A form of NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast.

Names from ''Literature/TheBible'' tend to imposing and vaguely supernatural. Cain is a very popular example, to the point that it has its own page; See NameOfCain. Demons and Angels also [[NamesToRunAwayFrom/DemonsOrAngels have their own page]].

This is a subset of [[NamesToRunAwayFrom/ReligiousNames Names To Run Away From: Religious Names]].

See BiblicalBadGuy when you've actually got the real deal making an appearance.



-->"O my son Absalom! My son, my son Absalom! If only I had died instead of you—O Absalom, my son, my son!"
---> -- '''David''', ''[[Literature/BooksOfSamuel 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 [[CallingTheOldManOut led a revolt against his father]]. Doubles as an IronicName since it literally means "father of peace."
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'' there is Absalom "[[RedBaron of the Graveyard]]", a [[MixAndMatchCritters mix-and-match]] man and one of the main villains in [[Recap/OnePieceThrillerBarkArc Thriller Bark]]. Also a pervert who uses his [[{{Invisibility}} invisibility powers]] to spy on and harass the female Straw Hats.

* Absalom the External, an immortal mutant and member of an AncientConspiracy of villainous immortal mutants from the pages of ''ComicBook/XForce''.
* Abslom Daak, Dalek Killer and protagonist of the ''Series/DoctorWho'' spin-off comic of the same name.
* Harry Absalom, an OccultDetective and title character from the ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' comic ''ComicBook/{{Absalom}}''.

* ''Literature/AbsalomAbsalom'', a 1936 DoorStopper by Creator/WilliamFaulkner.
* ''Literature/TheCanterburyTales'' has a ButtMonkey 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.
* ''Literature/CryTheBelovedCountry'' features Absalom Kumalo, son of an African preacher who ultimately ends up killing a man (to be fair, it was something of an accident).

* Absalom the Vampire, a member of the Order of Aurelius and villain of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.

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* The TropeNamer is a character from the Literature/BooksOfSamuel, son of the legendary Israelite king David.

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* Absalom is the name of a state in the world of ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}''.

* Absalom the Nephilim, a character from the ''VideoGame/{{Darksiders}}'' series [[spoiler:and the surprise BigBad of ''VideoGame/DarksidersII'']].
* Absalom the [[ColdSniper sniper]], a [[RandomEncounters randomly-encountered]] enemy and CrazySurvivalist in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}''.
* Absol the Franchise/{{Pokemon}}, a third-generation {{Mon}} which is considered a bad omen due to its attraction to catastrophes.

-->"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."
---> --'''[[Literature/BookOfGenesis Genesis 2:7]]'''

The First Man in the Literature/BookOfGenesis, 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 RealLife, and there are plenty of good guys with that name.)
* The first, and by far the most powerful angel in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. 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 ''Manga/OnePiece'', known in-series for growing the most durable wood in the world.

* Adam-One of ''ComicBook/{{Wanted}}'' is an African dictator and one of the five heads of the supervillainous Fraternity, which secretly controls the globe. While one of the more "benevolent" leaders ([[ALighterShadeOfBlack as in he wants to oppress the common people rather than destroy them all]]), he is still the supervillain ruler of an entire continent. His choice of name is very deliberate, as he is strongly implied to be the first man (making him an {{Expy}} of ComicBook/VandalSavage).
* ComicBook/AdamStrange is a subversion, as he is a good-natured hero and longtime ally of the Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica.
* Subverted with ComicBook/AdamWarlock, who is very deliberately named and created to be a MessianicArchetype.
* Adam-X of the ''ComicBook/XMen'' was probably named for this reason, seeing as how he is [[spoiler:the first known half-human half-Shi'ar]]. He's a good guy, but he might be worth running away from anyway due to his mutant power of BloodyMurder.
* ComicBook/BlackAdam from Creators/DCComics is very definitely someone you'll want to run away from when he gets mad, as he has a bad habit of ripping people limb from limb. He also gets bonus Adam points for having a group of followers called the Sons of Adam.
* One of the first {{Mutant}} superheroes in any comic medium was Captain Comet of Creator/DCComics, whose real name is Adam Blake.

* Adam is the vampire lord ruling over the vampiric hierarchy which controls the Southern states in ''Film/AbrahamLincolnVampireHunter''.
* Adam Bonner, a wealthy New York lawyer and one of the protagonists of the 1949 film ''Film/AdamsRib''.
* Adam Raki is the main character of the 2009 film simply titled ''Film/{{Adam}}''.

* The monster in the original Literature/{{Frankenstein}} was named Adam, according to [[WordOfGod Mary Shelley]].
* Adam Link, titular protagonist of ''Literature/AdamLink'' and a RidiculouslyHumanRobot who finds a robot girlfriend for himself named ([[Main/AdamAndEvePlot what else]]?) Eve.
* Adam Young, the AntiAntiChrist from ''Literature/GoodOmens''.

* Adam, Frankensteinian Magitek demon-bot on Season 4 of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.
* ''Series/AdamTwelve'', an Creator/{{NBC}} PoliceProcedural, and the call sign for the patrol car that the protagonists were assigned to.
* Adam Adamant, main character of Creator/TheBBC's 1966 series ''Series/AdamAdamantLives''
* Adam Baylin of ''Series/KyleXY'', SoleSurvivor of a breeding program intended to create super-geniuses.
* Adam Carrington, a villain from the ''Series/{{Dynasty}}'' soap opera.
* Adam Goldberg, {{Adorkable}} main character of Creator/{{ABC}}'s ''Series/TheGoldbergs''.
* Adam Kane, a scientist in ''Series/MutantX'' who oversees and cares for the titular New Mutants.
* Adam Milligan, LongLostRelative of the Winchester Brothers in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''.
* Adam Mitchell from ''Series/DoctorWho'', the second companion of the Ninth Doctor.
* Adam Monroe/[[spoiler:Takezo Kensei]], of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', who, true to his name, ends up being the forerunner of all of the other superpowered people.
* Adam Park from the ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' 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 Creator/StephenKing's ''Series/RoseRed''.
* One of the favored aliases for the (oldest known) immortal Methos in ''Series/{{Highlander}}'' is Adam.

* Music/AdamAnt (born Stuart Leslie Goddard), a British musician and actor best known for his work with the defunct rock band Music/AdamAndTheAnts.
* Creator/AdamBaldwin, an American actor known who is best known for the role of Jayne Cobb in ''Series/{{Firefly}}''.
* Creator/AdamBeach, a Canadian voice actor best known in the present day for the role of Slipknot in ''Film/SuicideSquad2016''.
* Creator/AdamCadre, an American writer best known for 1998's ''VideoGame/{{Photopia}}''.
* Creator/AdamCarolla, an American actor/comedian/radio host/podcaster (hey, the guy keeps busy) ''and'' former carpenter and amateur boxer from Los Angeles.
* Creator/AdamCurtis, a British filmmaker famous for his famous for documentaries on "power and how it works in society".
* [[Creator/AdamDevine Adam [=DeVine=]]], an American [[Film/TheIntern actor]], [[Film/Neighbors2014 comedian]], [[WesternAnimation/TheLEGOBatmanMovie voice actor]], [[Film/PitchPerfect singer]], screenwriter and [[Series/{{Workaholics}} producer]].
* Creator/AdamDriver, an American actor who is best known for the role of Kylo Ren in ''Franchise/StarWars''.
* Creator/AdamHowden, a British voice actor who is best known as the voice of Anders in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''.
* Creator/AdamLevine, an American singer who is best known for his work with the pop-rock group Music/Maroon5.
* Wrestling/AdamRose (born Raymond John Leppan), a South African pro wrestler known for his time in the Wrestling/{{WWE}}.
* Creator/AdamSandler, an American actor known for his [[Film/FiftyFirstDates many]] [[Film/HappyGilmore starring]] [[Film/MrDeeds roles]] [[Film/TheWaterboy in]] [[Film/{{Click}} Hollywood]] [[Film/FunnyPeople comedies]].
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Smith Adam Smith]], 18th century Scottish economist and the TropeNamer for AdamSmithHatesYourGuts.
* Creator/AdamWest, an American actor who is best known for the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in the the classic 1960s ''Series/{{Batman}}'' series (and for being the TropeNamer on this wiki for AdamWesting).
* [[Creator/KenAdam Sir Kenneth Hugo Adam, OBE]], a British filmmaker best known for his work in ''Film/DrStrangelove'' and for credits in no less than seven of the ''Film/JamesBond'' films.

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* Adam is the name of Dr. Mordenheim's monster in the ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' setting, a far more evil {{Expy}} of the FrankensteinsMonster.

* Adam is (rather fittingly) the name of the PlayerCharacter in ''VideoGame/LostEden''.
* Adam the Nasod King from VideoGame/{{Elsword}}, who rules alongside his Nasod Queen who is named (of course) Eve.
* ADAM and EVE, a pair of [[LegoGenetics artificial genetic substances]] in the ''VideoGame/BioShock'' games.
* Adam Jensen, augmented human and main protagonist of ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution''.

* Prince Adam is the traditional name for the alter ego of He-Man from the ''Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse''.

