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Names To Run Away From: Adjectives
Names to Run Away From Really Fast which inspire fear because they are fearsome adjectives: Vicious, Grim, Sinister, Nefarious, Horrible, etc.

Or they inspire mistrust because they sound "false", like "honest".


Examples:

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Common Adjectives:

    Craven 
Comic Books

Film

Literature

    Dark 
Anime & Manga
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! has several instances:
    • Yami (= Dark) Yugi, whose early punishments for people who attacked or threatened his friends included tricking people into yoyoing themselves through a roof to fall several stories, getting people stung by their own scorpions and subjecting people to illusory torture by Eldritch Abomination.
    • Yami Bakura, who loves trapping people in game-based objects (such as, in the manga, storing souls in a pair of dice so they always rolled high).
    • Yami Marik, who unlike the other two has no ancient Egyptian backstory, he just kills people.
  • D.N.Angel's phantom thief, Dark Mousy. Also his evil counterpart, Krad.

Comic Books

Film
  • A common misconception surrounding Star Wars is that Darth is Dutch or German for dark, when neither of these statements are accurate. Dark would be donker and dunkel, respectively. Vader, on the other hand is Dutch for father, though it is pronounced differently in Dutch.

Literature

Video Games

Web Original

    Dastardly 
Western Animation

    Evil 
Anime & Manga

Film

Live-Action TV
  • Avery Schreiber played a villain named "Mr. Evil" on The Harlem Globetrotters Popcorn Machine.

Video Games
  • Berzerk has Evil Otto.
  • Pokémon Colosseum: It may be an unwritten rule that the leaders of Cipher have some part of Evil in their name. First was Evice, and second was Greevil. For added evil points, Greevil's Japanese name translates into 'Deathgold'.
  • Evil Marie in CarnEvil.
  • Evil Crash in the Crash Bandicoot series.

Western Animation

    Greedy 
Anime and Manga

Film

Video Games

Western Animation

    Grim 
Special thanks to The Grim Reaper.

Anime & Manga
  • Wolfgang Grimmer from Monster. He may look harmless but threaten his life and you'll wind up another victim of The Magnificent Steiner.

Comic Books
  • Grimjack of Grimjack.
  • Mr Benjamin Grimm, otherwise known as The Thing of the Fantastic Four.
  • The Grim Hunter, who shares this with his father Kraven (see below).

Film
  • The hero of the Doom movie, John Grimm.

Literature
  • In the Harry Potter series, a black dog known as "the Grim" is an omen of death.
  • Grim Tuesday from the Keys of the Kingdom series.
  • Grimhild, the Evil Matriarch of the Gjukung clan in the Old Norse Völsunga saga.

Real Life

  • Harald Hardrada the famous Viking. While Hardrada for some reason is not regularly transliterated into history books, it means something like "hard" "ruthless" or "grim".
  • Ottoman Sultan Selim the Grim.

Toys

Video Games

Western Animation

    Honest 
Films — Animated

Tropes

Real Life

    Horrible 
Just silly enough that it's (as far as is recorded here) never used seriously.

Literature
  • Horribin the Clown from Tim Powers's The Anubis Gates. An adept of Ancient Egyptian sorcery, who runs a crew of beggars that he crippled himself.
  • Madame Morrible in Wicked.

Newspaper Comics

Web Comics

Web Video

    Insidious 
Film
  • Darth Sidious of Star Wars. Double points for rhyming with "hideous". There is a certain in-story justification, as Sith 'names' are not technically names, but titles given after they've purposely started down the road of evil.

    Mean 
Literature

Real Life
  • Colm Meaney, an Irish actor who is actually by many accounts a pretty nice guy. Doesn't help that outside of Star Trek fandoms he's mostly known for playing villains or at the very least hard-assed Anti-Hero types.

Video Games

    Nefarious 
Comic Books

Films — Animated

Literature

Live-Action TV

MMORPGs

Video Games

    Savage 
Comic Books
  • Vandal Savage, DC Comics supervillain. Though he's a terrible person overall, he's not particularly savage.
    • While he may act sophisticated much of the time, he is a cave man, and has engaged in thousands if not millions of acts of murder, torture and cannibalism in his incredibly long life.

Professional Wrestling
  • "Macho Man" Randy Savage

Real Life
  • Adam Savage from MythBusters: His job involves smashing, blowing up, or otherwise destroying various items in big and spectacular ways (and he is very enthusiastic about his work). Also, in episodes where the crew play out character roles, Adam often plays villainous characters with "Savage" somewhere in their name (i.e. Baron von Savage, Captain Redbeard the Savage).

    Shady 
Music

Newspaper Comics
  • Shady Shrew from Slylock Fox. This trope is usually extrapolated to other bit criminals like Reeky Rat or Slick Smitty — it's surprising that name profiling hasn't been implemented yet.

Tabletop Games
  • Sid Shady from the riddle game Mind Trap.

