'''Basic Trope''': An evil character has a stereotypically "scary" name.
* '''Straight''': Vlad Scarlord is one of the villains of a series.
* '''Exaggerated''':
** Dr. Vlad Bludlord von Genocide is the OmnicidalManiac BigBad.
** BrownNote
* '''Downplayed''': Vlad Scarlord is AffablyEvil PragmaticVillain. He harms (badly) only those who are threat to him or his plans.
* '''Justified''': Vlad was raised by the previous EvilOverlord of the realm, who decided that he needed a fittingly evil name.
* '''Inverted''':
** FluffyTheTerrible / TomTheDarkLord
** ...or, DeathbringerTheAdorable, if inverted the other way.
** ...or, NamesToTrustImmediately if inverted both ways.
* '''Subverted''':
** Vlad Scarlord, though a bit scary-looking, is actually quite friendly and soon becomes a valued member of the heroes' team.
** Vlad, despite the name, is a hero.
* '''Double Subverted''':
** ...Until he [[TheMole betrays them at the end]].
** Well, an AntiHero with [[SociopathicHero severe violent and sociopathic tendencies]].
** Vlad Scarlord is an exception and considered a black sheep by the rest of the Scarlord family, which consists entirely of {{Card Carrying Villain}}s.
* '''Parodied''':
** An incompetent criminal with delusions of grandeur, known as Vlad Scarlord, encounters the heroes, who laugh hysterically at his name. Eventually, he is forced to wander away, baffled.
** A normal passer-by introduces herself as Charity Love. The heroes run away screaming in terror, denouncing her as a villain.
* '''Zig Zagged''': Vlad Scarlord seems to be stuck in a HeelFaceRevolvingDoor, and occasionally goes by a variety of pseudonyms of various scariness levels. Additionally, it is hinted that his real name is in fact something else, until we find out that nope, Vlad Scarlord's his name.
* '''Averted''': None of the characters have particularly frightening names, not even the villains.
* '''Enforced''': "People need to know he's evil. [[ViewersAreMorons They]] won't think a guy named "Ted" would be evil. He needs an evil name, now."
* '''Lampshaded''': "Vlad Scarlord? Eek, that's a creepy name!"
* '''Invoked''': After making a FaceHeelTurn, Ted decides his current name isn't scary enough, and goes by Vlad Scarlord instead.
* '''Exploited''': Vlad's enemies use his name to convince people he's bad news, whether [[ObviouslyEvil he is]] [[HeroWithBadPublicity or not.]]
* '''Defied''': Vlad Scarlord, despite being evil, loathes his name and goes by "Ted" instead.
* '''Discussed''': "...With a name like that, no wonder he grew up evil." "Yeah, when's the last time you saw a nice guy with a name like that?"
* '''Conversed''': Talking about someone they truly hate, two characters joke that he needs a good "movie villain" name like Scarlord or Bloodknife.
* '''Deconstructed''': Vlad Scarlord's name was his StartOfDarkness, after he took a death ray to his school where all the kids teased him about his name.
* '''Reconstructed''': Though it turns out that his family have all had equally scary names due to [[NamingConventions tradition]], but they and the town in general are ''used'' to it and don't expect them to be evil. What set Vlad apart was his own {{ambition|IsEvil}} and natural inclination for cruelty. The [[KidsAreCruel taunts of his classmates]] merely gave these urges an easy outlet.
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%% Optional items, added after Conversed, at your discretion:
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