A form of NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast.

Some people are so infamous that they need no introduction. Sometimes this is a title hiding their true identity... but if it isn't, then run.

TheMaster and TheButcher have their own pages.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Anime/ExcelSaga'', it's That Man, who's the main villain for Pedro and Nabeshin. After That Man is defeated, they then face That Man There, This Man, That Man Over There, That Man Over Here, and This Man Over Here.
* In ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood'', if you hear the names The Knight of Destruction and/or The Lady of Death... run, fast...
** Run even faster from the Contra-Mundi (the alias for Cain Nightroad).
* In ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', our hero was formerly known as the Hitokiri Battousai, the "hitokiri" part meaning "The Manslayer" (in one of the dubs, "The Slasher" was used instead, while "The Manslayer" was used in the other). Yeah, might not want to make him mad.
* With few exceptions, the most significant (and dangerous) characters in ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' have the trope appended to their names. This includes the series main protagonist: Vash ''the Stampede''. Also known as ''the Humanoid Typhoon''. All the titles are justified in some way.
* In ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', our hero Kirito is known as "The Black Swordsman". He's actually (usually) a very nice guy, despite the name, if a bit clueless about girls.

* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker. And on similarly (but only if you're a criminal), [[Franchise/{{Batman}} The Batman]]. In fact, a LOT of Batman's more notorious rogues have "The" in front of their names...
* ''ComicBook/XMen'': TheJuggernaut.
* ''[[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk The Incredible Hulk]]''.
* [[Characters/ThePunisherTheCharacter The Punisher]].

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has a few.
** Thor is occasionally known as 'the Thunderer'.
** Harry Dresden is sometimes referred to as 'the Detective'.
** [[spoiler: Dudley]] is alternatively known as 'the Blob' and 'the Beast.'
** The Juggernaut appears.
** And then, of course, there is the Phoenix.
*** And even more so, the Dark Phoenix.
* [[Fanfic/TheWizardInTheShadows The Wizard in the Shadows/The Black Wizard/The Darkness Slayer]]. Like the Doctor, basically... ''run''.
* From the ''FanFic/TamersForeverSeries'' we have ''The Nightmare'' and ''The Son Of Destruction'' the former is actually an InvokedTrope, since [[TheHero Takato]] dubs the virus this due to his own sense of melodrama. The being's actual name is revealed in ''GOSPEL'' as [[spoiler: [[NamesToRunAwayFrom/ReligiousNames Niflheim]]]]

* ''Film/TheMatrix'' uses this for almost every program that's given a personification. We have [[TheChessmaster The Architect]], [[TheOmniscient The Oracle]], [[CrazyHomelessPeople The Trainman]], [[TheDon The Merovingian]], [[TheWatchmaker The Keymaker]], and of course, [[AIIsACrapshoot The Machines]]. It's inverted, however, with the most dangerous opponents in the series given names like Smith, Brown and Jones. They are collectively referred to as [[TheMenInBlack The Agents]], though.
* [[Film/TheTerminator The Terminator]].

