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->''"I have created wounded art. An uncompromising weapon that, in a fit of graceful agony, will rend and tear until there is nothing left. This creature '''is''' death."''\\
''"I call him Fluffles."''
-->-- '''[[http://www.goblinscomic.com/02022007/ Unnamed Guard,]]''' ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}''

A big, scary, dangerous monster with a bizarre, cutesy name befitting a housepet. Custom dictates for the creature to be introduced by their owner calling for them, the enemies laughing at the creature's ridiculous name, only to be interrupted by [[BadVibrations earth-shaking footsteps]] as the pet enters the scene. The customary response is to [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast run away really quickly]]. [[TheScream Screaming]] is also highly recommended.

Sometimes writers will play with the trope by making the monster ''look'' big, scary, and vicious, [[GentleGiant and yet be as sweet and lovable as its name suggests.]] Other times, justified because the monster was named when it was not yet big, scary, or vicious.

A.K.A. Big Monster Cute Name. A specified variant of IronicNickname. If the monster feels a sense of shame regarding their name, it's also EmbarrassingFirstName. Compare KillerRabbit. Polar opposite of DeathbringerTheAdorable. See also FluffyTamer, the person most likely to name the critter "Fluffy" in the first place. See SealedEvilInATeddybear for this combined with SealedEvilInACan. See also SpecialPersonNormalName, TomTheDarkLord, SuperFunHappyThingOfDoom, PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny, and CuteAsABouncingBetty, a weapon-specific subtrope of this.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The BigBad of ''Anime/MonsterRancher''. He's an all-powerful tyrant, who's influence is slowly taking over the world. [[ImpossiblyCoolClothes Cool costume]], [[EvilSoundsDeep deep voice]], and he commands an awesome presence. His name is...[[{{Narm}} Moo.]]
* ''Manga/FairyTail'':
** "Lullaby" is the name of a powerful BlackMagic artifact. The idea is that it lulls you into "[[KilledOffForReal eternal sleep]]".
** Gajeel's Exceed partner is named... Pantherlily, Lily for short. Who just so happens to be 6 foot tall and [[{{BFS}} wields a sword as big as he is.]]
** If you first read this series through scanslations, you got to know one of the world's strongest mages as "Mist Gun". This may be an intentional double meaning (it ties in with his magic), but the official spelling is the much more dignified "Mystogan".
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' featured a genetically-engineered monster named Helen, killed by hired villain Toguro as a display of his power.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'':
** Kodachi has a pet named Mr. Green Turtle (Mr. Scaly Green in some episodes of the anime). It turns out to be a ferocious alligator.
---> [[Series/TheAddamsFamily "But it IS a turtle! A nice, cute and fluffy turtle! Why do you look so distressed?"]]
** Also there's Pantyhose Taro. Bathed in a Jusenkyo spring at birth where a yeti holding an eel and crane while riding an ox drowned. Later he bathes in a spring where an octopus drowned.[[labelnote:*]]"[[spoiler:Drowned" meaning "dunked and sinking" as shown in the Phoenix People arc.]][[/labelnote]]
* In ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'', the demon leader Hild has a creature that eats angels, which are effectively the goddess' souls. It is a gigantic, powerful leviathan. And she named it "Kittens".
* In an episode of ''Manga/NininGaShinobuden'', Shinobu names her giant, mobile, carnivorous plant monster Pochinosuke ("Pochi" being the Japanese equivalent of "Rover" or "Fido" and "nosuke" being an archaic boys' name ending). She's the only one who can keep it from wreaking havoc.
* ''Manga/TheLuciferAndBiscuitHammer'': Its name is Biscuit Hammer; it is the destroyer of worlds.
* A recurring villain in ''Manga/{{Kinnikuman}}'' is one of the biggest chojin in the series, a living mass of sand who sadistically brutalizes his opponents. He was responsible for [[spoiler:Prince Kamehame]]'s death during the Dream Tag Tournament arc. His name? ''Sunshine.'' (He's named after the Sunshine Towers of Peru). There are some other dangerous villains with silly names, but at least they have the decency to ''look'' silly, too.
* In ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'', America's craziest and most terrifying assassin has the misfortune of being named Claire which, while not incapable of [[Manga/{{Claymore}} being attached to]] [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII total badasses]], doesn't exactly work that way when the badass in particular is ''[[GenderBlenderName male]]''. Fans like to joke that this is the reason he [[IHaveManyNames keeps on making up new names]]. Also a bit of HaveAGayOldTime since prior to the 50s, Claire ''was'' a man's name. In 1930, his name would have been normal - the twist only comes for modern viewers who are used to it being a female name, although even in 1930, it was more common for women than for men in this particular spelling.
** Out of omniscience-boredom, a reality-warping EldritchAbomination decided to take human form and join the ranks of the Martillo family camorra. It's name is [[spoiler:Ronnie]].
* ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' has Celty's headless demon horse. His name is Shooter.
* In ''Manga/HunterxHunter'' the guard dog of the Zaoldyeck estate is a mindless killing machine to anyone who doesn't come in through the front door, and Gon, who is incredibly good with animals and befriended a bear, is scared of her. Oh, and her name is Miké.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': Ritchie's "[[MeaningfulName Zippo]]" will probably evolve into a [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Charizard]] eventually. In ''Manga/TheElectricTaleOfPikachu'' manga, Zippo was introduced as one (but the official translation [[DubNameChange changed the name]] to [[MeaningfulName Charley]]).
* The latest volume of the ''Manga/BakiTheGrappler'' manga has Pickle, who is a giant defrosted caveman. Not only is he undefeated, but [[spoiler:after beating Retsu, he tore his leg off and ate it.]]
* ''Franchise/DragonBall'':
** Every major villain in ''Manga/DragonBall'' since Demon King Piccolo (with his henchmen, Piano, Tambourine, Cymbal and Drum), culminating in the [[OmnicidalManiac unstoppable creation]] of the maniacal wizard Bibidi and servant of his son [[Disney/{{Cinderella}} Babidi... Buu]] in ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. The machine mutant Baby from ''Anime/DragonBallGT'' is one of the most glaring examples.
** Buu deserves special mention as not only does he sound harmless but when after several chapters he finally appears he is a fat pink man wearing sweat pants and a cape... who makes the god of all gods quake in terror. He then proceeds to single-handedly kill each of earth's strongest fighters with no actual effort.
** After a series of [[BishonenLine increasingly powerful and masucline forms]] Goku and Vegeta turn him into his most basic one: Kid Buu, who looks like a surly teenager... who (while the weakest) is ''the'' least restrained form and by far the most destructive.
** ''[[Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods Battle of the Gods]]'' introduces the God of Destruction, who's capable of fighting a Super Saiyan 3 without even trying, made the KING OF SAIYANS use himself as a seat, and his name is Beerus.
** Beerus' assistance, [[spoiler: who happens to be ''many'' times stronger than him]], is named Whis.
** This applies to the heroes as well. Gohan, one of the strongest characters in the series, is named after rice and Vegeta's son is named ''Trunks''. Also the Saiyans, the most feared warrior race in the universe, are named after vegetables with Goku's true name being a pun of carrots.
* In ''Manga/{{Yaiba}}'', when the eponymous hero heard about a Kappa named Kerosuke, he expected a small, thin kappa, not a [[{{Kaiju}} colossal, super-strong, fire-breathing carnivorous titan]] with a penchant for human flesh
* In one chapter of the ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' manga, the gang is attacked by a seven foot bear-like creature called a Duodo, which is tough enough to block the Tenchi-ken. Mihoshi takes one look at it, cries out "FLUFFY!" and the creature runs over to her and starts purring like a kitten.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** The Seven Swordsmen of the Mist are terrifying warriors whose last names mean some type of fruit.
** Naruto and many other characters count as well; Naruto himself is arguably the strongest person in the world by the time the manga ends, but his first name is short for a type of ramen topping.
* Battle Wolf ''Terry Cloth'' may be a cub when ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'' adopts him, but he can still rip apart foes that ''Toriko'' had trouble with. Terry later grows up massively, fitting the trope even more. There's also Coco's [[GiantFlyer Emperor Crow]] Kiss, Sunny's Mother Snake Queen, and the small pink Wall Penguin Yun (named after the [[PokemonSpeak sounds]] he uses) will eventually be as big as its parents (and hopefully not as vicious).
* Early in ''Anime/BloodPlus'', we are introduced to the Chiropterans: virtually unkillable monsters created in military experiments that rip apart humans and drink their blood. The military's codeword for them: Mouse.
* In ''Manga/{{MAR}}'', Dorothy's most powerful Guardian is an enormous black dog that emerges from a crack in reality, looks like death on four legs, and attacks by devouring whatever it fights (including, in one case, Dorothy's opponent). What is Dorothy's nickname for the guardian? "[[Literature/LandOfOz Toto]]".
* The main character in ''Anime/YouAreUmasou'' is a Tyrannosaurus Rex named "Heart".
* Tora from ''Manga/UshioAndTora''. Despite claiming to [[IAmAHumanitarian eat humans]] [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption he never does on screen]]. He gets [[AttentionDeficitOhShiny distracted by the modern human world so much]] it fascinates him...and he accidentally gets [[CrowningMomentOfFunny ran over by cats]] and smashed into the wall comedic-ally. Also, he has a WeaksauceWeakness in that perfume and cologne repels him, even common jewelry bothers him due to its anti-Yokai properties. Hell an entire chapter is titled 'Tora's Civilization Allergy'.
* ''Manga/OnePiece''
** [[MadScientist Caesar Clown]] had, as a pet, a living mass of gelatinous slime that emitted acid and poisonous gas and could wipe out an entire island on its own, which he named Smiley.
** Some of the nicknames given to both pirates and marines in this series can reach this level, especially considering the titles other pirates get. Among nicks like King of Snipers, Demon Child and Blood Splatterer, you find some of the most terrifying individuals are instead given such nicknames as Straw Hat or Blue Pheasant or Red-Haired.
** A ruthless captain, famous for his brutality and has a bounty of ONE BILLION? His name is Jack.
* ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'':
** There are many characters and Stands who are named after famous musicians and songs. Sometimes, really dangerous figures get stuck with harmless names, like Vanilla Ice, user of Cream, who sounds like a hilarious JokeCharacter, but is actually a highly dangerous vampire who can turn into an all-consuming void. [[spoiler:He kills more of the heroes than ''Dio''.]]
** Cioccolata from Part 5 has a name that means "chocolate" in Italian. He's a deranged sadist who drove 9 elderly medical patients to suicide and has the power to infect people with flesh-eating mold. He's so disgusting that [[EvenEvilHasStandards Diavolo, his own boss, regards him as human garbage,]] and Diavolo is willing to murder his own family if he deems them a threat to his plans.
** The BigBad of Part 7 is not only the president of the United States, he also has an incredibly powerful stand that allows him to move between realities as will, meaning he can kill people by simply sending him to another reality and watch them get RetGone from the paradox, that means he also applies WeHaveReserves to ''himself'', meaning he can get himself from another dimension if he's killed... and his name is Funny Valentine.

* ''AudiopPlay/TheUnfinishedSpellingErrorsOfBolkien'':
-->The Witch-King sits on his vast, evil, bat-winged steed...Pookums.
* Creator/BillEngvall had a routine where he mentioned dating a girl who owned a boa constrictor she'd named Fluffy. He didn't find this little fact out until he went home with her one night... and she came into the bedroom wearing a nightie and the snake around her neck. She even suggested [[FetishRetardant letting the snake wrap around them as they had sex.]]
-->''"Now that's just sick in my book!"''

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* To quote [[http://superdickery.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=447:a-killer-called-honey-bun&catid=33:weird-science-index&Itemid=37 Superdickery.com]]: ''Who, in their right mind, would name their giant mechanized killing machine "Honeybun?"''
* Atlantis in ''ComicBook/GoldDigger'' has a guardian monster, the giant 2-kilometer across crab/kraken.... 'Flaky'. Flaky likes to play with a stuffed plushie of a normal sized crab. [[BerserkButton Do not mess with the plushie.]]
* In ''The Annotated Mantooth'', the giant robot powered by a uranium core was called "World's Greatest Grandpa." It was also built by [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]], who died in his own DeathTrap with man-eating ducks and peanut butter. The entire Mantooth series was made of this.
* Creator/DCComics CrisisCrossover series ''ComicBook/CountdownToFinalCrisis'' featured a Monitor, one of the most powerful beings in the multiverse, called Bob. "Well, we can't just call you the-Monitor-who-is-trying-to-track-down-the-Atom, it'll take too long."
* The Anti-Monitor of ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' is not just the biggest bad of DC Comics, but also the biggest bad of all fiction, having ''eaten'' thousands of universes. Yet his name manages to be both innocuous and mildly odd.
* A recurring character in early 90s ''Comicbook/{{Superman}}'' comics was a seven-foot-tall female Intergang bruiser called Tiny Bubbles.
* From ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'', the name Penguin brings to mind a cute and strange-looking bird that lives in Antarctica. Not a short, ruthless, well-dressed and murderous mob boss. The mere name gives him a more twisted quality.
* ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} once killed a tank-grown monster that had gone berserk (greatly pissing off the agency who owned the monster) named Doris.
* The ''ComicBook/DarkwingDuck'' comics in ''Disney Adventures'' featured a newly-made villain in the form of a super-intelligent kitten named Fluffy.
* ''ComicBooks/DuckTales'': In the "Rightful Owners" arc, the ducks are followed around by a gigantic jellyfish. [[FriendToAllLivingThings Webby]] reveals she named it "Jelly Belly" due to its {{sweet tooth}}. The jellyfish is actually friendly (at least towards them), but it ''looks'' intimidating.
* The ComicBook/XMen villain Sugarman is a grotesque looking head on legs with multiple arms who specializes in horrific genetic experiments and hails from the Age of Apocalypse.
* ''ComicBook/NewGods'':
** From Apokolips, there's Granny Goodness, the ultimate [[EvilOldFolks evil old person]].
** And then there's her personally trained attack dog, Mercy, whom she was forced to kill when {{ComicBook/Darkseid}} ordered the canine to kill her.
** Moreover, you have Glorious Godfrey's sister, the expert assassin Amazing Grace.
* ''Comicbook/{{Miracleman}}'': An unintentional example given that he started out as a good guy, but the name of the character responsible for the most gruesome massacre in the history of comics? Kid Miracleman.
* ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}'': You'd think that in a series featuring characters with names like Demonwolf or Deathmonger, someone who goes by the seeming innocuous name of Willy Pete would be relatively harmless. You'd be wrong. Dead wrong. [[spoiler: His name means White Phosphorus.]]
* In ''ComicBook/StanleyAndHisMonster'', the Monster was later revealed to be a demon called "The Beast with No Name" that was a pariah in Hell for being too nice. When it accidentally bonded to Stanley Dover and became his friend, Stanley gave it the name "Spot". While Spot ''is'' a pretty decent fellow, a friendly demon is ''still'' a demon.
* In the ComicBook/MarvelAdventures [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]] series, Hulk and Rick Jones encounter The Nameless One, a two-headed EldritchAbomination. One of his heads is certain that they ''need'' a name, and finds human ones like "Bob" and "Tom" exotic and appealing. The other head is not amused.
* In Creator/OrsonScottCard's ''ComicBook/UltimateIronMan'', there is a male antagonist named Dolores, which seems to be more of a great-aunt than a villain. Subverted because "dolores" is Spanish for "pains," which is why he chose the name.
* There's a 'Fluffy' in ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'''s Metro incarnation. [[http://www.2000ad.org/?zone=thrill&page=thrillviewer&choice=fluffy]]
** There's also SerialKiller PJ Maybe.
* In Marvel's ''ComicBook/JourneyIntoMystery'', Kid Loki names his violent and foul mouthed hellhound Thori that would rather have been called Deathripper or one of several other more fitting appellations. The cutesy name stuck. Nobody in Hel, or later Leah, Angela, Sera, and Thor Odinson bothered to call him anything else but Thori, despite him still insisting that he is "[[BlatantLies known as Deathripper in all the Ten Realms]]".
* In ''[[Comicbook/{{X 23}} All-New Wolverine]]'', Comicbook/SquirrelGirl shows up at Laura's apartment bearing a ''live wolverine'' to help recruit Laura for a mission,[[note]]Because Doreen SpeaksFluentAnimal, she assumes ''all'' AnimalThemedSuperbeings can, and expects the wolverine to explain the situation[[/note]] while Gabby takes one look at it and {{squee}}s before adopting him as a pet. And because wolverines are bad-tempered, vicious balls of fur and fangs, Doreen appropriately names him Jonathan.
* One of the most reoccurring characters in ''{{ComicBook/Shazam}}'' is Shazam's pet tiger, Tawny. While his earlier appearances involve him being a FunnyTalkingAnimal, his more modern incarnations are usually normal, non-sentient tigers. Regardless of his form, he is always depicted as loyal to Billy.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'':
** [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1979&addr=790808 One strip]] features Fluffy the Fierce. Sure, he is not much taller than any cat that'd fit the name Fluffy, but he is described as a legendary ratter. Until he meets Matt-the-Rat, that is.
** And there is also Muffin the dog, whom a little girl brings Garfield home to.
* Starting in 2013 in ''ComicStrip/TheWizardOfId'', the Wizard keeps a dragon named Henry as a pet. (Henry is ''usually'' friendly, but being a dragon often causes accidents to happen).

