Names To Run Away From: Biblical Names
A form of Names to Run Away From Really Fast. Names from The Bible tend to imposing and vaguely supernatural. Cain is a very popular example, to the point that it has its own page; See Name of Cain. Demons and Angels also have their own page. This is a subset of Names To Run Away From: Religious Names. See Biblical Bad Guy when you've actually got the real deal making an appearance.
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In Jewish tradition, the name Absalom is considered banned or at least bad luck to give to a child, given that the character led a revolt against his father. Doubles as an Ironic Name since it literally means "father of peace." Comic Books
- There used to be a Doctor Who spin-off comic called "Abslom Daak, Dalek Killer".
- The Canterbury Tales have a Butt Monkey character with this name, but that's probably more in reference to him being "pretty" (as was the Biblical character) than because of ill-omens associated with the name.
- Cry, the Beloved Country features Absalom Kumalo, son of an African preacher who ultimately ends up killing a man (to be fair, it was something of an accident).
- Buffy vampire
- There is also a Pokémon named Absol, which is considered a bad omen due to its attraction to catastrophe.
The First Man in the Bible, his name is often used for apocalyptic villains (to represent the loss of Paradise) or whenever an unsavory scientist tries to create life. (Of course, Adam is a very popular name, even in Real Life, and there are plenty of good guys with that name.) Anime
- The first, and by far the most powerful angel in Neon Genesis Evangelion. The mere act of waking up this being wiped out half the population of earth and changed most of the major landmass. Oh, and when Adam woke up it's four wings were large enough to be visible from space.
- In Wanted, the African dictator Adam One is one of the five heads of the supervillainous Fraternity, which secretly controls the globe. While one of the more "benevolent" leaders (as in he wants to oppress the common people rather than destroy them all), he is still the supervillain ruler of an entire continent.
- Adam is the vampire lord ruling over the vampiric hierarchy which controls the Southern states in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
- There's the Adam from Good Omens.
- The monster in the original Frankenstein was named Adam, according to Mary Shelley.
- Adam, Frankensteinian Magitek demon-bot on Season 4 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
- Adam Monroe/Takezo Kensei, of Heroes who true to his name is the forerunner of all of the other superpowered people.
- Adam is the name of Dr. Mordenheim's monster in the Ravenloft setting, a far more evil Expy of the Frankenstein's Monster.
- Apocalypse, the immortal X-Men supervillain who wants to transform the world to fit his Social Darwinistic vision.
The notorious seducer who betrayed Samson. While Samson's name suggests a violent killer, Delilah's tends to suggest a sinister temptress. Comic Books
- Spider-Man villain the Rose (Jacob Conover) employed a cybernetic female enforcer named Delilah, both as a bodyguard and an assassin. (Unlike her namesake, she seemed to have Undying Loyalty towards him.)
- Lilah Morgan is the name of an evil lawyer on Angel.
- In the second season of Gargoyles, Thailog makes a fused clone of Demona and Elisa Maza, naming her Delilah.
- One of the two villains from The Proposition is named Eden Fletcher. His first name kind of gets him on here. Since he's an evil decadent type, and, better yet, a Smug Snake his name makes perfect symbolic sense.
- Eden Log, the promised paradise in Eden Log that lends the film its title, which turns out to be an evil company harvesting people.
- Eden, the ultimate summon from Final Fantasy VIII.
- The malfunctioning supercomputer in Rez and Child of Eden.
- Project Eden.
- President Eden in Fallout 3.
Gog and/or Magog
- The titular Anti-Hero of Kingdom Come. Although this may be a subversion, as the character was recently reintroduced in the pages of JSA as a Legacy Character and seems to be reforming from his Well-Intentioned Extremist self.
- Alien foe of Spider-Man
- Gog and Magog are the names of the blacksmith's hulking, mentally challenged slaves in The Sea of Trolls.
- Aragog, the Giant Spider from the Harry Potter books.
- Borborygmus Gog.
- The Magog are a race of horrific aliens in Andromeda.
- Mesogog. Mix of "Gog" and "Mesozoic".
- Escape has two guns, each named after the duo.
- Not a straight example, but in Pokémon, James' cruel and sadistic ex-fiancé is named Jesse Bell, a clear pun on the infamous name.
- In the Blacksad album "Arctic Nation", Jezebel is the name of sinister police officer Karup's wife, who openly despises her husband and seems to have an agenda of her own. By the end it's revealed that she orchestrated everything that happened as a way of getting revenge on Karup, who is actually her father.
- Jezebel, in Jacobs Ladder.
