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Comic Books Literature
- Sauron, the eponymous Lord of the Rings, is actually Quenyanote for "the abomination".
- The Culture's Abominator class of Rapid Offensive Units definitely count, what with their ability to casually obliterate anything from fleets to solar systems.
- Literature/Animorphs has Visser Three, named 'the Abomination' by Andalites as he is the only Andalite-Controller in existence.
- The famous, terrifying Cult Classic The Amityville Horror (1979) — supposedly Based on a True Story of a family who moved into a Haunted House — most likely started the trend of using this word as an Ironic Name.
- Amity Island of Jaws, although you should be safe as long as you stay away from the water...
Comic Books Film
- Bane from The Matrix is not actually a bad guy until he gets possessed by Smith, at which point he becomes one.
- Harry Potter: the centaur Bane, like most of the rest of his herd, sees no reason to show humans any mercy.
- There's also Darth Bane from Star Wars. Not only was he a Sith, but he tricked the leader of the Sith into wiping out the rest of the order, including himself (that is to say, the leader of the Sith).
- The Bane, a gigantic Evil Albino rat from The Underland Chronicles.
- The Death Gate Cycle features one Prince Bane, an Enfante Terrible who enchants everyone in his vicinity to practically worship him.
- Dino Attack RPG has Cyrista's Bane, created out of plans made by Dr. Cyrista.
- Bane from the Forgotten Realms setting and 4th edition of Dungeons & Dragons, the god of tyranny, hatred and fear.
- Warhammer 40,000: The Baneblade. Also, in the video game Dawn of War 2, there is a whole mission in which you have to actually run away from one of those monsters.
- Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden: Ultimate Hellbane.
- Muffet Bane the Dark Spiderling Invader from LEGO Universe.
- Donovan Baine the Darkhunter of Darkstalkers.
- Most plants with the word 'bane' in their name are deadly poisonous.
- Bain Capital.
A common, if generic, name for fire-type characters. Comic Books
- Johnny Blaze of Ghost Rider.
- Merlin's mentor was named Blaise.
- Blaze from Wings of Fire. Not exactly evil, though, just Lethally Stupid and manipulated into taking part in a bloody world war.
- In Warrior Cats, Lionblaze, one of the protagonists, is not evil, but he does have the superpower of Nigh-Invulnerability and is a dangerous fighter.
- Blaze of Mortal Kombat.
- Blaze Fielding from Streets of Rage, though, is a heroine. In SOR 2 she gained the ability to shoot fireballs from her palm as a special move.
- Later SEGA had a character named "Blaze the Cat" (Sonic the Hedgehog). Her powers are the same.
- Blaze Stalker, the Big Bad of Blackstar: Agent of Justice.
- The Fan Translation of Ace Attorney Investigations 2 gives us Amoral Attorney Blaise Debeste.
- Blaze Bayley, formerly of Iron Maiden - he picked the Stage Name because his real name is Bayley Alexander Cook, and tired of his "given name more common as surname" confusing people, chose Blaze "because it was dangerous sounding like being on fire."
- Honourable mention must go to the commander of the Bounty, who is exactly one crossed t short of this name, and would have (allegedly) more than lived up to it.
As an archaic word for sulfur, brimstone is often used to describe biblical Hell, especially when combined with fire. Comics
- Brimstone in DC Comics is an artificial construct designed to turn the people of the world against their superheroes, though it describes itself as a 'Fallen Angel'.
- In Transformers, not every incarnation of Brimstone has been a Decepticon, but all of them have been villains of some kind.
- The Brimstone missile used by the British military.
- Discworld: Ronald Soak, eternal milkman and Fifth Horseman of the Apocralypse (he left before they got famous). Originally named Kaos.
- Evil organization KAOS, of course.
- The in-universe fictional hammy Evil Overlord Doctor Chaotica in Star Trek: Voyager.
- Chaos, the void before the earth appeared, from Classical Mythology.
- Chaos from Dino Attack RPG, who was heavily inspired by Chaos from Sonic Adventure.
- The Chaos Gods of Warhammer 40,000.
- The One-Winged Angel of Garland from Final Fantasy I who also reappears as the ultimate Big Bad in Dissidia: Final Fantasy.
- There's also Argosax the Choas in Devil May Cry 2.
- Chaos from Sonic Adventure (especially in his/its One-Winged Angel form).
