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->''I, I am the blade, I am the promise unmade\\
I, I am the knife, I bring death to your life\\
I, I am the axe, to stop you dead in your tracks\\
I, I am the sword, I bring the fear of the Lord''
-->-- "I Am the Sword" by '''Music/{{Motorhead}}'''

Sometimes a RedBaron can have very specific nickname or title that compares him to some kind of weapon, often to his WeaponOfChoice. LargeHam badasses or similar people will like to announce this right after yelling his real name, especially during MyNameIsInigoMontoya moment.

Swords are the most popular weapon to call heroes after, followed by axes, hammers (both are the most popular among dwarves in standard HighFantasy worlds) and daggers. A SuperHero can name himself after a weapon and many bizarre combinations including some kind of it were common during the DarkAgeOfSupernames.

For more cool and magnificence, one can be given the name/nickname of StockWeaponNames, such as Excalibur or Kusanagi.

A subtrope of TheMagnificent and RedBaron

The inverse of ICallItVera, when somebody gives a human name to his weapon.


* Most characters from ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' belong to an order of warrior women, named after their iconic longsword: [[CaptainObvious the claymore]].
* Sanger Zonvolt, The Sword that Cleaves Evil, and his rival, Wodan Ymir, The Sword Of Magus from the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' game series.
* Jacobus "Jack" Rakan from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', The Man of a Thousand Blades.
* Ser Arthur Dayne from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' is called the Sword of the Morning, a title given to the current wielder of the [[{{BFS}} greatsword]] Dawn, an ancient hereditary weapon of the Daynes made from [[ThunderboltIron a fallen star]]. Unlike most ancestral weapons in the setting, the sword is not given to the heir of the house, but [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield to the most worthy]], and it sits unclaimed when there is no worthy wielder. Ser Arthur is the most recent holder of both title and sword, and is particularly famous for both his skill [[KnightInShiningArmor and his chivalry]]. Even his enemies consider him a WorthyOpponent.
* ''Anime/TekkamanBlade'' has the title character, and Tekkaman Sword. Tekkaman Evil in U.S. version - ''Teknoman'' - is known as Sabre. Miyuki/Shara is Tekkaman Rapier.
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'': Alphamon Ouryuken Mode (Ouryuken translates to [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot "God Dragon Sword"]].)
* Túrin in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' becomes known as "Mormegil", Sindarin for "black sword."
* Rai-dei the Blade from ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'', so-called because he's the only guy who uses a sword in a SpaceWestern. He has tricks to negate this obvious liability; in the anime, a shotgun hidden in the blade, and in the manga, rocket-powered roller skates that give him an advantage... somehow.
* Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse:
** Jaina Solo: Sword of the Jedi. She spends a while trying to figure out what exactly this title is supposed to mean. Even when Luke gives her the sobriquet, though, it's clear that he's not saying the rest of her life will be smooth sailing. It would have been explored further in the ''Sword of the Jedi'' books, but Disney decided not to give them the go ahead after the buyout.
** Venku Skirata: His father gave him the name Kad, which means saber in Mando'a. He later uses the name Kad'ika (little saber) when he leads a political movement on Mandalore advocating a focus on Mandalorian interests and defense and a withdrawal of Mandalorian mercenaries from wars in which they have no stake.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'': In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', the LegendaryWeapon Umbra is a powerful but cursed sword which [[YourSoulIsMine steals the souls of its victims]], and tends to possess its owners, resulting in them becoming obsessed with the sword and adopting its name as their own. They become {{Blood Knight}}s who seek out strong opponents. If they win, the sword claims the soul of a new victim. If they lose, the sword finds a new and stronger host... The PlayerCharacter can, of course, [[GameplayAndStorySegregation use it as much as they like without consequence]].
* In the first episode of ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'', Shana claims to not have any specific name, mentioning that she is typically referred to by the name of her sword, the Nietono no Shana. Hence, Yuji decides to call her Shana.
** Parodied in one ''Shana Abridged'' episode (the 2nd episode of the series):
-->'''Shana''': I don't need a name. (Plus there's everything else that's wrong with that sentence.)\\
'''Yuji''': Then what can I call you?\\
'''Shana''': I'm the Flame Haze with the sword Nietono no Shana.\\
'''Yuji''': Then I'll call you ''Nietono-no''!\\
'''Alastor''': If you're going to name her after the sword, ''Shana'' would sound better.\\
'''Yuji''': But ''Nietono-no'' sounds more ''Japanish''.\\
'''Shana''': Don't I have a say in this?
** Ironically, if Yuji really is Japanese he would not have left the "-no" part in since that is a particle and would make no sense without the "Shana" part. Also, precisely because "Nietono" is more Japanese that he didn't choose it because then all the Japanese would be saying "Who the hell gave her such a bizarre name?" That's besides the point though.
* ''Series/KamenRiderBlade''. In this case, named for the [[TarotMotifs tarot]] suit of Swords.
** Kamen Rider Sasword (a portmanteau of "sasori" ("scorpion") and "sword") from ''Series/KamenRiderKabuto''.
* A.A. Attanasio's ''The Last Legends of Earth'' has, as a minor character, a folk hero who is actually simply named "Sword".
