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.


Examples:

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    Absalom 
"O my son Absalom! My son, my son Absalom! If only I had died instead of you—O Absalom, my son, my son!"
David, 2 Samuel 18:33

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."
Anime and Manga

Comic Books

Literature

Live-Action TV

Myths & Religion

Tabletop Games
  • Absalom is the name of a state in the world of Pathfinder.

Video Games

    Adam 
"And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul."

The First Man in the Book of Genesis, 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.
  • Adam the Treasure Tree from One Piece, known in-series for growing the most durable wood in the world.

Comic Books
  • Adam Warlock, who is very deliberately named by his creator the High Evolutionary.
  • DC Comics gives us Adam Strange, Black Adam (who gets bonus points for having a group of followers called the Sons of Adam) and Captain Comet (one of the first mutant superheroes, real name Adam Blake), among others.
  • 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-X of the X-Men was probably named for this reason, seeing as how he is the first known half-human half-Shi'ar.

Film
  • Adam is the vampire lord ruling over the vampiric hierarchy which controls the Southern states in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
  • Adam Bonner, a wealthy New York lawyer and one of the protagonists of the 1949 film Adam's Rib.
  • Adam Raki is the main character of the 2009 film simply titled Adam.

Literature

Live-Action TV
  • Adam, Frankensteinian Magitek demon-bot on Season 4 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
  • Adam-12, an NBC Police Procedural, and the call sign for the patrol car that the protagonists were assigned to.
  • Adam Adamant, main character of The BBC's 1966 series Adam Adamant Lives!
  • Adam Baylin of Kyle XY, Sole Survivor of a breeding program intended to create super-geniuses.
  • Adam Carrington, a villain from the Dynasty soap opera.
  • Adam Goldberg, Adorkable main character of ABC's The Goldbergs.
  • Adam Kane, a scientist in Mutant X who oversees and cares for the titular New Mutants.
  • Adam Milligan, Long-Lost Relative of the Winchester Brothers in Supernatural.
  • Adam Mitchell from Doctor Who, the second companion of the Ninth Doctor.
  • Adam Monroe/Takezo Kensei, of Heroes, who, true to his name, ends up being the forerunner of all of the other superpowered people.
  • Adam Park from the Power Rangers franchise, who bears the distinction of being the third-longest running ranger in the franchise's history.
  • Adam Rimbauer, only son of Ellen Rimbauer in Stephen King's Rose Red.
  • One of the favored aliases for the (oldest known) immortal Methos in Highlander is Adam.

Real Life

Tabletop Games

Video Games

Western Animation

    Apocalypse 
Proof that Adaptation Displacement is Older Than Dirt, Apocalypse was originally a term used to describe writings of a prophetic nature (the literal Greek meaning is "uncovering") before being displaced by the Book of Revelation into a term for the end of the world. You can safely bet on any character with this name either being a... well, apocalyptic type, usually a Omnicidal Maniac and/or Straw Nihilist villain bent on The End of the World as We Know It. If not one of those, expect a character explicitly created as a subversion.
Comic Books

Film

Real Life
  • Two Six Flags roller coasters bear this name, one at Six Flags America in Maryland and one at Six Flags Magic Mountain in California.
  • Apocalypsis is the name of a particular genus of moth.

Tabletop Games

Video Games

Web Comics

    Armageddon (and its variants) 
"Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon."
Revelation 16:16