- For a double example of this, you've got the villain called KAOS (yes, all caps) in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! (and Donkey Kong Land 3). K name, and Chaos. And the level it's first found in is called 'KAOS Karnage', which has got to be a name to run from even faster.
- The Chaos Kin from Kid Icarus: Uprising.
- The Transformers: The third-season episode "Chaos" featured the eponymous monster which hails from the planet Dread. Chaos sheds "death crystals", which when weaponized can turn a space station into Swiss cheese.
- Butters from South Park tries to pull this off with his "Professor Chaos" alter-ego, but fails miserably.
Unless it's a reference to Cinderella. Literature
- Cinderpelt from Warrior Cats is a subversion, as a clearly heroic character.
- Cinder, of Killer Instinct fame.
- Cynder from the Legend Of Spyro Trilogy. Though she only has the matching personality when she was evil, after her Heel–Face Turn she's quite nice.
- Cinder, of The Kingkiller Chronicles.
- Cinder Fall of RWBY. Who is a Cinderella reference, but is still evil.
Perhaps crossing into colours, 'Dark' in just about any usage. Examples are far too numerous to individually list here. Anime and Manga
- Subversion: Dark of D.N.Angel, while a thief and a bit smug, works with the best of motivations. Then again, Evil Counterpart Krad plays it straight as can be.
- Light and Dark The Adventures of Dark Yagami has Dark Yagami himself.
- Parodied with Mr. Furious in Mystery Men, who tries to give his secret identity as Phoenix Dark, among other variations. It doesn't work, and he finally concedes that his real name is Roy.
- Dark Man from Mega Man 5, and the good guy Darkman from the film of the same name.
- Solomon Dark, the Big Bad of Solomon's Keep.
- Lord Dearche of the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable games, whose name is likely meant to be an altered spelling of Dark, especially since the Kanji representation of her name is "闇統べる王", which means "King of Darkness".
- Dark Bowser from Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story is someone you should sprint from.
Death (or "Deth")
A favored name component of villains and Evil Overlords, although such a name is usually not given to a character at birth, but acquired later once they've reached a certain level of "badassitude". Naturally, the actual Grim Reaper doesn't count. Anime and Manga
- Not a person, but anything that goes by the name of Death Note is clearly not something to be trifled with.
- Cancer Deathmask from Saint Seiya. The fact that his Zodiac Sign (Cancer) is also the name of a dreaded disease doesn't make him any more approachable.
- Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei gives us the eponymous teacher's older brother, Itoshiki Mikoto - better known as Zetsumei-sensei, or Dr. Death.
- Sekirei has Shiina who's name means "Death" for a very good reason despite his very sweet nature.
- DC villain Deathstroke: The most badass name of all time? As if that weren't enough, his full name is "Deathstroke The Terminator". His real name, Slade Wilson, isn't bad either, due to its similarity with the hard mineral slate.
- Judge Dredd: Sidney De'ath became known as Judge Death before he became an undead monstrosity seeking to annihilate all life.
- Marvel Comics' X-Men:
- Transformers: Timelines gave the name Deathsaurus to a villain who was once the Big Bad of Transformers Victory.
- Shinomura from the Godzilla (2014) tie in comic Godzilla Awakening. It's name means 'swarm of death'.
- Death's Head, Freelance Peacekeeping Agent who's gone toe-to-toe with the likes of Rodimus Prime, the Doctor, the Fantastic Four, and Iron Men from various time periods.
- Otto Von Todt from Requiem: Vampire Knight, whose name is definitely meant to evoke death symbolism (see Arnold Toht below). Bonus points for having been a high-ranking SS Nazi before becoming a vampire in Resurrection.
- Arnold Toht from Raiders of the Lost Ark. Toht is an Anglicized spelling for the German word for "dead" ("tot").
- Todd, which sounds very much like German for "death", is a common name among badasses and horror characters (though in the latter, it's because they die).
- Jack Deth, the badass protagonist of the Trancers franchise.
- Dr. Totenkopf in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. Totenkopf is German for "Death's Head" or a skeletal skull.
- Star Wars: The Death Star.
- It is the middle name of detective Lord Peter Wimsey, although in his case it is pronounced "Deeth" (rhymes with "teeth"). The Wimsey books also include a psychotic neurologist named Sir Julian Freke.
- The Discworld novels, despite featuring Death Himself as a prominent good guy, had a villain named Edward d'Eath (no relation) in Men at Arms.
- There's also a De'Ath in Gormenghast.