* In ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', the [[RandomNumberGod Lady]]. Not evil, per se, but you do not want to annoy her. Especially not by saying her name[[note]]All but assumed to be Lady Luck.[[/note]]. Rincewind is immune, but only because he doesn't believe he has gotten anything but a long series of lucky breaks.
* In Louis Sachar's ''Literature/{{Holes}}'', The Warden.
* In Creator/MarkTwain's ''A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court'', the protagonist eventually becomes known as "The Boss". He is not very scary, until you notice that he has substantial knowledge of 19th century science and engineering - in the 6th century. [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill This includes gatling guns.]]
* [[Franchise/TheDarkTower The Man in Black.]]
* The Bard from ''Literature/TheSeaOfTrolls'' and the sequels. Also known as Dragon Tongue by the Vikings.
* The Bane (his real name is [[EvilAlbino Pearlpelt]]) from ''Literature/TheUnderlandChronicles''.
* The Judge in Literature/BloodMeridian. "What's he a judge of?", the Kid asks. He finds out soon enough.
* The White Witch and the Lady of the Green Kirtle from ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia''. The White Witch actually gets a name--Jadis.
* The Sphinx (or the Ethiopian) from the ''Literature/{{Fablehaven}}'' series.
* In the ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'' series, through a quirk of fate, regiments in the USE army have names as well as numbers. In ''1635: The Eastern Front'', an elite regiment is formed in the Third Division to deal with problems of discipline -- The Hangman.
* ''Literature/TheMalazanBookOfTheFallen'' has several. Primarily, you don't want to mess with the Son Of Darkness, The Rope, or any Knight of a House.
* ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' gives us--who else?--[[BigBrotherIsWatching Big Brother]].
* In ''Literature/TheZombieKnight'', [[TheDragon Gohvis]] is known as "the Monster of the East" or "the Black Scourge." [[TheHero Hector]] had heard that last one, but thought it was a ''plague.''
* ''Literature/SpaceMarineBattles'' has slavemaster Algol, who goes by moniker "Skintaker" and is by far one of the cruelest characters in the novel.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': The Master, The First Evil, The Mayor (Ok, we get his name, but he's normally called The Mayor), to vampires and demons, The Slayer is an example of this.
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' When you hear about a demon, who's title is ''The Source of All Evil'', run, fast, now.
* When you are fighting [[Film/KungFuHustle something]] only known as [[Series/{{Angel}} The]] [[VideoGame/HomeworldCataclysm Beast]], you have a problem.
** Likewise when you're up against someone the residents of ''{{Hell}}'' call "The Destroyer".
* ''Series/ThePretender'': Miss Parker.
* Was it The Cancer Man or The Smoking Man? Or The Cigarette Smoking Man? Seemed to creep ''Series/TheXFiles'' fans out no end, and make them worry what would happen to Mulder. The Man needs no name, and no freakin' nicorette.
* The Man [[spoiler:a.k.a. Irina Derevko]] from ''Series/{{Alias}}''.
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'': The Butcher of Kiev.
-->'''Hardison:''' "Have you ever ''been'' to Kiev? The Cakemaker of Kiev'd kick all our asses, this is the BUTCHER."
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' The Doctor, despite being the main good guy. It's even lampshaded at one point. His other famous titles include the Trickster, the Last of the Time Lords, the Phantom, The Oncoming Storm, the Mighty Warrior, the Destroyer of Worlds, the Lonely God and the [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Madman With a Box]]. As [[TheNthDoctor Eleventh]] puts it, "Hello. I'm the Doctor. Basically, run.
** On the other hand, if someone introduces himself as "the Master", ''run.''
** Also, Omega and the Valeyard.
** Let's not forget about the Monk and the Rani, not to mention series 5 and 6's The Silence.
** Also the Last Centurion is becoming one of these.
** We must not forget Stormaggedon, The Dark Lord of All. (Also answers to Alfie.)
** In season 6, The Doctor learns that his antics are changing the meaning of his name throughout history from meaning "healer" to "great warrior."
** The Bad Wolf.
** And the most terrifying being to appear on the show. The Time Lord Victorious. Guess [[IncrediblyLamePun Who]].
* Some say that his tears are adhesive, and that if he caught fire, he'd burn for a thousand days... all we know is, he's called [[TopGear the Stig]].
* ''Series/LostGirl'' has a fae called the Mongolian Death Wurm. She also answers to Velma.
* The Haitian from ''Heroes.''
* [[Series/AgentsofShield The Clairvoyant]]
* ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'' has The Betrayer and The Collector, with turn out both to be Aliases. [[spoiler:They're both Rufus Zeno]].

* The Guy, Music/{{Disturbed}}'s mascot.
* [[Music/AvengedSevenfold The Rev]]

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* The man who finally brought down [[Wrestling/GeorgeWagner Gorgeous George]] was simply known as The Destroyer.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', most planeswalkers have dramatic titles on their cards like "the firebrand", "The Mind Sculptor" or "The Unseen". Nicol Bolas simply has "Planeswalker".
* The Butcher of Khardov in the TabletopGame/IronKingdoms universe.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}}'' Abaddon the Despoiler, and Kharn the betrayer.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'': Settra the Imperishable.