-->"Ahab, son of Omri, did more evil in the eyes of the LORD than any of those before him."
---> --'''[[Literature/BooksOfKings 1 Kings 16:30]]'''

A wicked king from the Book of Kings, Ahab went down in infamy for [[BadBoss wantonly killing]] [[ShootTheMessenger his own followers]], as well as allowing his wife Jezebel (an infamous Biblical villain in her own right) to lead the nation of Israel into idolatry. He was ''not'' a sailor or a proponent of RevengeBeforeReason, although [[Literature/MobyDick a certain Ahab]] by one Creator/HermanMelville would firmly ascribe these qualities to the Ahab name in pop culture. Expect fictional Ahabs to draw mostly from Melville's Ahab, with maybe the odd reference to the Biblical Ahab here and there. He probably won't be a good guy in any form, though.

Ahab is ''not'' the TropeNamer for CaptainAhabSyndrome (that's Melville's Ahab again) but most fictional Ahabs will invariably suffer from it anyway.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' has Ahab Reactors which produce Ahab Waves. They're apparently the IBO equivalent of MinovskyPhysics.

* Ahab (real name Rory Campbell) is the name of an ''Franchise/XMen'' villain who draws ''heavily'' from Captain Ahab, to the point of being a HollywoodCyborg with a peg leg. And much like the Melville Ahab, Rory hunts his own "white whale" (the heroine ComicBook/RachelSummers, who he enslaved in their shared backstory).

* Ahab of ''Film/FathersDay2011'' is a very rare example of a protagonist with this name, though he still shares quite a few similarities with Captain Ahab (obsessed with revenge, wears an eyepatch, stays at one point in a motel called the Queequay).
* Khan Noonien Singh of the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' movies is another character who takes much of his inspiration from Captain Ahab, and in two films (''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'' and ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'') lines from Melville's novel are even quoted outright to further hammer this home.
* In ''Film/{{xXx}}'' there is a waterborne AttackDrone called the AHAB.

* There is a Captain Ahab who appears in the third of the ''Literature/BloodyJack'' books. The book takes pains to spell out the ShoutOut by also including an Ishmael.
* As mentioned above, Captain Ahab of Creator/HermanMelville's ''Literature/MobyDick'' is a major TropeCodifier for Ahabs, to the point of arguably supplanting the Biblical Ahab in pop culture consciousness.

* Ahab the band, a German DoomMetal band founded in 2004, draws its inspiration (like most of the other examples here) from Captain Ahab rather than the Biblical Ahab.
* "Ahab the Arab", a 1962 song by Music/RayStevens, is unique for referencing neither King Ahab nor Captain Ahab.

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* In addition to King Ahab, there is also a second Biblical Ahab who subverts this trope, an "impious prophet" who is referenced once in the Literature/BookOfJeremiah.

* Venom Snake of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'' is also known as Ahab V, due to his association with an Ishmael ([[spoiler:who is actually the original Solid Snake]]).
* The Ahab is the name of a CoolAirship in ''VideoGame/SakuraWarsSoLongMyLove''.

* One scene in ''VideoGame/AceCombatInfinity'' features a reference to Captain Ahab.
* The talking book Adventure from ''WesternAnimation/ThePagemaster'' at one point refers to Captain Ahab, calling him "my kind of guy".
* Captain Koinelius Tunar of ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' is yet another Captain Ahab {{Expy}} who cannot help but quote from the Melville Ahab.
* The ''X-Men'' villain Ahab detailed above makes an appearance in ''VideoGame/XMen1993'' as the boss of the fourth level, Ahab's Future World.

Proof that AdaptationDisplacement is Main/OlderThanDirt, Apocalypse was originally a term used to describe writings of a prophetic nature (the literal Greek meaning is "uncovering") before being displaced by the ''Literature/BookOfRevelation'' 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 OmnicidalManiac and/or StrawNihilist villain bent on TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. If not one of those, expect a character explicitly created as a subversion.
* ComicBook/{{Apocalypse}}, the immortal ''ComicBook/XMen'' supervillain who wants to transform the world to fit his {{Social Darwinist}}ic vision.
* ComicBook/{{Darkseid}} of the ''ComicBook/NewGods'' lives on a fiery DeathWorld called Apokolips.

* ''Film/ApocalypseNow'', a (loose) 1979 adaptation of Joseph Conrad's ''Literature/HeartOfDarkness''.
* ''Film/{{Apocalypto}}'', a 2004 film by Creator/MelGibson unique for rendering all of its dialogue in a modern approximation of the lost [[UsefulNotes/PreColumbianCivilizations Mayan language]].
* 2004's ''Film/ResidentEvilApocalypse'', the second film in the ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' film series.
* 2016's ''Film/XMenApocalypse'', the ninth film in the Film/XMenFilmSeries and featuring as its BigBad a (loose interpretation of) the ''X-Men'' supervillain described above.

* Two Ride/SixFlags 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 [[MacabreMothMotif a particular genus of moth]].

* The third expansion set in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering's'' Literature/InvasionCycle is named Apocalypse, a very fitting name as the story details the arrival of ''Magic'' uber-BigBad Yawgmoth to Dominaria and the climatic end of the Phyrexian Invasion.
* ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'', the second Role-Playing Game from Creator/WhiteWolf's ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness''.

* ''VideoGame/XComApocalypse'', the third game in the ''VideoGame/XCom'' series.
* ''VideoGame/XMenMutantApocalypse'', a 1994 side-scrolling beat-em-up released by Creator/{{Capcom}}. As with the film detailed above, it features Apocalypse as its titular BigBad, though he [[spoiler:suffers from HijackedByGanon courtesy of ComicBook/{{Magneto}}]].
* ''VideoGame/XMenTheRavagesOfApocalypse'', a 1997 VideoGame/{{Quake}} conversion unique for its gimmick of using X-Men characters as the ''{{Mooks}}'' that your character has to kill off en masse. Like the previous two ''X-Men'' examples, its name is no accident as Apocalypse is the game's BigBad ([[spoiler:despite also being HijackedByGanon in this game]]).

* Subverted/Parodied in [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=283 this]] ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' strip. Doctor Apocalypse is actually ''the hero'' trying to stop the child-murdering "superhero" Turboman.

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-->"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 FinalBattle in the ''Literature/BookOfRevelation'', 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 Website/RottenDotCom [[http://www.rotten.com/library/religion/armageddon/ 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 TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. Writers going for that extra oomph will opt for the more phonetically correct "Megiddo", or a variant thereof.

* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' has the Digimon Armageddonmon (Armagemon in the Japanese version) and Megidramon.

* Armageddon, a [[DesignerBabies Designer Baby]] character from ''Franchise/XMen'' cooked up by resident BigBad Apocalypse using his genes and the genes of the X-Men's ComicBook/JeanGrey. He ended up defying his father and joining the X-Men, so he is perhaps a subversion, though with [[SuperpowerLottery genes like those]] one might want to keep their distance on principle.
* ''ComicBook/Armageddon2001'', a 1991 limited series by Creator/DCComics. As the name implies, it features a ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}''-esque dystopia AfterTheEnd, and chronicles the attempts of the superhero Waverider to stop that future from happening.
* Armaggon the [[SharkMan Future]] [[EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks Shark]], a villain from ''ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesAdventures''. He was originally going to be named Armageddon outright, but someone misspelled the name and they decided to keep it that way.
* Mageddon the Anti-Sun, a "villain" in the ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' that is in actuality a cosmic WeaponOfMassDestruction created by a long-since extinct race of Old Gods. It was responsible for instigating the first WorldWarIII in the DCU (yes, there has been ''more than one'' World War III in the DCU).

* 2016's ''Film/AmeriGeddon'' is clearly meant to evoke this name, and gets points for being more creative than most uses.
* ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'', a 1998 DisasterMovie focusing on a giant asteroid headed for Earth.
* ''Megiddo: The Omega Code 2'', a 2001 sequel to 1999's ''Film/TheOmegaCode''.
* ''Film/WarlockTheArmageddon'', a 1993 sequel to the horror film ''Film/{{Warlock}}''.

* As previously mentioned, this term originally derives from the name of an actual mountain, which is known in the present day as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tel_Megiddo Tel Megiddo]].

* ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' had a [[WhatCouldHaveBeen rejected monster]] called the Armageddon Beast.
** The scenario ''Megiddo Game'' involves reactivating a derelict Jjaro vessel also christened Armageddon.
* ''VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon'', the seventh game of the long-running ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' series. Rather appropriately, it features every character in the series gathering atop a mountain for an apocalyptic FinalBattle.
* A recurring Technique in the ''VideoGame/PhantasyStar'' series is named Megid (Megido in ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIII''). It is the [[LastDiscMagic strongest Technique]] (dubbed "[[DangerousForbiddenTechnique The Forbidden Technique]] ") in ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarII'' and ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIV'', an unusable plot device in ''III'', and a (rather less accurate and useful) OneHitKill in the ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline'' spinoff games.
* The fourth game in the ''VideoGame/RedFaction'' series bears the Armageddon subtitle, and predictably features an apocalyptic scenario in which life on Mars has been driven underground after a cult-leading villain destroyed the terraforming machine from the previous games.
* ''VideoGame/SilhouetteMirage'' gives us Megido, one half of a cosmic SiblingYinYang.
* The villainous Armaggon detailed above appears as a playable character in ''VideoGame/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesTournamentFighters'' and as a BossBattle in 2016's ''Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan''.