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/EnemyOfMyEnemy'', there are [[Franchise/{{Halo}} Lekgolo/Hunters]], 12-foot-tall armored warriors that scare the shit out of their foes ''and'' their allies. What does young [[ChildrenAreInnocent Sarah]] [[FluffyTamer Jennings]] call the pair she made friends with? Jib and Jub.
* In the fanvideo WebVideo/MLPFIMFanFic, Celestia uses a KillSat called [[FunWithAcronyms H.A.R.M.O.N.Y.]] to [[EarthShatteringKaboom blow up the planet]].
* In Fallout: Equestria Angel Bunny gained this reputation among the Zebras. He even invented Stampede, the equivalent to Slasher from the Fallout series.
* In ''Fanfic/ItsNotTheRaptorDNA'', the Mosasaurus, the largest, most powerful creature on the island, is given the name...Lilly.
* ''Fanfic/TheEmiyaClan'' managed to get Primate Murder, the White Beast of Gaia, First Dead Apostle Ancestor, the creature whose task is to destroy humanity, as a pet. It kind of came as a packaged deal when Altrouge Brunestud forced herself on [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Shirou]] as his newest wife. They call him "Primmy."
* Naruto fics just love having Naruto refer to Kyuubi, the giant nine tailed fox capable of leveling mountains with a swoop of his tails, as Fluffy. The fox is rarely amused
* In a similar vein, Harry Potter fanfics love to make such names for Voldemort, such as Voldisquirrel and Vulturemort.
* Mocked viciously in the Franchise/HarryPotter / Literature/DragonridersOfPern story [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8186304/7/ On The Wings of Dragons]], where a Spanish wizard terrorist goes by the name Carlos The Gerbil. At a briefing, a wizard gets rather upset when half of the room bursts into laughter.
--> Dan: I meant no insult, Mr. Croaker, but your fearsome hit wizard is either totally inept at normal history or he's a certified whacko. It's possible he decided to steal the name from a world famous terrorist who was wreaking havoc in the early seventies, but if so, he got the name totally wrong. Just whispering the name of Carlos the Jackal was enough to send governments quivering in terror, but Carlos the Gerbil? The man has taken the name of a small Australian rodent that many people have as a pet. A gerbil is about as dangerous as being attacked by a marshmallow.
* ''FanFic/TangledUpInBlues'' has the manly muscled bouncer, named Pink Bunny.
* In ''FanFic/{{Hivefled}}'', the ObliviouslyEvil cultist Ganmed Lomust used to feed his sacrifices to his lusus, a seagoat which he named "Snowball".
* In ''FanFic/ABriefHistoryOfEquestria'', the name of the leader and founder of the largest empire in history, the Mongrellian Horde, was, indeed, "Fluffy."
* The Harmony Cannon from ''FanFic/MassEffectTheEquestrianEquation''. It looks like it fires a rainbow. It can OneHitKill ''[[BigBad Reapers]]''
* The ''[[Literature/HarryPotter Mr. Black]]'' series has a one chapter dark lord named [[WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy Fred Fredburger]] the Really Really Bad. Lampshaded when one of the wizards that summons Mr. Black mentions it just doesn't feel right to fear someone with that name.
* In the expanded ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' of Creator/AAPessimal, a freak accident with a gorgon and a nose-bleed returns an extinct species - the wingèd Pegasus horses - to the world. The magnificent wingèd creatures are in the keeping of Lancre-trained witches as only they can ride them - a welcome upgrade from broomsticks. And the first two Pegasii get names reflective of their proud nature and noble lineage. '''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Rainbow Dash and Cupcakes]]'''. Well, [[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench Everything Sounds Better In Russian]].
* In ''Fanfic/HardBeingPure'', Phobia has a huge six-legged black monster with large mantis scytes on its back. He's called Snowball.
--> Because where's the fun in calling things with names that match their appearance?
* ''Fanfic/ExceptItAbideInTheVine'' is full of alternate versions of Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes, so OnlyKnownByTheirNickname is necessary to avoid confusion. The biggest, scariest former Winter Soldier in the whole crew answers to Sweetpea.
* ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'' comments on this, and how people have died for giving a Pokemon with pride a name like Fred.
* In ''[[Fanfic/BloomingMoonChronicles The Blooming Moon Chronicles]]'', a Tyrant Wyrm is a fabled monster that leaves death and destruction in its path. In ''Glory Be'', Scrivener Blooms artificially creates one, and then names it Poe.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/IceAge3DawnOfTheDinosaurs'', there is a giant, fearsome Baryonyx that even scares a T. Rex. CrazySurvivalist Buck names it... Rudy.
-->'''Manny:''' Oh, I was thinking it'd be something terrifying, like... "Sheldon" or "Tim".
* ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'': Toothless is a member of the most feared species of dragon that is known to the vikings, though he doesn't get the name until after he's been at least partially domesticated. His teeth are retractable.
* Lilo's social worker in ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' is a [[ScaryBlackMan huge black man]] (voiced by Ving Rhames in the movie, no less) who habitually dresses in formalwear and a gold earring... named Mr. Bubbles. Subverted in that his first name is Cobra.
* The black horse owned by Judge Frollo in ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' is actually named [[AllThereInTheManual Snowball.]]
* ''[[Disney/LadyAndTheTrampIIScampsAdventure Lady and the Tramp II]]'' featured a large, mean, extremely vicious and brutish-looking dog who menaced Lady and Tramp's son ComicStrip/{{Scamp}} at one point named Reggie.
* In ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', the {{Snowlem|s}} bodyguard Elsa conjures in one last desperate bid to convince her sister to leave her alone is nicknamed "Marshmallow" by the happy-go-lucky snowman Olaf.
* ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons'':
** The Bowler Hat Guy's HypercompetentSidekick and partner in crime is a robotic bowler hat named Doris. [[spoiler: She turns out to be [[TheDogWasTheMastermind the real mastermind]], taking over in the BadFuture Bowler Hat Guy unwittingly helped her create.]]
** At one point, Bowler Hat Guy sics a brainwashed ''{{Tyrannosaurus rex}}'' named "Tiny" on Lewis.
--->I've got a big head, and little arms: I'm just not sure how well this plan was thought through... Master?
* In ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'' (remember, this is a MouseWorld), the villain Ratigan has a gigantic cat he often [[BadBoss feeds a minion that upsets him]] - called Felicia; she also has a pretty bow.
* The main villain of ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal2000'' is given the terror-inducing name of... Tyler. This is because he wasn't evil to begin with, only becoming an AxCrazy warlord after being exposed to the Loc-Nar.
* In the 1974 animated version of ''Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk'' the name of the giant was... Tulip.
* When your name sounds like "Saccharine", people probably expect you to be as sweet as your name, right? Not true for the BigBad in ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTintin'', where Mr. Ivan Ivanovich Sahkrine is willing to kidnap, murder, and steal all to find the location of Red Rackham's Treasure. [[spoiler: Well, he is Rackham's descendant and possible reincarnation, after all...]]. [[note]] However, it should be noted that it is a case of AdaptationalVillainy; in the original graphic novel by Hergé, Saccharine (written Saccharine, not Sahkrine) was actually a friendly RedHerring.[[/note]]
* ''WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge'' gives an in-universe example. The animals are utterly terrified of the titular hedge when it's first encountered. How do they defuse the tension?
--> '''Hammy:''' Lets call it Steve.
--> [Vern looks at Hammy questioningly]
--> '''Hammy:''' It's a pretty name.
--> '''Other animals:''' Yeah, I'm a lot less scared of "Steve".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Coco}}'': Mamá Imelda has an ''alebrije'', a powerful spirit guide that takes the form of a multicolored winged jaguar. Its name is... Pepita ("pumpkin seed").

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{Fluffy}}'' is a 1965 Tony Randall film about the title character, a full grown household dwelling lion.
* In ''Film/KungPowEnterTheFist'', the main (male) villain was named "Betty". It's actually quite a bit worse than that, his name ''used'' to be "Master Pain;" he then changed it to Betty.
* In ''Film/WintersBone'' the criminal, prone-to-AxCrazy-violence, meth-addicted uncle of the main character is named... "Teardrop".
* The mechanical shark from ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' was nicknamed "Bruce" by the crew. Innocuous enough, until you realize "Bruce" [[EvilLawyerJoke was also the name of Spielberg's lawyer.]]
* Double example: The name used by the Devil in ''Film/TheExorcist'' AND by a psychotic killer in ''Film/{{Strangeland}}''? Captain Howdy.
* The diabolical crime lord from ''Film/RoboCop1987'' has the unassuming name of Clarence. In keeping with the joke, he also looks like a balding, bespectacled accountant (the director went with this look because he wanted a villain evocative of [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Heinrich Himmler]]).
* In ''Film/TalesFromMuppetlandTheFrogPrince,'' the evil witch has a very large ogre henchman named "Sweetums."
* Prince Nuada in ''Film/HellboyIITheGoldenArmy'' has a large cave troll with a robotic fist on a chain. He calls him Mr. Wink. He's named after Creator/SelmaBlair's one-eyed dog.
* Audrey II, the giant man-eating venus flytrap of ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors''
* ''Film/CatsAndDogs'' has Mr. Tinkles, the MagnificentBastard ButtMonkey [[Film/JamesBond Blofeld]] cat. "Evil DOES NOT wear a ''bonnet!''"
* ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'': Two of Blofeld's minions who are keeping Willard Whyte prisoner in his house are named [[{{Disney/Bambi}} Bambi and Thumper]]. They prove to be a little difficult for Bond to deal with.
* 'Pumpkin'/'Ringo' from ''Film/PulpFiction'' isn't psycho enough, but his girlfriend 'Honeybunny' most definitely is.
* ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'': Dr. Rotwang. It sounds like some kind of horrible disease in English, but "Rotwang" is actually German for "red cheek".
* Not a creature but it still fits the trope: the gun that Kay gives Jay in ''Film/MenInBlack'' is a tiny little thing that looks rather like a water pistol. It's called a ''Noisy Cricket''. And when Jay fires it the first time, it takes out a wall, and the kickback is enough to throw him back several metres.
* In ''Film/TrickRTreat'', the monstrous king of Halloween is named Sam. Short for Samhain.
* The title demon of vengeance in the ''Film/{{Pumpkinhead}}'' films.
* In ''Film/ReservoirDogs'', Nice Guy Eddie, Mr. Pink, Mr. White, and Mr. Blonde are all crooks.
* The monster in ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}'' became known as... Clover. And before that, his FanNickname was Mr Grumpy Pants.
* In the Katharine Hepburn[=/=]Cary Grant screwball comedy ''Film/BringingUpBaby'', "Baby" is a fully-grown leopard. He's friendly enough, but he's still a ''leopard''.
* In ''Film/SevenSamurai,'' Toshiro Mifune's character is named Kikuchiyo after the fake papers he has to "prove" he's of noble birth. Unbeknown to him and to the amusement of the others, Kikuchiyo is the name of a little girl. He still kicks lots of ass.
* In ''Film/TheUnborn'', the spirit of the unborn child terrorizing Odette Yustman's character is named Jumby.
* [[PsychoForHire Bunny]] in ''Film/{{Platoon}}'', a soldier who rapes and kills civilians during a pacification mission in a Vietnamese village.
* In ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail,'' there is the powerful and forbidding wizard who grandiosely introduces himself, "There are some who call me... [[SomeCallMeTim Tim.]]"
* In ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'', the "bad" is an utterly ruthless assassin named Angel Eyes.
* From ''Film/DjangoUnchained'' we have Calvin Candie, a plantation owner who amuses himself by throwing slaves into [[DuelToTheDeath duels to the death]].
* Pixxi de la Chasse in ''Film/RepoChick.'' A small blonde woman dressed all in pink who can make grown men run in fear by whispering in their ears, point a pistol like she means it and throw a solid punch.
* The [[RaptorAttack raptors]] in ''Film/JurassicWorld'' are named Blue, Charlie, Delta, and Echo.
* ''Film/TheJungleBook2016'': The King of the Bandar-Log monkeys is a 12-foot tall hulking Gigantopithecus who [[TheDon talks like a mob boss]]. His name is Louie. This is a result of the film making him an AdaptationalBadass. In the source material, Louie (originally an Orangutan) was not an intimidating or villainous character, so the name was more fitting.
* The titular monster from ''Film/TheByeByeMan'' drives people into hallucinatory insanity that causes them to commit hideous acts of murder just by ''thinking'' of his name.

* Parrot Joke: A burglar has broken into a house and starts looking for valuables. Suddenly, he hears a voice: "I can see you and so does UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}!" He waves his flashlight around, but can't see anyone. Again, the voice says: "I can see you and so does Jesus!" Then he sees a birdcage with a parrot in it.
-->'''Burglar:''' Damn, you scared me! Who the hell are you?\\
'''Parrot:''' Gilbert.\\
'''Burglar:''' What idiot names a parrot Gilbert?\\
'''Parrot:''' The same idiot who named the rottweiler "Jesus".

* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', Ward intentionally invokes this by calling the fierce stallion he inherited from his father (who ''died'' through the horse's fault) "Pansy". However, as Pansy was only a frightened horse, and aggressive mainly due to the abuse at it's former owner's hands, not evil, Ward eventually manages to make the name more fitting.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'', the entrance to the tunnel leading to the titular stone is guarded by a giant, slobbering [[Myth/ClassicalMythology three-headed dog]] named Fluffy, which [[FluffyTamer Hagrid]] got from ''a Greek chappie''.
** Other similarly terrifying creatures with cutesy names appear throughout the series; Hagrid has a tendency to treat dangerous supernatural creatures as if they were fluffy little housepets. He's half-giant, and they usually respond quite well to such treatment. The more dangerous the animal, the cuter the name. See Norbert the dragon.
** One of these pets, unfortunately, was a subversion, and is what got him expelled, originally, as revealed in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets The Chamber of Secrets]]''. As a student, he kept a blind [[GiantSpider Acromantula]] named Aragog (not a cute name at all) which was blamed for being Slytherin's Monster. (Actually, Tom Riddle simply [[FrameUp shifted the blame]] to Aragog to draw attention from the true Monster, the Basilisk; ironically, spiders are ''terrified'' of the Basilisk). Hagrid later helped it escape to the Forbidden Forest; still, Aragog may have caused a disaster even if this ''didn't'' happen. When Harry, Ron went to ask it for advice in ''Chamber of Secrets'', it told them what it knew, but had no qualms about trying to attack them with the intent to feed them to its offspring afterwards.
** On the other hand, [[DeathbringerTheAdorable he named his extremely friendly but cowardly sissy dog Fang.]]
* Myth/RobinHood's best friend is the hulking muscleman John Little, who goes by the nickname "Little John". He's ''not'' a guy you mess with.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** [[TheGrimReaper Death]] rides a pale horse, and it is named ''Binky''. Although it is just a regular horse (albeit an impressive, incredibly intelligent one).
** And then there's Errol the swamp dragon. He may not be particularly terrifying, but he ''will'' melt a hole in your floor. Discworld dragon digestion is... volatile.
** One of ThoseTwoBadGuys in ''Discworld/TheTruth'' is a gentleman named Mr. Tulip. He's the rather large ImplacableMan with [[HiddenDepths an inexplicable eye for art]] who keeps snorting [[BeatBag all those household solvents he's mistaken for drugs]].
** In ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'' Mr. Teatime, a man who planned the death of the Hogfather, the Discworld's Santa Claus stand-in, embodies this trope to the point where [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY his name is pronounced in an affected, fluffier flourish,]] and his mere presence unnerves even the Assassins Guild.
** Adora Belle Dearhart. Despite her cutesy name - which she hates - she chainsmokes, prefers golems to people, has a ''very'' dry sense of humour, and can do nasty things to your feet with her stilettos.
** Combined with RedBaron, [[Discworld/{{Jingo}} 71-hour Ahmed.]] Sounds lame for a ''nom de guerre.'' [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Not so funny]] when you consider the D'reg's SacredHospitality culture, where even hardened mass murderer would follow it to the letter. But not this guy.
* An EmpathicWeapon sort-of example from ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'': The owner of the Great Weapon Godslayer thinks that its/her name is melodramatic and instead calls her by the name of the person whose personality she has (from eating her soul, no less). Thus, we get a magical knife that can and does destroy souls entirely accidentally, eliminates magical effects, and was designed to kill the Demon Goddess Verra (who, despite the title, is not a villain, exactly)... and it's referred to as [[spoiler:Lady Teldra]].
* One of the major plots in ''Literature/TheDiamondAge'' revolves about a Chinese crime lord suspected to deal in child trafficking, [[spoiler:but he is actually 'rescuing' tens of thousands of abandoned baby girls and raising them in secret over many years, with heavy use of nano technology, to be an army of {{Tyke Bomb}}s]]. As the Chinese love to give flowery names to things, he calls them the Mouse Army. Even [[spoiler:with some at the age of twelve]] they become the largest and by far strongest army in the civil war.
* The AntiHero protagonist of the ''Burke'' novels by Creator/AndrewVachss has a hulking Neapolitan mastiff named Pansy. This is intentional as authorities are automatically suspicious of dogs with names like 'Killer' or 'Satan,' and tough guys are reluctant to report that they were savaged by a dog named 'Pansy.'
* In the ancient Roman novel ''The Satyricon'', one character has a hulking watchdog whose name translates as "Puppy" and apparently, this was a joke also found in some earlier satirical works. This makes this trope OlderThanFeudalism.
* A side character in one of the ''Literature/MyTeacherIsAnAlien'' books is an astonishingly huge alien that takes up the better portion of a house. He is called Big Julie by the protagonists, [[TheUnpronounceable the only portion of his true name they are able to figure out]]. This appears to be a ShoutOut to "Big Julie," a mobster character from ''Theatre/GuysAndDolls''. To give an idea of Big Julie's proportions, the only thing the characters ever see of him is a gigantic eyeball filling up a doorway into the part of the house he inhabits. When the aliens vacate the house, they extract him by cutting him into bits, beaming those aboard their spacecraft, and putting him back together.
* The [[TheMenInBlack Orphan Disposal Agency]] in Sean Cullen's ''Literature/HamishX'' series are led by [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Mr. Candy and Mr. Sweet]]. All the other agents we see [[ThemeNaming keep this in mind.]]
* In ''Literature/GoodOmens'', by Creator/TerryPratchett and Creator/NeilGaiman, Adam, the young man who is fated to [[spoiler:become the anti-Christ]] names his dog "Dog." Dog, however, is [[spoiler:a hell hound.]] This slowly [[spoiler: becomes a subverted trope when Dog becomes as harmless and friendly as his name suggests, ''because'' this is his name]].
* In ''Hiero's Journey'' and ''The Unforsaken Hiero'', Hiero's morse (a giant, combat-trained, mutant moose/riding animal) is named "Klootz." During one fight, it caves in the skull of an equally-large mutant bear with one kick.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** The series features Harry's massive, evil-hunter mastiff/dog-a-saurus cross [[spoiler:and is actually a Foo dog, which is so reliable in its abilities that his glare could be used as evidence in the highest White Council courts]] named "Mouse", whose bark can send shocks through multiple dimensions. Dresden describes this as 'every cell of his body flinching' or something like that. It also scares the ectoplasmic piss out of every other supernatural being in the local vicinity. He also survived a hit from a speeding van and was only mildly inconvenienced at worst by a gunshot wound. Unless there's danger present, he's just a BigFriendlyDog. The dog is far smarter than a human, and in ''Changes'', we find he considers the ultra-powerful wizard Harry HIS familiar. In Dresden's defense, Mouse's name was appropriate back when he was a puppy small enough to fit in Dresden's coat pocket. Mouse just literally outgrew his name. In ''Literature/SkinGame'', Hades explains the etymology of his own dog's name to Harry, and uses it as a point of comparison between the two of them. They're wardens of immense supernatural prisons, and they give their super-powered pets cute names.
** In ''Literature/PeaceTalks'', Harry names [[spoiler:his spirit daughter]], who nearly killed him [[spoiler:by being born]] "Bonnie". Unfortunately, we never get to see how her [[FallenAngel mom]] would have reacted to this.
* In Creator/JohnRingo's ''Literature/LegacyOfTheAldenata'' there is a supertank the size of a city block that shoots rocket sized shells with an anti-matter core that's named "Bun Bun." On the other hand it is named after ''[[Webcomic/SluggyFreelance that]]'' [[KillerRabbit Bun Bun]].
* Shaggydog, a vicious dire wolf, from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', who had the misfortune to be named by a three-year-old. It's actually one of the most feral of all the dire wolves... which makes sense, as the young Rickon has turned somewhat feral himself due to lack of parental supervision.
* In Hannah Tinti's ''The Good Thief,'' Ren becomes pals with a man named Dolly, whom he meets under [[BuriedAlive unpleasant circumstances]]. Somewhat inconveniently for all concerned, Dolly is a murderer-for-hire who has no qualms whatsoever about his profession.
* The titular "kittons" of Creator/CordwainerSmith's "Mother Hitton's Littul Kittons" are not very nice at all, and kept heavily sedated to avoid ... accidents.
* The Master-Shark from the ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series, Ed'rashtekaresket, is quickly dubbed "Ed" by one of the wizards.
* Most warships built by Literature/TheCulture. In fact, most ships built by the Culture. Becomes a plot point and a sign of how the Culture Minds think. Take ''[[GreyAndGrayMorality Grey Matter]]'': a semi-serious joke about how diplomacy and politics is often... yeah, you get it. But, that's ''not'' what other Culture Minds call the officially renegade ''Grey Matter'' in or on anything official. [[spoiler: Try the more indicative ''"Meatfucker"'' -- for its interest in all things genocide, warfare and torture... and, how much they don't rate this.]]
* Kumiko's enormous London bodyguard in Creator/WilliamGibson's ''Literature/MonaLisaOverdrive''
--> "My name, you see," he said, as though this would immediately reassure her, "is Petal."
* ''Literature/TheDemonata'': Gregor. The [[BigCreepyCrawlies giant]] [[OurDemonsAreDifferent cockroach]]. That kills children and eats people while they're still alive. The name is actually a reference to ''The Metamorphosis'' by Creator/FranzKafka, proving that Lord Loss at least has a sense of humour.
* Betsy's dancing bear, Petunia, from ''Literature/TheWhippingBoy''.
* Ayla from the ''Literature/EarthsChildren'' series of novels set in the last ice age has a gigantic cave lion pet named Baby.
* Literature/TortallUniverse:
** Keladry of Mindelan has a bad-tempered scarred [[HorsingAround gelding with a mean streak]]. He's a small warhorse who is (eventually) trained out of biting people for no reason, but is still worth a squad in combat. After he catches a would-be horse thief's arm in his mouth, Kel tries to dissuade the man by saying "He's not for sale or for stealing. He'll kill you. He's killed men before, he doesn't seem to find it difficult." The horse's name is Peachblossom.
** Kitten the dragon (though her "real" name is Skysong). She's a fairly nice dragon, but she is rather badass.
* Dally Rumpe, the BigBad of ''Literature/TheWitchesOfBailiwick''. A powerful, cackling. usurping sorcerer. Named ''[[UnfortunateNames Dally Rumpe]]''.
* Non-animal example, the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' spaceship the HMS ''Hexapuma'', named for the apex predator of his home world, is referred to by its crew as the ''Nasty Kitty.'' The crews of various space navies have a tendency to give cutesy nicknames to warships that could de-populate a small planet.
* One of the titular genetically-engineered, fanged, clawed, fast-moving, intelligent, bloodthirsty, and very, very hungry creatures in the novel ''Ancestor'' by Scott Sigler is referred to in the narration as "Baby [=McButters=]." (She was born from an ordinary cow whom one of the human characters named Molly [=McButters=]).
* In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/TheStarBeast'', the eponymous critter is called Lummox. Admittedly, 'he' wasn't too impressive ... until after that time he ate a Buick....
* ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians''
** There's Mrs. O'Leary the hellhound.
** Also, Percy calls the Ophiotaurus Bessie....which, while cute, is a monster capable of destroying the gods
** And Percy, after seeing the monster Typhon, hopes that he is instead 'Our giant friend, Leroy'
* ''Literature/ADirtyJob'' by Christopher Moore, has the protagonist become the owner of a pair of hellhounds. He finds on their collars the names "Alvin" and "Mohammed".
* This appears in the 2nd book of the ''Literature/MonsterHunterInternational'' series. One of the protagonists reveals that, years ago as a child, she befriended a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoggoth Shoggoth]], a horrible creature originating from the Cthulhu mythos. She named the creature Mr. Trash Bags and it became friendly with her, probably because she didn't treat it like a monster. It eventually came to care for her and fought to protect her even though she's an adult now. Still, the creature is every bit as horrifying as it was described originally and it's primary goals are killing and [[EatenAlive eating people]].
* In ''[[Literature/TheAvatarChronicles Epic]]'' by Conor Kostick, Injeborg names a guard dog "Bouncy".
-->"Bouncy?" B.E. groaned with disgust. "Inny, it's an ethereal guard dog. It can detect astral projections and ethereal walkers, let alone invisible and hidden creatures. It can savage a troll single-handedly, and you've called it ''Bouncy''?"
* ''Literature/StarshipTroopers'': One of Rico's squadmates is a man nicknamed "Kitten". "Kitten" is an all-round NiceGuy, but he is also a fully trained Mobile Infantryman, and fully capable of killing someone in twenty ways without breaking a sweat.
* In ''Literature/TheDeedOfPaksenarrion'', Paksenarrion rides a huge black warhorse, which she recieved as part-payment for a job. The horse will gladly kick and bite anything, and is considered unmanageable by the setting's best horsemen. She calls him Socks.
* In ''Literature/LifeOfPi'', due to a mix-up at its arrival, the [[PantheraAwesome Bengal tiger]] earned the name "Richard Parker", the name of the hunter who actually caught him. The hunter's name on the application was listed as "Thirsty (the intended name of the tiger) None-Given".
* ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' has the dictator, a UsefulNotes/JosefStalin [[NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed stand-in]] named "Big Brother."
* Zig-zagged in ''Literature/{{Temeraire}}''. Most dragons are given impressive Latin names[[note]](in the case of the smallest of them, [[DeathbringerTheAdorable sometimes excessively so]])[[/note]]. However, Captain Harcourt's egg hatched unexpectedly early, so she had nothing prepared... leading to her dubbing her huge acid-spitting dragon Lily. Lily is just about the sweetest and most gentle character in the series, but she is also a twenty-ton, combat-trained, acid-spitting dragon.
* ''Literature/{{Idlewild}}'': What do you call a humanoid with bat wings, claws, and no face? Popeye.
* Lizzie is attacked by a mechanical hyena named Tansy in ''Literature/SpiderCircus''.
* ''Literature/TheLongEarth'' series has humanoid BloodKnight wolf-like creatures called ... Beagles. Each with names like Snowy and Li-Li.
* ''Literature/PenrynAndTheEndOfDays'':
** The highly dangerous, crafty spymasters who seemingly got their eyes (and hands) just about everywhere? Their names are Tweedledee and Tweedledum.
** Pooky Bear, the extremely mighty archangel sword who has only got two equals in all the worlds.
* During one of the ''Literature/GiveYourselfGoosebumps'' books, you might find yourself in front of a crossroads that splits into a road to safety and one to doom. If the one you chose turns into a living snake and is guarded by a huge talking scorpion... Congratulations! You made it to the ''Serpent Safeway''! The scorpion acknowledges that most people entering think they are in the doom path at first.
* In Victor Milán's ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'', Snowflake is rather small - for a Tyrannosaurus rex. He's the feared battle-mount of Duke Falk von Hornberg, and named for his albino colouration.
* ''Literature/RainbowSix'': Rainbow sounds like a nice peaceful thing.. . but in this case it's a multinational elite-of-the-elite special forces anti-terrorist team.
* ''Literature/{{Hoot}}'': Leroy "Curly" Branitt hires a set of [[AngryGuardDog Rottweilers]] to (unsuccessfully) guard the construction site he's in charge of. Three are named Max, Klaus and Karl. The last one is this trope - his name is "Pookie Face".
* ''{{Literature/Redwall}}'': ''The Long Patrol'' has Lady Cregga Rose Eyes. Sounds like a cutesy name, right? Except it's applied to a badger, the single biggest, toughest species in the books (in the entire series, the only creature that could truly match one in a fight is a ''wolverine''), who almost universally suffer from the Bloodwrath, which gives them scarlet GlowingEyesOfDoom and turns them into unstoppable berserk juggernauts when it seizes them. Lady Cregga's bloodwrath, by contrast, is ''always on''.
* One of the most competent and dangerous late additions to Skeeve's associates in ''Literature/MythAdventures'' is Aahz's cousin, an alert, agile, and highly-professional bodyguard/mercenary who floors Guido with one blow upon first encountering him. As a Pervect, this lethal individual's real name is quite long, but for short she goes by ''Pookie''.
* Most of the villains in ''Literature/WarriorCats'' have ObviouslyEvil names like "Scourge" and "Clawface". The BigBad of ''Yellowfang's Secret'' is a tom-cat named "Marmalade", which means nothing to cats but is cutesy-sounding to readers. The main villain of ''Crookedstar's Prophecy'' is a she-cat with the unassuming and sweet sounding name of "Mapleshade", who also happens to be [[TheDreaded one of the most feared cats in the series]].
* ''Literature/{{Aeon 14}}'': The colony ship ''Intrepid'' carries the most advanced and powerful multi-nodal ArtificialIntelligence ever constructed, a computer personality so powerful that can he actually predict the future to a limited extent. His name? Bob.