* Tobari from ''Manga/NabariNoOu'' is named after Roland's famous sword, Durandal.
* In the D&D parody ''Literature/TheIntercontinentalUnionOfDisgustingCharacters'', the heroine is named Sick Sword. Confusingly, her sentient broadsword is named The Sick Sword.
** The sequels take this ball and run with it, with characters (and their respective weapons) named Disgusting Sword, Ridiculous Sword, Gross Sword, and Unbelievable Sword.
* Saber, from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''. Which is the name of her class, a sword-user. ...which is an interesting language quirk, as the other classes were Lancer, Caster, Archer, etc.[[note]]The proper name in this case is "Sabreur"[[/note]]
* The DC superhero ComicBook/{{Katana}}, named for her magical cat, Anna.
* Kargath Bladefist from ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' has hands made of, well, blades.
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick,'' [[BaldBlackLeaderGuy Roy's]] family name, Greenhilt, comes from his AncestralWeapon. [[GoodShepherd Durkon]] as well, with the last name Thundershield.
* The Arabic name "Saif" means "sword", and it doesn't stop there. In Arabic, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arabic_grammar#Genitive_construction_.28i.E1.B8.8D.C4.81fah.29 putting indefinite noun X before definite noun Y translates to "the X of Y"]]. Thus "Saif Allah" is "The Sword of God"[[note]]"Allah" is a proper noun and therefore definite[[/note]] and "Saif al-Dīn"[[note]]"al-" translates to "the" and "dīn" translates to "religion" or "faith," so "al-dīn" means "the faith" and is therefore definite[[/note]] is "The Sword of the Faith." "Saif" has long been used as a personal name; the later two were historically given as [[TheMagnificent nicknames to indicate a good warrior]], but today they are common as given names and surnames.
** The most famous bearer of this title is Khalid ibn Al-Walīd, a fearsome warrior and general in the early days of Islam known as "Saif Allah al-Maslūl": The Drawn Sword of God. Trust us, he ''earned'' that title.
** A fictional example is Malik al-Sayf in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreed''. It translates to "[[AwesomeMcCoolName King of the Sword]]". He earned it too, before losing an arm.
* Real Life Example: Henry Morgan (as in Captain Morgan, the guy on the rum bottles), perhaps the most famous and successful {{Privateer}} in history was known as The Sword of England.
* Kamika from ''Manga/CorpsePrincess'' has the title/nickname "Sword Princess".
* The assassin Broken Sword from ''Film/{{Hero}}''.
* Gallade from ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''.
** Honedge, Doublade, and Aegislash as well; being literal animate swords (though "Aegis" is a shield reference instead). In French, Aegislash becomes Exagide, a dual reference to the French names of both Excalibur and Aegis. The German names take the cake, though, referencing several mythological swords: Gramocles (Gram and the Sword of Damocles), Duokles (Sword of Damocles again), and Durengard (Durandal).
* Eric Brooks is better known as ComicBook/{{Blade}} by the vampires, due to his weapon of choice.
* In ''Literature/CodexAlera'' MasterSwordsman [[NobleDemon Aldrick]] is known as "ex Gladius" for his preferred weapon- the midlength sword common in the Aleran legions. On occasion he's simply referred to as "the Sword".
* In ''Literature/TheAnnalsOfTheChosen'' everyone goes by a name related to their [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep profession]] or [[OnlyKnowByTheirNickname peculiar trait]]. As a result, each Chosen Swordsman has a name such as "Blade" or "Sword".
* The hero of ''TimeStalkers'' is literally named Sword.
* "Flower Sword" Vista and "Six-Sword Style" Hatchan from ''Manga/OnePiece''.
* Sword from ''Devil & Devil''. Except that it's his ''actual'' name.
* {{Inverted|Trope}} in the VideoGame/SoulSeries with Yoshimitsu, who named his {{katana|sAreJustBetter}} after himself.
* ''Anime/DokiDokiPrecure'' has Cure Sword. It's also her actual name, she's not from earth.
* The main character in ''Away Shuffle Dungeon'' is known simply as "Sword."
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'' in OVA ''Memory of Eden'' [[spoiler:we have Asemu piloting]] Gundam AGE-1 Swordia.
* Rudi Mackenzie of the Literature/{{Emberverse}} was named the Sword of the Lady as an infant at his Wiccaning. His mission, in the second trilogy, is to find and claim the actual sword of the same name.
---->'''Ingolf:''' So you're the Sword, and the ''sword'' is the Sword?
---->'''Rudi:''' A bit confusing, I admit.
* In ''Literature/TheHammerAndTheCross'' Brand's name means sword in Norse. His favored weapon is the axe, though.
* In ''LightNovel/InfiniteStratos'', the real name of [[spoiler: Tatenashi]] is actually ''Katana.''
* Special Constable Andy "Two Swords" Hancock in ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'', a worryingly keen member of the Ankh-Morpork Militia whose twin Agatean katanas even make Commander Vimes a bit nervous.
* Excalibur in ''Manga/SoulEater'' is a person who can [[EquippableAlly turn into a weapon to be wielded]] (like many characters in the series), in his case a powerful sword. He's also a rather obnoxious loudmouth that no one wants to wield him.
* ''Videogame/TheKingOfFighters'' has a whole clan of this: the Kusanagi Clan, of which the hero Kyo Kusanagi is the latest. In this case they actually own the legendary Kusanagi sword itself, which is passed to one clan's head to another; Kyo's father Saisyu is the current head.
* Sword Man of ''Videogame/MegaMan8'' and Blade Man of ''Videogame/MegaMan10''.
* ''Anime/GhostInTheShell'' has Motoko Kusanagi. The author Shirow Masamune joked that the name's obviously a pseudonym, as it's akin to calling oneself "Jane Excalibur".
* Sword Knight and Blade Knight of the ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' series.