-->"[[BadassBoast Who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God]]?"
---> -- '''David''', ''[[Literature/BooksOfSamuel 1 Samuel 17:26]]''

David's name is derived from the Hebrew word for "beloved", which is no accident as he is '''the''' hero of the Old Testament, and arguably second only to Christ himself among Biblical heroes. With a pedigree like that it should come a no surprise that David is consistently one of the most popular names of all time, and up there with Adam for most frequently used Biblical name both in real life and in fiction. And just as there are Adams of all stripes in fiction, so too are there a multitude of Davids both heroic and villainous.

David is one half of the TropeNamer for DavidVersusGoliath.
* The name of ''ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}'' villain Black Manta was revealed to be "David" right around the time the character took a steep turn from HarmlessVillain to child-murdering KnightOfCerebus.
* David Cain from the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' comics bags ''two'' Biblical names for the price of one, and as one of the world's deadliest assassins he is most certainly someone to run away from.
* Played straight with David Cannon of ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'', who is better known as the evil StalkerWithACrush villain Whirlwind.
* Originally played straight with David Haller of the ''ComicBook/XMen'', who won the SuperpowerLottery only to go crazy and become the supervillain Legion because WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity. Later subverted when the character was reformed.
* True to his original codename of Maverick, David North from the ''Franchise/{{Wolverine}}'' comics is variously hero, antihero and occasionally even downright villain. He's generally more moral than his film counterpart, though.

* David 8, a character in ''Film/{{Prometheus}}'' who becomes the BigBad in the sequel film ''Film/AlienCovenant''.
* Subverted with Dr. David Bowman of ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' (unless you happen to be a murderous AI, in which case you probably should steer clear of him).
* Also subverted with David Dunn, the superpowered protagonist of the 2000 film ''Film/{{Unbreakable}}''.
* David Lightman of the 1983 film ''Film/WarGames'' is another subversion, being the film's protagonist and a PlayfulHacker archetype.
* David [=McCall=] of the 1996 film ''Film/{{Fear}}'' might be the David on this list you'd want to run away from the fastest, being the film's villain and a murderous StalkerWithACrush.
* David North aka Agent Zero of the 2009 film ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' is played as much more antagonistic than his comics counterpart, being a ColdSniper who is not above murdering an innocent Canadian couple in his pursuit of Wolverine.
* David Rice of the 2008 film ''Film/{{Jumper}}'' is notable for being much more amoral and more of a JerkAss than his literary counterpart, though as the film's protagonist he is not evil and eventually does get his act together to a degree.

* Played straight with David, the SixthRanger (and later SixthRangerTraitor) of ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''.
* As with the films above, David Bowman of the ''Literature/TheSpaceOdysseySeries'' is a subversion of this trope.
* Subverted with David Levin, one of the four main characters of ''Literature/{{Everworld}}'' (which no doubt came as a surprise to ''Animorphs'' readers).
* As noted above, the protagonist of the ''Literature/{{Jumper}}'' novels is named David Rice. And as he is much more principled and moral than his film counterpart, he's not one to run away from (not that running would do you any good anyway, what with him having the power of {{Teleportation}} and all).

* David Brent of ''Series/TheOfficeUK'' is not an ''evil'' man, but he might be worth running away from since he '''is''' an incompetent and selfish one.
* Subverted with David Fisher of ''Series/SixFeetUnder'', who is TheDutifulSon and an all-around good guy.
* David Haller of ''Series/Legion2017'' plays with this, as on the one hand he does not go bad (unlike his comic counterpart) but on the other hand he is ''still'' a SuperpowerLottery winner who is TheMentallyDisturbed.
* Subverted with David Nolan of ''Series/OnceUponATime'', who is the reincarnation of the storybook hero Prince Charming.
* David Rossi of ''Series/CriminalMinds'' is one of the core members of the BAU, and therefore definitely worth running away from if you have any criminal behavior on your mind.
* Played straight with Colonel David Telford of ''Series/StargateUniverse'', who is TheNeidermeyer (and later revealed to be TheMole).
* Subverted with David Trueheart, LongLostRelative of Tommy Oliver in ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' (and almost certainly named as a nod to Tommy's actor, Jason ''David'' Frank).
* The character of Luke Campbell in ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' was [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally]] going to be named David, which would have played this straight as the character is a LoonyFan and budding SerialKiller.

* Creator/DavidAnders, an American actor best known for the role of Adam Monroe/Takezo Kensei in ''Series/{{Heroes}}''.
* Creator/DavidAttenborough, a British broadcaster and naturalist known and ''beloved'' the world over for his nature documentaries.
* Creator/DavidBoreanaz, an American actor best known for the role of Angel in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and the titular ''Series/{{Angel}}.
* Creator/DavidBradley, a British actor best known for the roles of Argus Filch in the ''Film/HarryPotter'' films and Walder Frey in Creator/{{HBO}}'s ''Series/GameOfThrones''.
* Music/DavidBowie (born David Robert Jones), legendary rock-and-roll figure, sadly no longer with us as of 2016.
* Creator/DavidCronenberg, a Canadian film director known for BodyHorror films such as ''Film/TheFly1986'' and ''Film/TheBrood''.
* Creator/DavidFincher, an American film director known for hit films ''Film/FightClub'', ''Film/{{Se7en}}'', and ''Film/Alien3'' (the latter of which was admittedly not quite a hit).
* Creator/DavidHasselhoff, an American actor and musician best known for the role of Michael Knight in ''Series/KnightRider''. TropeNamer for GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff.
* Creator/DavidLetterman, an American talk show host best known for ''Series/TheLateShowWithDavidLetterman''.
* Creator/DavidLynch, an American film director known for his many MindScrew films (and for being the anthropomorphic personification of MindScrew in real life).
* Creator/{{David Mitchell|Actor}}, a British actor, comedian and writer best known for being one half of the "Mitchell and Webb" comedy duo.
* Creator/DavidMorrissey, a British actor, director and musician best known for his many roles as soldiers and policemen characters.
* Creator/DavidTennant (born David John [=McDonald=]), a British actor best known for the role of the Tenth Doctor in ''Series/DoctorWho''.
* Creator/DavidWarner, a British actor and voice actor best known for his stage work and role of one of the (alternate) Doctors in ''Series/DoctorWho''.
* PFC David Kenyon Webster (1922-1961), an American soldier who is portrayed in the ''Series/BandOfBrothers'' series by Creator/EionBailey.
* Glen Creator/DavidBrin, an American science fiction writer best known for the Literature/{{Uplift}} books and for writing the story of ''VideoGame/EccoTheDolphin: Defender of the Future''.
* Creator/JasonDavidFrank, an American actor and martial artist best known for the role of Tommy Oliver in ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''.
* Creator/PeterDavid, an American comic book writer best known for his work with ''ComicBook/IncredibleHulk'' and ''ComicBook/XFactor''.

* David Xanatos, resident MagnificentBastard of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' and the proud mastermind behind XanatosPlannedThisIndex.
* Subverted with David Kawena, who is Nani's boyfriend in ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries''.

* "David" is the real name of [[spoiler:Solid Snake]] from the ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' games.
* David of ''VideoGame/BattleArenaToshinden'', who is generally heroic but might be worth running from anyway since you should BewareTheNiceOnes.
* [[AwesomeMcCoolname Hulk Davidson]] of ''VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe: Red Hot Rumble'' is an anthropomorphic dinosaur with AnAxeToGrind.

-->"[[SchmuckBait Tell me, I pray thee, wherein thy great strength lieth, and wherewith thou mightest be bound to afflict thee]]."
---> -- '''Delilah''', ''[[Literature/BookOfJudges Judges 16:6]]''

The notorious seductress who betrayed Samson in the Literature/BookOfJudges. 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 ''Literature/SamsonAndDelilah'' for a listing of tropes related to Delilah herself.
* SpiderMan 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 UndyingLoyalty towards him.)

* ''Fanfic/OldWest'' has a female outlaw named Delilah Rangler, also known as the Scarlet Kiss. Her nickname comes from her habit of leaving a [[MakeUpIsEvil bright red lipstick-kiss]] on the cheeks of her every murder victim. Her origins are mysterious, with one version of the story saying that [[WomanScorned she shot her unfaithful husband in revenge]] and became addicted to the killing sensation.

* Delilah Johnson, a deconstruction of the [[UnfortunateImplications unfortunate]] {{Mammy}} archetype in ''Film/ImitationOfLife1934''.
* Lilah, ActionGirl and love interest of ComicBook/JonahHex in the 2010 film ''Film/JonahHex''.

* Delilah the BadassIsraeli and love interest of HitmanWithAHeart John Rain from Barry Eisler's ''Literature/JohnRain''. She works as a HoneyTrap for Mossad, so it's a MeaningfulName, though not for the protagonist.
* Delilah D'Artigo, a [[CatGirl werecat]] from Literature/TheOtherworldSeries.

* Lilah Morgan is the name of an evil lawyer on ''Series/{{Angel}}''.
* Subverted in ''Series/{{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.

* ''Delilah'' is the name of [[HornAttack a particular genus of longhorn beetle]].

* Delilah Copperspoon, a witch and DLC BigBad from the ''Videogame/{{Dishonored}}'' games.
* June A. Delilah, a deuteragonist in ''Videogame/{{Firewatch}}'' and TheVoice who is communicated with but never seen.

* In the second season of ''WesternAnimation/{{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 AnimatedSeries ''WesternAnimation/DelilahAndJulius''.