The name for the site of the prophesied Final Battle in the Book of Revelation, this word actually has a somewhat ignomious origin story, as it boils down to a flubbed mistranslation of "Har Megiddo", the name of an ancient mountain in Israel (and the site of many, many battles for dominion over said mountain). As Rotten.com very aptly puts it, it's "the ancient equivalent of writing 'Warshinktron DeeCee.'" Despite this, the ubiquity of the term in Western civilization leads to it being very frequently used in reference to events or creatures bringing about The End of the World as We Know It. Writers going for that extra oomph will opt for the more phonetically correct "Megiddo", or a variant thereof.
Comic Books
  • Armageddon 2001, a 1991 limited series by DC Comics. As the name implies, it features a Terminator-esque dystopia After the End, and chronicles the attempts of the superhero Waverider to stop that future from happening.
  • The Justice League of America includes among its rogues gallery a "villain" named Mageddon, which is in actuality a cosmic Weapon of Mass Destruction created by a long-since extinct race of Old Gods. It was responsible for instigating the first World War III in the DCU (yes, there has been more than one World War III in the DCU).
  • In one what-if story from X-Men, resident Big Bad Apocalypse cooked up a Designer Baby for himself using his genes and the genes of the X-Men's Jean Grey. The resulting child was given this name, though he defied his father and ended up joining up with the heroes (only for it not to matter because it was a what-if tale).

Film

Real Life
  • As previously mentioned, this term originally derives from the name of an actual mountain, which is known in the present day as Tel Megiddo.

Video Games

    Delilah 

The notorious seductress who betrayed Samson in the Book of Judges. While Samson's name suggests a violent killer, Delilah's tends to suggest a sinister temptress. Despite (or perhaps because of) this, most uses of this name in modern day works are subversions.

See Samson and Delilah for a listing of tropes related to Delilah herself.
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.)

Fan Works

Film

Literature

Live-Action TV
  • Lilah Morgan is the name of an evil lawyer on Angel.
  • Subverted in NCIS; Delilah, who first appeared in Season 10 as Tim McGee's new girlfriend, has since then proven to be a likable character and steadfastly faithful to Tim.

Real Life

Video Games

Western Animation
  • In the second season of Gargoyles, Thailog makes a fused clone of Demona and Elisa Maza, naming her Delilah.
  • Delilah Devonshire is one of the two teenage spies and title characters in the Canadian Animated Series Delilah And Julius.

    Eden 
"Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed."
Genesis 2:8

The garden paradise that Adam and Even are born into (and forsake when they eat from he tree of knowledge), this name is like Adam's in that it is frequently used for villains to represent the loss of Paradise, though it can also be used to evoke a certain primordial sense of mystery. (And not coincidentally, Eden is also a rather popular Real Life name).
Anime and Manga

Film
  • 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.

Live-Action TV

Real Life

Video Games

Western Animation
  • The Genie would find himself a girlfriend in Aladdin: The Series, a female Genie with the name of Eden.

    Exodus 
"Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt."
The LORD, Exodus 3:10

The second book of the Old Testament, this name is actually derived from the Ancient Greek term for "exit". Originally referring specifically to the exit of the Israelite slaves in Egypt that the book of Exodus focuses on, the word has since become a catch-all term for any mass departure, especially of a group or race of people. Expect any event named this to specifically evoke the mass departure meaning, and any character named this to either be affiliated with such a departure, or simply be named as such for the Rule of Cool.
Comic Books

Film

Literature

Live-Action TV
  • "Exodus" is the name for a two-part episode in the third season of Battlestar Galactica (2003), and is so named because of the evacuation of the New Caprica space colony.
  • The original subtitle for the third Volume of Heroes was "Exodus", before the 2008 writer's strike and subsequent rewrite to the "Villains" volume that was the final product.
  • "The Exodus" is the title for a 2-part epiode from the third season of Sliders.
  • The season 2 finale episode of Smallville was titled Exodus, in reference to a mandate Clark receives from Jor-El telling him he must leave his titular hometown.

Music

Tabletop Games
  • The 22nd Magic: The Gathering expansion set is named Exodus, in reference to the heroes of the Weatherlight escaping the plane of Rath in this set.
  • Exodia the Forbidden One, a legendary monster from Yu-Gi-Oh! well known for being an Instant-Win Condition in the card game when summoned.

Video Games
  • 2004's Ground Control II: Operation Exodus, the sequel to the groundbreaking Ground Control RTS game.
  • Set for a 2018 release date is Metro: Exodus, the third game in the Metro 2033 series.
  • The second Oddworld game is titled Abe's Exoddus.
  • 1983's Ultima III bears the subtitle of Exodus, in reference to the game's Big Bad.

