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 
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
  • There used to be a Doctor Who spin-off comic called "Abslom Daak, Dalek Killer".
  • During the '90s the X-Men briefly contended with an Ancient Conspiracy of immortal evil mutants, one of whom was named Absalom.

Literature
  • 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).

Live-Action TV

Video Games

    Adam 
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.

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

Literature

Live-Action TV
  • 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.

Tabletop Games

Video Games

    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

Web Comics

    Delilah 
The notorious seductress 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.)

Fan Works

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.

Western Animation
  • In the second season of Gargoyles, Thailog makes a fused clone of Demona and Elisa Maza, naming her Delilah.

    Eden 
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).

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

Video Games

Real Life

    Gog and/or Magog 
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 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

Literature

Live-Action TV
  • 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.

Video Games

    Jezebel 
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.

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.

Video Games
  • 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.
  • 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 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 
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). Note that this name refers to Judas Iscariot, and not the several saints who also bear the name.

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".

Comic Books
  • At one point during the '90s time-traveling Anti-Hero Cable reveals that in the far future Mystique's name has replaced the name of Judas as an instant shorthand for traitor.

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.

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).

Tabletop Games

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).

    Lazarus 
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.

Film

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

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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Western Animation

Real Life
  • Eliezer Yudkowsky may not be evil, but as a transhumanist, one of his main projects is trying to find a way to live forever.

    Nimrod 
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 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.

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.

    Zillah 
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 Animation so capably showed us, Zillah without the H is a horrible failure.

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
  • X-Men Knight Templar Exodus.
  • 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!!!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.
  • 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).
  • Evovle 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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