-->"Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed."
---> --'''[[Literature/BookOfGenesis 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 RealLife name).
* ''Manga/EdenItsAnEndlessWorld'' a cyberpunk manga set AfterTheEnd and written by Hiroki Endo.
* ''Anime/EdenOfTheEast'', a 2009 anime featuring a mysterious man suffering from EasyAmnesia and plenty of apocalyptic incidents.

* One of the two villains from ''Film/TheProposition'' 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}} ''[[SmugSnake Snake]]'' his name makes perfect symbolic sense.
* Eden Log, the promised paradise in ''Film/EdenLog'' that lends the film its title, [[spoiler:which turns out to be an evil company harvesting people.]]

* AntiHero Eden [=McCain=], from ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', a Company operative with [[CompellingVoice the power of persuasion]].

* UsefulNotes/AnthonyEden, a British politician who served as Foreign Secretary during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
* Creator/EdenRiegel, an American actress best known for the role of Bianca Montgomery in ''Series/AllMyChildren''.
* [[EverythingTryingToKillYou The]] [[CarFu Edens]] [[DrivesLikeCrazy Expressway]] in Chicago, Illinois.

* ''VideoGame/EVOSearchForEden'', a 1992 RPG with GoalOrientedEvolution gameplay.
* Eden, the ultimate summon from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII''.
* John Henry Eden, President of the Enclave ([[spoiler:and secretly an [[AIIsACrapshoot AI intelligence]] amalgamation of previous American presidents]]) in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}''.
* The ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' games have the realm of Edenia and its people, the Edenians. As the name implies, Edenia was a {{Utopia}} realm until its konquest by Shao Kahn, and the Edenians themselves are an EnlightenedMysticRace blessed with TimeAbyss-level lifespans and high kombat prowess.
* ''VideoGame/ProjectEden'', a 2001 action-adventure game developed by Creator/CoreDesign and published by Creator/EidosInteractive.
* The [[AIIsACrapshoot malfunctioning supercomputer]] in ''VideoGame/{{Rez}}'' and ''VideoGame/ChildOfEden''.

* The Genie would find himself a girlfriend in ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'', a female Genie who bore this name.

-->"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''', ''[[Literature/BookOfExodus Exodus 3:10]]''

The [[Literature/BookOfExodus second book of the Old Testament]], this name is actually derived from the [[UsefulNotes/AncientGreece 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 RuleOfCool.
* In ''ComicBook/XMen'' one of the earliest mutants was a [[Characters/XMenAcolytes Bennet du Paris]], who would be dubbed Exodus due to his intended role as "the bridge between the ancient past and the inevitable future".
* [[XtremeKoolLetterz Xodus]] the Forgotten One, an OmnicidalManiac [[CosmicEntity Celestial]] and the BigBad of ''ComicBook/XMen92''[='s=] second series.

* Creator/OttoPreminger's 1960 film ''Film/{{Exodus}}'', based on a 1958 novel and chronicling the founding of modern Israel.
* 2014's ''Film/ExodusGodsAndKings'', a controversial retelling of the Old Testament story.

* 2007's ''Exodus'', a science-fiction novel and the sequel to the ''[[TabletopGame/{{Starfire}} Stars at War]]'' novel series.
* ''Literature/ExodusUK'', a 1975 novel by Creator/RichardRohmer and the first of his two Joseph Roussel books (the second being 1977's ''Literature/SeparationTwo'').
* 2010's ''Literature/TransformersExodus'', a prequel novel for the ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' series.

* "Exodus" is the name for a two-part episode in the third season of ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'', and is so named because of the evacuation of the New Caprica space colony.
* The [[WhatCouldHaveBeen original subtitle]] for the third Volume of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' was "Exodus", before the [[RealLifeWritesThePlot 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 ''Series/{{Sliders}}''.
* The season 2 finale episode of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' was titled Exodus, in reference to a mandate Clark receives from Jor-El telling him he must leave his titular hometown.

* ''Music/ExodusAlbum'', a 1977 release by Music/BobMarley and the Wailers that is to date his most famous and celebrated album.
* ''Music/ExodusBand'', a defunct American ThrashMetal band originally formed in 1980.

* The 22nd ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' expansion set is named Exodus, in reference to the heroes of the Weatherlight escaping the plane of [[Literature/RathAndStorm Rath]] in this set.
* Exodia the Forbidden One, a legendary monster from ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' well known for being an InstantWinCondition in the card game when summoned.

* 2004's ''Ground Control II: Operation Exodus'', the sequel to the groundbreaking ''VideoGame/GroundControl'' RTS game.
* Set for a 2018 release date is ''Metro: Exodus'', the third game in the ''VideoGame/Metro2033'' series.
* The second ''VideoGame/{{Oddworld}}'' game is titled ''Abe's Exoddus''.
* 1983's ''VideoGame/UltimaIII'' bears the subtitle of Exodus, in reference to the game's BigBad.

-->"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth."
---> --'''[[Literature/BookOfGenesis Genesis 1:1]]'''

Everyone knows this one. The first book of the Bible, the beginning of creation itself, the origin of life, the universe, and everything else. As Biblical names go few are more well-known or used than Genesis, and most uses in both fiction and RealLife are benign. But creation [[CloningBlues isn't]] [[EvilutionaryBiologist necessarily]] [[PlayingGod an act]] [[CreatingLifeIsBad of good]], and occasionally there'll be villains or [[DoomsdayDevice doomsday]] [[ArtifactOfDoom objects]] given this name outright for the {{Irony}}. Alternative forms of the name, such as ''Genesys'' or ''Genisys'', also qualify.
* ''Anime/GenesisOfAquarion'' is an anime set in the SuperRobotGenre and stars a group of teenagers with PsychicPowers. As said teens activate their robots in a rather [[DeusSexMachina unusual]] way, this trope may well apply depending on your tastes.
* Played deadly straight with the planetary-scale WeaponOfMassDestruction GENESIS from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED''.
* ''Franchise/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', a franchise started in 1995 that is famous the world over for its love of MindScrew and the GainaxEnding.
* ''Anime/RageOfBahamutGenesis'' is a 2014 prequel series for the video game ''VideoGame/RageOfBahamut''.
* ''Zoids: Genesis'', the fourth installment in the ''Franchise/{{Zoids}}'' franchise.

* Averted in Creator/JackKirby's ''ComicBook/NewGods'', where the titular Gods dwell on a utopian world called New Genesis.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'' there is an EldritchAbomination named Genesis, the spawn of an angel and a demon. As this creature is an AlmightyIdiot, it is very definitely worth running away from.
* There are no less than three characters from the ''Franchise/XMen'' who have taken or will take the name Genesis, but only one is worth running away from
** Tyler Dayspring, son of ComicBook/{{Cable}}, is the only Genesis in ''X-Men'' who is played straight, as he takes the Genesis name after turning evil and becoming an ComicBook/{{Apocalypse}} worshipper.
** A second Genesis would emerge decades later in the form of Evan Sabahnur, a GenerationXerox of Apocalypse himself. Unlike Tyler, Evan has rejected his VillainousLegacy, though in alternate futures he has been seen falling prey to the dark side anyway.
** The third and final Genesis isn't even a Genesis yet! In the '90s it was revealed that the X-Man [[GadgeteerGenius Forge]] would become famous in the future by the name of Genesis. This was teased as a big deal at the time, but has not been mentioned in decades, and may even be an AbortedArc at this late date.

* 2014's ''Film/ChildrenOfTheCornGenesis'', the eighth film in the ''Franchise/ChildrenOfTheCorn'' series.
* 2015's ''Film/TerminatorGenisys'', the fifth film and ContinuityReboot of the ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' series.

* ''Literature/TheGenesisCode'', a 1997 ConspiracyThriller.
* ''Literature/TheGenesisOfShannara'', a book trilogy in the long-running ''Literature/{{Shannara}}'' series.

* The EldritchAbomination Genesis of ''Preacher'' mentioned above also appears in ''Series/Preacher2016''.

* Music/{{Genesis}} the band, a British rock band formed in 1967.

* Genesys Telecommunications, a UsefulNotes/{{California}}-based company that specializes in [[SchmuckBait call center tech]].
* The UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis, a video game console. Somewhat misleadingly named, as it was in fact the ''second'' home gaming console produced by SEGA. '''Definitely''' a subversion, as it is a legendary console from the 16-bit era with hundreds of games that have stood the test of time and are worth playing even today.

* Genesis Rhapsodos, the BigBad of the ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' spinoff ''VideoGame/CrisisCore''.
* 2000's ''Genesys'', a PC EdutainmentGame featuring voice work from Creator/JeanneMoreau.
* 2003's ''VideoGame/JurassicParkOperationGenesis'' has the prospect of putting its player in the unenviable shoes of John Hammond if they mismanage their park badly enough.
* 2009's ''VideoGame/GeNeSis'' a flash game based around TurnBasedStrategy.
* 2014's ''VideoGame/AlphadiaGenesis'', a mobile phone game.
* ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X-COM:_Genesis X-COM: Genesis]]'', a [[CanceledVideoGames canceled video game]] from the ''VideoGame/XCom'' game series. It would have been the seventh installment in the series had it been released.