* ''Theater/TheThreepennyOpera'': "Someone's sneaking round the corner, could that someone be ... Mack the Knife?". Funnily enough, it's a ''jack'' knife.
* In the overseas version of ''Videogame/CaptainCommando'', Jennety (aka Mummy Commando) gets an alternate name, Mack the Knife, after the above.
* Daud from ''Franchise/Dishonored'' is known as 'The Knife of Dunwall' for his work as an assassin.
* A silly example from ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'': a mercenary hitman in Nabban carries so many knives about his person and is so fond of threatening people with them that his nickname is "Ave Stetto" (lit. I have a knife). When he pulls this number on [[TheBigGuy Duke Isgrimnur]], he finds out the hard way that mere ''possession'' of a knife is insufficient to threaten a grizzled veteran.
* Knives Chau from ''Comicbook/ScottPilgrim''.
* Millions Knives from ''Manga/{{Trigun}}''.
* [[Literature/DuneMessiah "Saint Alia of the Knife"]] from ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'', attributed to Alia Atreides by her followers. Considering she assassinated someone (with poison, but still) at the age of three...
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': "Big Knife" Sarkies.
* In Justin Cronin's post-apocalyptic vampire novel ''The Passage'', Alicia is referred to as "Alicia Blades" because of her skill at throwing knives and tendency to always have them on her person.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', if brought along during ''Mark of the Assassin'', [[TheNicknamer Varric]] ends up bestowing the nickname "Shivs" on Tallis, due to her being something of a KnifeNut.
* Blades from Film/DawnOfTheDead1978.
* RealLife example: the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sicarii Sicarii]] didn't get called ''[[KnifeNut dagger-men]]'' without doing something to deserve that.

