Names To Run Away From: Body Part
A form of Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Usually, this is the extremity they'll hit you with, or the one that's the most scarred. Blood, talon, skull, fang.
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Anime and Manga
- Gunnm: Caerula Sanguis, whose name means "blue blood," both a mark of her regal and elegant bearing and of her...shall we say...clinical status.
- DokiDoki! Precure has the Blood Rings which were made from Leva and Gula's esscences after Bel had killed them. Ira and Mammo are wearing them because he tricked them into doing so.
- Jason Blood, to whom an actual demon from Hell is bound. He's extremely knowledgeable as a mystic and demonologist, and he's also immortal.
- Sangre, of the Children of the Vault.
- Bloodsport, the name of three Superman villains.
- Sebastian "Brother" Blood, immortal human sacrificing cult leader.
- The classic Captain Blood.
- Rafael Sabatini's famous pirate, Captain Blood, started his career as Doctor Blood. It works either way! He was not bloodthirsty at all, and was a complex and sensitive man, so his name had a touch of irony to it... Which was completely lost in the movie, turning him into an uncomplicated badass with an appropriate name.
- The Bloody Baron from the Harry Potter series, as well as a vampire named Sanguini.
- The crimelord who forms the main antagonist in Gene Wolfe's Nightside the Long Sun goes by the name of Blood. (In their city men all have single names that refer to animals or animal byproducts, like the protagonist Silk and his student Horn, but Blood is still an alarming name even in context.)
- Lapblood the rat from The Underland Chronicles.
- Averted in the second series of Welkin Weasels novels, where one of the main characters is named Bryony Bludd, which is lampshaded by (wouldn't you know it?) a vampiric stoat. It's still a Meaningful Name, though; she's a veterinary surgeon (which within the series actually means a doctor to her fellow Talking Animals).
- The evil-sounding connotations of Blood as a name is what led a young, babyface pro-wrestler to switch from his real name, Richard Blood, to the stage name Ricky Steamboat (arguably the only example of a wrestler having a more Badass real name than stage name)
- The Primarch of the Blood Angels Space Marines chapter in Warhammer 40,000 was imaginatively named Sanguinus.
- On the other hand, he was a formidable fighter but not an evil man — or primarch.
- Another example from Warhammer 40,000 is the Eldar god of murder/violence/destruction/war Kaela Mensha Khaine the Bloody Handed God, his Avatars also count.
- The Bloodthirster Greater Daemon of Khorne from Warhammer 40,000.
- Lawrence Blood from Fatal Fury
- Combine two dangerous names and you get Blood Falcon, Captain Falcon's Evil Twin from F-Zero X.
- From The Curse of Monkey Island, there is
Wallythe evil pirate Bloodnose!
- And combining this with the Xtreme Kool Letterz example below, we have Chaotic Evil Ax-Crazy Psycho for Hire dwarf Korgan Bloodaxe
- Ragna The Bloodedge. In actually, one of the sanest people around. But he has a fearsome One-Winged Angel form which fits the trope to a tee.
- Blood Raven from Diablo II, the first boss you encounter. If you waltz into the Burial Grounds at LV 5, fresh form the Den of Evil, she will mop the floor with you.
- Bloodmonster from the Nightmare, from the obscure Dada game 78641, a Targ Adventure, is a Double Subversion. He turns out to be a senile old man... but he's also the closest thing the game has to a Final Boss.
- Blood Drops from The Game Of The Ages is a legendary warrior.
- Tarro Blood from Star Wars: The Old Republic. A scheming, lying, cheating, bastard that stands as a mockery of the Mandolorians, he's the main antagonist in the first part of the Bounty Hunter's storyline.
- His name is... Raven Darktalon... Blood!
- Girl Genius has a Bludtharst Heterodyne. Even if he is only mentioned once.
- Sebastian Bludd, better known as G.I. Joe villain Major Blood.
- The Bloods, a notorious Los Angeles street gang and sworn enemy of the Crips.
- In real life, the only person ever to get close to successfully stealing the crown jewels of England was called... Colonel Thomas Blood.
- The "blood eagle," a particularly squicktastic Viking method of killing, which one source describes as "breaking [a man's] ribs and ripping his lungs from his back, where they continued to expand and contract in a motion that mimicked the flapping of the great bird's wings."
- Ricky Steamboat and Richie Steamboat's real names are both Richard Blood. They are both faces, but as pro wrestlers they're still guys you wouldn't want to mess with
Bone, Skeleton, Skull
- There is none more worthy of this than the legendary MARVEL villain Red Skull
- Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas.
- The short story "Satan's Incubator" by Randolph Craig has a main character named Dr. Skull: This initially seems like an aversion, as he's initially portrayed as a kindly, well-respected and elderly doctor... Then it turns out Dr. Skull is wearing makeup and a wig to disguise his appearance, and is but one of two alter-egos of the actually young and agile main character - The other is a heroic but deadly vigilante known as The Skull Killer.