-->"When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, He said, “The LORD is with you, mighty warrior."
---> --'''[[Literature/BookOfJudges Judges 6:21]]'''

A minor hero from the Book of Judges, Gideon was essentially the proto-[[Film/ThreeHundred Leonidas]], right down to the leading 300 men into battle against enormous odds (though unlike Leonidas, Gideon and his men would survive their battle). Due to this legacy fictional Gideons are invariably martially-minded sorts, and due to the original Biblical Gideon's relative obscurity they can swing either way in terms of moral alignment. Whether he's good or bad, any Gideon in fiction is ''not'' a man you want to see facing you across the other side of a battlefield.

Gideon is the TropeNamer for the GideonPloy.
* The first and most prominent member of Creator/RobLiefeld's Externals from ''ComicBook/XForce'' is a Gideon, an immortal CorruptCorporateExecutive and PowerCopying mutant. He leans more towards the PragmaticVillainy end of the evil scale, but he's still not a man you want to cross. He also gets bonus points for running a company called Ophrah Industries (a reference to the hometown of the Biblical Gideon).
* Played straight with Gideon Graves, HeroKiller and the BigBad of ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim''. He has no association with military warfare, but is still a dangerous enemy.

* Creator/JohnDicksonCarr's character Literature/DrGideonFell is one of the few Gideons who has no skill in or association with warfare, though he shares the cleverness of the Biblical Gideon.

* Dr. Abel Gideon, a CanonForeigner created for the ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'' television series, plays this straight, as he is a SerialKiller and TheSociopath.
* Jason Gideon of ''Series/CriminalMinds'' is definitely someone to run away from if you are a criminal, as he is an exceptionally clever GuileHero and TeamDad of the BAU.
* Gideon Malick from ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', a former member of the World Security Council (he first appeared as an unnamed member in ''Film/TheAvengers2012'' and ComicBook/{{Hydra}} leader.
* Played with in the case of Gideon from ''Literature/ObsidianMirror'', he is a supporting character and protagonist but also [[spoiler:secretly a changeling]].

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* In addition to the Gideon of Judges, the Literature/TheBookOfMormon adds a second Gideon to their Biblical canon, a [[RealMenLoveJesus faithful]] Nephite leader.

* Gideon, a city in [[UsefulNotes/{{Oklahoma}} Oklahoma]]. The state of Missouri also has a city named Gideon.
* Creator/GideonEmery, a British [[Series/TeenWolf actor]] and [[VideoGame/DragonAgeII voice]] [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII actor]].
* Gideons International, distributor of the ubiquitous Gideon Bible.
* Subverted with Creator/OprahWinfrey, whose name ''looks'' like a homage to the hometown of Gideon mentioned above. She is actually named for [[https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/all-women-bible/Orpah Orpah]], a woman from the Literature/BookOfRuth.

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* Mostly subverted with Gideon Jura, a post-mending Planeswalker from ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering''. He's a fearsome military leader with KnightTemplar tendencies, but he's generally on the side of good.

* ''VideoGame/AdventRising'' features as its player character a man named Gideon Wyeth.
* Captain Gideon from ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyAdvancedWarfare'' plays with this, as he is a badass soldier in Gideon tradition and at one point looks like he's going down the FaceHeelTurn route, but as it turns out [[spoiler:he was playing the ReverseMole all along]].
* Subverted with Sam Gideon, who is the protagonist of Creator/{{SEGA}}'s ''VideoGame/{{Vanquish}}''. He gets bonus Gideon points for being voiced by Gideon Emery, the British VA mentioned above.

[[folder: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 EvilPrince 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 Literature/TheQuran (as Yajuj and Majuj) and in [[Myth/CelticMythology Welsh folklore]] as Gogmagog, a legendary giant.
* Magog, the penultimate NinetiesAntiHero of ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'', later reinvented as a LegacyCharacter for the [[ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica 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 [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gogmagog_(giant)#Guardians_of_London mother and 33 evil aunts]] before being shitcanned for low sales.
** Creator/DCComics also has three Gogs, all connected to Magog. The first Gog debuted in ''Comicbook/TheKingdomDC'' and was originally intended to be the foster father of the ''Kingdom Come'' Magog (who was originally going to be Franchise/{{Superman}} and Franchise/WonderWoman's son!) before the underwhelming reception of ''The Kingdom'' turned all of this into an AbortedArc. The second Gog was some kind of AlternateReality counerpart of Gog, notable primarily for miring the character into a ContinuitySnarl. The third Gog, a CosmicEntity, debuted several years later in ''JSA'' under the pen of Creator/GeoffJohns 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 second Gog disappeared into the ether with a HeelFaceTurn-ed Doomsday and has not been seen since).
* The Creator/MarvelComics-published ''Series/DoctorWho'' 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. [[spoiler:He was defeated by the Fourth Doctor and later encountered by the Seventh Doctor in an AndIMustScream state]].
* Two Creator/MarvelComics characters are named Gog: the first is an alien foe of ComicBook/SpiderMan, while the second is an enemy of Comicbook/{{Longshot}}. The second is noteworthy for having a KillerRabbit son named (of course) Magog.
* ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'' villain Mangog, a gigantic AnthropomorphicPersonification of hate (specifically, the hate of a "billion billion beings").

* Aragog, the GiantSpider from the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' books.
* Borborygmus Gog, a Shi'do scientist in charge of [[TheStarscream Project Starscream]] in the Franchise/StarWarsLegends novel series ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear''.
* Gog and Magog are the names of the blacksmith's hulking, mentally challenged slaves in ''Literature/TheSeaOfTrolls''.
* Gos and Magos, a pair of characters from the 16th century pentalogy ''Gargantua and Pantagruel''.
* Magog the Denarian, a minor TheBrute villain from ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''.
* Magog the Giant from ''Literature/RedMoon''.

* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magog_%28Andromeda%29 Magog]] are a horrific HordeOfAlienLocusts in ''Series/{{Andromeda}}''.
* Magog the Giant, a minor character in ''Series/JackAndTheBeanstalkTheRealStory''.
* Mesogog, the BigBad of ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder''. His name is a melding of "Gog" and "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mesozoic Mesozoic]]", a fitting name for an evil dino-themed villain.
* The DarkActionGirl antagonist Escape of ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGobusters'' has two guns, each named after the duo.

* ''Gog'' is the name of [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures 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 UsefulNotes/{{London}} since the reign of Henry V.
* Gog and Magog, a pair of ancient oak trees in Glastonbury known together as the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oaks_of_Albion Oaks of Albion]].
* The Gog Magog Hills, a range of hills south of Cambridge in UsefulNotes/{{Britain}}.
* Magog, a town in UsefulNotes/{{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.

* The Gronns Goc and Magoc in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''.
* Gogs and Magogs are base-level creatures of the "inferno" town type in ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic [=III=]''.
* Gogmagog, the [[StarterVillain first boss]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2''.
* The Magog Cartel, an EvilInc industrial conglomerate in the ''VideoGame/{{Oddworld}}'' games.

* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gogs}}'', a Welsh claymation series revolving around a tribe of cave people.

-->"And the dogs shall eat Jezebel in the portion of Jezreel, and there shall be none to bury her."
---> -- '''The LORD''', ''[[Literature/BooksOfKings 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.
* Not a straight example, but in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', James' cruel and sadistic ex-fiancé is named Jesse Bell, a clear pun on the infamous name.

* One of Franchise/{{Batman}}'s many lovers is named Jezebel Jet. True to the spirit of the name, she [[ComicBook/BatmanRIP does not exactly prove to be a faithful lover]]...
* In the ''ComicBook/{{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. [[spoiler: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.]]
* One of the more obscure members of Creator/JackKirby's ''ComicBook/NewGods'' is Jezebelle of the Fiery Eyes. As a defector from Apokolips who remains loyal to New Genesis up to her death ([[ComicBookDeath and inevitable resurrection]]), she subverts this trope in spirit if not in name.
* Another comics subversion of this trope's spirit is Jesse Quick of the Franchise/TeenTitans (later Liberty Belle of the ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica), whose real name is... you guessed it: Jesse ''Belle'' Chambers. Perhaps because of this trope's usual implications, she is renamed to Jesse Chambers Wells for her appearance in ''Series/{{Arrow}}''.

* Played for laughs in ''ComicStrip/{{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.

* Jezebel, in ''Film/JacobsLadder''.

* A variant from ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'', Zelda's EvilTwin Jezebelda.

* In the first ''Literature/KingdomKeepers'' book, [[TheHero Finn]] runs across a girl named Jez, who flat out admits it's short for Jezebel, from Literature/TheBible. Not being a biblical scholar, Finn fails to realize he should be worried.
* In Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Caves of Steel'', our hero Elijah is married to a woman named Jezebel, and the biblical association becomes a point of discussion. His wife enjoys the naughty aura the name gives her, and isn't happy when her husband explains Jezebel's bad reputation is largely due to HistoricalVillainUpgrade.
* In ''Literature/{{Hannibal}}'', BigBad Mason Verger is compared more than once to Jezebel, due to his EgocentricallyReligious attitude and HidingBehindReligion when it comes to his own perversions. Indeed, the story of Jezebel was Hannibal's inspiration for the FateWorseThanDeath 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.")