    Gog and/or Magog 
"Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him."
The LORD, Ezekiel 38:2

A pair of names first mentioned together in the book of Ezekiel (Gog referring to an Evil Prince and Magog being the land he rules, though a Magog is also confusingly listed in Genesis as one of Noah's grandsons), these names are frequently used to evoke doom and destruction, partly because of their aforementioned use in Ezekiel and partly because they are mentioned again in the book of Revelation. There is evidence that these particular names may have been adapted into the Old Testament rather than coming from it, as they were also affiliated with a Roman legend concerning the Gates of Alexander. They also appear in The Qur'an (as Yajuj and Majuj) and in Welsh folklore as Gogmagog, a legendary giant.
Comic Books
  • Magog, the penultimate '90s Anti-Hero of Kingdom Come, later reinvented as a Legacy Character for the JSA. Noteworthy for having a brief solo series that really got into the whole Gog/Magog legend, introducing characters modeled after the legendary duo's mother and 33 evil aunts before being shitcanned for low sales.
    • DC Comics also has two Gogs, both connected to Magog. The first Gog debuted in The Kingdom (DC) and was originally intended to be the foster father of the Kingdom Come Magog (who was originally going to be Superman and Wonder Woman's son!) before the underwhelming reception of The Kingdom turned all of this into an Aborted Arc. The third Gog, a Cosmic Entity, debuted several years later in JSA under the pen of Geoff Johns and was retconned into the first, true Gog, while the Gog of The Kingdom was retconned into a mentally unstable man who discovered Gog's staff by chance and usurped his power.
  • The Marvel Comics-published Doctor Who comic Doctor Who and the Iron Legion brought to the table a Magog as the most powerful and fearsome of its antagonist race, the Malevilus. He was defeated by the Fourth Doctor and later encountered by the Seventh Doctor in an And I Must Scream state.
  • Two Marvel Comics characters are named Gog: the first is an alien foe of Spider-Man, while the second is an enemy of Longshot. The second is noteworthy for having a Killer Rabbit son named (of course) Magog.
  • The Mighty Thor villain Mangog, a gigantic Anthropomorphic Personification of hate (specifically, the hate of a "billion billion beings").

Literature

Live-Action TV

Real Life
  • Gog is the name of a particular genus of trilobite.
  • The Gog and Magog statues, a pair of wicker giants that have have been carried in the Lord Mayor’s Show of London since the reign of Henry V.
  • Gog and Magog, a pair of ancient oak trees in Glastonbury known together as the Oaks of Albion.
  • The Gog Magog Hills, a range of hills south of Cambridge in Britain.
  • Magog, a town in Quebec. It's actually a rather beautiful place, quite subverting the spirit of its name. There's also a Lake Magog, a Mt. Magog, and a Magog River, all connected to the aforementioned town.

Video Games

Western Animation
  • Gogs, a Welsh claymation series revolving around a tribe of cave people.

    Jezebel 
"And the dogs shall eat Jezebel in the portion of Jezreel, and there shall be none to bury her."
The LORD, 1 Kings 21:23

The cruel and heretical wife of King Ahab from the Book of Kings. Long used to evoke images of false prophets (thanks to Jezebel's support for pagan deities over Yahweh) and prostitutes.
Anime
  • Not a straight example, but in Pokémon, James' cruel and sadistic ex-fiancé is named Jesse Bell, a clear pun on the infamous name.

Comic Books
  • One of Batman's many lovers is named Jezebel Jet. True to the spirit of the name, she does not exactly prove to be a faithful lover...
  • 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.

Comic Strips
  • Played for laughs in Peanuts, during a storyline when Linus meets a female classmate who constantly changes her name from day to day.
    Classmate: Today my name is Jezebel.
    Linus: Jezebel was the evil wife of King Ahab in the Old Testament. In II Kings, it says that her servants threw her out of the window and she landed on her head.
    Classmate: ...Today my name is Susan.