* The UrExample is Erik Bloodaxe from ''Literature/{{Heimskringla}}''. "Bloodaxe" wasn't his actual surname; [[TheMagnificent it was an epithet given to him]] for being a kinslayer who murdered two of his brothers (a MoralEventHorizon to the old Norse).
* Axonn from ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}''.
* Korgan Bloodaxe from ''VideoGame/BaldursGate II''. (Dwarven names in D&D tend to be of this sort, though of different weapons.)
* Creator/DavidGemmell's ''Druss the Legend'' from is often called Druss the Axe, due to his weapon of choice being an axe called Snaga.
* Also from ''Anime/TekkamanBlade'', another enemy: Tekkaman Axe.
* Axe-Hand Morgan from an early arc of ''OnePiece''.
* Orlando the Axe a badger from Redwall Series.
* Kamen Rider Axe from ''Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight''.
* ''Webcomic/AxeCop''!
* Mogul Khan the Axe from ''VideoGame/DefenseOfTheAncients'' wields a giant axe. In [[VideoGame/{{Dota2}} DotA 2]] he starts [[CompanionCube talking to his weapon]] [[ICallItVera and names it]]... [[ShapedLikeItself Axe]].
* Moraxus from ''VideoGame/HeroesOfNewerth'' got his name because he has [[IncrediblyLamePun more axes]] than anyone else.
* Bh'rian Bloodaxe, legendary Low King of the Dwarfs in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''.
* Axew, Fraxure, and Haxorus from ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''.
* General Badaxe from ''Literature/MythAdventures''.
** A later book has The Axe, a character assassin nicknamed for the metaphorical axe they take to your reputation.
* Bili the Axe from the Horseclans
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' has Captain Axe, who has an [[HookHand axe in place of one of his hands]].
* [[ProfessionalWrestling Professional Wrestler]] Larry "The Axe" Hennig, who teamed with his son [[Wrestling/CurtHennig Curt Hennig]] as the Axe Attack.
** Also, there was Axe, one-half (later one-third) of the late '80s/early '90s tag team Demolition.
* Salah's guardian Axs from the SNES RPG ''VideoGame/{{Arcana}}''.
* Revolutionary War hero ComicBook/{{Tomahawk}} in Franchise/TheDCU.
* Tomahawk Man from ''Videogame/MegaMan6'', who as an axe for a hand and can throw them out like a boomerang.

* Orgrim Doomhammer of ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' lore, named (or namer of) his infamous weapon. According to the novels, the hammer is actually a family heirloom, passed down from father to son. Only the current wielder can bear the name Doomhammer. Since Orgrim has no children, after his death, the weapon is passed on to Thrall, the new warchief of the Horde. He does not adopt the name, though.
* Mordechai Jefferson Carver, ''Film/TheHebrewHammer''.
* Charles Martel means "Charles the Hammer".
* Charles The Hammer [[spoiler: Edmund Talbot's real identity]] from ''Literature/CouncilWars''.
* Edward I, [[AltumVidetur Malleus Scotorum]] (Hammer of the Scots). Unfortunately, the name does not mean he was Scottish, but that he "hammered" those that were, if perhaps not as literally in RealLife as in ''Literature/TenSixtySixAndAllThat''.
* Sigmar Heldenhammer of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' fame.
* Fable II's Sister Hannah, the Hero of Strength. It's also an AppropriatedAppellation - "Hammer" is originally a derogatory nickname for her, but after her father's death and her decision to join the protagonist, she grimly advises them to "Call me ''Hammer''."
* There is a blacksmith in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' simply called Hammer. He has an apprentice named Nail. Not to mention one of the great houses of Westeros, Martell - which literally means "hammer".
* Captain Hammer from ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog''. (The hammer is his penis.)
* Judas Maccabeus (Judas the Hammer).
* In ''Literature/InheritanceCycle,'' Roran Stronghammer.
* Professional Wrestling's [[Wrestling/GregValentine Greg "The Hammer" Valentine]].
* ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' has [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Hexenhammer]]
* [[Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt Bruenor Battlehammer]] (and indeed the entire line of Battlehammer kings).
* Knight of the Iron Hammer, [[GlacierWaif Vita]] from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs''.
* Rook Delvinius Cato, the Longhammer, in ''[[VideoGame/{{Ravenmark}} Ravenmark: Scourge of Estellion]]''. His signature weapon is a large two-handed war hammer, which [[spoiler:passes on to his son Marius after the Rook is assassinated]].
* Non-human example: [=AMG=] built a [[PimpedOutCar souped-up version]] of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercedes-Benz_W124 Mercedes-Benz W124 sedan]] from 1986 to the [[TheNineties early-1990s]]. The official name was "Mercedes-Benz 300E [=AMG=]". Ever since 1986, every Anglophone publication and every human fan knows it as "the AMG Hammer".
* ''Manga/SoulEater'' has Marie Mjolnir, Dr. Franken Stein's assistant, who can turn into a pair of electric hammers.