* Jezebel is the name of one of the [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils Bel Demons]] in ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor''.
* [[BrainInAJar Jezebel The Robobrain]] in ''VideoGame/Fallout4'' is a rude and sociopathic KillerRobot, as well as being the reason why the Mechanist's robots went rogue and began murdering everyone on sight, all because she decided that [[spoiler:the most effective way to "help" the Commonwealth was to [[MercyKilling "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 ''Videogame/SaintsRowGatOutOfHell''.
* There are three Jezebels in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'': Jezebel Bican, a simple supplies vendor; [[http://tinyurl.com/3665evu Shadowmistress Jezebel Hawke]], a warlock; and the [[http://www.wowpedia.org/Je%27Tze%27s_Bell Je'Tze's Bell]], an item. There's also Jacob Alerius, a Paladin.

* Jezebel, BigBad of the ''Webcomic/LifeOfRiley'' webcomic.
* Jezebel Starr from ''Webcomic/{{EVIL}}'' is a vicious [[TheVamp vamp]] who will seduce you, rob you blind, and likely leave you for dead.

* Also on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', Lucius' girlfriend is named Jez, though the connection is never explicitly stated.

* The feminist news site [[http://jezebel.com/ Jezebel]] invokes this trope by naming itself after a fierce literary woman you don't want to mess with. And like anything regarding UsefulNotes/{{feminism}} on TheInternet, the site has also been known to spark {{flame war}}s that are ''definitely'' worth running away from.

[[folder:Judas Iscariot]]
-->"What will ye give me, if I will deliver Him unto you?"
---> -- '''Judas Iscariot''', ''[[Literature/TheFourGospels Matthew 26:15]]''

One of the twelve original disciples of UsefulNotes/{{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 TropeNamer for the FindingJudas and ObviousJudas tropes.
* The Iscariot Organization from ''Manga/{{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 ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast''.
* Judas the {{Shinigami}}, title character of the manga ''Manga/{{Judas}}''.

* At one point during the '90s time-traveling AntiHero ComicBook/{{Cable}} reveals that in the far future ComicBook/{{Mystique}}'s name has replaced the name of Judas as an instant shorthand for [[ObviousJudas traitor]].
* ''ComicBook/TheJudasContract'', a four-part 1984 storyline in the the ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' comic. As one might reasonably guess, the title is a reference to a certain character in the story betraying the Titans as Judas betrayed Christ.
* The Judas Traveller, a deeply-confusing character from ''ComicBook/TheCloneSaga'' of ComicBook/SpiderMan. Originally portrayed as an AllPowerfulBystander involving himself in the saga to "understand the nature of evil", he was ultimately revealed to be a criminal psychologist who had become TheMentallyDisturbed after [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity awakening his mutant power to alter perception]].
* In one of the MultipleChoicePast origin stories of ComicBook/ThePhantomStranger he is in fact the historical Judas, WalkingTheEarth as divine punishment for his betrayal of Christ. This origin story was notably referenced (possibly even canonized) in ''ComicBook/ForeverEvil''.

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* Captain Judas, HeroKiller and captain of a crew of SubmarinePirates in ''ComicStrip/TerryAndThePirates''.

* The Judas Breed, a species of giant insectoid monsters in ''Film/{{Mimic}}''. Since the scientists who engineered them [[WhatDidYouExpectWhenYouNamedIt picked the name themselves]], they can charitably be called idiots for actually expecting their bio-engineering project to not [[GoneHorriblyRight Go Horribly Right]].
* In ''Film/Dracula2000'', Drac claims to have been the actual historical Judas. Yes, seriously.
* The third film in ''Film/TheLibrarian'' series is given the subtitle "The Judas Chalice", in reference to an ArtifactOfDoom that is apparently capable of controlling {{Dracula}}. Notably, this work inverts the above scenario from ''Dracula II Ascension'', presenting Judas as [[MonsterProgenitor the first vampire]] rather than Dracula himself.
* While Judas does not directly appear in the ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' franchise, the [[ArtifactOfDoom cursed Aztec gold]] used as a plot point in the first film was inspired by Judas's thirty pieces of silver. Unfortunately for the Black Pearl crew, however, they have a great many more coins to account for than that -- 882, to be precise.
* Much like ''Pirates'' above, Judad does not himself appear in ''Series/SleepyHollow'' but is still an influence on the plot, as [[spoiler:one of his cursed thirty pieces of silver is said to have influenced Benedict Arnold into betraying his countrymen]].
* Judah the GalacticConqueror from the ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' StockFootage movie ''Ultraman Story'' and spinoff Andros Melos.

* Judas is depicted in ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'' as trapped in the deepest circle of Hell, being chewed on by a three-faced {{Satan}} eternally alongside [[Theatre/JuliusCaesar Brutus and Cassius]].
* 2005's ''Literature/JudasUnchained'', the sequel novel to Creator/PeterFHamilton's ''Literature/PandorasStar''.
* The ill-fated Rinaldo Pazzi in ''Literature/{{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?").
* In the ''Literature/{{Nightside}}'' series, John Taylor realizes [[OhCrap too late]] that he really [[LampshadeHanging should have paid more attention]] to a man named Jude who's seeking the [[ArtifactOfDoom Unholy Grail]]. [[spoiler:Subverted: it's Judas himself, but his goal is to consecrate and de-power the Grail, as the final step to his [[TheAtoner atonement]].]]

* Arnold Judas Rimmer from ''Series/RedDwarf'', for a double dose of treachery. Subverted however in that he eventually becomes a JerkWithAHeartOfGold after receiving more character development.
* The Judas tree on ''Series/DoctorWho'' is apparently where River Song got the poison that she added to her DruggedLipstick for the purposes of assassinating [[spoiler:the Doctor]] (just like Judas betrayed Jesus with the KissOfDeath).

* "The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest", a song from Music/BobDylan's 1967 album ''Music/JohnWesleyHarding''.
* Judas appears as a main character in the RockOpera ''Music/JesusChristSuperstar''.
* ''Music/JudasPriest'', a British HeavyMetal band that took its name from the aforementioned Bob Dylan song.

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* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gospel_of_Judas Gospel of Judas]] is a [[UsefulNotes/{{Gnosticism}} Gnostic]] gospel that presents a radical AlternativeCharacterInterpretation for both Judas and Christ himself, casting the pair as willing partners in an AncientConspiracy enacted for the greater good of mankind.

* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judas_goat Judas goat]] is a trained animal (not always a goat) that guides herds of livestock 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.

* The disciple of [[CrystalDragonJesus Abel]], who betrayed him in ''TabletopGame/AnimaBeyondFantasy'', {{Expy}}ing the biblical history.

* 2005's ''Theatre/TheLastDaysOfJudasIscariot'', a play written by Stephen Adly Guirgis, chronicles a trial of Judas Iscariot in Purgatory.

* Judas from ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2'', after being given a MeaningfulRename. Subverted in that he's [[spoiler: [[TookALevelInKindness way nicer than he was as Leon Magnus.]]]]
* A pair of ConjoinedTwins (and unlockable MiniBoss) from ''VideoGame/ThrillKill'' bear this name.
* [[SdrawkcabName Saduj]] in ''VideoGame/UltimaV'', who predictably betrays his party.

* During her time on ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'', WebVideo/IronLiz had a murderous [[EvilTwin 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).

* Judas Iscariot appears as a character in ''WesternAnimation/TheMiracleMaker'', a 2000 animated retelling of the story of Christ.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansTheJudasContract'', a 2017 animated retelling of the Creator/DCComics story detailed above.

-->"And when He thus had spoken, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!"
---> --'''[[Literature/TheFourGospels John 11:43]]'''

Any medical experiment named "Project Lazarus", run by a Dr. Lazarus, or building "the Lazarus Device" will be intended to [[FountainOfYouth 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 [[GoneHorriblyWrong go horribly wrong]] and punish all involved. Alternative forms of the name, such as ''Eleazar'' or ''Eliezer'', also qualify.
* A mellow, vaguely ominous song titled "Lazarus" is used in, of all things, the 2003 Creator/{{Funimation}} dub of ''Anime/DragonBallZBrolyTheLegendarySuperSaiyan''. As an expository montage of Broly's FreudianExcuse 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.

* The Lazarus Pits of ComicBook/RasAlGhul, an ongoing plot device used in various Creator/DCComics books (usually Franchise/{{Batman}} books) as a means to bring dead characters back to life. They are generally reliable, but have the unfortunate side effect of driving the resurrected into temporary [[InsaneEqualsViolent insanity]].
* ''ComicBook/{{Lazarus}}'', an ongoing Creator/ImageComics series about a FeudalFuture in which ruling MegaCorp families empower designated individuals to be their SuperSoldier champion, or "Lazarus" in the series parlance.
* Played completely straight with Lazarus Churchyard, a character created by Creator/WarrenEllis who suffers from WhoWantsToLiveForever
* ''ComicBook/TheLazarusContract'', a 2017 BatFamilyCrossover storyline by Creator/DCComics that focuses on the supervillain ComicBook/{{Deathstroke}}'s quest to resurrect his dead supervillain son, Grant Wilson.
* The actual Biblical Lazarus makes an appearance in ''ComicBook/MidnightNation''.

* ''Film/BlackSnakeMoan'' features as its main character a Lazarus, played by Creator/SamuelLJackson.
* Actually averted by ''Film/GalaxyQuest'' with Dr. Lazarus, an affectionate party of various Creator/LeonardNimoy roles.
* 2016's ''Film/TheLazarusEffect'', a ScienceFiction {{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 ''Film/{{Outland}}''.
* In 2001's ''Film/{{Soulkeeper}}'' there is an ArtifactOfDoom called the Rock of Lazarus, which is said to be able to return souls of the deceased to Earth. [[spoiler:The gag is that it works, there's just no guarantee you'll get reincarnated as a ''human''...]]
* In ''Film/TropicThunder'' one of the characters is fictional actor Kirk Lazarus, played by Creator/RobertDowneyJr 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 MethodActing to extremes.