- Ahab's wife Jezebel qualifies as well. In the first Kingdom Keepers book, Finn runs across a girl named Jez, who flat out admits it's short for Jezebel, from The Bible. Not being a biblical scholar, Finn fails to realize he should be worried.
- In Isaac Asimov's Caves of Steel, our hero Elijah is married to a woman named Jezebel.
- There are three Jezebels in World of Warcraft: Jezebel Bican, a simple supplies vendor; Shadowmistress Jezebel Hawke, a warlock; and the Je'Tze's Bell, an item. There's also Jacob Alerius, a Paladin.
- Also on Jimmy Two-Shoes, Lucius' girlfriend is named Jez, though the connection is never explicitly stated.
The betrayer of Christ. His name is usually taboo for boy's names in modern times, and many believe the superstition surrounding the number thirteen may have originated with him (as he was the thirteenth member of Jesus' group, if Jesus himself counts as the first). Film
- The Judas Breed, a species of giant insectoid monsters in Mimic. Since the scientists who engineered them picked the name themselves, they can charitably be called idiots for actually expecting their bio-engineering project to not Go Horribly Right.
- Arnold Judas Rimmer from Red Dwarf, for a double dose of treachery. Subverted however in that he eventually becomes a Jerk with a Heart of Gold after receiving more character development.
- Captain Judas from Terry and the Pirates.
- Saduj in Ultima V betrays the party.
- Judas from Tales of Destiny 2, after being given a Meaningful Rename. Subverted in that he's way nicer than he was as Leon Magnus.
Any medical experiment named "Project Lazarus", run by a Dr. Lazarus, or building "the Lazarus Device" will be intended to cheat death or even return the dead to life. Bringing back the dead and cheating death is Meddling In God's Domain, and will almost certainly go horribly wrong and punish all involved. Film
- Actually averted by Galaxy Quest.
- Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor's incident with a Dr. Lazarus. The episode title was "The Lazarus Experiment."
- Sanctuary had the Lazarus virus and while it only infected abnormals not human, the infected nonetheless became hazardous to human health as a result of the disease. Among abnormals it was also lethal.
- Series/Sherlock: Lazarus is the codename texted to Mycroft to start the plan to fake Sherlock's death
- In Anima Beyond Fantasy, a character -Expy of Sephiroth- about which nothing is known, who very often appears leaving behind barren cities, with just shadows of people seeming to run away.
- Shepard is revived by the "Lazarus Project" in Mass Effect 2 with no ill effects. However, the Project is simply the reason s/he survives being killed and remains the player character, rather than a significant plot point.
- Archbishop Lazarus of Tristram from Diablo. If Big D isn't running the show, he is. Then again, Big D is always running the show. Still, the guy's a bastard.
- Father Lazarus, a Forsaken (read: undead) priest trainer in World of Warcraft.
- Referenced in Command & Conquer with the stealth tank, which uses the Lazarus Shield to camouflage itself.
- Lazarus in Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a radio host, focusing on conspiracy theories. Most of the time he's right.
- The Big Bad in the obscure PSX driving combat game Auto Destruct.
- Averted by the Lazarus Concordance, the elders of the Lost Land in the Turok series.
- Ra's al Ghul's Lazarus Pit in Batman: Under the Red Hood goes terribly awry
- Eliezer Yudkowsky may not be evil, but as a transhumanist, one of his main projects is trying to find a way to live forever.
An ancient conqueror mentioned only once in Genesis. Given that the first half sounds like a Portmaneau of "numb" and "dim," and what "rod" can mean, this name's level of badass may have decayed a bit by now. (Bugs Bunny calling Elmer Fudd "Nimrod"note certainly didn't help.) Comic Books
- Shares the same name as a robot from the future.
- Similarly, there's a serial killer named Nimrod ("a mighty hunter before the Lord" and all) in The Doll's House from Sandman. Which also has the Corinthian, named for the Biblical symbolism of "through a glass, darkly" (as a dark mirror of humanity) as well as for the the mode of behavior, with his particular twist on it.
- A subversion in the Doctor Who episode "Ghost Light". Nimrod is the name of the original Big Bad's Neanderthal butler, and a worshipper of the actual Big Bad, a Physical God known only as Light, but he's a good guy.