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* Kittycat the lion from ''Series/TheAddamsFamily''. It seemed harmless (at least it never hurt anyone).
* In ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'':
** When Drake is sent to remedial English, one of the other students there has a big, intimidating Rottweiler named Cuddles.
** In the episode with the bratty child actor; she has a big and brutish bodyguard named Citrus.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Each Stark child receives a pup that quickly becomes a full-grown direwolf capable of tearing out throats and more than willing to savage anyone who threatens their masters. Robb, Arya, and Jon Snow go for fittingly impressive names but Sansa, Bran, and Rickon name theirs Lady, Summer, and Shaggydog respectively.
* Spot the dragon from ''Series/TheMunsters'' (never seen in full).
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E7TheLongGame "The Long Game"]] has the [[OverlyLongName Mighty Jagrafess of the Holy Hadrojassic Maxarodenfoe]]. The Editor of Satellite 5 prefers to call him Max, as it's less of a mouthful.
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E2TheHappinessPatrol The Happiness Patrol]]" gave us Helen A's vicious and downright ugly pet Stigorax called Fifi.
** The First Doctor's companion Vicki names a couple of her "pets" -- "Sandy" (a "sand beast" that looks like a horrible googly-eyed crocodile) and "Zombo" (a Zarbi, an eight-foot-long ant monster). The former is a subversion, since despite his appearance he's actually a harmless herbivore.
** Neither "River Song" nor "Melody Pond" are names that would strike terror into the hearts of sentient beings... unless they had heard of the woman who wields both names.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E7TheZygonInvasion "The Zygon Invasion"]] introduces us to the cold-blooded leader of group of insurgent aliens willing to start a war on earth. She orders people killed. She organizes murders. And her name is ... Bonnie? (Even the Doctor rejects that, choosing to call her "Zygella" instead.)
* In ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'', misfit henchman Elgar is threatened with being made to play with Scrudley, a never-explicitly-seen monster.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Buffy Summers, the Vampire Slayer. She's a tiny blonde who routinely breaks necks, chops off heads, ''[[GroinAttack slices priest's goods off]]'', and does other things most men named Jed or Dirk would shudder at. This is lampshaded when Wishverse Vampire Xander says "Someone has to talk to her people. That name is striking fear in nobody's hearts." Even her allies can't quite believe it:
--->'''Ancient Guardian:''' What's Your name?\\
'''Buffy:''' Buffy.\\
'''Ancient Guardian:''' No, really?
** Darla. It's such a sweet-sounding name.
** Glory.
** "Series/{{Angel}}" too, for that matter (it's a shortened version of [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Angelus]], specifically chosen to be an ironic name). However poet-turned-vampire William Pratt specifically takes the name "Spike" to avert this trope, after Angelus tells him that "Willie" doesn't strike the right note of terror.
* Tibbles from ''Series/ICarly'', the pooch of Fred/Lucas, described by Freddie as being either a large dog or a small bear.
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'':
** You knew the child [[WellExcuseMePrincess princess]] was going to be trouble the second you found out her name was "Harmony." She didn't disappoint.
** Also in ''[[Series/StargateAtlantis Atlantis]]'', Colonel Sheppard routinely names the big scary [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Space Vampires]] things like "Bob", "Steve", etc.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'':
** [[GenderBlenderName Jayne]], TheBigGuy of the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' crew, is a human example, and he's named his {{BFG}} ''[[ICallItVera Vera]]''.
** Also, the single most dangerous, violent, and destructive member of the crew has the gentle, pastoral name of [[WaifFu River]].
** And naming the ship ''Serenity''? Not remotely as comforting as it sounds.
* In one ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' episode, Bennett names a sleeper assassin program "Puppies."
* "Jayne" is also the title character from ''Series/TheComicStripPresents: Mr Jolly Lives Next Door'' - he's a hitman.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Life}}'' had a suspect talking about his cat "Fluffy." When Crews returns later, he encounters Fluffy, who happens to be a tiger.
* In the episode of ''Series/MythBusters'' that dealt with the Hindenburg, the BStory involved the build team annoying some crocodiles, and at one point they were introduced to the three most ornery crocs at the farm where they filmed: Fluffy, Skipper and Bob.
* Series/{{Torchwood}} keeps a Weevil, one of the [[MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily man-eating]] [[AliensInCardiff local aliens]], in their ElaborateUndergroundBase. Her name is Janet (Jack was going to call her Barbara, but it just didn't suit her).
* One episode of ''Series/{{Hustle}}'' had a scary-ass ImplacableMan named Pinky Byrne.
* Inverted in an episode of ''Series/EmptyNest'' where a small lost dog charms the Weston family while destroying the household and the larger family dog Dreyfuss getting the blame. When the real owner appears, he explains to Harry Weston what the little bastard really is and calls him the appropriately named "Satan".
* Twinkles the [[MegaNeko monstrous kitten]] in ''Series/TheGoodies''.
* The unspeakably frightening [[BigBad main villain]] of ''Series/TwinPeaks'' is a demon who likes to [[DemonicPossession possess people]] and turn them into {{serial killer}}s who murder and rape the people they love. His name is Bob. Or actually BOB. It's spelled in all caps.
* On ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' there are quite a few more grotesque looking monsters. The biggest one, 9 feet tall, shaggy, with fangs and beastly strong is named.... Sweetums. Sweetums usually plays characters that really ''are'' pretty friendly, once you get past their appearance. In the original ''Muppet Movie'', Sweetums was referred to as "Jack", though he explains "Jack not name, jack job!": He ''lifts cars'' for a living.
* ''Series/TheWire'':
** The street names for many hardened Baltimore criminals are pretty unassuming, such as "Cheese" and "Peanut."
** Major Colvin is a tough veteran of the police force whose nickname is "Bunny."
* On ''Series/RobotWars'' several of the fighting machines had rather innocuous names, like Wheely Big Cheese (a large yellow wedge capable of hurling a robot over ten feet through the air) or Pussycat (a robot with a whirling blade capable of slicing through armour with ease). Most notably was the robot ''actually'' called Fluffy, which had a double-bladed whirling axe on the front capable of tearing giant chunks out of opponents.
* In the ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps", Shirley's story includes the Dean as the devil telling the study group that they will meet Pilates, a demon that eats genitals.
* Halfway through season 3 of ''Series/PersonOfInterest'', an {{artificial intelligence}} called [[GoodSamaritan Samaritan]] is introduced into the storyline. It comes fully online at the end of the season, [[AIIsACrapshoot completely immoral, with no compunctions about killing others for its own gain or survival]], and [[BigBrotherIsWatching no restrictions on who can utilize its near-omnipresent surveillance]], in complete contrast to the {{black box}}ed [[BenevolentAI Machine]].
* In the final episode of the original ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'', we are introduced to Ultraman's superior officer, a warrior so powerful he is later revealed to have annihilated multiple alien invasions singlehandedly. His name...is ''Zoffy''.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' had a scientist genetically engineer a microscopic organism that ate radiation. It ended up growing into a creature that was a direct nod to ''Film/TheBlob1958''. It was referred to as his "pet", as in "pet project". Its name? Spot, as in "spot remover".
* [[ScaryBlackMan Loki Hayes]] from ''Series/SantaClaritaDiet'' is a scary gangbanger wanted for larceny, homicide, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking impersonating a forest ranger.]] His pet is a six-foot banana python named "Baby." Subverted somewhat in that Baby is a rescue, and [[GentleGiant looks much scarier than he really is]] [[SnakesAreSinister by virtue of being a snake.]]
* In ''Series/{{Lexx}}'' Cluster Lizards are 10 foot long vicious carnivorous worms. The pilot movies had a baby one affectionately named "Squish".

* In Devin Townsend's concept album "Ziltoid The Omniscient," the Sixth Dimensional Planet Smasher is named... Herman. He hates musicals.

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* The FairFolk was one of the older names for fairies. The name is deliberately ironic; they were anything but fair, but calling them by more accurate names might draw their ire.
* Cerberus is the three-headed {{hellhound}} who guards TheUnderworld in Myth/ClassicalMythology. One theory for his name's origin is the root Indo-European word ''ḱerberos'', "spotted." This would mean that Hades, Lord of the Underworld, named his dog "Spot."
* In Basque mythology, the almighty snake-god of [[ShockAndAwe lightning]] is called... ''Sugar''. It's more a case of InMyLanguageThatSoundsLike though, since this will only sounds funny to English speakers.
* One of the most menacing figures in Aztec mythology is the WarGod Huitzilopochtli. He's known for having killed most of his 400 siblings shortly after being born and a lot of Aztec human sacrifices were dedicated to him. His name means "Left-Handed Hummingbird".

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'' the fringe religion of ''The Blood of Vol'' has many sub-organizations like the "Crimson Covenant," the "Order of the Emerald Claw," the "Hornblade Clan," or the "Keepers of Blood". And then there's the much more happy-sounding ''"Cult of Life."'' Yes, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast you should start running now]].
* ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' contains a lot of [[SuperFunHappyThingOfDoom fun]]. The Old Xoblob Shop (Waterdeep) has a bouncer named Guraim the Gentle Persuader, also useful as a rack for candles. It's an iron {{golem}}.
* Not to be outdone, ''TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}}'' has, in increasing order of fearsomeness, the Giant Space Hamster, the Armor-Plated Giant Space Hamster, the [[RunningGag Carnivorous Flying Giant Space Hamster]], [[OverlyLongGag Fire-Breathing Phase Doppleganger Space Hamster]], [[UpToEleven Tyrannohamsterus Rex]], and, of course, [[NamesToRunAwayFrom Wooly Rupert]].
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'': "To the camp, it was a fierce and loyal protector. To the sentry's youngest daughter, it would always be her Wuv Muffin." - Flavor text for [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?name=Patrol%20Hound Patrol Hound]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Munchkin}}'', any piece of equipment can be an [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom "x ...OF DOOM"]] with the right bonus card attached. This occasionally results in a player toting around a Cute Shoulder Dragon...OF DOOM.
* The sample characters in ''TabletopGame/{{Toon}}'' include The Crusher, [[DeathbringerTheAdorable a two-foot tall little green man with a meek voice who nevertheless makes the ground shake when he walks]]. He's not an example of this trope, but his enforcer is, a hulking alien brute with the unassuming name of Percy.
* ''TabletopGame/MutantChronicles'':
** The Prophet of the Great Darkness, the Harbinger of Doom, the only human to carry an unholy Skalak sword and the only individual the followers of all five Dark Apostles respect is named... Billy.
** The early editions have Bauhaus' Quality Control agents. They do exactly what it sounds like; track down people who are selling substandard goods under the Bauhaus brand. What is rarely mentioned is that people who abuse Bauhaus' good name and reputation in that way tend to die, in very public, painful and messy ways. [[SeriousBusiness "B is for 'Bauhaus', B is for 'Best'"]], indeed.
* The box art of ''Quarriors! Light vs Dark'' includes a parody "lost pet" poster depicting one of the game's monsters:
-->LOST - Black Cat [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom Of Doom]] - Answers to "Sprinklepuffs" - Last seen around the deepest depths of Hades
* The ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' game has [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Guard_Dog Guard Dog]], a vicious-looking Beast whose name - shown by its doghouse if you look closely - is "Beth".
* ''TabletopGame/{{Malifaux}}'': He is a towering monstrosity of teeth and claws, a literal incarnate nightmare, the most physically imposing creature amongst the Neverborn. His name is Lord Chompy Bits.
* TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} and TabletopGame/Warhammer40000 has the [[AxeCrazy bloodthirsty]] WarGod Khorne, while his name seems intimidating when written down it's actually pronounced corn. This has led to a [[MemeticMutation meme]] about about a cereal called "Khorne Flakes".