Film

Live-Action Television

Literature
  • 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.
  • In Hannibal, Big Bad Mason Verger is compared more than once to Jezebel, due to his Egocentrically Religious attitude and Hiding Behind Religion when it comes to his own perversions. Indeed, the story of Jezebel was Hannibal's inspiration for the Fate Worse Than Death he chose for Verger ("Keen Bible student that you are, you will recall the dogs ate Jezebel's face, along with the rest of her, after the eunuchs threw her out the window.")

Video Games
  • Jezebel is the name of one of the Bel Demons in Devil Survivor.
  • Jezebel The Robobrain in Fallout 4 is a rude and sociopathic Killer Robot, as well as being the reason why the Mechanist's robots went rogue and began murdering everyone on sight, all because she decided that the most effective way to "help" the Commonwealth was to "Mercy Kill" its inhabitants. According to the Medical Observation Terminal, there's a female subject that was an ex-military convicted to manslaughter, and is highly intelligent along with being a solid candidate. If this implied that Jezebel was the very same woman, she was likely an asshole before she becomes a Robobrain.
  • Jezebel Mephistopheles, the daughter of Satan in Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell.
  • 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.

Web Comics
  • Jezebel, Big Bad of the Life of Riley webcomic.
  • Jezebel Starr from EVIL is a vicious vamp who will seduce you, rob you blind, and likely leave you for dead.

Western Animation
  • Also on Jimmy Two-Shoes, Lucius' girlfriend is named Jez, though the connection is never explicitly stated.

Real Life
  • The feminist news site Jezebel invokes this trope by naming itself after a fierce literary woman you don't want to mess with. And like anything regarding feminism on The Internet, the site has also been known to spark flame wars that are definitely worth running away from.

    Judas Iscariot 
"What will ye give me, if I will deliver Him unto you?"
Judas Iscariot, Matthew 26:15

One of the twelve original disciples of Jesus, Judas is infamously remembered as the betrayer of Christ. Despite sharing a name with several non-treacherous saints, this name has still become taboo 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 is counted as the first). Occasionally his surname, Iscariot ("man of Kerioth") will be used independently of the Judas name, but usually to invoke the same ominous meaning.

Judas Iscariot is the Trope Namer for the Finding Judas and Obvious Judas tropes.
Anime and Manga
  • The Iscariot Organization from Hellsing is named for Judas the Betrayer. Bonus points for Father Alexander Anderson, the biggest badass in the organization, having the nickname of "Judas Priest".
  • Judas the Angel, leader of the Saint Beasts and main character of Saint Beast.
  • Judas the Shinigami, title character of the manga Judas.

Comic Books

Comic Strips

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.
  • In Dracula 2000, Drac claims to have been the actual historical Judas. Yes, seriously.
  • The third film in The Librarian series is given the subtitle "The Judas Chalice", in reference to an Artifact of Doom that is apparently capable of controlling Dracula. Notably, this work inverts the above scenario from Dracula II Ascension, presenting Judas as the first vampire rather than Dracula himself.
  • In Sleepy Hollow Judas does not himself appear, but is still an influence on the plot, as one of his cursed thirty pieces of silver is said to have influenced Benedict Arnold into betraying his countrymen.

Literature
  • Judas is depicted in The Divine Comedy as trapped in the deepest circle of Hell, being chewed on by a three-faced Satan eternally alongside Brutus and Cassius.
  • 2005's Judas Unchained, the sequel novel to Peter F. Hamilton's Pandora's Star.
  • The ill-fated Rinaldo Pazzi in Hannibal comes from a family whose members are often compared to Judas in art, due to several of their number being traitors in medieval Italy. Lecter ultimately kills Pazzi himself in a way that is identical to the death of Pazzi's 500-year old ancestor, both of whom die as Judas Iscariot himself died ("Bowels in or out, Commendatore?").

Live-Action TV
  • 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.
  • The Judas tree on Doctor Who is apparently where River Song got the poison that she added to her Drugged Lipstick for the purposes of assassinating the Doctor (just like Judas betrayed Jesus with the Kiss of Death).