* Dagger, from the Creator/MarvelComics SuperHero duo ''Comicbook/CloakAndDagger''
* ''Anime/TekkamanBlade'' again: Tekkaman Dagger.
* "Dagger" is Princess Garnet's alias in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'', though it's [[TheHero Zidane's]] weapon rather than her own.
* Daggeron, the Solaris Knight in ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce''
* Dagger from ''Literature/TheClaidiJournals''.
* [[Literature/TheBible Judas Iscariot]] has been theorised to mean "Judas Daggerhand" or "Judas Daggerman".

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* The codifier and RealLife example is Attila the Hun, who was known as "the Scourge of God," which pretty much turned "scourge" into a synonym for "destructive force."
* Used several times in the ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' books, such as the badger lords Sunflash the Mace and Orlando the Ax, as well as the series' first villain, Cluny the Scourge, who used his tail as a whip.
* The Undead Scourge in ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'' and ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', though it's more likely it's using the "destructive force" definition rather than referencing the weapon.
** If that counts, then so would the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fokker_Scourge Fokker Scourge]].
* The ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' diety [[LawfulEvil Hextor]] is known as the Scourge of Battle.
* Skurge the Executioner from ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'', though it's probably more of the "destructive force" sense considering his signature weapon was an axe.
* ''Videogame/TheKingOFFighters'' has the character named Whip. Obviously, she [[WhipItGood wields it.]] She's also often called "Muchiko" (Whip Girl) or "Whippy" by her superior Ralf.