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* Several examples at Ride/DisneyThemeParks:
** The 50-foot king cobra inside the ''Ride/IndianaJonesAdventure'' at Disneyland is known as Fluffy to those who work there.
** Along the same lines, the roaring, red-eyed, befanged Yeti on the ''Matterhorn Bobsleds'' is named "Harold".
** To the cast members who work on ''Theatre/{{Fantasmic}}'', the animatronic dragon Maleficent was named "Bucky". Since the upgrade, its name has been changed to "Murphy" as a shout-out to MurphysLaw (the upgraded dragon had some serious operating problems during its first few months).
** The horrifying flaming skeletal ghost starring in the Halloween ''[[Ride/SpaceMountain Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy]]'' overlay is named "Bob".
* Do ''not'' be fooled by the the name of the roller coaster known as "The Smiler" over at [[Ride/AltonTowers Alton Towers]]. Yes, it ''is'' themed after smiling, but for [[GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul a reason that could give you a heart attack more out of fear rather than sweetness]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* As a general rule, any Mons game or any game in which you can summon/breed/create monsters [[HelloInsertNameHere which permit naming individuals]] provides the easy possibility for this, and most players in such a game will, at least once, rename an undead volcano monster "Mr. Splashy".
* ''[[VideoGame/MechWarrior MechWarrior Living Legends]]'' has several, courtesy of the {{In Universe Nickname}}s for many assets. "Mr. Bubbles" is a [[HumongousMecha one hundred ton bipedal tank]] with a [[SkeleBot9000 skull cockpit]], ShouldersOfDoom, and is equipped with ''three'' ten ton [[GatlingGood rotary autocannons]] which can shred anything in the game in seconds.
* In ''VideoGame/TombRaiderLegend'', Amanda has befriended and trained a giant shadowy thing, [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere the origins of which are never explained]], and named it "Fluffy." She taught it to fetch, do tricks and kill Lara. Then again, [[EverythingTryingToKillYou what hasn't?]]
* Several ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games contain a side quest where you need to find/kill a runaway pet named Carrot. Carrot is an absurdly powerful [[DemonicSpider Malboro]].
* There is a Coeurl, a ferocious cat monster from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'' whose name is ''Meow''. It even makes the sound itself.
* An enemy in ''VideoGame/IcewindDale II'' had a pet three-headed chimera named "Precious".
* The Little Sisters in ''VideoGame/BioShock'' affectionately refer to the hulking Big Daddies as "Mr. Bubbles" or "Mr. B." The Big Daddies are [[GentleGiant protective enough]] of the Little Sisters to earn such an affectionate nickname.
* ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'' brings us Elizabeth's bodyguard, a huge mechanical monstrosity with the unimposing name of Songbird.
* Tiny Tiger from the ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'' games, isn't. He is a hulking genetic mutation engineered by Dr. Cortex created to deal with Crash and is a boss of several games in the series.
* The InteractiveFiction game ''VideoGame/{{Wishbringer}}'' features a {{hellhound}} named Alexis. This later received a ShoutOut in ''VideoGame/ReturnToZork'': when you walk into a particular house, you find a dog that looks like a poodle. It's a [=HellHound=]. Her name is Alexis.
* In the ExpansionPack of the ''VideoGame/EmpireAtWar'', [[TheSyndicate The Zann Consortium]] employs Silri, a [[TheBaroness Baroness]] who uses [[BlackMagic Dark Side Powers]] and owns a [[{{Mons}} pet rancor]] named 'Cuddles'.
* In ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII: The Frozen Throne'', Rexxar's huge bear is called Misha, which in Russian is a diminutive form of Mikhail and is the stereotypical name a kid will give their teddy bear (like an American kid calling their bear "Teddy").
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''
** ''World of Warcraft ''incorporates an Fluffy the Terrible with a powerful ghoul named Timmy. This seems to be based on the child Timmy, whom Arthas meets in the first Alliance mission in ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} III'', and who is apparently turned into a ghoul when the Scourge attack a few missions later. However, the ghoul's battle cry of "TIIIIIIIIMMMY!!!!" [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark suggests someone else...]]
** Also, Hunters have the ability to tame 'exotic' pets (the bigger, nastier critters in the game). Guess what trope 90% of people use when naming their new beasts?
** There's also the {{NPC}} Simone the Inconspicuous. Her pet Precious looks like a small wolf at first. However, when she reveals her true form, her pet becomes a huge Fel Hunter named Precious the Devourer.
** The Icecrown Citadel raid has two monstrous [[FleshGolem undead constructs]] shaped like gigantic dogs, one named "Stinky" and the other named "Precious." Precious has a chance to drop a cosmetic [[RealMenWearPink pink shirt]] called "Precious' Ribbon."
** Later on, there's a boss in a Cataclysm dungeon, a giant core hound named Beauty (a [[ShoutOut counterpart to another core hound boss]] called "[[Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast The Beast]]"), with pet smaller core hounds Spot, Lucky and Buster.
** A little gag detail involved a Death Knight named ''Harmony'' who was killed for having a name that went against scourge decency. Still, [[GameplayAndStorySegregation the Lich King won't mind if your Death Knight is named 'Dandelion']]
* ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland'' features a pirate known as Edward "Snugglecakes" Van Helgen.
--> "Mine is the name that pirates fear the most!"
* ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' features a lake monster known as The Hulking Lungfish: A bizarre, mutated, wart-covered, slime-shedding, ten-foot-tall abomination with a deep, echoing voice. Actually, her name is Linda, and she's [[GentleGiant quite friendly]].
* The most menacing-looking character in ''VideoGame/PhantomBrave'' is named "Sprout". He's also [[spoiler:the ''penultimate boss'' of the main game.]]
* From ''[[VideoGame/{{Wizardry}} Wizardry VII: Crusaders of the Dark Savant]]'' comes Spot the dinosaur, a nasty boss fight at the end of the Giant Caves. Especially bad if you aren't expecting it.
** In ''Wizardry 8'', in the Mount of Ascension lives Pee Wee, a ''huge'' golem.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}} Warhead'' one of the nanosuit super soldiers has Cupcake as his call sign. You'll know Cupcake when you see him. He's the one handling the explosives and tanking sniper shots.
* In the ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' series, the badass John [=MacTavish=]; field commander of Task Force 141, composed of the best soldiers America and the Commonwealth has to offer; has the nickname Soap. He got that nickname before he got to that position, but he still had the nickname while he was a new member of the SAS. The rest of the Task Force has some pretty cool callsigns, but there are some much lesser ones, such as: Cherub, Meat, Taco, Scarecrow, Peasant, Worm, and Driver. While fighting through the streets of Washington in ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare2'', you are supported by "Honey Badger", which is an actual animal that makes a perfectly justified name for a heavy armored vehicle with an autocanon that will annihilate anything you point it to.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Achaea}}'', the terrible Kraken that lurks beneath the ocean wave and crushes entire ships is commanded by the sea god Neraeos.
-->'''Neraeos:''' Good kraken, Fluffy.
** And the lurching, undead, murderous Cryptbeast of Thera is affectionately known to experienced players as "Bianca".
* In ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'', the cowardly Valuan admiral Alfonso has a war beast named Antonio. Also, Ramirez's massive flagship is called the ''Monoceros.'' Translate that from Greek, and you end up with a ship called the ''Unicorn.''
* The FanNickname for the [[LivingShadow Dark Servant]] pet in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' actually is 'Fluffy'.
* One of the VictoryPose sketches in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', though admittedly it can be said for any random encounter, fearsome monster or not:
-->'''Luke''': What's that monster called?
-->'''Tear''': Fluffy!
-->'''Luke''': Huh?
-->'''Tear''': I...thought it'd be cute...
** Also in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''
-->'''Raine''': I wonder what the enemy's name was.
-->'''Colette''': I like "Poochy!"
-->'''Raine''': No, dear, I was referring to the species.
* The 3DS Game VideoGame/PetZombies is about [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin raising your own Zombie]]. You can invoke this trope by naming your Zombie.
* There is also Bonaparte in ''VideoGame/SuikodenII'', a rather small ... thing which can suddenly grow in size and swallow your party members or enemies. In truth, though, if something is named after UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte it's quite reasonable to be intimidated...
* The ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series features a hired assassin named "Shelly de Killer", named as such [[{{Woolseyism}} to match with the seashell motif of his calling card]].
* Kitaniji, the conductor from ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou''. He wears black, has several KickTheDog moments with [[TheEmpath Neku]], wants to mass-brainwash... and has the given name "Megumi". A GIRLS name. The agressive variant of the [[MetalSlime Pig-Noise]] could count as well.
* The SS Tea Cup guard and one of Captain Syrup's most important soldiers in ''VideoGame/WarioLand 1'' and ''2'' is called Bobo. And this is a creature that looks like a cross between a crow and a dragon, that happens to be bigger than a car in the original game.
* ''[[VideoGame/MetalSlug Metal Slug 3]]'' has giant monstrous eels named Helen, Linda, Jenny, and Barbie.
* DOG in ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' is a multi-ton apelike robot that can [[CarFu throw cars]] and tear Striders apart with its bare hands... and it's equipped with a personality of a [[CaptainObvious dog]]: Playful, protective and affectionate towards Alyx Vance and her allies.
* ''VideoGame/{{Dragonfable}}'' has Fluffy as the name of the ''BigBad's'' undead dragon. There's also the doom kitten. the one who looks like a kitten but is really an evil summoner of the undead
* One can easily invoke this trope in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' when naming your badass Mabari Warhound. One the game's writers dubbed it "Rabbit". ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' went with "Barkspawn". It's almost certain that some fans have actually named it "Fluffy" at one point.
** The name of the Fifth Blight's Archdemon is Urthemiel, the former Old God of Beauty.
** "Barkspawn" became an AscendedMeme in ''The Darkspawn Chronicles'' {{DLC}}, wherein Alistair gave him that name.
* Canon example in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' where a young couple in Crestwood allude to spiders in the caves. Turns out they're serious, a ''giant'' GiantSpider is hiding there, vicious, albino, more crop up in ''The Descent.'' It's called Snowball.
* ''VideoGame/{{Drakan}}: Order of the Flame'' leaves this one to the player's imagination - while you never get to encounter its owner, there's a weapon hidden in a cave in the Wartok Canyons level called "John the Monster's Axe" (and given the kind of world ''Drakan'' is and what kinds of enemies are encountered, there's no telling what kind of ''Monster'' this John is).
* The moat monster in ''VideoGame/AVampyreStory'' is called Inky.
* One of the most fearsome [[SpacePirates Space Pirates]] in ''VideoGame/TachyonTheFringe'' is Redship ''Rory''. Jake, being voiced by Creator/BruceCampbell, can't help but make fun of the name the first time they meet (as much as an encounter in space counts as a meeting). Rory doesn't appreciate the humor and sends his {{Mook}}s to kill the hero.
* The BigBad of ''VideoGame/DeathSmiles'' is a CorruptCorporateExecutive turned wizard who was stranded in Gilverado and is trying to get back to the real world, and doesn't care if he has to open hundreds of portals to the demon world to do it. His name? Jitterbug.
* Any of the monstrous Summoned Beasts and Demons that hang out around FluffyTamer Keen in ''VideoGame/FallFromHeaven''. This includes a vicious Imp she named 'Puppy', and a towering, sulphur-smelling, horned Balorg called 'Giggles'.
* In ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureACrackInTime'', an EldritchAbomination ally summoned by the Rift Ripper 5000 is known as Fred.
* The third season of the ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'' games introduced the most horrible and fearsome of the [[EldritchAbomination elder gods,]] whose birthing wails shattered the great continent of Pangaea. His name...is ''Junior.''
* In ''VideoGame/MegaManLegends'', the Bonnes have collaborated to create the ultimate killing machine and Mega Man's greatest challenge yet: Bruno!
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'', there's the helpful [[http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Mister_Handy Mr. Handy]]. Such a cute little explosive robot, yes he is.
** [[http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Tabitha Tabitha]] the super mutant, from ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''. Nothing looks less like a "Tabitha". During his stint as a prisoner of Tabitha's, Raul took to nicknaming a supermutant who wanted him to fix up his toy car "Cuddles".
** In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', everyone stays well away from the old pond where Swan lives. [[spoiler:Swan is a massive, freakishly powerful, and incredibly resilient ''Super Mutant Behemoth'' who wears a swan boat as armor.]]
** Also in Fallout 4, this line from [[DeadpanSnarker Deacon]]:
-->'''Deacon''': Sure, when you want to take in a stray, we do it. And when I want my own pet Deathclaw named Fluffy, it's all "''Nooo''"! [[note]]Of course, as of the Wasteland Workshop DLC, he can now have as many Fluffies as he wants.[[/note]]
* In the Nazi Zombies storyline of ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty: World At War'', the first ever hellhound is named Fluffy.
* ''VideoGame/DeadRising2'' has a psychopath fight against a hungry tiger, lovingly named Snowflake by her trainer. Played straight at first, but can be somewhat subverted if you [[FluffyTamer tame her.]]
* The bosses in ''VideoGame/{{Darius}}'' are giant, heavily-armed mechanical fish with frequently silly names like "Little Stripes", "Fatty Glutton", and "My Home Daddy".
* The head demons in ''VideoGame/ShadowsOfTheDamned'' are grotesque abominations which can rip you apart in seconds. They have names like George, Christopher, and for the King of Demons himself, ''Fleming.''
* The player character of ''[[VideoGame/AceCombat04ShatteredSkies Ace Combat 4]]'', Mobius One, is often times referred to as "the ribbon" or "the ribbon fighter", after the mobius strip design on his plane's tail. Mobius One is more or less singlehandedly responsible for turning the tide of the war, and in a extra mode in ''Ace Combat 5'', is said to be more effective in combat than a squadron of other pilots.
** In ''[[VideoGame/AceCombat6FiresOfLiberation Ace Combat 6]]'', allied naval warships can play a part in unleashing MacrossMissileMassacre on targets of your choosing. The flagship of the allied navy is "Marigold", a ''Kirov class battlecruiser'' (that is a bigger missile ship than the vaunted AEGIS cruiser).
* In the Cold War simulator ''Theatre Europe'', you have the option to use a massive nuclear strike that will bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. It's called "Fireplan Warm Puppy".
* In ''VideoGame/EternalLands'', there is the Fluffy Rabbit, a ShoutOut to the KillerRabbit in Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail. It looks like an ordinary white rabbit, but actually one of the more powerful creatures in the game.
* Trolls in ''VideoGame/{{Runescape}}'' after named for the first thing they eat, or the sound it made when eating it. It was only a matter of time until a vicious troll warlord named "Pretty flower" came along.
* ''VideoGame/FantasyQuest'': The angry murderous drawf's name is Mr. Snorri "Fruitloop" Throfssonsson.
* The OTAS Venti in the ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'' sounds like something you'd buy at Starbucks. Actually, it's a very deadly SpaceFighter with twin wing-mounted [[GatlingGood gatling lasers]].
* Can be done in ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''. You can even subject [[OlympusMons legendary Pokemon]] to their embarrassing {{Fan Nickname}}s. It helps that many Pokémon evolve into much more scary creatures over time, but start off rather cute, which warrants such nicknames.
* Any series with namable {{Mons}} or summoned monsters can have this.
* Meta example for VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent: The monsters' {{fan nickname}}s [[NightmareRetardant (Mr. Face and Mr. Tall)]], although [[MeaningfulName meaningful]], don't really prepare you for [[BodyHorror their actual appearance]].
* In ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'', the Goddess of Nature Viridi named her troops herself. Since Viridi is physically a small child, this means that her vicious Forces of Nature have names like "[[http://kidicarus.wikia.com/wiki/Hugworm Hugworm]]" and "[[http://kidicarus.wikia.com/wiki/Dibble_Dop Dibble Dop]]". Lampshaded in chapter 22.
--> '''Pit:''' [[http://kidicarus.wikia.com/wiki/Boom_Stomper Boom Stomper]] and [[http://kidicarus.wikia.com/wiki/Bumpety_Bomb Bumpety Bomb,]] eh? You come up with those names yourself?\\
'''Viridi:''' Are you getting smart with me?\\
'''Pit:''' No, I'm just curious.\\
'''Viridi:''' Because I DID come up with those names myself. Aren't they just the cutest?\\
'''Pit:''' Right... Cute.\\
'''Viridi:''' Bumpety Bomb... (laughs) Have you ever heard anything so adorable?
* In ''VideoGame/RustyHearts'', the huge skeletal monster that chases the main characters through the tutorial level is named Fluffy. It shows up again as the real boss of [[TheMaze the Labyrinth]].
* In ''VideoGame/SupremeCommander'' the Cybran Nation have one of their Experimental units called the Monkeylord, a ridiculous name for such an awesome massive SpiderTank with a huge frikin laser on it.
* ''VideoGame/FarCry3'' has Buck, a sadistic hitman [[spoiler:and DepravedHomosexual]]. Shortly after you meet him however, his database entry shows that "Buck" is just a nickname. His real name? ''Bambi''.
** The protagonist himself also counts. Over the course of the game, Jason Brody goes from hapless everyman at the wrong place at the wrong time to TheDreaded amongst the pirates, who refer and know him only as..."Snow White".
* ''VideoGame/FarCry5:'' You can recruit a bear as an AI companion. It is called "Cheeseburger." You also recruit a mountain lion named "Peaches."
* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'', TheDragon of the Sons of Samedi drug syndicate is a ScaryBlackMan with HollywoodVoodoo powers that make him NighInvulnerable and a [[MacheteMayhem very big machete]] that he's not afraid to use at the least provocation. He goes by the name "Mr. Sunshine."
* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'', Pierce's recruitment mission has the Boss saving him from [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever a giant anthropomorphic can of Saints Flow]] named Paul.
--->'''Boss:''' "Paul"? [[LampshadeHanging You named it]] ''[[LampshadeHanging Paul?]]''
* Four of the bosses in ''VideoGame/RaymanOrigins'' are giant monsters that go by the names [[ManEatingPlant Daisy]], [[GiantFlyer Mockingbird]], [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Heartburn]], and [[KrakenAndLeviathan Murray]].
* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' has Annie, a little girl who managed to earn her place in a gladiatorial arena of some of the most powerful fighters and mages in the world. How? She managed to enslave a giant, fire-wreathed shadow bear. She calls him "Mr. Tibbers".
* One of the vehicles in ''VideoGame/JetpackJoyride'' is a green, fire-breathing metallic dragon called "Mr. Cuddles".
* The fourth Boss in ''VideoGame/VolgarrTheViking'', a giant serpent that some believe to be the reincarnation of [[Myth/NorseMythology Jormungandr]], is in fact the cult leader's pet snake "Fluffy".
* In a DLC side mission from ''{{VideoGame/Borderlands 2}}'', Tiny Tina asks you to take her new puppy for a walk. The "puppy" turns out to be a [[EliteMook badass fire skag]] named Enrique.
* The bandit leader in ''VideoGame/{{Phoenotopia}}'' has a pet sand dragon named Bubbles. It even ''looks'' cute, but [[WakeUpCallBoss they don't call them]] "[[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]]" [[NighInvulnerability for nothing]].
* ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII'' features Aava, Lud and Zallen, who all go by the subtitle of the King's Pets (the king being the titular ruler of the ''Crown of the Ivory King'' DownloadableContent). What the players end up encountering are ''massive, ferocious tigers'' with power over ice, and that's just three out of seven according to the lore!
* In the game ''Wrath of the Black Manta'', the player encounters an early boss that takes up most of the screen. His name? Tiny.
* The Bat creature that [[{{Necromancer}} Quan Chi]] commands in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' is called Puggles. It even kills for him.
--> Quan Chi: ''Kill them!''
* ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac'', has the Lamb, a hideously powerful demon and possible FinalBoss; it's head is a ram's skull with an inverted cross carved into it.
* ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar II: Retribution'': One of the boss fights in the game pits you against a gigantic ork battlewagon, a monstrosity combining the best of the War Rigs of Fury Road, a steamroller and a tank, which can crush buildings just by running into them and can only be taken out by getting it to ram ExplodingBarrels at full speed. The orks call it Daisy. [[spoiler:And if playing as the orks, the mek asks the kaptin if they can keep it, exactly as if it were a kid with a dog.]]
* Frank Bowers from ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange'' has an extremely vicious guard dog named Pompidou. Max even comments on how unfitting the name is.
* ''VideoGame/{{Guild Wars 2}}'' has a champion (a creature which could be considered a boss or a mini-boss and is supposed to be taken on by at least a party of players) named Fluffy. A huge aggressive armored fish, which was, according to the official wiki, tamed and named by another hostile champion.
* ''VideoGame/NieR'': Several of the boss shades have names like this.
** The golem-like guardians of the lost shrine? Hansel and Gretel.
** The huge floating eye that [[spoiler:sucks in everyone in the aerie]]? Wendy.
** The unkillable giant boar chasing you through the final dungeon? Goose.
* ''VideoGame/PaperMarioColorSplash'' features a behemothic, rampaging Chain Chomp named Princess. She even sports a ''pink bow''.
* The FinalBoss of ''VideoGame/KirbyPlanetRobobot'' is perhaps the most [[NightmareFuel terrifying]] and [[OmnicidalManiac dangerous]] villain in ''the entire Kirby franchise,'' yet it's name is [[spoiler: [[LightIsNotGood Star Dream-]] more befitting of a [[Franchise/MyLittlePony pony]] or a MagicalGirl than a planet-sized, world-destroying MechanicalAbomination.]]
* ''VideoGame/TheWitcher2AssassinsOfKings'' introduced us to the elite if the Temerian Special Forces, a crack unit which has hunted terrorists in forests, taken castles alone and is generally considered to be the finest non-standard operations unit in existence. Its name? The Blue Stripes.
** In ''VideoGame/TheWitcher3WildHunt'', the antagonist's full name is Eredin Bréacc Glas. Or, translated from Irish, Eredin the Green Trout.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFight'', one of the bosses is named Abigail. He's canonically listed as being 8'0" (244 cm) tall, and weighs 584 pounds (265 kg). [[spoiler: He's a bit of a woobie too, since his name brought him endless amounts of ridicule growing up]]
* In the lore of ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' games, the PhysicalGod Mehrunes Dagon, Daedric Prince of Destruction, is known to the Khajiit CatFolk by a title that translates to "kitten". They argue that it perfectly captures his habit of enthusiastically wrecking everything around him.
* The special Cerberus in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiI'' and ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiII'' is the resident CrutchCharacter who joins the party forty levels above the player. His real name? Pascal. Justified, because he really was a housepet before he fused with a demon.
* [[https://www.reddit.com/r/Minecraft/comments/l9m8m/why_ender_dragons_wont_spawn_in_main_world/c2qxl5z/?context=1 According to]] [[WordOfGod Notch]], creator of ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'', the Ender Dragon that's the huge, powerful FinalBoss of the game who's fought in an EldritchLocation is named "Jean?" ([[SamusIsAGirl yes, she's female]]).

