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Names To Run Away From: Colors
A form of Names to Run Away From Really Fast.

Villains often favor certain colors of clothing and weapons, so it's not surprising that such colors should be in their names as well. Black and Red are by far the most popular, as they are seen as the most evil colors around; see Dark Is Evil and Red and Black and Evil All Over.


Examples:

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    Black 
Especially popular. (Blackguard, Blackheart, Blackthorne, Blackout, etc...)

Anime and Manga
  • The morally ambiguous contract killer who stars in Darker Than Black is codenamed Hei - Chinese for "black".
    • Hei also has a Red Baron, "The Black Reaper."
  • Schwarz (German for "black"), the Slave-summoning villains from Mai-Otome.
  • Black☆Star from Soul Eater.
    • And his father, White☆Star.
  • Akuha Shuzen, infamously known as the Black Devil from Rosario + Vampire.
  • Blood Knight Omnicidal Maniac Karasuba (who's name translates literally to "raven feather") is known as the "The Black Sekirei".
  • The eponymous Black★Rock Shooter and her/its supercharged form, Insane Black Rock Shooter.
    • Her arch-nemesis Black Gold Saw (who is actually red).
    • Also, the rarely mentioned Black Matagi.

Comic Books

Film
  • Lord Blackwood from the first Robert Downey, Jr. Sherlock Holmes film.
  • Discussed in Reservoir Dogs. Joe assigns the robbers their color-coded aliases himself. When they ask why they don't get to choose, he explains that he tried that before but it didn't work, because most of the guys were arguing over who got to be "Mr. Black".
  • Most of The Wolfman (2010) takes place in sleepy little English hamlet of Blackmoor, that's not ominous at all!

Literature
  • Dr. Raven Sable.
  • Sirius Black, although this turns out to be somewhat misleading. It definitely applies to most of the rest of his family, though. His family attempts to deliberately invoke this trope with astronomical names multiple times. Sirius, Andromeda, Regulus, Draco, probably several of the others do this also, but I don't know astronomy well enough to tell you for sure.
    • Bellatrix is also named after a star.
      • Bilingual Bonus (of sorts) overlapping with Meaningful Name: Bellatrix is a Latin name meaning "warlike".
      • To be honest, almost every character or even the spells fit into Meaningful Name: for example, Malfoy is quite similar in pronounciation (when you delve into latin languages) to "the one who was bad" - more specifically, the "was bad" part.
  • The Laundry Series is home to the Black Chamber, the rather...morally unsound US paranormal agency.
  • Black Dow. Among an entire nation of Named Men, he's still infamous.
  • Parodied and subverted in Grunts!, when the various orc squads pick names. There are an over-abundance of black, sable, ebony, etc...And then Pink Squad. They're kind of worried about Pink Squad.
  • The Big Bad of the first Faeries of Dreamdark book is commonly known as "the Blackbringer". If that's not sinister enough for you, his real name is the Astaroth.
  • Randall Flagg goes by the name of The Black Man in The Stand.

Live-Action TV

Music

Radio
  • From Adventures in Odyssey, the evil Dr. Regis Blackgaard. Arguably subverted in that he has a twin brother, Edwin, who shares the name but is only guilty of being a Large Ham.

Video Games Webcomics
  • Jack Noir of Homestuck. On the other hand, his name is technically "Jack Black", rather than Black Jack.

Western Animation
  • In The Simpsons episode "Bart Gets An Elephant", Stampy the elephant is nearly sold by Homer to an ivory dealer (and onetime whale hunter, seal clubber, and president of the FOX network) named Mr. Blackheart.
    • In "Kamp Krusty", there's Mr. Black, the evil camp councilor who torments Bart, Lisa, and the rest of the kids attending the eponymous camp.

Real Life
  • The All Blacks, New Zealand's national rugby union team. They are currently ranked #1 in the world and are the World Cup champions. The name came from a typo; one writer called them "the all backs", meaning they all play fast, running games typical of the backs, but it was misprinted and the name stuck. Black is now the country's national colour, with many other sports teams being named "X Blacks" or "Black Xs".
  • Bubonic plague, also known as the Black Death.
  • Edward "Blackbeard" Teach.

    Red 
Or any variation. Crimson and Scarlet sound especially Bad Ass. Vermillion, less so, but you can work with it. See also Red Baron.

Anime and Manga
  • For Highschool Dx D, there is the Crimson-Haired Princess of Ruin. We know her best as Rias Gremory.
  • The Red Comet. Also the Crimson Lightning, but he often gets confused with the other guy.
  • Rezo the Red Priest of Slayers has a piece of the Dark Lord of his world sealed in his eyes, making him steadily more evil through his life. Lampshaded by Lina when she comments that his name sounds like a villain's after they meet and he tries to play her into giving up a powerful artifact.
  • Porco Rosso is just a Bad Ass.
  • Erza Scarlet is one of the few character who can discipline Natsu.
    • Now we also have Mavis Vermillion, Fairy Tail's first master, who might be joining Makarov and Gildarts as the Big Good.
  • Solf J. Kimblee the Crimson Alchemist could also be considered this especially considering What he did in the War of extermination in Ishval
  • The Red King, Suoh Mikoto of K also qualifies. While he's usually pretty laid back and downright lazy, once he gets down to business there is no stopping him. He is more than once described as violent and a berserker, blows up whole buildings and takes down an elite team without even blinking. Just ask Awashima how dangerous he is.

Comic Books

Film
  • Red Sonja is definitely someone you tread carefully around, unless you're Ahnuld.
  • Red Mist from Kick-Ass.

Literature

Live-Action TV

MMORPGs
  • While not a person's name, the Scarlet Crusade from World of Warcraft. Originally devoted to slay undead, but turned into an army of insane religious zealots bent on killing anyone who's not one of them. Also, their leader is a demon/vampire in disguise.