- The recurring Skull Kid and Skulltulas from The Legend of Zelda.
- Skullmageddon, the Big Bad of Double Dragon Neon
- Dethskulks in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. Their Japanese name literally means "death skull," and they One-Hit Kill Kirby if he touches them.
- Skeletor and Castle Greyskull from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983).
Claw, Finger, Hand
Anime and Manga Comic Books
- Ulysses Klaw, sonic-handed enemy of the Black Panther and Fantastic Four''.
- Legion of Super-Heroes villain Starfinger.
- Goldfinger (...He's a man, a man with a Midas touch, a spider's touch...)
- Fast Times at Ridgemont High: Mr. Hand, the tyrannical teacher.
- Dark City: Mr. Hand is the primary antagonist of the film, though not the leader of the Strangers.
- Once Ralon of Malven goes worse in the Song of the Lioness series, he's referred to as "Claw."
- In Warrior Cats, several characters' names end in "-claw", but special mention goes to Tigerclaw.
- In Neal Stephenson's The Baroque Cycle, one of Jeffreys' hired assassins is named Dick Gripp. Thankfully, Stephenson never went into how he kills people...
- Artery, Vein, Spine and Femur in The Demonata.
- Selena, Morzan's and also Brom's lover from the Inheritance Cycle, is nicknamed "The Black Hand".
- Talon, the killer-for-hire in the Babylon Rising series.
- Sixclaw the rat from The Underland Chronicles.
- Logen Ninefingers of The First Law, a barbarian with a Superpowered Evil Side (and his good side isn't someone you want to mess with either.)
- According to Terry Pratchett, "If your gang consists of two people—if it is, in fact, a gangette—one will be the brains of the outfit and one will supply the muscle and speak like dis. They must both, of course, wear black suits. If there are three of them, this still applies, but the new one will be called Fingers".
- Doctor Who once had a villain of the week named Mother Doomfinger. She killed people with, you guessed it, a tap of her finger.
- Villain of the week "The Craw" in Get Smart.
- The Hekatoncheires ("the hundred-handed ones") from Classical Mythology, who, well...each had a hundred hands (and fifty heads).
- Subverted with Chiron, the wise centaur who taught many of Greece's greatest heroes. His name means "hand," but it had more the meaning of a hand that guides and assists— a "helping hand."
- Deathclaws—Sneaks the "Death" in there as well. They're appropriately named though—you really don't want to screw with these guys.
- Talon Company from Fallout 3.
- Talon from Devil Kings.
- Master Hand and Crazy Hand of Super Smash Bros..
- The Black Hand from the Command & Conquer series. Which may or may not be the same Black Hand that started WWI, and are the most elite forces of the Brotherhood of Nod.
- The absolutely terrifying Mr. Fingers, a creature created from a Deal with the Devil to rid a child of his nightmares by giving it physical form. It has fingers instead of teeth and dissolves flesh by contact.
- Michelle Clore (sounds like "claw" in the right accent), the Big Bad of KateModern, a pun which was lampshaded on more than one occasion.
- Klaw, main enemy of Inspector Gadget.
- Toy Story: Claw chooses who will go and who will stay!
- The Perils of Penelope Pitstop: The Hooded Claw, that guy who's always trying to kill Penelope Pitstop.
- The Claw, the Big Bad of Chuck Norris Karate Kommandos.
- Talon formerly Derek Maza, Elisa's brother, in Gargoyles.
- Masters of the Universe villain Clawful.
- Know that there are several Transformers named Razorclaw, and none are to be trifled with lightly!
- There's also a couple named Chainclaw, and you probably shouldn't screw with them either.
- The crime syndicate known as the Dark Hand, from Jackie Chan Adventures.
Anime and Manga
- The Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning series features a character named Eyes Rutherford.
- Classical Mythology:
- The Cyclopes ("circle-eye").
- Argus Panoptes ("all-eyes," which points to his constantly watchful nature as well as Eyes Do Not Belong There).
- The "Argus Monitor" is a medium-size lizard with a pattern that resembles eyes, which is why it was named for this mythical character. It's almost a subversion, though, since other monitor lizards are much bigger and more formidable than it is.
Anime and Manga
- Since 'kiba' is the Japanese word for 'fang', Kiba the dog-themed ninja from Naruto and Kiba the wolf from Wolfs Rain also qualify.
- As does Kiba, though for whatever reason its protagonist doesn't share the title's name, instead he's called Zed. Weird.
- Also from Naruto, there's Konoha's White Fang, Sakumo Hatake.
- Hanma Baki from Baki the Grappler, whose name means "Wild Fang".
- Subverted in Harry Potter, where Fang is a huge dog...who's a terrible coward.
- Fang from the Maximum Ride series.