* Captain Hook from ''Literature/PeterPan''.
* Pistol from ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop''
* Simon from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' at some point started calling himself "Simon The Digger" or "Simon The Drill," depending on translation.
* Spike on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}''. Originally it was said because he used railroad spikes to torture his victims. We later find out was because someone said that he would rather have a rail spike driven through his head than listen to any of William's (Spike's pre-vamp name) poetry that after he turned he went after his former acquaintances with railroad spikes. His other moniker of [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast William the Bloody]] on the other hand is actually a reference to his "bloody awful poetry", a fact that was apparently lost to vampire biographers.
** Subverted on the spin-off series, ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Cordelia assumes that a character's stated name of "Gun" is his street name. Turns out that his given name is [[LastNameBasis Charles Gunn]].
* Creator/PiersAnthony's early ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_Circle_(novels) Battle Circle]]'' novels: Sos the Rope, Var the Stick, Neq the Sword.
** Why does one get the impression Piers Anthony wrote those after listening to ''Mack the Knife''?
* ''Anime/TekkamanBlade'' again: Tekkaman Lance. As you can see, this was a theme.
* There is a god in ''Literature/TheRiftwarCycle'' called "The Shield of the Weak."
* Hanzo the Razor, from the film series of the same name.
* There was a Danish pretender named "Harald Kesja," where "Kesja" is a kind of spear.
* Trident, a minor villain from the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' cartoon.
* One of the orcs in ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'' goes by Hukthak, which is the name of the sacred spear he wields.
* Music/BlackSabbath song "Johnny Blade."
* The Drasnian queen's spymaster in David Eddings' ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' and ''Literature/TheMalloreon'' series is codenamed Javelin.
** While the single best assassin, real identity known only to the Queen and Javelin, is known as Hunter.
* Sylvester Stallone's character in Roger Corman's cult classic ''Death Race 2000'' was named "Machine Gun" Joe. Tyrese Gibson played a similarly-named character in the remake, ''Death Race''.
** Not only does RealLife gangster [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machine_Gun_Kelly Machine-Gun Kelly]] count, but so does pool champion [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou_Butera Machine-Gun Lou]].
* Even Shakespeare uses this trope. Although Pistol fails to appear in more recent screen versions of Henry V, in the play he represents the ordinary rank and file of the English army. And, of course, Shakespeare himself has "Spear" in his name.
* A pair of (retired) assassins in Vlad's ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' books are known as the Sword and Dagger of the Jhereg. We call them Norathar and Cawti.
* ''Series/KamenRiderBlade'': Kamen Rider Leangle (a kind of polearm). Like Blade himself, named for a [[TarotMotifs tarot suit]]; this time the suit of Wands.
** Kamen Rider Knuckle from ''Series/KamenRiderGaim''.
** Kamen Rider Spear (brother of Kamen Rider Axe) from ''Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight''.
* More on Túrin/Mormegil: he also named himself Gorthol, "the Dread Helm", and fought alongside his friend Beleg Cúthalion - Beleg Strongbow, that is - in the land that was then called Dor Cúarthol, the "Land of Bow and Helm."
* Crowbar, from the Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures series ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', is a member of [[GangOfHats The Felt]] and wields a [[CrowbarCombatant crowbar]] that negates any time-travel abilities or effects.
* There's a song by Mexican band Zoé about a spy known as Razor Blade
* Sanosuke from Manga/RurouniKenshin had the nickname Zanza, or Sanosuke of the Zanbato.
* The word '[[UsefulNotes/{{Germany}} German]]' means 'spear warrior' in Old German.
** The Norse equivalent of the word is ''Geirr'', and the name is proudly used by a significant number of Scandinavians, particularly Norwegians and Icelanders.
** Other names that use the same "Ger/Gar" root word include Roger, Edgar, Gary, Jarvis and Gerald.
* The Scandinavian name ''Kjell''/''Kjetil'', is usually translated as "helmet" (or "kettle" - albeit a sacrificial one).
* They call him... ''Film/{{Machete}}''. It's his real name, no less.
* Nearly 10,000 people in America alone can count themselves examples by virtue of being named ''Lance.''[[note]][[{{Anime/GoLion}} Isamu]] [[{{Anime/Voltron}} Kurogane]] however, isn't one of them...[[/note]]
** And ''Dirk'', who would belong in Knives, above (except for [[{{VideoGame/DragonsLair}} one specific "Dirk" in particular]]).
* Throughout Africa, ''Kalash'' is a boys name, thanks to the ubiquitous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalashnikov_rifle Kalashnikov]].