Music
  • King Crimson. The name sounds much more intimidating than the actual sound/image of the band, however.

Video Games

Web Comics
  • A very bad example is Scarlet Foxfire, which has a color, animal, and fire, from the webcomics of David Gonterman. Gonterman probably does actually intend her to be a badass, but seeing as how she's some sort of superpowered vixen fursuit (worn by a guy), well, her status is dubious, at best.
  • Redcloak from The Order of the Stick.

Western Animation

Real Life

    Yellow 
The Victorians and Edwardians loved to associate this with madness and decay as the symbol of the plague is a yellow flag with a single black spot flown above an infected vessel or building. In other cases, it might just be related to inherent abilities of lightning and/or awesome reflexes. If the word "gold" is used instead, it may simply be a reference to wealth and/or greed.

Anime and Manga
  • Minato Namikaze A.K.A. the Yellow Flash. The ONLY Ninja listed in the Black Book with a "Run On Sight" tag...
    • ...Not that it would help much if he was after you.

Film
  • The eponymous villain Auric Goldfinger. Bonus points for his first name meaning "gold" in Latin.

Literature

Real Life
  • Yellow fever.

    White 
Occasionally used as a subversion. Bonus points if the guy in question is an Evil Albino.

Anime and Manga
  • Light Yagami of Death Note is a variation.
  • The manga of Cowboy Bebop featured a reporter following the crew as they chased the White Siblings, Ash and Blanche, who preyed on the elderly.
  • The White Devil, Nanoha Takamachi. Well, it's a name to run from if you have done anything to incur her wrath. Okay, so she won't cause any lasting damage, but you are going to be in one hell of a lot of pain...
  • White Devil already spread fear fsince 1979 as the nickname Zeon forces gave to the RX-78-2 Gundam and his pilot Amuro Rei.

Film

Literature

Live-Action TV
  • Albert "Chalky" White, from Boardwalk Empire is either a Villain Protagonist or an Anti-Hero, but he's most definitely someone you do not want to cross. Extra irony points for Chalky being a black man with three names meaning "white".
  • Lucien Lacroix from Forever Knight...granted, his original Roman name was 'Lucius', but he still gets points for being a villain with a name that means 'white' or 'light'.

Theatre

Video Games

Western Animation

Real Life
  • Simo Häyhä, AKA The White Death. With the total kill count of 700 in 100 days, he is the the most deadly (identified) soldier in the history of warfare.
  • The great white shark, once also known as "white death".

    Gray/Grey/Silver 
Often used for characters whose morals or motivations tend to come in, well, shades of gray, or just generally to connotate people with powers or badasses.

Anime and Manga
  • Various versions of Greymon from Digimon (And BlackWarGreymon has two of the colors on this list, so you know he's a force to be reckoned with)
  • D.Gray-Man

Comic Books

Film

Literature

Live-Action TV

Tabletop Games
  • The Grey Knights from Warhammer 40K, a Space Marine chapter tasked to fight the Warp daemons with specialized weapons and psychic powers. Also kills any bystanders for fear of Chaos corruption.

Video Games

Western Animation

Real Life

    Blue 
Anime and Manga
  • The deadly, vain pedophile General Blue from Dragon Ball

Literature
  • Possibly subverted by Sonja Blue in the Midnight Blue series of stories. Though blue is often associated with sadness, Sonja is depicted as the preeminent badass of the story universe.

Video Games

Western Animation
  • Azula, cold and ruthless villain from Avatar: The Last Airbender . Name originally comes from the colour of her flames (blue — which is more intensive than normal red and yellow).
    • And then there's Zuko's famous "Blue Spirit" alter-ego, in which he dons a blue mask and ninja garb and carries twin swords.

    Pink 
Not generally a colour considered associated with dangerous or villainous characters.

Anime and Manga

Film

Live-Action TV
  • Pink doesn't seem scary until you remember that in Power Rangers Lost Galaxy it was the Pink Psycho Ranger that was not only the last to be killed, but also caused the death of the first ranger in Western Power Rangers history. Seven seasons in, and it was an elite mook that was pink nonetheless, that finally killed one off.

Music

Real Life
  • "Pinko" is a nickname for a communist. Sometimes it refers to Lighter and Softer communists, as pink is a "lighter" shade of red.
    • In Russia, more hardcore communists sometimes call those whom they deem communists in name only "white-pinkies" (belo-rozovy), combining the former use of "pinko" with white, the color of anticommunism since the Civil War.
  • Pink eye.

    Green 
Comic Books

Film

Literature

Real Life
  • The Green Berets.

    Others 

Anime and Manga
  • K's Colorless King. Well, every King would qualify to some degree (what with their incredible psychic powers) but he takes the cake as far as Ax-Crazy and ruthless goes.

Comic Books

Film
  • The entire cast of Reservoir Dogs, with some names acting as subversions.

Tabletop Games
  • Clear World and Clear Vice Dragon in the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game are clearly dangerous. The first inflicts a harsh penalty on each player for each Attribute of monster they have on the field, while the second renders its controller immune to the penalties of the first and attacks with twice the attack power of whatever it's attacking.

Video Games
  • In the Touhou series colors can be associated with power. The color purple usually represents power. It stands to reason that the most powerful being/Youkai in Gensokyo, Yukari Yakumo's name is Japanese for Purple. Also her shikigamis, Ran and Chen, have names that mean Indigo and Orange, respectively.
  • The color-themed Sages of Team Plasma in Pokémon Black and White.

Real Life
  • Purple drank, a narcotic cocktail made from cough syrup which claimed lives of several prominent hip-hop artists like DJ Screw, Big Moe, and Pimp C.


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