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* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'':
** The Blue team finds a very dangerous alien who teams up with them.
--->'''Caboose:''' OK, gargantuan alien... Now that we've decided to keep you, you need a real name. I vote for "Fluffy".\\
'''Tucker:''' Fluffy?!\\
'''Caboose:''' Fluffy! The alien that only loves!
** He later settles for "Crunchbite", which still isn't all that dangerous sounding.
** In Season 11, Caboose finds an active war robot which he promptly names Freckles.
** And in Season 13, Caboose meets an AI made by the same species "Fluffy" belonged to. He dubs it Santa, and the name both sticks and [[LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand grinds the BGM to a halt.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', while having its share of {{killer rabbit}}s, has a borderline example of this in the form of the large centipede called Fluffy -- it's big compared to a human, but it's large for a bug and considered scary and unpleasant by the humans in the strip. (It's the alien Aylee who considers it cute and gives it the name). Later, all its species get labelled "fluffies".
* Dragoon in ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' has a pet dragon named Muffin - who, like all dragons, he thinks is a parrot. She is also the world's most evil dragon that founded the order of Dragoons to kill all of the other dragons, without them knowing, and then killed all but one of them.
* ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'' has the cutely named Choo-Choo Bear and Twitchy-Hug. The former, while terribly cute, is a shapeshifter, occasionally prone to fits of psychotic and homicidal violence. The latter was quite clearly homicidal. That's OK, though. Choo-Choo Bear had him shot. Then Davan made the remains into an ashtray.
* In ''WebComic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', Dr. McNinja's gorilla receptionist, who is known to take out hunters of giant lumberjacks and go toe-to-toe with velociraptors (named [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Yoshi]]), is named Judy.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** Mr. Scruffy TookALevelInBadass by slaughtering a 1st level commoner - ''with one scratch''.
** Subverted with Little Whiskers the tiger. He's actually less threatening than Mr. Scruffy.
* ''Webcomic/ExterminatusNow'':
** A running joke regarding Virus is his tendency toward pets like this, [[NoodleIncident including a massive combat cyborg he named 'Skippy']], though the only one of these pets to get significant screentime is a Chao that absorbed the DNA of a demonic dog, who he named 'Blasphemy', which is actually quite fitting.
-->'''Eastwood''': The traits you find endearing, most right-thinking people have nightmares about.
** A Patterner cult are summoning a demon named...Kevin.
* Variation: ''Webcomic/{{Lackadaisy}}'' features the "Sunshine Special", a perfectly cheery name for a train, but that's hardly reassuring to Rocky when he's [[ChainedToARailway nailed to its tracks]]. The comic also includes a mob boss named Asa ''Sweet'' and little orange tabby over there who massacres a group of people while laughing maniacally? He's known as ''Freckle'' to his cousin.
* ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'' supplies the page quote, in the form of an Owlbear, [[ColdBloodedTorture tortured]] over months by the guard quoted [[BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil in order to make it a killing machine.]] It works, [[spoiler:but [[http://www.goblinscomic.com/01102008/ not quite in the way]] the guard might have hoped]]. A little later in the comic we're introduced to "Mr. Fingers". [[spoiler: This is a very appropriate name since "Mr. Fingers" is an EldritchAbomination that is composed of pure {{Nightmare Fuel}}ed BodyHorror, [[http://www.goblinscomic.com/05062011/ one head, and unnumberable limbs that end in many-fingered hands]].]] After that, there's Biscuit the Orc. He was named after his favorite food as a child.
* ''Webcomic/SequentialArt'' has [[ShowWithinAShow in-universe]] {{MMORPG}} "[[FictionalCounterpart Realm of Lorcraft]]" where the fearsome beast named Pickles scared everyone. An incredibly frightening and powerful creature is a [[http://www.collectedcurios.com/sequentialart.php?s=261 little, bug-eyed chihuahua-looking]] ''[[KillerRabbit puppy]]'' who can turn himself inside out. (See the start of that storyline [[http://www.collectedcurios.com/sequentialart.php?s=252 right here]]).
* ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'' has the Chief Warlock of the Brothers of Darkness, Lord of the Thirteen Hells, Master of the Bones, Emperor of the Black, Lord of the Undead. His name is Richard. His friends call him "Dick" (at their own risk).
** On later days he's picked up the titles "Lord of the Dance" and "Mistress of Magma" as well. He's also the mayor of a small town up the coast, quite scenic in spring... A small town [[spoiler: of the undead]] that's called "Pretty, Pretty Unicorn." It's a work in progress.
* ''Webcomic/CollegeRoomiesFromHell'' fans know the tentacle goo monster that spawned in the guy's kitchen as 'Mr. Friendly'.
* ''The Scout Report'', a ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' comic, features a hunter detailing the advanced features of her pet in a two-paragraph lecture ending as follows:
-->'''Scout:''' ...he can sneak up behind an orc, rip his throat out, eviscerate the corpse, and pee on the bloody entrails in four point two seconds. I've timed it.\\
'''Dorna:''' That's... nice. What's his name?\\
'''Scout:''' Precious.
* In a now-outdated Penn State in-joke, the first giant monster to appear in ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' was the mighty People-Eating Poly-Sorbate Insectoid: a "P.E.P.S.I." Snookums, in his original [[{{Kaiju}} giant monster]] form would fit this trope as well, except that Snookums is harmless.
* ''Webcomic/AModestDestiny'' has the Vampire Lord Fluffy, [[http://www.squidi.net/comic/amd/view.php?series=amd&ep=2&id=1 whose name was enough to strike fear into the heart of even the most brave]]. He has VillainDecay as a backstory. [[spoiler: The decay is later subverted with a vengeance.]]
* Yuki from ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' gets a pet {{FunSize}}d [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot zombie]] [[{{Kaiju}} 'zilla]]. She names him Zom-Zom-chan and ties all the pieces that fall off him back on with ribbons.
* The title character of ''Webcomic/TheGoodWitch'' is named [[VillainProtagonist Angel]], and her titular role as "the Good Witch" is explicitly to use her powers to help people and do good things. She's a [[TheSociopath self-centered sociopath]] who instead devotes her powers exclusively to making her own life better and amusing herself. Namely by transforming people at random into whatever she thinks would be fun, such as repeatedly {{Gender Bend|er}}ing a specific guy to mess with his head, or converting local kids into clothing for her mother's store. The comic has been described as a DarkerAndEdgier take on ''Webcomic/TheWotch''.
* ''WebComic/LsEmpire'' gives one of the main characters the Ultimate Chimera from ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' as a pet and names it Fluffy.
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'':
** The comic has the former Ob'enn Superfortress starship, the "Post-Dated Check Loan", capable of outgunning whole fleets at full capacity. Its controlling AI has taken the name Petey (as in P.D.). This is in deliberate contrast to the absurdly overdramatic names of most of its race's ships. Incidentally, the next ship the Toughs own is the "Serial Peacemaker", which is a glorified troopship entirely unworthy of its awesome name.
** The Ob'Enn themselves apply, and cross over with DeathbringerTheAdorable. A cute-sounding name for a bunch of sapient koalazoids...who have decided to take up "xenocidal tendencies" as their [[PlanetOfHats hat]].
** Later on, the Toughs encounter a Fleetmind ship named the "Plaited Daisies".
-->'''Tagon''': Oh, there's a nice, peaceful name. I assume it's one of [[spoiler:Petey's]] "Devastator" class warships.\\
'''Ennesby''': Actually, he's dubbed this class "Extortioners".
** T'kkkuts-Afa is the controlling AI of a [[ThatsNoMoon mind-bogglingly vast space station]] who has [[GoMadFromTheIsolation Gone Mad From the Isolation]] - [[TimeAbyss several million years of isolation]], to be exact. In the language of the Oafans, her makers, her name translates figuratively to "Angry God". Literally, however, it translates to the rather unfortunate phrase "Broken Wind." [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness It is testament to how seriously Ennesby takes the confrontation with her]] that he doesn't make a single fart joke.
* In ''Webcomic/LifeWithLamarr'', Magnusson has a T-Rex that can [[FrickinLaserBeams fire laser from its eyes]], called Mr. Nibbles, and a ninja [[VideoGame/HalfLife2 Fast Headcrab]] called Noodles.
* ''Webcomic/{{Housepets}}'' has a gator named Fluffy, with an apparent history of eating other pets.
* The current page image as of June 2012 is Jared and [[FormallyNamedPet Mr. Fish]] the [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Gyarados]] from ''Webcomic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings''. To be fair, Mr. Fish was a Magikarp when Jared named him that, so it is an example of the second case of the "sometimes played with by writers" paragraph.
* Arthur in ''Webcomic/{{Wondermark}}'' was seen riding a [[http://wondermark.com/501/ piranhamoose]] and calling him "Fluffy".
* Bud and Brandi from ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'' have a pet sea monster named Stinky.
* The villain in ''Webcomic/WarriorU'' is a pink unicorn by the name of Hevvin Angelbright. Sure, he's trying to extinguish all life on earth just for the sake of killing (and is living in a den littered with the skulls of his victims), but how can you hate him? ''[[RunningGag A group of unicorns is called a BLESSING!]]''
* ''Webcomic/TheGamerCat'' has the main character angering a big, intimidating cat who later reveals his name as "Sweet". He turns out to be calmer once Glitch invites him to play SuperMario3DWorld. [[spoiler: Sweet choses to play as Peach]].
* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' has the tall and quietly intimidating combat droid named Bubbles. Meanwhile, her employer, a rather ordinary-looking purple robot, is named [[DeathbringerTheAdorable Corpse Witch]].
* Taking into account the powers Beings have in ''Webcomic/ButImACatPerson'', they have the capability to be this.
* Kor'la from ''Webcomic/{{EATATAU}}'' has a pet Great Knarloc he named Lily. For context, Great Knarlocs are T-Rex sized monsters used by the Kroot as beasts of war, and Kor'la says that Lily, who is already that big, is still just a baby.
* Of all the doctors in ''{{Webcomic/Sparklecare}}'', Dr. Cuddles is by far the most aggressive and violent. It's also worth mentioning he's a small pink squirrel.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The infamous SMILE.DOG picture. Its name may conjure up images of a [[PreciousPuppies cute]] retriever or something similar. If anyone is seriously [[SchmuckBait curious]] about the picture, there are links as well as more reliable descriptions of SMILE.DOG on the [[NightmareFuel/TVTropes Nightmare Fuel - TvTropes]] page.
* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', Plushiebunny's second form turns into a horrific monster whose appearance makes many heroes wet themselves in fear.
* ''Script/AHDotComTheSeries'' has Bobo the giant flying tentacled brain and Dave Howery's [[GatlingGood Gatling-cannon-wielding]] Canada-Destroying Mechs, which are all named after ''Series/SesameStreet'' characters.
* ''Literature/TheSalvationWar'' has Yahweh's pet, the first beast of revelations, which is essentially a 200-foot giant leopard with seven heads and ten horns. Its name? Wuffles. The name is practically a throwaway line in Yahweh's court, the humans it was sicced on have yet to identify it other than "ruthless giant killing machine [[spoiler:which it takes aerial bombing and tank fire to kill, ''after'' it smacks Fort Bragg, and at death it was trying to form a portal to crawl away through]]". Then it turns out the Scarlet Beast is named Fluffy. [[spoiler:It, as well as its rider, taste first [[MolotovTruck a truck full of explosives]] driven by a Hamas operative, and later discover the arguments of ''sixteen'' 2000-lb bombs. Both turn out to dislike them ''a lot'']].
* In chapter 9 of ''[[Literature/TheIntercontinentalUnionOfDisgustingCharacters The Intercontinental Proliferation of Disgusting Characters]]'', Peter Perfect's new paladin mount is revealed to be an undead great wyrm gold dragon. He calls her "Fluffball."
* [[http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Commissar_Dan Commissar Dan]], ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' character from [[Website/FourChan /tg/]], has a pet Basilisk (a self-propelled gun, which he [[TooDumbToLive uses as a frontline tank]]) called "Fluffy".
* ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' v4 has Kenny the bear, whose one and only appearance on the island so far is attacking and killing an inactive student. It's heavily implied he used to have human owners who kept him in the cage.
* In the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', several Ultraviolents (students with a penchant for violence and blood) keep a twenty-foot-long flesh-eating demonic worm as a beloved pet. They call it 'Fluffy'.
* From the pages of Website/DeviantArt, we get the [[http://blaze-drag.deviantart.com/gallery/11850169#/d2mfr0r LemonLoaf]]. Most of this guys weapons qualify as {{BFS}}, but he has done some {{BFG}} work as well.
* ''Website/DragonCave'': one dragon species in particular was designed for this. Its release went like this; people picked up eggs with the sweet, unassuming description "This egg is bright. And pink." The hatchlings were sweet, adorable, stood on one leg (and yes, were pink). Alphabetical sort revealed that they began with the letter "f", and everyone was squeeing over the adorable little Flamingo Wyverns. Then they grew up into ferocious, deadly looking (but still pink) monsters that were incredibly violent and territorial.