* The Bible passage of John 11:43 quoted above is also quoted in the third act of Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/PetSematary'', as a warning to the reader that things are about to go FromBadToWorse. Other Bible passages concerning Lazarus are also quoted.
* Lazarus Long, the protagonist and AuthorAvatar of Creator/RobertAHeinlein's 1973 novel ''Literature/TimeEnoughForLove''.

* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Tenth Doctor's incident with a Dr. Lazarus. The episode ''title'' was "The Lazarus Experiment."
* In Season 2 of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', new character Takezo Kensei's CatchPhrase is "Lazarus risen!", [[spoiler:which nicely foreshadows TheReveal that he is a superhuman after his HealingFactor revives him from death]].
* ''Series/{{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 [[spoiler: texted to Mycroft to start the plan to fake Sherlock's death]]

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* The TropeNamer 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 [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rich_man_and_Lazarus Rich man and Lazarus]]. He is often confused or merged with Lazarus of Bethany via CompressedAdaptation, 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.

* The name is derived from the Hebrew name '''Eleazar''', meaning "God helps/has helped".
* 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...
* Creator/EliezerYudkowsky 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 InspirationalMartyr who was tortured and then killed on March 27, 326.
* The failed micronation of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Utopia 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 [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_Saint_Lazarus Order of St. Lazarus]] was a Catholic [[ChurchMilitant military order]] that was extant from its founding in 1119 until its decline in the 17th century. (The "St Lazarus" in question refers to the Lazarus of Luke, for the curious).

* In ''TabletopGame/AnimaBeyondFantasy'', a character -{{Expy}} of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Sephiroth]]- about which nothing is known, who very often appears leaving behind barren cities, with just shadows of people seeming to run away.

* The BigBad in the obscure PSX driving combat game ''Auto Destruct''.
* Baron Lazarus Pedabouche, an evil ancestor of the title character of ''VideoGame/BaronBaldric''.
* Referenced in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'' with the stealth tank, which uses the Lazarus Shield to camouflage itself.
* Averted with Lazarus the Gunslinger of ''VideoGame/CrossEdge'', who not only turns out to be a pretty cool guy but also [[spoiler:does not reincarnate after pulling his HeroicSacrifice]].
* ''VideoGame/DarkWatch'' has Lazarus Malkoth, the vampiric BigBad and founder of the titular Darkwatch.
* Lazarus in ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'' is a radio host, focusing on conspiracy theories. [[ProperlyParanoid Most of the time he's right.]]
* Archbishop Lazarus of Tristram from ''VideoGame/{{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 ''VideoGame/Doom2016'' 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 ''VideoGame/{{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.
* ''VideoGame/GhostHunter'' brings up police officer Lazarus Jones, [[spoiler:who predictably dies and is revived over the course of the game]].
* The Lazarus Pits of Creayor/DCComics mentioned above are referenced in ''VideoGame/Injustice2''.
* Shepard is revived by the "Lazarus Project" in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' 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 ''VideoGame/ShiningTears''.
* Averted by the Lazarus Concordance, the elders of the Lost Land in the ''VideoGame/{{Turok}}'' series.
* Father Lazarus, a Forsaken (read: undead) priest trainer in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''.

* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnderTheRedHood'' features the Lazarus Pits referenced above, used by ComicBook/RasAlGhul to [[spoiler:resurrect the titular Red Hood who is actually Batman's deceased sidekick Jason Todd]]. As in the comics, there are... ''complications''.

-->"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 SeaMonster first referenced in the Literature/BookOfJob, 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 Literature/BookOfRevelation as rising from the sea alongside its earthbound brother Behemoth to help usher in TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, 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 KrakenAndLeviathan for more information, as well as a more complete listing of fictional Leviathans.
* ''Livyatan melvillei'', an extinct whale named after the sea monster from the Book of Job, as well as [[Creator/HermanMelville the author of]] ''Literature/MobyDick''.

* Leviathan in any installment of the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series. Usually it's one of the most powerful summons or Espers available. In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', it's literally a ''[[CoolAirship flying Dreadnought.]]''

-->"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. (WesternAnimation/BugsBunny calling Elmer Fudd "Nimrod"[[note]]Elmer Fudd, of course, being an utterly incompetent hunter, the exact opposite of Nimrod's reputation among the Bible's authors.[[/note]] certainly didn't help.)
* The ultimate [[MechaMook Sentinel]] that the ''ComicBook/XMen'' 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 [[ComicBook/TheSandman 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 [[TheCharmer the]] [[JerkAss mode]] [[KavorkaMan of]] [[SerialKiller behavior, with his particular twist on it.]]

* A subversion in the ''Doctor Who'' episode "Ghost Light". Nimrod is the name of the [[spoiler: original]] BigBad's Neanderthal butler, and a [[spoiler: worshipper of the actual BigBad, a PhysicalGod known only as Light]], but he's a good guy.
** The Whoniverse has '' another'' Nimrod - an AxCrazy [[OurVampiresAreDifferent undead]] government agent hell-bent on world domination by Britain, and complete control of Britain by his organization, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast 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 ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' Season 2, Lord Zedd creates a monster literally named Nimrod the Scarlet Sentinel. In fact, she was the first MonsterOfTheWeek 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 [[ShockAndAwe powerful electrical attacks]] and could summon two other monsters (her "assistants") [[ShoutOut named AC and DC]] to help her.

* Demonic Nimrods are type of [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Demon]] in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''.

-->"[[WarriorPoet With a donkey’s jawbone, I have made donkeys of them]]."
---> -- '''Samson''', ''[[Literature/BookOfJudges Judges 15:16]]''

The JerkWithAHeartOfGold hero of the Book of Judges and a major early TropeCodifier for what would eventually become the AntiHero archetype. Famous for being the guy who killed an entire army with the jawbone of an ass, [[RiddleMeThis for his Riddle]], and for [[DumbMuscle not being]] [[TooDumbToLive very bright]]. Anyone who has this name, whether he's good or bad, is likely ''very'' strong.

Samson is the TropeNamer for TheSamsonOption.

See ''Literature/SamsonAndDelilah'' for a listing of tropes related to Samson himself.
* Black Samson of ComicBook/{{Invincible}} has the strength of his namesake, but as SuperStrength isn't such a big deal in comic books, he also has the other powers required for FlyingBrick status. [[spoiler:They don't save him from eventually being killed]].
* Doc Samson of the ''ComicBook/IncredibleHulk'', a [[TheShrink psychiatrist]] who has a green-haired GeniusBruiser 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 ''ComicBook/MightySamson'', who is essentially a fusing of the Biblical Samson archetype with the BarbarianHero archetype.
* One of the Morlocks from ''ComicBook/XMen'' 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 ComicBook/{{Sabretooth}} during the [[BloodbathVillainOrigin Mutant Massacre]].

* Ralph Samson of ''Film/{{Harper}}'' is worth running away from, or at least would be if he weren't already missing.
* Averted with El Santo aka of ''Film/SamsonVsTheVampireWomen''.

* Bernard Samson of the Literature/BernardSamsonSeries. 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.
* ''Literature/CoyoteBlue'' 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 ''Literature/{{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 Creator/JohnMilton that is a dramatized retelling of the Samson and Delilah story.

* An excellent zig-zag of the trope is Samson from ''Series/{{Carnivale}}'', 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 RetiredMonster father on ''Series/{{Heroes}}''.
* Averted with Samson the talking dog of ''Series/SamsonEnGert'', who is as adorable a sheepdog as any you'll find.

* Sầm Sơn, a city in UsefulNotes/{{Vietnam}}.
* Samson, a city in UsefulNotes/{{Alabama}}.
* Samson the island, largest of the uninhabited [[UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} Isles of Scilly]].
* Samson, a suburb of [[UsefulNotes/AustralianStatesAndTerritories Perth]] in Western Australia.
* [[CoolTrain Samson the Train]], Canada's oldest locomotive.
* Samson the TyrannosaurusRex skeleton, notable for having the most complete T. Rex skull ever found (as of 2017).
* Samson of Dol, a 5th century [[UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}} Christian saint]].
* The Samson Unit, a real-life BadassIsraeli special forces unit named after the Biblical figure.

* One of the two hypermuscular bodybuilder characters in the utterly ''bizarre'' ''VideoGame/ChoAniki'' is named Samson.
* Samson, the villainous and superpowered Red Templar from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition''.
* ''VideoGame/LittleSamson'''s title character has the strength of his namesake but not his dependence on shaggy locks to maintain it.

* Brock Samson from ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' 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 ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo'' is a subversion in that not only he is not very strong, he's actually rather prone to suffering injuries himself.