- In Neal Stephenson's The Baroque Cycle, Édouard de Gex takes the alias Edmund de Ath after he fakes his death. Given how many people he ends up killing or causing the death of, it's quite symbolic.
- Patricia A. McKillip's The Riddle Master Trilogy features a man named Deth whose true allegiance is ambiguous, but eventually turns out to be a good guy, more-or-less.
- Arawn-Death-Lord of Annuvin, from the Chronicles of Prydain. Apparently Death-Lord itself is a title, as he usurped it from a previous Death-Lord (who wants it back).
- Death Eaters in Harry Potter. To a lesser extent Voldemort himself (though his name is basically misspelled French for Fly From Death or Lord "I'm terrified of dying" basically).
- Tiphaine d'Ath from the Literature/Emberverse series, especially in the book where she's introduced.
- Deathgaia from Kankyou Choujin Ecogainder.
- Deathwalker from the Babylon 5 episode of the same name. Not actually her name; this was an epithet given to Warmaster Jha'dur of the Dilgar people. It's very much appropriate.
- Parodied in That Mitchell and Webb Look with Professor Death, a man who attracts military attention due to his invention of the Giant Death Ray - which turns out to be the world's first laser bar code reader.
- Warhammer 40,000:
- Death Korps of Krieg.
- Death Guard.
- Death Company.
- And these are just the more notable organizations or groups with 'death' in their names. There are tons of less known ones like Death Mongers, Death Knights, Death Spectres and so on. Warhammer 40K also has weapons (like Deathstrike Missile, Deathspinner or Deathwind Missile Launcher), vehicles (Death Wheel or Deathstrike Missile Launcher for aforementioned Deathstrike Missile), occupations (Death Jester or Death Cult Assassin), ships (Agonising Death) and locales (Hive Death Mire (conveniently located on planet Armageddon near the River Insane) who fit this trope. And the multitude of Deathworlds in the Imperium.
- Death Heim: the location of the final battle with Tanzra and his minions in ActRaiser.
- Dracula's right hand man "Death" in the Castlevania series; like the Discworld example he is the actual Grim Reaper but unlike that example he is definitely evil.
- Satirical example: DeathSpank .
- Final Fantasy V: Exdeath. He might be a tree (specifically, a tree with countless evil spirits sealed within, but a tree nonetheless), but cross him, and you'll find yourself on a one-way trip to THE VOID.
- Battle Fantasia has, as its Final Boss, a monstrous suit of Animated Armor known as Deathbringer.
- .hack has Skeith, entitled "the Terror of Death". In G.U., Haseo bears the same title during his PKK days.
- Reaper from Devil Kings. His weapon, surprisingly enough, is a Sinister Scythe.
- Darkdeath Evilman, the Big Bad of Z.H.P.: Unlosing Ranger vs. Darkdeath Evilman.
- Thanatos from Resident Evil Outbreak is named after the Greek god of death.
- There's also Thanatos in Secret of Mana, who is generally considered by far one of the most evil villains in the series.
- F-Zero: Deathborn. You race him inside of a volcano. Or hell. Or something.
- Deathwing from World of Warcraft. Also Lady Deathwhisper.
- Rockman 4 Minus Infinity: Jumbig the Death Machine. How fitting.
- Commander Totmacher (German for deathbringer) in Bionic Commando Rearmed.
- Deathclaws in the Fallout series.
- Subverted in Wonder Boy In Monster Land, where Death (The Grim Reaper) is the first and easiest boss.
- Dr_Death from Neopets is a subversion. Eliv Thade, not so much.
- The Speculative Dinosaur Project has the penguins of DEATH!! (capitalization is actually part of the name.)
- An episode of the cartoon Mad Jack the Pirate featured a well-suited man called "Mr. D'eath". Jack remarks that his name sounds French until seeing the man upon which he realises the man is, in fact, Death.
- Metalocalypse: Dethklok is all about this. Nathan Explosion, William Murderface, and Toki Wartooth all fit (and those are their birth names). Everyone that attends a Dethklok concert is required to sign a pain waiver.
- The Deathgleaner from The Future Is Wild.
- Exception — De'Ath (not pronounced like you'd expect) was apparently a real English aristocratic name. Inspired Terry Pratchett for Edward d'Eath.
- The Totenkopf—German for dead man's head, or Death's head—is used as an insignia for many military units worldwide. Historically, it is probably most commonly associated with the German military. It's most notorious use, of corse, was the unit which takes its name from the symbol, the SS-Totenkopfverbände: The "Death's-Head Units" of the Schutzstaffel which was responsible for administrating Nazi death camps.