Music

Myths & Religion

Real Life
  • The Judas goat is a trained animal (not always a goat) used in animal herding to lure herds of animals to a destination. Because that destination is usually slaughter, and because the Judas goat itself is spared, it acquired this moniker.
  • Because Judas identified Christ to the Romans by kissing him, the "Judas kiss" has entered the culture lexicon as a term for an act of seeming friendship which is ultimately harmful to its recipient.
  • Cercis siliquastrum is a species of tree often called the Judas Tree, as according to legend it is the type of tree that Judas hanged himself from.

Tabletop Games

Theatre

Video Games

Web Original
  • During her time on Atop the Fourth Wall, Iron Liz had a murderous doppelgänger named "Judas Liz". The name had a double meaning, as the character was both evil and wore a Judas Priest tee shirt (in contrast to the Iron Maiden tees Liz normally wears).

Western Animation

    Lazarus 
"And when He thus had spoken, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!"

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. Alternative forms of the name, such as Eleazar or Eliezer, also qualify.
Anime
  • A mellow, vaguely ominous song titled "Lazarus" is used in, of all things, the 2003 Funimation dub of Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan. As an expository montage of Broly's Freudian Excuse past directly precedes it, the theory goes that the song (which focuses on the "Rich man and Lazarus" tale you can read more on below) is comparing the Rich Man Dives to King Vegeta, and Lazarus to Broly.

Comic Books

Film
  • Black Snake Moan features as its main character a Lazarus, played by Samuel L. Jackson.
  • Actually averted by Galaxy Quest with Dr. Lazarus, an affectionate party of various Leonard Nimoy roles.
  • 2016's The Lazarus Effect, a Science Fiction Horror film that predictably focuses on the consequences of doctors discovering a way to resuscitate dead patients.
  • Averted with Dr. Marian Lazarus of the 1981 film Outland.
  • In 2001's Soulkeeper there is an Artifact of Doom called the Rock of Lazarus, which is said to be able to return souls of the deceased to Earth. The gag is that it works, there's just no guarantee you'll get reincarnated as a human...
  • In Tropic Thunder one of the characters is fictional actor Kirk Lazarus, played by Robert Downey, Jr. He's not someone you'll always want to run away from, but he can be a strange fellow due to his penchant for taking Method Acting to extremes.

Literature

Live-Action TV
  • Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor's incident with a Dr. Lazarus. The episode title was "The Lazarus Experiment."
  • In Season 2 of Heroes, new character Takezo Kensei's Catch-Phrase is "Lazarus risen!", which nicely foreshadows The Reveal that he is a superhuman after his Healing Factor revives him from death.
  • 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.
  • Sherlock: Lazarus is the codename texted to Mycroft to start the plan to fake Sherlock's death

Myths & Religion
  • The Trope Namer is Lazarus of Bethany, also known as Lazarus of the Four Days in reference to the time he spent deceased.
  • A second Biblical Lazarus is a poor beggar who appears in the Gospel of Luke, since immortalized in the tale of the Rich man and Lazarus. He is often confused or merged with Lazarus of Bethany via Compressed Adaptation, but they were two separate individuals.
  • Along with the Lazarus of Luke mentioned directly above, there are at least three other saints who bear this name.

Real Life
  • The founder of the retail chain Toys 'R Us is a man named Charles Lazarus, which is sadly ironic given said chain's current financial status...
  • Eliezer Yudkowsky may not be evil, but as a transhumanist, one of his main projects is trying to find a way to live forever.
  • Lazarus of Persia, a Christian Inspirational Martyr who was tortured and then killed on March 27, 326.
  • The failed micronation of New Utopia was founded by a Lazarus Long, a man who changed his name after being inspired by the Robert A. Heinlein character mentioned above. His actual birth name was Howard Turney.
  • The Order of St. Lazarus was a Catholic military order that was extant from its founding in 1119 until its decline in the 17th century. (The "St Lazarus" in question of the Lazarus of Luke, for the curious).