- Stalker Fang of Mortal Engines. That is all.
- Bloodfang from Eludoran
- Kamen Rider Double: Fang Joker. It's first appearance on the screen has Shotaro trying to stop Phillip from killing Akiko!
- Averted with Cardinal Fang, possibly the least intimidating Inquisitor in history, in Monty Python's Flying Circus.
- Fang, a badly drawn dog who often appears in Chick Tracts. He barks and snarls at everyone, including demons.
- Phyllis Diller's fictional stand-up routine husband.
- Final Fantasy XIII's Fang: Wields a dual headed collapsible spear that can be separated and dual wielded. She's naturally the best attacker of the game Plus she had turned into Ragnarok centuries ago and made that huge hole in Cocoon's shell you always see.
- Also, the Four Fangs from Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword.
- Fang The Sniper of Sonic the Hedgehog.
- Helicopter-chucking Shootfighter Tekken titan Iron Kiba. He's also larger and sturdier than most Hokuto no Ken/Fist of the North Star BigBads to boot.
- Marquise Spinneret Mindfang from Homestuck.
- Several Bond girls, like Pussy Galore and Octopussy.
- Played for Laughs with Biggus Dickus from Monty Pythons Life Of Brian.
- In the episode "The Headband" of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Sokka briefly wears a fake Badass Beard and adopts the alias "Wang Fire" (yes, Wang Fire, on a Nickelodeon cartoon) while posing as Aang's father. note Although not particularly intimidating in the show, Wang Fire has become a Memetic Badass among fans, identified as the god of manliness and beards and as a separate entity from Sokka.
- Foggy "Guts" Nelson, at first a subversion since it was just his bowling nickname, but a lame attempt at an undercover identity and some Acquired Situational Narcissism led to mysterious crimelord "Guts" standing up to the Kingpin.
- Gutsuck, a demon in the Faeries of Dreamdark series.
- The titular characters of The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm hail from a slum called the Cow's Guts.
Anime and Manga
- Only known name of a revenge-driven serial killer in Fullmetal Alchemist who is out to get every single state alchemist and all those who get in his way via alchemical brain explosion. He's so effective at this that all high-ranking officers temporarily abandon their HQ in Central City where he was spotted and head out to the Eastern boondocks.
- Subverted in John Ford's classic, The Searchers: Cicatrice, aka "Scar," does indeed commit a heinous act in killing a settler family and kidnapping the two daughters...but after that he spends his time either oblivious to (as in, living his life and leading his tribe) or running from the man who spends years hunting him down, Determinator Ethan Edwards.
- The Cylon Raider (and Jaws Shout-Out) "Scar" from the episode of the same name of Battlestar Galactica (2003).
- Doctor Who has Skaro (home planet of the Daleks), as well as one-time villain Scarlioni.
- "my assistant Scarface" in Jonathan Coulton's "Skullcrusher Mountain".
- Orphaner Dualscar from Homestuck.
For the implications of Death from Above. Anime and Manga Literature Toys
- Blitzwing, Thunderwing, Darkwing, Wing Dagger, Wing Saber, and about a dozen other Transformers with "wing" in their name. Although the Decepticon Darkwing's name is less threatening, due to the unfortunate coincidence of being shared with a Disney duck character.
- World of Warcraft: Deathwing.
Anime & Manga
- The Primevals in GaoGaiGar are all named after body parts, and each wields a power vaguely related to the part in question (Arm can punch people with gravity waves, Eye has precognition, etc.) Might not sound so scary until you realize that they can turn regular people into Zonders with The Virus, turn famous landmarks and the moons of Jupiter into weapons and fuse into the planet-sized Z-Master
- Naruto has the Nine Bijuu, aka Tailed Beasts, with immense amounts of power that increase exponentially with each tail. Their names are, in order of tails: Ichibi (a sand tanooki), Niibi (a fire-cat), Sanbi (a genjutsu turtle), Yonbi (a lava-breathing gorilla), Gobi (a dolphin-horse), Rokubi (a slug), Nanabi (an armored rhinoceros beetle), Hachibi (an ox with an octopus behind), and Kyuubi (a Kitsune)
- The Right Arm from The Death Cure. It's a rebel organization devoted to fighting WICKED.
- The titular characters of Nancy Farmer's The Ear, the Eye and the Arm.
- Mange the rat from The Underland Chronicles.
- An honourable mention must go the Hyena People from Digger, whose females have the following, friendly, lovable names; Grim- Eyes, Blood-Eyes, Blood-Tail, Shadebones... most female hyenas seem to have them. Even the benevolent ones have names like Boneclaw Mother, and the smaller less aggressive males names like Owl-Caller.
- The Crimson Chin from The Fairly Oddparents. Timmy also adopted the name "Cleft the Boy Chin Wonder" (as in "cleft chin") while serving as the Chin's sidekick.