-->"The name of the star is Wormwood, and a third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died from the waters, because they were made bitter."
---> --'''[[Literature/BookOfRevelation Revelation 8:11]]'''

"Wormwood" denotes a number of plants within the genus ''Artemisia'' [[note]]including mugwort or common wormwood (''Artemisia vulgaris'') and grand wormwood (''Artemisia absinthium'')[[/note]] that have historically been used in medicine and in alcoholic drinks like [[GargleBlaster absinthe]]. Literature/TheBible namedrops these plants to connote bitterness. What's more, Greek versions translated the Hebrew word for "{{curse}}" as "wormwood" (or ''apsinthos''), and the Literature/BookOfRevelation references a star called Wormwood that falls from the sky and poisons the waters of Earth.
* Danny Wormwood, main character of ''ComicBook/TheChroniclesOfWormwood''. He's a successful television producer who just so happens to also be TheAntichrist.
* ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'' is a work that slathers on the Biblical themes hard and heavy, so it should come as no surprise that the UN official who orders the climatic nuclear strike towards the end would be named Secretary-General Wyrmwood.
* Wormwood the [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Zombie]], main character of ''ComicBook/WormwoodGentlemanCorpse''. He's actually some kind of extradimensional larvae... thing, that infests corpses and raises them to run around in.

* 1957's ''Film/TheSeventhSeal'' includes a reading from the Book of Revelations including the Star of Wormwood passage detailed above.
* 2014's ''Film/{{Wyrmwood}}'' is very appropriately named, as it is set in a ZombieApocalypse CrapsackWorld.

* The ''Literature/{{Abarat}}'' books include a vessel called Wormwood Deathship.
* The ''Literature/ChristCloneTrilogy'' features an asteroid called Wormwood, which is no accident as the trilogy is a Christian [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt End Times]] novel in the vein of the ''Literature/LeftBehind'' books.
* ''Literature/TheScrewtapeLetters'' are addressed to a demon named Wormwood, containing advice on how to corrupt the mortal soul.
* Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood, Literature/{{Matilda}}'s parents, downplay this. They're anti-intellectual {{jerkass}}es, but not all that evil. Matilda Wormwood herself, while the heroine of the story, is no force to be trifled with either, being a ChildProdigy who regularly uses her wits to humiliate mean adults. She even [[spoiler:develops telekinesis]] later in the book.
* Creator/StephenKing references wormwood in several of his books, including ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'', ''[[Literature/NightmaresAndDreamscapes Home Delivery]]'', ''Film/TheMist'', and ''Literature/UnderTheDome''.

* The sixth season of ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' featured a DeadlyGas bomb called Wormwood. As if that wasn't reason enough to run away from it, the weapon was built to be part of a series of TargetedHumanSacrifice rituals called the Doomsday Tableaus.
* In ''Series/KolchakTheNightStalker'' Wormwood is used as the name of a missile.

* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' subverts this with Mrs. Wormwood, named after the aforementioned demon from ''Literature/TheScrewtapeLetters''. Calvin views her as a SadistTeacher and [[ButYouWereThereAndYouAndYou uses her as the basis]] for many of the AliensAndMonsters in his [[ImagineSpot daydreams]], but it's pretty clear that Mrs. Wormwood is just doing her job as a teacher. Hey, you'd be {{stern|Teacher}} too if you had to put up with Calvin's shenanigans. Bill Watterson, the cartoonist behind ''Calvin and Hobbes'', actually considers her something of an IronWoobie.

* Oleg Wormwood from ''TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated'' is an ArmsDealer with a ''very'' dark case of ILoveNuclearPower going on.

* In Act III Scene II of ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' the titular protagonist says "Wormwood, wormwood" as an aside while watching the PlayWithinAPlay.

* Played straight with Josiah Wormwood of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', an OriginalGeneration villain created for the show who specializes in the DeadlyGame.

* You wanna know the UsefulNotes/{{Russian|Language}} name for common wormwood? ''UsefulNotes/{{Chernobyl}}''.

The wife of Lamech (descendant of Cain) in the Literature/BookOfGenesis. No relation to 'Zilla, the FanNickname for [[Film/{{Godzilla 1998}} the first American Godzilla]].

* The third book in Creator/MadeleineLEngle's ''Time Quartet'', ''Literature/ASwiftlyTiltingPlanet'', 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.
* Poppy Z. Brite's ''Lost Souls'''s character. Interestingly, Brite's Zillah is male.
* ''Literature/WutheringHeights'' includes a minor character named Zillah, a servant of Heathcliff after he inherits the titular manor.

* Zillah, a servant of Dorcas in the first season of ''Series/LarkRiseToCandleford''.

* Zilla, an American {{Trance}} band founded in 2004.
* Zillah Minx (born Zillah Elaine Ashworth), vocalist for the British PunkRock band ''Rubela Ballet''.

* A Zillah, also known as a Zilā or Jela, is a South Asian word for a district. ''Zillahs'' can be found in UsefulNotes/{{Bangladesh}}, UsefulNotes/{{India}}, and UsefulNotes/{{Pakistan}}.
* Zillah is both the name of an animal and a plant genus. The animal is a type of [[SpidersAreScary spider]], while the plant is a type of flower endemic to deserts in Northern UsefulNotes/{{Africa}} and UsefulNotes/TheMiddleEast.
* Zillah, a city in the state of [[UsefulNotes/TheOtherRainforest Washington]].
* The USS Zillah, a motorboat built in 1903 that served as a [[CoolBoat patrol vessel]] for the U.S. Navy in 1918.

* Zillah is the name of Abel's wife ([[IncestIsRelative and sister]]) in Creator/LordByron's 1821 play ''Cain''.

* Zilla is a recurring villain in the ''Shadow Warrior'' game series, both as Master Villa in the ''VideoGame/ShadowWarrior1997'' original and as Orochi Zilla in the reboot ''VideoGame/ShadowWarrior2013''. He returns leading his own Zilla Corps in 2016's ''VideoGame/ShadowWarrior2''.

* Tobias, the "dreaded" competitive Darkrai trainer from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''.
* Haman Kahn ([[SpellMyNameWithAnS or Karn]]), ruthless dictator and deadly AcePilot of ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' and ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ'' shares a name with the Persian minister who tried to talk the king into massacring the Jews in the Book of Esther.
** Related to the above, the first name of ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' BigBad Paptimus Scirocco is apparently a reference to John the Baptist.
* ''Manga/OnePiece''
** 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. [[SignificantBirthDate To match]], his birthday [[AscendedFanon is]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas December 25th]].
* Digimon also has Sodom and Gomorrah, they are the living cannons that reside on the shoulder of MaloMyotismon.

* As noted above, during the '90s there was an AncientConspiracy 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 and Gideon, their ranks included a Nicodemus, a Burke, and and a Saul. X-Men BigBad 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).

* Subverted in ''Diggstown'' with Gabriel [[NameOfCain 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 Franchise/ChildrenOfTheCorn and and their right hand men have Biblical names: Isaac, Malachai, Micah, Mordecai, Eli, Josiah, Ezeekial and so on.

* '''[[Literature/CiaphasCain COMMISSAR CIAPHAS CAIN]], [[FakeUltimateHero HERO OF THE]] [[DrinkingGame/TVTropes IMPERIUM!!!]]''' is named after TWO Biblical villains (Joseph Caiaphas was the high priest who had Jesus condemned to death)
* Bathsheba and Gabriel of Literature/FarFromTheMaddingCrowd
* Herod Sayle in the Literature/AlexRider novel ''Stormbreaker'' shares his biblical namesake's desire for infanticide.
* ''Literature/{{Phenomena}}'' has [[JacobAndEsau 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 BigBad. In the end the brothers have more a CainAndAbel dynamic though.

* ''Series/{{Carnivale}}'', 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 ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' featured as its BigBad one Samuel Sullivan, a DarkMessiah who promised to lead the "[[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual 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.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' has a lot of Biblical names. Ironically, the show's resident MagnificentBastard is named Benjamin. This should refer to Jacob, too, now that Ben has started to turn into the real powers' ButtMonkey.
* Messiah, the [[AIIsACrapshoot Killer AI]] of ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGoBusters''. For bonus points, he was "born" on Christmas Day.
* ''Franchise/UltraSeries'':
** Gomora from ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'' is named after one of two cities smited by God in the Old Testament. Later in ''Series/UltramanDyna'', this would be homaged with a monster named after the other city called Sodom.
** Ultraman Noa, [[spoiler:the true form]] of ''Series/UltramanNexus'', and one of the most powerful Ultras in the franchise. Yes, he's named after ''that'' Noah. Also in an episode of the original ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'', there was a cult in the Middle East that worshiped Ultraman as Noah (they even lived near Mt. Ararat where Noah's Ark set ground after the Flood)
** Barabas from ''Series/UltramanAce'' is a vicious-looking Choju named after a criminal released from crucifixion over Christ in the New Testament. Also the same episodes he was in featured a planet named Golgotha (the hilltop Christ's crucifixion was set upon), where Yapool has crucified the Ultra Brothers.

* [[TheVirus The Flood]] from ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''.
** The villains of the {{game mod}} ''RED'' are named Joshua and Michael.
* The Ark of Napishtim from ''VideoGame/{{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 ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas: Honest Hearts''.
* Numerous specimens in ''VideoGame/{{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).
* ''VideoGame/{{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.

* In ''Webcomic/ImpureBlood'', the Abomination, the long term sole survivor of every GladiatorGames. When Dara rescues him [[http://www.impurebloodwebcomic.com/Pages/Chapter001/ib007.html she immediately asks for his real name]].

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* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' the first two Endbringers are Behemoth and Leviathan, after the two monstrous creatures described in the Book of Job. [[spoiler:Like the originals, they are slaves to the unconscious will of their creator, Eidolon]].

* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'', when Meatwad attempts to name what [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld 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."