Tabletop Games
  • 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.

Video Games
  • The Big Bad in the obscure PSX driving combat game Auto Destruct.
  • Baron Lazarus Pedabouche, an evil ancestor of the title character of Baron Baldric.
  • Referenced in Command & Conquer with the stealth tank, which uses the Lazarus Shield to camouflage itself.
  • Averted with Lazarus the Gunslinger of Cross Edge, who not only turns out to be a pretty cool guy but also does not reincarnate after pulling his Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Dark Watch has Lazarus Malkoth, the vampiric Big Bad and founder of the titular Darkwatch.
  • Lazarus in Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a radio host, focusing on conspiracy theories. Most of the time he's right.
  • 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.
  • The Lazarus Labs from DOOM are the source of the Possessed that the Doom Slayer fights early on in the game. They are created through exposure to waves of Argent Energy from Hell, which are called Lazarus Waves.
  • The Lazarus device in Evolve is a gauntlet meant to make field medics irrelevant by resurrecting the fallen rather than heal the wounded. While it does work, it is mentioned to cause brain damage through extended use, while attempting to use it on someone who was dead for too long or died of natural causes will cause them to return, spasm and scream for a moment, and die again.
  • Ghost Hunter brings up police officer Lazarus Jones, who predictably dies and is revived over the course of the game.
  • The Lazarus Pits of DC Comics mentioned above are referenced in Injustice 2.
  • 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.
  • Averted with Lazarus the Knight, a party character in Shining Tears.
  • Averted by the Lazarus Concordance, the elders of the Lost Land in the Turok series.
  • Father Lazarus, a Forsaken (read: undead) priest trainer in World of Warcraft.

Western Animation
  • Batman: Under the Red Hood features the Lazarus Pits referenced above, used by Ra's Al-Ghul to resurrect the titular Red Hood who is actually Batman's deceased sidekick Jason Todd. As in the comics, there are... complications.

    Leviathan 
"By the greatness of this monster Leviathan, God showeth his greatness and his power, which nothing can resist."
Job 41:1 (1599 Geneva edition)

An enormous Sea Monster first referenced in the Book of Job, the Leviathan is like Gog & Magog above in that it was likely adapted into the Old Testament rather than originating from it, as there is evidence of a very similar creature in the mythology of the pre-monotheistic Canaanites called Lotan, which the Leviathan of Job is almost certainly an adaptation of. During the Age of Sail this term became synonymous with various sea monsters of the time, from the so-called "great whales" (which actually do exist) to sea dragons (which almost certainly do not). Later referenced in the Book of Revelation as rising from the sea alongside its earthbound brother Behemoth to help usher in The End of the World as We Know It, this last appearance codified the Leviathan as a colossal monster bent on destruction. Expect any creature given this name to be of a similar bent.

See Kraken and Leviathan for more information, as well as a more complete listing of fictional Leviathans.
Real Life
  • Livyatan melvillei, an extinct whale named after the sea monster from the Book of Job, as well as the author of Moby-Dick.

Video Games

    Nimrod 
"Therefore it is said, 'Like Nimrod, a mighty hunter before the LORD'."
Genesis 10:9

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
  • The ultimate Sentinel that the X-Men have to contend with is called Nimrod.
  • 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.

Live-Action TV
  • 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.
    • The Whoniverse has another Nimrod - an Ax-Crazy undead government agent hell-bent on world domination by Britain, and complete control of Britain by his organization, the Forge, which should be itself put around here given its Orwellian type of evil and willingness to abuse alien tech.
  • 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.

Tabletop Games

    Samson 

The Jerk with a Heart of Gold hero of the Book of Judges and a major early Trope Codifier for what would eventually become the Anti-Hero archetype. Famous for being the guy who killed an entire army with the jawbone of an ass, for his Riddle, and for not being very bright. Anyone who has this name, whether he's good or bad, is likely very strong.

Samson is the Trope Namer for The Samson Option.