    Sinister 
Comic Books

Literature
  • Subverted with Professor Sinistra, Astronomy teacher at Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series, who is actually a good soul, if an inveterate alarmist.
  • Sinistrad from The Death Gate Cycle.
  • Zig-zagged in the H.I.V.E. series, where the Political Manipulation instructor, the Contessa Maria Sinistre, is a Heel-Face Revolving Door. The trend stops later in with her granddaughter Lucy Dexter. "Dexter" being an alias to protect her identity, as she would not be able to study at the H.I.V.E. normally if the other students knew she also had Mind Control like her grandmother. However, she is a good character, even one of the series love interests, until her Death of the Hypotenuse fate in book six.

Music
  • Synyster Gates from Avenged Sevenfold.

Video Games

Western Animation

    Slick 
Both the meaning and the snakelike pronunciation have connotations of being sly, manipulative, scheming, smug.

Newspaper Comics

Video Games

Web Comics

    Strange 

Film

Literature

    Vicious 
Anime & Manga
  • Vicious, the main antagonist from Cowboy Bebop.
  • The main antagonist of Pokémon 4Ever is named Lord Vicious the Mask (Vicious-sama no Kamen). He's also rumored to have been named for Sid Vicious, but evidence is hazy.

Comic Books

Literature
  • Vishous from J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood novels, mercifully shortened to 'V'. Most of her male characters have bizarrely spelled "badass" names, including Torhment, Phury, Zsadist, Rhage, Rehvenge, and Wrath (well, that last one is spelled correctly). John Matthew doesn't fare any better with his warrior name: Tehrror; as does Butch when he's revealed to be a half-breed and gets saddled with a vampiric name of legend: The Dehstroyer.

Music
  • Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols. Sid was actually not that violent, nor was he particularly good in a fight; the pose of being a "moral danger" was certainly deliberate.

Western Animation

    Vile 
Comic Books
  • Early in his career, The Human Torch fought a villain named The Painter whose not-very-subtle real name was Wilhelm von Vile.

Film

Literature

Video Games

    Wily 
Literature
  • Dire Wily, the villain to the also significantly named Halcyon Blithe in the series of the same name.

Video Games

Western Animation

Other Adjectives:

    Anime and Manga 
  • Subtly, several names translate to disabilities, though that's not always bad. On the good side, Cecile from Code Geass ("Blind"). On the bad side, Claudia from The Vampire Chronicles ("Lame"). "Cecile" comes from "caecus", which means "blind" in Latin. In olden times it implied powers of prophesy as well, since many famous seers (Tiresias for example) were blind.

    Comicbooks 

    Fan Fiction 

    Film 

    Literature 
  • Vendacious from A Fire Upon the Deep is one letter off from "mendacious". Perhaps not the best name for the head of your intelligence agency.
  • Ras the Destroyer from Invisible Man.
  • Many villains in the Redwall series have such names as Cluny the Scourge, Slagar the Cruel, Ferahgo the Assassin, and Gulo the Savage.
  • Lord Foul the Despiser from the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, who doubles as Titles as well as Narm.
  • W. I. C. K. E. D. from The Maze Runner Trilogy. It doesn't stand for anything good, either: "World In Catastrophe: Killzone Experiment Department."
  • Roger Chillingworth from The Scarlet Letter.
  • Idlebury from Be Careful what you wish for by Stef. Its citizens are constantly idle (i. e. lazy).
  • Skulduggery Pleasant: Ghastly Bespoke, Baron Vengeous, Mevolent, Auron Tenebrae, Gruesome Krav, Christophe Nocturnal...the list goes on. Justified as they chose the names themselves.
  • How to Train Your Dragon is full of this: Grabbit The Grim, Gormless The Grim, Stoick The Vast, Grimbeard The Ghastly, Norbert The Nutjob, Madguts The Murderous, Murderous The Magnificent, The Seadragons Furious and Merciless, and, of course, Alvin The Treacherous.
  • Spoiler from The Key To Rondo. The kids quickly realize he's bad news, and suspect that he's working for the Blue Queen. Worse, he's actually Leo's Wicked Uncle George, who had given the eponymous Key to the Blue Queen so she could run the world while he lived in luxury.
  • In Vorkosigan Saga Emperor Dorca's dragon is Pierre La Sanguinerre which means "Bloody Pete" in English.
  • Horus Heresy: In a series based on a franchise absolutely encrusted with nightmarish titles, the high-ranking Dark Mechanicus official Urtzi Malevolus has one of the least subtle; most of the others at least did something violent to earn a title like "Flesh Tearer" or "the Red Angel", Urtzi seemingly joined up with a surname that is "malevolent" with the last few letters changed, then got promoted to a high rank.

    Live-Action TV 

    Videogames 

    Webcomics 

    Web Originals 

    Western Animation 

    Real Life 
  • Johnny Rotten (real-life: John Lydon), band leader of the Sex Pistols. Given that 'Johnny' is British slang for 'condom', that verges on squick, too.
  • Raoul Vilain (real-life: Raoul Vilain), who killed French president Jean Jaurčs.
  • Duncan Ferguson AKA Duncan Disorderly. A Scottish footballer who lives up to his "hardman" image with four convictions for assault (including one on a cop!).


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