "The Malevolent One", making it clear from the beginning that he's not going to be a hero.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Yellow Fever.
* In Ancient Greece, certain soldier types were referred to in this way. Heavy infantrymen were known as "hoplites", which is most accurately translated "the equipped ones".
* Byzantine heavy cavalrymen were called "kataphraktoi" - "the armoured ones".
* According to Herodotus' ''Literature/{{Histories}}'', the Persian army had "The Immortals", an troop of ten thousand elite soldiers named so because as soon as one man died or retired, he was replaced.
* Ivan the Terrible. He was a good ruler early on, defeating many enemies of the Russians, earning him the nickname which could also be translated as "formidable" or "fearsome". Later on, he became TheCaligula, making his name scary but appropriate on a whole different way.
* Also from Russia, RasputinTheMadMonk.
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