* In ''VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy'' your mission is to kill "The Guy", and the only thing standing between you and him is the hours of the most frustrating PlatformHell ever devised. [[EvilLaugh Good Luck]].
** It should also be noted that the protagonist is known as "The Kid."
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'': All the characters are [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep referred to]] this way, although due to his mediocre mastery of the English language, The Heavy refers to himself as "Heavy Weapons Guy," which also works.
* Lu Bu in virtually any ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' game. Historically one of the most powerful generals in the time of the Three Kingdoms, pretty much everyone speaks of Lu Bu in hushed whispers, and when he shows up, he goes on a total rampage tearing through everything in his path. While there are some missions where you must actually ''kill'' Lu Bu -- he's appropriately nerfed -- in most missions attempting to do this is suicide, as he's many, ''many'' times stronger than anyone else in the game ''including your primary target for the mission'' (usually Dong Zhuo). If he's not kicking your ass, he's chasing you down, and it doesn't help that he always rides the fastest horse in the game. Yuan Shao's line, "[[MemeticMutation Don't pursue Lu Bu]]", is probably the most useful advice you will ever recieve in Dynasty Warriors.
** Ironically he was uncontrollable as the story had dictated. Although Lu Bu was powerful, what ultimately did him in was the fact that he was impulsive and prone to attacking or betray everything that was not nailed down. Had he been more stalwart and noble or at least more calculated, he would have been accepted by Liu Bei with open arms [[spoiler:and may not have been himself betrayed and turned over to Cao Cao for execution]].
* ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'': Araghast the Pillager, Eliphas the Inheritor, Gorgutz 'Ead Hunter.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'': The Illusive Man.
** And [[spoiler: The Shepard]], in the epilogue of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''.
* That Man, from ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'', the enigmatic creator of the Gear biological weapons.
* We don't mention [[VideoGame/BioshockInfinite Him]].
* From ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia2008'': the four bosses are The Corrupted, legendary figures who sold their souls to Ahriman for great powers and were twisted over the ages into monsters. They are known only by their titles: The Hunter, The Concubine, The Warrior, The Alchemist, and [[spoiler: The King]].
* The Duelist in ''VideoGame/RedDeadRevolver''.
* {{Satan}} "The Accuser" from ShinMegamiTensei . The series features 2 versions of him, as he appears in Judaism (The Accuser) and Christianity (the fallen angel, Lucifer). The two are [[ArchEnemy not fond of each other.]] His title is often used to avoid any confusion.
* The Arcana Shadows from ''VideoGame/Persona3'' are all named after the first 12 trumps in the Italian tarot, and some of them would fall under this category; namely, The Magician, The Priestess, The Empress, The Emperor and The Hanged Man.
** Not to mention Death (the ''13th'' trump), who sometimes lurks in the floors of Tartarus. Unless you beat the game once and have a super powerful team, ''run'' as soon as you hear the chains.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' has The End, The Fear, The Pain, The Fury and The Sorrow. Oh shit.
* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', The Black Beast is not to be messed with. The last time he showed up he killed almost everyone on the planet, it took the most powerful beings on the planet ''years'' to stop his rampage.
* [[VideoGame/GodOfWar The Ghost of Sparta]]. [[UnstoppableRage Running won't do you any good, though.]]
* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', with the right perks, you can turn even your ''introduction'' into a BadassBoast.
-->"They call me The Courier."
* The Patriarch from ''VideoGame/KillingFloor''. Just in case the hybrid machine-gun/rocket launcher he has for an arm didn't tip you off.
* The Ruler of Evil in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV''. [[spoiler:Which is actually a role any sufficiently powerful demon can claim for himself via [[EvolutionaryLevels the Secret of Evolution]]. Hence, the player has to kill two Rulers of Evil over the course of the game. Or, in the remake, ''three''.]]
* ''VideoGame/Disgaea2CursedMemories'': The [[PhysicalGod God of All Overlords]]. [[spoiler:Who's actually the girl you summoned at the start of the game.]]
* ''Franchise/DotHack'': Cubia is sometimes called by the title "The Anti-Existence". Small wonder this guy's essentially an unkillable force of pure destruction, eh?
* ''VideoGame/DeadlyRoomsOfDeath'': The Pit Thing has a name like this. Subverted in that it's actually not malicious whatsoever, and even allies itself in Beethro's favor; it's just ''incredibly'' cryptic to the point of frustrating poor Beethro.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Kore of ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'' is also known as the Cursed Scourge of the Realm. [[TheDreaded Anybody who knows who he is run when they recognize him]].
* A heroic example, Dante from ''Webcomic/TheStoryOfAnima'' is also known as "[[http://tapastic.com/episode/43377 The Executioner]]". A group of mercenaries known as the equally ominous [[PsychoForeHire Bloody Flames]] were instructed specifically to not engage him.

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* The Watcher in ''WebVideo/KateModern'', and the Shadow even more so. You really ''don't'' want to mess with the Shadow.
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' has the Meta. [[ImplacableMan Oh,]] [[TheJuggernaut dear]] [[MegaManning lord]], the Meta.
* [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos The Slender Man.]]
** [[WebVideo/MarbleHornets The Operator.]]
* Slenderman's brother, Sexual-Offenderman. [[http://arcanineryu.deviantart.com/art/Sexual-offenderman-Slenderman-variation-328452140]] If he offers you [[SchmuckBait one of his roses]], [[DontTouchItYouIdiot DON'T TAKE IT!!!]] Touching it is [[{{Curse}} what marks you as his next rape victim]]. [[MortonsFork Unfortunately, refusing the rose will still get you in a heap of trouble.]] He'll start [[StalkerWithACrush stalking you]], [[{{Gaslighting}} messing with your stuff behind your back]], and laying down [[TrailOfBreadcrumbs trails of rose petals]] with a ''[[LuredIntoATrap nasty surprise]]'' at the end...
* The Viceroy, from ''Literature/PayMeBug''. No, that's not his title, it's his given name. He chose it ''himself'' upon becoming a [[ChurchMilitant Sword]].
* [[TheGunslinger The]] [[ActionSurvivor Architect]] from ''Roleplay/ShadowhunterPeril'' is a weird heroic example. [[CloudCuckoolander Considering]] [[MadBomber his]] [[ButtMonkey personality]] [[OnlySaneMan and]] [[TokenHuman species]], [[PunyEarthlings he's not exactly the kind of person to run away from.]] [[BewareTheSillyOnes At least]] not until you factor in the fact that he's [[TheChessmaster incredibly brilliant]] [[CrazyAwesome (if slightly mad)]] as well as some [[WeirdnessMagnet other]] [[WeakButSkilled notable]] [[GuardianOfTheMultiverse characteristics]]. [[OhCrap Then he becomes a force to be reckoned with among the demons.]]
* The WebSerialNovel ''Literature/{{Brennus}}'' includes villains like The Dark, Desolation-In-Light, Heretic and Atrocity, for just a few examples of villains that are as scary as they sound.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* [[{{Satan}} Him]] from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''.
* Combustion Man from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. Sokka's original name for him was "[[BuffySpeak Sparky Sparky Boom Man]]," but it didn't have quite the same effect.