* In Creator/TeamFourStar's playthrough of ''VideoGame/DragonBallXenoverse'' they chose to name their Majin character Dumplin. By the end of the game he's one of the most powerful beings in the universe and acquired the nickname 'Demon God Dumplin'. [[spoiler: [[WordOfGod He'll eventually become]] [[EldritchAbomination Mr. Popo.]]]]
* In the third episode of ''WebVideo/DontHugMeImScared'', the murderous god that the Love Cult worships is named... Malcolm.
* You'd think that a creature called [[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen/pansyface.htm The Polka-Dotted Pansyface]] would be rather harmless, right? In ''WebOriginal/{{Mortasheen}}'', you'd be very, very wrong.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* On ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** King Bumi's pet "Flopsie" turns out to be a hulking [[MixAndMatchCritters Goat-Gorilla]], though he's actually [[GentleGiant pretty friendly]]. There's also "Foo Foo Cuddly Poops" who actually is small since he is a baby, but will eventually grow up to be a gigantic sabertooth moose-lion.
** Season 3 brings us Sparky Sparky Boom Man, an assassin that shoots explosions from his forehead and works like the freakin' [[ImplacableMan terminator]]. Fortunately, he later gets the more appropriate name of [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Combustion Man]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'':
** In TheMovie, [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick are chased by a [[JustForPun menacing]] bounty hunter named... Dennis.
** One episode has Spongebob buying a friend for Gary and naming him "Puffy Fluffy." Only problem is, this critter ''[[BerserkButton hates]]'' having to share a house with another pet. This provokes Puffy Fluffy into becoming a horrific, hideous monster, almost bordering on EldritchAbomination, with multiple [[Franchise/StarWars Sarlacc-like]] tongues!
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' has Gossamer, the Big Hairy Monster from "Hair-Raising Hare". He also appeared in "Water Water Everyhare" under the slightly more imposing name Rudolf. Anything that invokes images of a red-nosed reindeer necessarily isn't imposing, but Rudolf actually would have been to some a pretty frightening name to hear during UsefulNotes/WorldWarI and [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII II]].
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' had Johnny hatch a dinosaur egg which was accidentally stolen from a museum. What did he name the dinosaur? Mr. Wuggles.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' introduces us to Silkie, a genetically-engineered larva that can chew through steel, has a ravenous appetite, and eventually pupates into what is essentially an animated version of Mothra.
* The Dark Lord Chuckles the Silly Piggy from ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian'' is the living embodiment of both this trope and the KillerRabbit. He's one of the primary villains of the series and a powerful dark wizard, but he not only has that absurd name, he actually '''is''' a small pig.
* The ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' episodes "To Heck and Back" and "Heff in a Handbasket" feature a demon known as Dread Lord Peaches.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' had a soda-worshipping cult leader whose big bruiser was named "Bubbles".
* ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'':
** An episode of the cartoon featured a frightening-looking demon named Rosebud.
** Also the revelation that the real name of The Evil Queen, Pulsating, Bloated, Festering, Sweaty, Pus-filled, Malformed Slug-for-a-Butt was actually "Lucy".
** Bob the [[KillerRabbit Killer Goldfish]] (who's also in the ''Earthworm Jim'' video games).
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', Billy hatches an egg and as a result inadvertently becomes the surrogate father to a hideous giant spider creature named Jeff.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyDucks'':
** One of the one-shot villains had a giant frakkin' snake named Boopsie, in the episode "Beak to the Future".
** In the episode "Baby", the critter of the title is adorable when he hatches, but eating purple power makes him huge, ugly, and mean. But he still likes Nosedive.
* ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'': the Brain's archenemy, who's proven to be just as smart the already superintelligent Brain (as well as more ruthless and insane), is... a hamster named Snowball, whose name could have been a ShoutOut to Creator/GeorgeOrwell's ''Literature/AnimalFarm''.
** Fathering show ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' had Dot's "pet in a box" running gag, where she would offer to show her cutely-named pet that she keeps in a small box to somebody. When the box is opened, out pops a huge and horrible-looking monster.
* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}''; as governor of Florida, Nathan Explosion is given the opportunity to name a powerful hurricane barrelling towards the state, and he dubs it "Scrambles the Deathdealer".
* A subversion, or at least a joke in the same vein: In ''WesternAnimation/QuackPack'', DonaldDuck was captured by an alien race and sentenced to receive 50 lashes with a "wet noodle," which is, in fact, a giant serpent with sharp teeth. Although, it did look something like a flat noodle.
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'': Plucky Duck discovers that Montana Max follows this trope in "Return of the Toxic Revenger":
-->'''Monty:''' Get outta [[NoOSHACompliance my factory]], duck dweeb, or I'll sic my dog Muffin on you!\\
'''Toxic Revenger:''' Oh, be still my heart. I'm gonna be attacked by a little doggie named... Muffin? '''CHOMP'''\\
''[[[HilarityEnsues maim-arity ensues]]]''
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', Grodd has a giant gorilla he calls "Tiny".
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'':
** In the episode "Babel", the rampaging elephant is named Tiffany.
** Likewise, a huge gorilla in "Speak No Evil" prompts this exchange:
--->'''Scientist:''' Fingers!\\
'''Batman:''' ''[incredulous]'' Fingers?\\
'''Scientist:''' My kids named him.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'':
** In the episode "This is Your Wish", Cosmo has a three-headed fire-breathing dragon named Snowball.
** In another episode, a bunch of pirates had crocodiles named "Cuddles" and "Muffin".
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':
** In the episode "The Chronicles of Meap", the bad guy is a sinister, [[DastardlyWhiplash stock-villain-looking]] [[EgomaniacHunter space poacher]] who goes by the name Mitch. "Some of the guys call me Big Mitch."
** L.O.V.E.-M.U.F.F.I.N. member Rodney has a pet piranha named Fluffy.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/MightyMouse'', Oil Can Harry tries to charge an exorbitant insurance premium on Pearl Pureheart's circus, to which Pearl declares "Let's see what Theodore thinks about this!", and Harry replies not being afraid of anyone named "Theodore". When Pearl does call "Theodore", loud thundering footsteps are heard, and the door flings open revealing a huge gorilla who then hurls Harry and Swifty out of Pearl's office. [[spoiler: "Theodore" is later revealed to be Mighty Mouse in a gorilla suit.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'': In one episode, Darkwing finds himself pitted against an African tribal wrestler named "He of delicate bone structure" who turns out two be three times Darkwing's size.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'', the titular character and his friend lost a frisbee in a yard with an AngryGuardDog named Lady.
-->'''Doug:''' That's not a dog, Skeeter. That's a monster!
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'':
** A {{Flashback}} episode revealed that the name of the big, mean, nasty, monster dog next door is Frou-Frou (who apparently used to be... considerably less intimidating).
** Then there's Fluffy, Angelica's demon of a cat.
* Lampshaded in ''WesternAnimation/SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries'' when the witches get captured by an army of humanoid mutant squirrels (aptly named the Killer Squirrels). Their leader's name? Fluffy.
-->'''Sabrina:''' Your name is Fluffy?\\
'''Fluffy:''' My mother wanted a girl.
* On ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', Heloise has a [[HumongousMecha giant half-mechanical spider]] named Angela.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', one of the bad guys is named Fuzzy Lumpkins. While he doesn't look too threatening (apart from when seriously pushed), he is still a very territorial... thing who can fall into UnstoppableRage territory ("GET OFFA MAH PROPERTAH!").
* ''WesternAnimation/TitanMaximum'' has Clare, not only the most DEADLY assassin in the known solar system...but in a [[JustForFun/XMeetsY combination of both this trope AND]] KillerRabbit, she's also the [[{{Moe}} CUTEST AND MOST ADORABLE]] [[SweetDreamsFuel THING you've ever seen]]...until she utterly disembowels you with her {{BFS}} made of Aggregated Diamond Nano-Rods.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** This minor exchange:
--->'''Leela:''' According to this, the fountain is located within the darkest, most ancient region of space, just past Teddy Bear Junction.\\
'''Professor:''' Teddy Bear Junction. The worse scum hole in the universe.
** Played with by Nibbler. He's actually pretty cute, and harmless to humans (and most [[AliensSpeakingEnglish humanoid aliens]]), but he's a merciless killing machine with regards to pretty much all non-sentient animals.
** An earlier episode had Bender and Fry riding giant lizards. To get his to stop, Bender said, "whoa, Nibbles!"
** While not a living being, Scooty Puff, Sr. (the DOOMBRINGER) deserves mention.
** Langdon Cobb calls his [[spoiler:ego in the form of a giant plant/guard dog]] Pookie
* ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'':
** An episode saw the fat cat find a new home with [[KillerRabbit little girl]] that tortures him with her unique brand of affection. The girl decided her new pet needs to play with her pre-existing pet, a dog named Boopsie. Expecting another Odie to kick around, Garfield meets a large pitbull, and delivers a [[CrowningMomentOfFunny timeless line]]:
--->'''Garfield:''' ''This''... is a Boopsie?!
** In the ''ComicStrip/USAcres'' segment, Wade Duck once had a bull named ''Fido''. Fido remained unseen until the end of the episode and only then his species was revealed to the viewers and Orson's brothers.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers'' episode "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Back to]] [[MeaningfulName the Academy]]", Dodgers' instructor is a man named Sgt. Emily (voiced by Randy Poffo, a.k.a. Randy "Macho-Man" Savage!). Justified in that theirs is a future with a more lax take on names with gender-specific connotations, ''and'' that his Mom was a literature buff.
* TheBully in ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' is a TyrannosaurusRex named Tina.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaijudo}}'' Tatsurion the Unchained is called Bob by his friends. (He reluctantly accepted the nickname, but still... then again, it's better than what his mother calls him -Bare Bottom) He's also a giant hybrid monster that combines the savagery of the Beast Kin and the firepower of the Armored Dragons, and probably the most badass monster of the series.
* In one episode of the ''WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons'' cartoon, the heroes found themselves in a castle belonging to a rather mean giant who owned a slime beast (a savage, hideous, humanoid, bat-like creature that he the giant fed intruders to) named "Willie".
* Cheryl's pet ocelot on ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' regularly mauls people, especially Archer. Its name is Babou.
* In ''WesternAnimation/PacManAndTheGhostlyAdventures'' as a possible ShoutOut to ''Franchise/HarryPotter'', there is a three-headed poodle named Fluffy. Normally, it looks cutesy, but it turns darker and puts on a NightmareFace when it wants to be threatening.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': What would you expect a unicorn named "Starlight Glimmer" to be like? [[DarkMessiah "Psychotic cult leader"]] probably wasn't your first guess. It is eventually [[HeelFaceTurn subverted]], however.
** You wouldn't expect a dark villain like Tempest Shadow's real name to be [[spoiler: Fizzlepop Berrytwist]], would you?
* In the ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' episode "The Pet", Wander tries to befriend a vicious Xenomorph-like alien that he takes to calling "Captain Tim" (after finding the name on a dog-tag the monster coughed up). He ends up letting Captain Tim stay with Lord Hater, who rather takes a shine to the little monster.
* ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug''[='=]s main villain's codename in French is Le Papillon ("The Butterfly"). Averted in English and Korean, where [[DubNameChange he's renamed "Hawk Moth".]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' has Mandark's humongous inter-dimensional monster monstrosity he calls "Jo Jo". It's a giant 4 eyed slime monster that when on a rampage after Madark summoned it to one-up Dexter at the science fair.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': If you could think up a name for a highly dangerous, manipulative, trans-dimensional, [[RealityWarper reality-warping]] villain, "Bill" probably wouldn't be the first thing to come to mind.
* In the Disney animated series ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTarzan'', "Fluffy" was one of the many names Terk and Tantor tried to give a '''leopard''' cub. Others included "Doodles", "Bobo" and "Commander Fluffy Paws".
* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' gives us Toffee. One of the biggest threats in the series... and he's named after a candy.
-->'''Moon:''' I presuse you're the one they call the Lizard?\\
'''Toffee:''' Yes, but you may call me... Toffee.\\
'''Moon:''' ''Toffee?!'' How is that any better?

