Noun Verber

So, you're a Filmmaker. You're sitting down with a Scriptwriter between the Water-cooler and the Coffee-maker, trying to decide on a name for your epic story about a guy who verbs nouns. Yeah, he verbs them till they're an adjective. Wait, that's it! He's the Noun Verber!

This isn't a very popular trope for the actual titles of movies or TV shows, but it's an old standby for lazy fantasy and science fiction authors who need a name that sounds detached from the real world and yet is immediately understandable. For some reason, a very common verb for this is "stalk." The most common noun is probably "death."

Of course this construction is extremely common in Real Life too. Firefighter, cab-driver, wine-maker, ironmonger, car dealer, Ambulance Chaser, ditch-digger, lion-tamer, news-reader, coal-miner, watchmaker, computer programmer, bartender, gas-fitter, dishwasher, childminder, wine-taster, greengrocer, snack-dispenser, bricklayer, dressmaker, chess-player, piano-tuner etc. etc.

Compare Luke Nounverber, when the same principle is applied to character names, Verber Creature, the same principle applied to how a species is called, and The Noun Who Verbed. See also We Will Use WikiWords in the Future.


Anime & Manga

Comic Books
  • Hero and villain names often follow this trope, with such names being almost as common as Something Person. Also, once upon a time, Captain America's comic was subtitled "Commie Smasher."
  • Marvel supervillain Death Stalker.
  • Hellblazer: Doesn't explicitly blaze hells but should probably qualify for this trope.



Live-Action TV
  • The Babylon 5 villain Deathwalker.
    • And don't forget the Soul Hunters.
  • Kolchak: The Night Stalker
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Punch Kicker and his nemesis Kick Puncher.
  • Farscape appears to subvert this trope. The Peacekeepers are much more unnecessarily violent and cruel than peaceful, but the majority of them seem to believe they are doing what's right to protect the galaxy, even when they do more harm than good. In "The Peacekeeper Wars", it is revealed that a group of the shared ancestors of Humans and Sebaceans were taken from their homeworld by Eidelons, a group of very powerful negotiators who can influence rationality in others, and used to keep the peace after negotiations finished. Once the Eidelons disappeared, the Peacekeepers kept peace the only way they could, "at the barrel of a gun", indicating that originally, at least, the trope was played pretty straight.
  • Knight Rider
  • Ghost Whisperer
  • Ghost Hunters
  • Doctor Who:
    • "The Time Meddler"
    • "The Myth Makers"
    • "The Gunfighters"
    • "The Mind Robber"
    • "The Sun Makers"
  • Shadowhunters



Tabletop RPG
  • Magic: The Gathering is positively brimming with Nounverbers, such as the famous Planeswalkers. Many of their nounverbers verb nouns with verbs that don't even make sense. How does one weave smoke? Or braid it? How does one grin gristle? Why would some elves who live in the wild want to slay it? What's so great about a creature who can see something six feet away? And who would ever want to buy spirits from a giant monster?
    • Aw, c'mon, at least one of those is an Adjective Verber. Also, I think it is a creature made of gristle that is grinning.
  • Dungeons & Dragons also has its fair share of monsters that are nounverbers, most famously the Mind Flayer.
  • Warhammer 40,000 has a few Chaos Legions that fit this trope - Word Bearers & World Eaters, for example.
    • As does the Imperium. The Blood Drinkers and Flesh Tearers. Yes, those are the good guys (relatively speaking, of course).

This Very Wiki

Video Games

Web Comics

Western Animation

Truth in Television
  • The U.S. Military has often utilized Code Talkers, Native American servicemen and women who use their native language as an unbreakable radio cypher. The most famous of these were the Navajo Code Talkers who served in the Pacific theater during World War II.
  • Jon Stewart made a Letterman appearance where he claimed this was George Bush's favorite speech pattern. "I A B — I'm a B A-er. I make decisions — I'm a decision maker!"
  • The slang term "motherfucker."
  • There is a particularly venomous species of scorpion in the Middle East called, like several other things on this page a death stalker.