See Samson and Delilah for a listing of tropes related to Samson himself.
Comic Books
  • Black Samson of Invincible has the strength of his namesake, but as Super Strength isn't such a big deal in comic books, he also has the other powers required for Flying Brick status. They don't save him from eventually being killed.
  • Doc Samson of the Incredible Hulk, a psychiatrist who has a green-haired Genius Bruiser transformation. Predictably, his hair grows long in his transformed state, and his power is dependent on his hair just like the mythical Samson.
  • Samson of Mighty Samson, who is essentially a fusing of the Biblical Samson archetype with the Barbarian Hero archetype.
  • One of the Morlocks from X-Men was a Samson. He had the usual Super Strength, but was also blind (a second, more subtle reference to the Biblical Samson). He appeared just long enough to be killed by Sabretooth during the Mutant Massacre.

Film

Literature
  • Bernard Samson of the Bernard Samson Series. As Bernie is set in a more realistic world, he gets no Super Strength and has to content himself with "merely" being a badass spy.
  • Coyote Blue brings us Sam Hunter, who uses the alias Samson Hunts Alone while on the run.
  • Samson, or more specifically the Riddle of Samson, is referenced in Hannibal when the title character writes a letter to heroine Clarice Starling telling her that she is the answer to Samson's riddle, "the honey in the lion".
  • Samson Agonistes, a 1671 drama written by John Milton that is a dramatized retelling of the Samson and Delilah story.

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 Retired Monster father on Heroes.
  • Averted with Samson the talking dog of Samson En Gert, who is as adorable a sheepdog as any you'll find.

Real Life

Video Games
  • One of the two hypermuscular bodybuilder characters in the utterly bizarre Cho Aniki is named Samson.
  • Little Samson's title character has the strength of his namesake but not his dependence on shaggy locks to maintain it.

Western Animation
  • 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.
  • Samson J. Clogmeyer of Camp Lazlo is a subversion in that not only he is not very strong, he's actually rather prone to suffering injuries himself.

    Zillah 
The wife of Lamech (descendant of Cain). No relation to 'Zilla, the Fan Nickname for the first American Godzilla.

Literature
  • 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.

    Others 
Anime
  • 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.
  • One Piece
    • The giants Sodom and Gomorrah are named after cities mentioned in the Bible. They become allies to Usopp and the other Straw Hat pirates, though.
    • Jesus Burgess, one of Blackbeard's crew members. To match, his birthday is December 25th.

Comic Books
  • When Cable's son Tyler went evil and became an Apocalypse worshipper, he took the name Genesis.
  • As noted above, during the '90s there was an Ancient Conspiracy team of evil mutants the X-Men fought called the Externals, several of whom were named for Biblical characters. On top of the aforementioned Absalom, their ranks included a Gideon, a Nicodemus, and a Saul. X-Men Big Bad Apocalypse was also retroactively deemed one of their number (though in a class above them, as they swore a collective oath to never meddle in his affairs).

Film
  • 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.

Literature
  • Moby-Dick: Captain Ahab, named after an evil king from the Old Testament.
  • COMMISSAR CIAPHAS CAIN, HERO OF THE IMPERIUM!!! is 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.

Live-Action TV
  • 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.

Video Games
  • The Flood from Halo.
    • 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.
  • 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).
  • Evolve gives each of its monsters menacing names, with two of them given biblical names. The Goliath is named after the giant Philistine warrior who frightened all but David into surrender, while the Behemoth is named after the massive and powerful land-based counterpart to the Leviathan.

Web Comics

Web Original
  • In Worm the first two Endbringers are Behemoth and Leviathan, after the two monstrous creatures described in the Book of Job. Like the originals, they are slaves to the unconscious will of their creator, Eidolon.

Western Animation
  • Parodied on Aqua Teen Hunger Force, when Meatwad attempts to name what appears to be a mini-Shake that appeared on their doorstep:
    "I'm gonna name you Jesus...Ezekiel...Jesus. And that's from the Bible."
  • David Xanatos, the father of multiple trope categories?


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