[[folder:Real Life]]
* "Beppo" and "Uncle Mengele" were nicknames of [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate Dr.]] [[MadScientist Josef]] [[ThoseWackyNazis Mengele]], also referred to less cutely as "the Angel of Death."
* An unidentified Brazilian SerialKiller was nicknamed the "Rainbow Maniac", because he targeted homosexual men.
* The ''Sakurakai'' ("Cherry Blossom Society") was an ultranationalist organisation that aimed to turn Japan into a military dictatorship.
* Nazi Amon Goeth's nickname was "Mony".
* There was a Viking warlord known as Ivar the Boneless. Theories about the reason for his name range from impotence to having lost his legs to osteogenesis imperfecta (leaving him with no real use of his legs), and the last one is supported by the chronicled fact that he was carried into battle. The point is, whatever was wrong with him, he was a chieftain and a warrior, and apparently well respected, in a culture where physically weak men were despised. How badass is ''that''?.
* [[Literature/RagnarLodbrokAndHisSons Ragnar Lodbrok]] or "Ragnar Hairy Breeches", is a feared and ruthless viking warlord featuring in two Nordic sagas. It's no wonder that ''Series/{{Vikings}}'' never translates his name.
* Magnus Olafsson, AKA Magnus Barefoot, King of Norway and aggressive conqueror. One theory for how he acquired the name "barefoot" is that he once fled from a sudden Swedish attack before he could put his boots on.
* In Rome, one of the emperors marched alongside the legions when he was a child. They made the child, a boy named Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus, a set of armor that included little leather boots. Gaius received the nickname "Bootsy", or "Little Boots". Guess what the Latin word [[UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}} for "Little Boots"/"Bootsy" is]].
* Roman Gladiators would sometimes adopt stage names like "Pearl" or "Puppy", to use this trope.
* Germans:
** During UsefulNotes/WorldWarII the Germans planned to build a 188-ton superheavy tank called the ''Maus'' (Mouse). In this case, [[InvokedTrope the name was chosen on purpose]] so that the Allies wouldn't guess anything about the vehicle if they discovered the name (the Germans had given away a couple of secrets earlier in the war by using code names that were too reflective of the actual devices or operations). They also designed a 1000-ton monster called the ''Ratte'' (Rat).
** They gave a self-propelled 150mm (6") gun the name ''Hummel'' - the Bumblebee. Its smaller 105mm cousin was called the ''Wespe'' - Wasp. To complete the family, the version mounting a deadly 88mm anti-tank gun was called the ''Hornisse'' - the Hornet. All were capable of delivering more than just a sting. The trope was subverted when Hitler declared he didn't want his armored vehicles named after insects, and so the ''Hornisse'' became the ''Nashorn'' - the Rhino. The other two were still called ''Wespe'' and ''Hummel'', and they just made sure nobody mentioned that to Hitler.
** Many German army vehicles are named after the smallest and cutest predatory animals like fox[[note]] Fuchs; An armored personel carrier currently in service with the Bundeswehr[[/note]], weasel[[note]] Wiesel, a light, air-transportable vehicle that is currently the only modern tankette in service in Western Europe[[/note]], fennec[[note]]Fennec, a light armored recon vehicle in service with the German and Dutch armies[[/note]], marten[[note]] Marder; there are two vehicles with the name; the first one is series of tank destroyers from World War II: the Marder 1 built on the Lorraine 37L tractor, the Marder II built on the Panzer II, and the Marder III built on the Czechoslovakian Panzer 38(t). The second one is an infantry fighting vehicle armed with a 20mm autocannon that is the standard service vehicle of the Bundeswehr's mechanized infantry[[/note]], lynx[[note]] Again, there are two vehicles with this name; the first is the Panzer II "Luchs" of {{VideoGame/World Of Tanks}} fame, and the second is an amphibious recon vehicle of the modern Bundeswehr[[/note]], and dingo[[note]]Dingo, an IMV (infantry mobility vehicle, used to give, well, extra mobility to infantry) in service in several European nations [[/note]].
* The prize has to go to the British in [=WW2=], who called what was at the time their main battle tank the ''Valentine''[[note]]It was accepted for service on the 14th February 1941.[[/note]] . Incidentally, it is [[FunWithAcronyms also an acronym]] of its manufacturer, '''V'''ickers-'''A'''rmstrong '''L'''imited '''E'''lswick & '''N'''ewcastle-upon-'''Tyne'''. Its American-built stablemate was initially called the ''Honey''[[note]]/because compared to British tanks, it was spacious, roomy, mechanically reliable and a complete delight in every way. A British general worried that this was an insufficiently martial name ordered that all imported American tanks be given the names of Civil War generals. The fast mobile Honey then officially became the Stuart after the great cavalry general. The Americans appreciated this so much that they officially adopted this naming convention - all American tanks since have been named for famous generals. [[/note]].
* In any online competitive video game, players with names like '[=KILLA234=]' or '[=xXDarKLordXx=]' will be cannon fodder, but players called 'Fluffy Bear' or 'Pink Kitten' will mercilessly slaughter you. Usually it's because the former are overcompensating 13 year olds, while the latter are more mature and experienced players who aren't nearly as self-conscious. Also, because it's twice as funny for the latter to crush the opposition with the name 'Fluffy Bear', especially if the opponents are the former. And if they don't even have a cute name? Nothing will save you from someone called [=SoccerDad742=], [=JustForFun21=], or [=VolleyballGrrl=]. One such example is the professional ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' European Team, The Unicorns of Love. This phenomenon is mentioned in the ''[[http://www.cwsargeras.com/2009/03/scourge-chat-log-2.html Scourge Chat Log]]'':
-->[Killzone男aeden]: Rule of Guild Names: [[RuleOfCool The more awesome the guild name tries to sound]], the more the guild sucks.
-->[Killzone男aeden]: If I see, like, "Lords Of Chaos And Darkness"... done
-->[Killzone男aeden]: "The Right Hand Of God"... they don't even make it through the instance
-->[Killzone男aeden]: But if I ever see, like, "Ain't Misbehavin"
-->[Killzone男aeden]: [[OhCrap I'm like SHIT]]
* Hurricanes:
** The argument can be made for many hurricane names here. Would ''you'' run away from [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Mitch Mitch]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Wilma Wilma]], or even [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1992_Pacific_typhoon_season#Super_Typhoon_Gay Gay]] ([[HaveAGayOldTime Yes, really]])
** Even better are the [[http://www.jma.go.jp/jma/jma-eng/jma-center/rsmc-hp-pub-eg/tyname.html names of tropical cyclones]] (typhoons) in the Asian-Pacific region: if something is called [[FriendlyPlayfulDolphin Dolphin]], Usagi or Yu-Tu ([[MoonRabbit The Moon Rabbit]]), it's got to be pretty harmless, [[KillerRabbit right]]?
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typhoon_Tip Typhoon Tip]] though silly in name is the most intense and largest typhoon on record. At its full size it would be able to (roughly) [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/4e/Typhoonsizes.jpg cover half of the US.]]
** Also in the above image is Cyclone Tracy, the smallest and most compact cyclone on record that completely leveled Darwin, Australia in the 1970s.
** Both Creator/LewisBlack and Creator/RobinWilliams talk about unthreatening-sounding hurricanes in their standup acts. Robin talks about hurricane Terrence, which sounds like a "slightly gay" hurricane, and Lew wonders why the fuck anyone would name a hurricane Lenny (which hit Puerto Rico hard in 1999).
** Out of all of these, however, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Fifi Hurricane Fifi]] has them all beat. It killed anywhere from 3,000 to ''10,000'' people in Honduras alone, and caused $1.8 ''billion'' in damage--in ''1974 dollars'', to boot.[[note]]That's $8.1 billion in today's money.[[/note]] It went down as the fourth-deadliest Atlantic hurricane on record. And we must emphasize--the hurricane's name was ''Fifi''.
* Similarly, there's the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haboob Haboob]] (which is actually Arabic for "strong wind"). Haboobs are monstrous desert duststorms usually caused by atmospheric disruptions. They're not so much destructive as they are disruptive, but they sure are threatening-looking. So the next time you're in Arizona and you see a six kilometer-tall wall of dust flying toward you at 100km/h, just remember: ''Haboob''.
* See the real life Fluffy the Terrible [[http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2008/01/12/buyfluff.ART_ART_01-12-08_A1_4191M6R.html?sid=101 here!]] Admittedly, pythons don't move around that much....
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joshua_Blahyi General Butt Naked]], leader of the appropriately named [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/1576088/Gen-Butt-Naked-confesses-to-nude-killings.html Butt Naked Battalion]]. Names sound hilarious? Right? ''Wrong''. They committed some ''horrifying'' acts. All while [[FullFrontalAssault naked]].
* Several animals have innocuous, even cute names, but are not to be approached lightly.
** You'd think an animal called a "honey badger" would be pretty docile, right? [[http://www.badassoftheweek.com/honeybadger.html WRONG.]]
** They are also called Ratels.
** "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agkistrodon_piscivorus Cottonmouth]]" is a species of venomous snake.
** The dinosaur Saichania, which is a large ankylosauroid covered in spikes, horns, and thick, bony plates. Its name actually means "beautiful" in Mongolian.
** Less cute, more embarrassing, is the name "Dunkleosteus". Translated, it means "Dunkle's Bone". While it sounds like the sort of name a thirteen-year old with an impressive fluency in Greek might bestow on something, it belongs to a thirty-three foot fish which was equipped with what amounted to [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/4c/Dunkleosteus_interm1DB.jpg a giant, armored staple remover for a head]].
** "Box jelly" doesn't appear too dangerous, either. Whilst "Sea Wasp" sounds much more alarming, the ''Cubomedusae'' are amongst the most venomous creatures in the whole animal kingdom.
* As an added sardonic humor, several animals with harmless-sounding nicknames are just as badly feared:
** The name of the only individual known to have single-handedly exterminated an ''entire species''? [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A11484902 Tibbles]].
** Gustave sounds like one of the least intimidating names ever, right? It's also the name of a 20 foot crocodile in Burundi, Africa that's a notorious man-eater.
** According to Wiki/TheOtherWiki, a killer whale in an English zoo became so aggressive towards his trainers that they were forced to clean his tank from a shark cage. The aforementioned whale's name? ''Cuddles.''
* There's the famous B-29 bomber ''Enola Gay'' (named after the pilot's mother) that dropped the big one on Hiroshima in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. The last remaining airworthy [=B-29=] is named ''Fifi''.
* In UsefulNotes/{{Cricket}}, Joel Garner, the [[ScaryBlackMan much-feared 6'8" West Indies fast bowler]] of the 80s, was nicknamed [[Series/SesameStreet "Big Bird"]].
* American documentary television series ''Shockwave'' once showed [[http://youtu.be/V9gr_rWlgJo an obese man lift a crashed 1600 lbs helicopter]] in order to have rescuers pull the pilot away from the wreckage. The big guy's name: Tiny!
* The U.S. made a habit of giving nuclear devices very innocent names.
** The atomic bombs dropped during World War II? Fat Man and Little Boy. The general idea there was that they would get mistaken for code names for Churchill and Roosevelt.
** The first thermonuclear test device was named [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6c/Ivy_Mike_Sausage_device.jpg Sausage]]. It weighed 62 tons and exploded with a force of 10.4 megatons. It created a crater 1 mile across and was the fourth most powerful test done by the U.S.
** The device responsible for the third most powerful nuclear test done by the U.S. was named Runt.
** The device responsible for the ''second'' most powerful nuclear test done by the U.S. was named Runt II.
** At 15 megatons, the most powerful bomb ever tested by the U.S. was named... [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f6/Castle_Bravo_Shrimp_device.jpg Shrimp]]. It was also the greatest radiological disaster in U.S. history; the exclusion zone for later tests was increased 917,326 square km or ''about 1% of Earth's total land area''.
* How about the combat sport named Tap Out? Oooh, now [[SarcasmMode that sounds really impressive!]]
* One of the most invasive plants in the eastern United States is the ''Ailanthus'' tree, commonly known as the Tree of Heaven. While it's pretty, it spreads so quickly that it rapidly chokes out all other plant life, and there is a very good reason that it's acquired the nickname "stink tree."
* The [[UsefulNotes/IsraelisWithInfraredMissiles Israeli]] [[SuperToughness armored version]] of the Caterpillar D9 [[BoringButPractical bulldozer]], a [[MadeOfIron nigh-invincible machine]] which tears through buildings as if they're made of paper, is nicknamed "doobi", which means "teddy bear".
* In general, the military is quite fond of giving elite units deliberately underwhelming and nondescript names as obfuscation, like the Military Assistance Command Vietnam-Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG), which sounds more like the name you assign to a group of sociologists and logisticians. Which was the [[CovertGroupWithMundaneFront entire point]]. The Canadian spec ops unit (yes, they exist, and yes, they are very good at their work) is named Joint Taskforce-2, a name which tells you exactly nothing. And the Special Air Service was named because they wanted the Nazis to think that the SAS was just another parachute regiment.
* The Pakistan Army has a long standing tradition of giving "feminine" sounding nicknames to its Artillery guns. Popular names include "Rani" (Queen), "Shazadi"(Princess) and "Soni"(cute girl).
* "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katyusha_(song) Katyusha]]" is a Russian diminutive of the name Yekaterina (="Katherine", so "Katyusha"="Katie"), and there's a popular song about it. It's also the name of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katyusha_rocket_launcher rocket artillery]] that the Russians used in WWII. Imagine if the [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks US Army]] had called the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T34_Calliope T34 Calliope]] the "Clementine" and you have a rough idea.
* The name Calliope for a multi-tube missile launcher is itself an example, since the name came from a musical instrument popular at fairs and carnivals in the United States, and originally from the Greek muse of epic poetry.
* One of RedsWithRockets' signature weapons was the [=PPSh=]-41 submachine gun, which gave Soviet infantry much MoreDakka than their German counterparts. "[=PPSh=]" is pronounced "peh-peh-sheh" in Russian, and the gun was quickly named the ''papasha'', or ''Daddy''.
* There was a Royal Navy submarine which sent many Italian and Japanese ships to the bottom of the Ocean. She was feared and respected. Her name? [[http://www.rnsubs.co.uk/Boats/BoatDB2/index.php?BoatID=357 HMS Shakespeare.]]
* "Love waves" sound pretty romantic, hem? They are actually the most destructive of seismic waves. The kind that tears down building foundations, brings down bridges and makes railroads wavy. (In case you're wondering, geologists aren't sadists, the waves are named after the man who discovered them, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augustus_Edward_Hough_Love Augustus Love]]).
* Russian soldiers have a habit of putting the endearment -ka at the end of their war machines. Which would be rather as if Americans called a tank "Abrams-sweetie".
** A deadly multiple rocket-launcher capable of unleashing a salvo of sixteen 122mm rounds was called the ''Katiushka'' - "Little Katie". [[note]]After a popular song for the girl who waits for me at home when the war is over[[/note]]
* Admiral Arleigh Burke, terror of the Solomon islands and bane of the Imperial Japanese Navy, whose name now graces the hull of one of the most powerful warships that sails the seven seas. His first name means "Hare-meadow".
* Admiral Andrew Baines Cunningham, one of Britains greatest admirals in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. His name means "village of the milk pail".
* The meaning of the name Manfred is "Man of Peace". [[UsefulNotes/TheRedBaron Yeah, right]].
* During WWII, the RAF dropped 4000lb bombs on Germany. These were called "Cookies".[[note]]Heavier versions still were called "Tallboy" after a large heavy item of furniture, and "Grand Slam" after a winning game in bridge[[/note]]
* The BLU-82, a 7.5 ton bomb used in Afghanistan to destroy underground bunkers and cavern complexes, is popularly known as a "daisy cutter," probably because it was also used in Vietnam to turn heavily forested areas into helicopter landing zones ''fast''.
* Towards the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the US Navy introduced an air-to-ground rocket designed to take out bunkers and fortified emplacements. It carried a 500 pound armor-piercing warhead, and went by the name of "[[Literature/AChristmasCarol Tiny Tim]]".
* UsefulNotes/JosefStalin was often nicknamed "Uncle Joe."
* During Prohibition, the criminal activity of Detroit was controlled by a ruthless bunch KosherNostra known as the Purple Gang.
* The Royal Navy had an entire class of warships named after flowers - the "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flower-class_corvette Gladiolus]]" series. HMS Anemone, HMS Heartsease (another word for "Pansy"), HMS Gladiolus, HMS Carnation, HMS Jasmine, HMS Poppy....This is only a partial example, however, since the word "gladiolus" comes from the Latin word for sword, so it's not altogether inappropriate a name for a military machine. On the other hand, gladiolus is the ''diminutive''; the rough English equivalent would be "swordy-wordy."
* The German military deployed the absolute ultimate in [=BFGs=] in their siege of Sevastopol in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. The Wehrmacht called it the ''[[GratuitousGerman 80cm Kanone (Eisenbahngeschütz)]]''. The manufacturer called it ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schwerer_Gustav Schwerer Gustav]]'' (Heavy Gustav). The crews [[ICallItVera called it Dora]]. Similarly, a huge siege mortar from [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI the previous war]] was officially the ''L/12 42cm M-Gerät 14 Kurze Marine-Kanone'', but everybody called her Big Bertha.
* Dangerous drugs often have innocent-sounding nicknames. "Angel dust" means PCP (a RealLife PsychoSerum). "Molly" means MDMA (known to cause psychological disturbances, dangerously high body temperatures, and, in high enough doses, loss of motor control and even heart failure). Perhaps most infamously of all, "roofies" means Rohypnol (a drug slipped into drinks to sedate people for the purpose of date-raping them).
* Another example from the war in 'Nam. The AC-47 was a fixed-wing gunship created by slapping [[MoreDakka a ton of miniguns]] to a [=WW2=]-era C-47 Skytrain. The U.S Air Force called it [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "Spooky"]]. The troops who received its [[GunshipRescue air support]] took to calling it "Puff, the Magic Dragon" after the famous children's song, because when it showed up at night, it filled the sky with great flaming muzzle-flash.
* Many dangerous plants have innocuous, even cute sounding names:
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thevetia_peruviana Yellow Oleander]] is known as "Lucky Nut". It is '''extremely''' toxic, containing cardiac glycosides.
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aconitum Aconitum species]] are often referred to as monkshood. They are used as arrow poisons.
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abrus_precatorius Rosary Peas]], despite their pious sounding name, contain abrin - one of the deadliest poisons known.
** One of the most unpleasantly spiny plants in the menagerie of unpleasantly spiny plants that covers the southwestern United States and northern Mexico: The Teddy Bear Cholla, so named because when viewed from a distance, the thousands of needle-thin, transparent, barbed spines that cover every inch of the plant make it look like it's fuzzy or [[LightIsNotGood has a sort of halo]]. To give you an indication of how easy it is to get those spines stuck all over you, the other name for the stuff is "[[ThisIsGonnaSuck jumping cactus]]."
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atropa_belladonna Belladonna]] plant's name translates into ''beautiful woman'' (in old times, women used diluted belladonna juice to make their eye pupils dilate, as dilated pupils were considered beautiful). Try telling that to people who know it better as ''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast deadly nightshade]]''.
** Found in Australia, the cute-sounding [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dendrocnide_moroides gympie gympie]] - also called the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast suicide plant]] - is a nettle covered in hairs that, upon contact with skin, delivers a toxin that is excruciatingly painful and can cause pain that lasts anywhere from a few days to whole '''years'''. The pain - described as being burnt with hot acid and electrocuted at the same time - has also been known to drive those stung into madness.
* The various incarnations of the Italian Navy have had ships bearing the harmless-sounding Caio Duilio (it sounds harmless and even stupid even to Italians, as long as they don't know who they're named after). They are all warships, including one that, when commissioned, was universally considered the ''most powerful of the world'' (she scared the ''[[UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships Royal Navy]]'', and the ''Caio Duilio'' and her sister ''Andrea Doria'' were believed superior to ''the entire French fleet of the Mediterranean'' in virtue of having enough firepower to [[OneHitKill One-Salvo Kill]] any French ship from outside their range).
* In order to maintain operational secrecy, military operations are often given innocuous or even ridiculous names. In some instances, such as in the Invasion of Panama, the United States went so far as to change the name to something cooler after the operation was concluded. Originally, the invasion was given the title "Operation Blue Spoon" while in the planning phase, before becoming "Operation Just Cause" during and after the invasion.
* Not even military camouflage is spared from humiliating nicknames. The Russian "Kamuflirovannyi Letnyi Maskirovochnyi Kombinezon" (Camoflagued Summer Deceptive Coveralls, abbreviated to "KLMK") has been given the nickname "sun bunnies". The Swiss "Leibermuster" pattern, meanwhile received the nickname "four-fruit pajamas" while it was in service.
** The Finnish camouflage suit m/62 is called ''pellepuku'' (clown suit) while m/91 is called ''kurkkusalaatti'' ("cucumber salad"). The newest, pixellated pattern m/05, is ''digipuku'' ("digi-suit").
* Adam Lanza, perpetrator of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, and killer of 20 children, frequented Internet chatrooms and forums as "Smiggles."
* Tonton Macoute (Uncle Gunnysack) is an evil bogeyman in Haitian mythology, and is also the name of the paramilitary force who helped oppress Haiti during the reign of terror of Papa Doc and his son Baby Doc Duvalier (yes, these two dictators count as well).
* During World War II, the US had a [[{{BFG}} 36 inch]] mortar called [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b3/Little-david_an_US_siege_mortar_world_war_II.jpg Little David]], which was designed to test aerial bombs (presumably by first launching them into the air). They floated plans to use the Little Davids as siege mortars during Operation Downfall, but Japan surrendered before the war came to that.
* What's the nickname for breaching rounds? (SWAT team shotgun shells designed to blow doorknobs off.) "Avon calling."
* The Finnish Army absolutely ''loves'' this trope. For example, the 95 mm heavy anti-tank recoilless rifle is called ''Musti'' (Blackie) after a popular dog's name. Likewise, 10 kg anti-tank mine is called ''Tellu'' (a girl's name), 20 kg demolition charge as ''kuntokuutio'' (fitness cube), the half platoon tent as ''smurffikylä'' ("Smurf village"), the 23 mm anti-aircraft gun as ''Sergei'' (Russian boy's name), the Sisu APC as ''Pasi'' (boy's name) etc.
* Mike Tyson's is remembered as being one of the most feared heavyweight boxing champions in the sport's history. His boxing style is called "peek-a-boo."
* Place example: Mercy Bay sounds lovely... [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/McClure_Arctic_Expedition until your ship gets trapped in ice and you have to abandon ship.]]
** Another example of locations: The district of Rosengård, wich can be translated as "Rose Garden", sounds like it has a pretty fancy name. Too bad that it just happens to be one of, if not ''the'' most crime-ridden area in Sweden where the gang-activity has become so severe that there are plans of possibly having to intervene with the army.
* With a name like [[Creator/HPLovecraft "Lovecraft"]], you'd think he wrote romance novels. But no, Creator/HPLovecraft wrote [[CosmicHorrorStory cosmic horror stories]].
* A "rabbit punch" sounds like some sort of ineffectual or even endearing maneuver. In reality, it's a punch to the back of the head, which is so dangerous that it's outlawed in all combat sports. The name comes from the practice of slaughtering rabbits by hitting them in the back of the head.
* "Rainbow Valley" is the nickname for the area near the summit of Mt. Everest, referring to the brightly colored clothing worn on the corpses of climbers who never made it home. Recovering a body from that high up the mountain is a dangerous venture, so bodies tend to stay there indefinitely.