* Another RealLife example, Genghis Khan once declared himself to be "The [[EpicFlail Flail of God]]."
** This "name" itself is a title meaning "Ruler of the Universe" (compare e.g. "the King of Kings"), taken only when Temujin turned into the elected emperor ''after'' unifying various Steppe peoples into the single Horde via civil war. The same way as gur-khan, the title of his rival, meant the leader of a tribal alliance (''gur'').
** And Jebe, "the Arrow," one of Genghis Khan's leading generals. He was originally named Zurgadai and was a warrior of the Taichud tribe, one of Genghis Khan's enemies. He earned that name by hitting Genghis Khan himself with an arrow in the neck during a battle before being captured by the Khan's men. [[CaptainObvious Genghis Khan lived]], was impressed by the captive warrior and his forthrightness when he told the Khan that he is the one who shot him, and gave him the name Jebe when he swore loyalty to the khan.
* [[RevolversAreJustBetter Revolver]] Ocelot in VideoGame/MetalGearSolid. Same goes for his squadmate [[GatlingGood Vulcan]] Raven.
* Jei-san in ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'' refers to himself as the "Blade of the Gods".
* ''Film/{{Unforgiven}}'' featured the ''Schofield Kid'' on account of his [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schofield_Revolver Smith and Wesson revolver]].
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' has Michael Carpenter, [[ThePaladin Knight of the Cross]]:
--> '''Harry Dresden:''' I don't call him the Fist of God as a pet name, folks.
* ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' has a handful of such characters. The great paladin Ralgorax, the "Sword of Tyr" (mentioned in [=REF5=] ''Lords of Darkness''). Sir Ganithar "the Hammer Knight" or simply "the Hammer" (KnightErrant from ''A Matter Of Thorns''). Ranger called "Ren o' the Blade" (from ''The Pools trilogy'').
* A song by Ruben Blades is named "Pedro Navaja", which translates to Razor Peter (or Peter Razor).
* ''Videogame/{{Bayonetta}}'': The titular character.
* Inverted in ''Videogame/DevilMayCry 3'', where Dante's Devil Arms are named after the demons he acquired them from.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' has several, besides the Sword and Axe examples above:
** Scyther, as well as its evolution Scizor.
** Beedrill's Japanese name is simply "Spear".
*** Speaking of spears, Spearow.
*** And speaking of Beedrill... [[ThisIsADrill Beedrill]]. Also Drilbur and its evolution Excadrill.
** Octillery, Magmortar, and Sharpedo are named for various projectile weapons.
** Cubone, who is BadWithTheBone.
** Shieldon and Shelmet are named for armor.
* In the ''Literature/{{Graceling}}'' spin-off ''Fire'', Archer was born "Arklin," but his skill with a bow caused Fire's nickname for him to stick.
* In RealLife, Hall of Fame basketball player "Pistol" Pete Maravich.
* In RealLife, numerous mobsters, such as "Machine Gun" [=McGurn=] and Louis "Two Gun" Alterie.
* [[BossBonanza The admirals]] fought in ''VideoGame/{{Dubloon}}'''s final dungeon all take nicknames from their weapons in addition to their normal names: Jeane the [[PlayingWithFire Fire Spear]], Steel the [[AnIcePerson Ice Blade]] and Thompson the [[LightningGun Thunder Gun]].
* During some periods in Sweden, it was relatively common for military officials to give new surnames to recruits if there were too many with the same patronymic. Plenty weren't weapons, but others were (most of the categories above show up, as well as some that don't, such as Granath [an archaic spelling for grenade]), and it was usually inspired in ''some'' way by the person who got the name.
* The main bosses of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'' are weapon-based. Mack isn't ''directly'' named after his theme (it's a reference to "Mack the Knife"), but the others are Bowyer, Yaridovich ("yari" being Japanese for "spear"), and the Axem Rangers.
* Morris "Two Gun" Cohen, a Jewish-Canadian adventurer who became a bodyguard to Chinese leader Chiang Kai-Shek during UsefulNotes/ChineseCivilWar. [[CaptainObvious Guess how many guns he carried]]?
* Subverted in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' with Longspear Ryke, who does not fight with a spear. At least according to Tormund, it's a reference to his BiggusDickus.
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', Zarine Bashere goes by ''Mandarb'' -- "Blade" in the [[ClassicalTongue Old Tongue]] -- during her stint as a {{Glory Seek|er}}ing Hunter for the Horn. Abruptly zig-zagged when Perrin introduces her to a horse with the same name and she hastily chooses a new one.
* ''Videogame/{{Kirby}}'': The Meta Knights (Meta Knight's group) members are named after the weapon they wield, i.e Axe Knight, Mace Knight (though in his case an EpicFlail), Trident Knight, Javelin Knight, and later Sword Knight and Blade Knight.
* The very Videogame/ShovelKnight. There's also his partner Shield Knight.
* The eponymous ''Videogame/AzureStrikerGunvolt'', so named because he fights with both a gun and [[ShockAndAwe electricity]].

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