- In the two-part episode, "White Light" of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers Season 2, Lord Zedd creates a monster literally named Nimrod the Scarlet Sentinel. In fact, she was the first Monster of the Week that Tommy fought as the White Ranger, and clearly, this Trope does apply, as she was very powerful, managing to nearly flatten the Thunder Megazord in the first part of the two-parter, right before Tommy appeared in his new identity. (Of course a big part of that was because Zordon was, at the time, diverting most of the Command Center's energy to Tommy in order to give him his new powers, leaving the Megzord at subpar levels.) She had powerful electrical attacks and could summon two other monsters (her "assistants") named AC and DC to help her.
The guy who killed an entire army with the jawbone of an ass. Anyone who has this name, whether he's good or bad, is likely very strong. Comic Books Live-Action TV
- An excellent zig-zag of the trope is Samson from Carnivŕle, who is the dwarf manager of the carnival. He isn't particularly evil or physically imposing, but he was once a weightlifter and is certainly closer to the supernatural elements of the show than other characters.
- Samson Gray, Sylar's father on Heroes.
- Brock Samson from The Venture Bros. The man is a walking TERROR. He once proposed weaponizing a jawbone, which (combined with his oft-mocked mullet) are subtle little Shout Outs to the original.
The wife of Lamech (descendant of Cain). No relation to 'Zilla, the Fan Nickname for the first American Godzilla. Anime and Manga
- However, as Toei so capably showed us, Zillah without the H is a horrible failure.
- Poppy Z. Brite's Lost Souls's character. Interestingly, Brite's Zillah is male.
- The third book in Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quartet, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, revolves around women of a particular line all named "Zillah/Zylle/Zyll". Zillah is actually the middle name of Meg's mother in law, who sets the events of the story into motion and is central to the conflict.
- Tobias, the "dreaded" competitive Darkrai trainer from Pokémon.
- Haman Kahn (or Karn), ruthless dictator and deadly Ace Pilot of Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam and Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ shares a name with the Persian minister who tried to talk the king into massacring the Jews in the Book of Esther.
- Subverted in Diggstown with Gabriel Caine, who, while he is a con man, is still basically good and is unquestionably one of the heroes of the story.
- All the leaders of Children of the Corn and and their right hand men have Biblical names: Isaac, Malachai, Micah, Mordecai, Eli, Josiah, Ezeekial and so on.
- Moby-Dick: Captain Ahab, named after an evil king from the Old Testament.
- '''COMMISSAR CIAPHAS CAIN, HERO OF THE IMPERIUM!!!''', named after TWO biblical villains (Joseph Caiaphas was the high priest who had Jesus condemned to death)
- Bathsheba and Gabriel of Far from the Madding Crowd
- Herod Sayle in the Alex Rider novel Stormbreaker shares his biblical namesake's desire for infanticide.
- Phenomena has Ezau, he often tries to lure his brother Azur to his death even though he swore to his parents to keep him safe. He stays a villain in his own right without influence from the true Big Bad. In the end the brothers have more a Cain and Abel dynamic though.
- Carnivŕle, fittingly enough for a show about Biblical catastrophes and superpowered beings, has many Biblical names, but not among the villains. The only Biblical connection on the dark side is Tommy Dolan, his first name being an excellent and prophetic reference to "doubting Thomas".
- The fourth season of Heroes featured as its Big Bad one Samuel Sullivan, a Dark Messiah who promised to lead the "specials" to a promised land where they would be free of persecution. In the Bible, Samuel is the prophet who essentially founded the Kingdom of Israel.
- Lost has a lot of Biblical names. Ironically, the show's resident Magnificent Bastard is named Benjamin. This should refer to Jacob, too, now that Ben has started to turn into the real powers' Butt Monkey.
- Messiah, the Killer AI of Tokumei Sentai Go Busters. For bonus points, he was "born" on Christmas Day.
- The Flood from Halo.
- Marathon had a rejected monster called the Armageddon Beast.
- The villains of the game mod RED are named Joshua and Michael.
- The Ark of Napishtim from Ys VI is named after the Ark of Ut-napishtim, the Epic of Gilgamesh's analog of Noah.
- Leviathan in any installment of the Final Fantasy series. Usually it's one of the most powerful summons or Espers available. In Final Fantasy XII, it's literally a flying Dreadnought.
- Joshua Graham, aka the Burned Man, in Fallout: New Vegas: Honest Hearts.
- Numerous specimens in Monster Hunter, including the all-too-obvious and all-too-appropriately-named Deviljho (Read: Devil, Joe), as well as the Diablos, which translates to Satan in Spanish. Other more vague/loose examples include the Ceadeus (Sea + Deus).
- In Impure Blood, the Abomination, the long term sole survivor of every Gladiator Games. When Dara rescues him she immediately asks for his real name.