- The Death Cap, Amanita phalloides, which contains the same deadly poison as the Destroying Angel, and is said to have caused more deaths than any other mushroom species.
- Death camas.
- Captain William Death was a famous real-life pirate (or, technically, a privateer.) To make things even better, his ship was named Terrible.
- The Despair from The Sandman (two of 'em, to be exact), who initiated the chain reaction that led Superman to Earth.
- Marvel Comics has recurring villain D'Spayre, a dream-demon.
- Oberon De Spair, Agent of chaos at the service of Belgravia in Paperinik New Adventures.
- One of the main antagonists of Christian Humber Reloaded.
- The Despair Embodied of Devil May Cry 2, the One-Winged Angel and Bishonen Line (with a touch of Viewer Gender Confusion and Ambiguous Gender) of the above Argosax the Chaos.
- Also, there's D'Sparil, the Big Bad of Heretic.
- The Pickaxe of Despair in Silent Hill 4.
- The Winds of Despair in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity.
Sinister and striking enough to have its own page. Comic Books Film
- Thulsa Doom from Conan the Barbarian (1982).
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit: If you're a toon, Judge Doom is not someone you're going to want to hang around with. Or even if you're not, at that.
- Rapper MF DOOM, whose persona is that of, well, a twisted genius bent on revenge against the industry that destroyed him. Possibly inspired by his real name Daniel Dumile, which is pronounced "Doom-i-lay".
- As well as the mutation of the name in Judge Dredd. It's not just his name either; "Dredd" is a surname applied to all of Joseph Dredd's immediate clone brothers (including Rico).
- In Warhammer 40,000:
- The Dreadnoughts, powerful bipedal tanks piloted by mortally wounded Space Marines on life support.
- The Dreadknight, which doesn't require the pilot to be half-dead, but looks rather ridiculous.◊
- Judge Fear, one of the Dark Judges in Judge Dredd.
- Fear Street, with the nearby Fear Forest and Fear Lake. All of which are named after the Fear family. Plus the town is called Shadyside, which is at least gloomy by itself.
- The Malazan Book of the Fallen series has Fear Sengar, although it's subverted as he's a pretty decent guy all things told. However, he is also incredibly badass and not someone you want to face in a fight.
Comic Books Film
- Furiosa from Mad Max: Fury Road is not a woman to be trifled with.
- J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series has a character named Phury. In the series, he is the dark, evil Zsadist's twin brother.
- In the Clans' mythology in Warrior Cats, Fury is a wild boar - the mate of Rage, who can kill a tiger with a single blow.
- The Furies, Hades's minions from Classical Mythology.
- Bryan Fury from Tekken.
Anime and Manga
- A variant: In Trinity Blood, Ridiculously Human Robot Father Tres feels the need to deliver exposition on what he's doing. When somebody has something called "Genocide Mode" in his repertoire, it's probably a good idea to be somewhere else when he invokes it.
- In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's the "Book of Darkness" (also a name to run away from) has a spell called "Genocide Shift".
- Genocide. And she makes a point of saying that it's not just her name, it's what she does.
- In the Ender's Game series, Andrew Wiggin is known variously as Ender, the Speaker for the Dead, and the Xenocide.
- Kamen Rider Ryuki: Kamen Rider Ouja's fusion Advent Beast, Genocider. It's name comes from Genocide, as in wiping out a race or species. And it's every bit as dangerous as its name implies it to be, it has a BLACK HOLE IN ITS CHEST!
Anime and Manga
- Emperor Gore from Getter Robo.
- Teron Gorefiend from Warcraft II and World of Warcraft. Also, Razorgore the Untamed from World of Warcraft.
- Gwen from Guild Wars, going down in Charr history as Gwen the Goremonger.
- Combat android Fulgore from Killer Instinct.
- Gore Screaming Show from the visual novel of the same name.
- From Undertale we have Asgore Dreemurr, king of the monsters. His surname is also an anagram of 'Murderer', by the way. Subverted in that he's not evil at all, but he's still incredibly powerful and can kick your ass if you let your guard down. And he really'' does not like the idea that he has to kill you.
- Zebediah Killgrave from above becomes a twofer, so you know he's bad news (of course, Luke Cage beat the tar out of him last we saw of him).
- And from the DC side of things, we have Lex Luthor's assistant, Mercy Graves (who has no mercy).
- Also, 100 Bullets' Agent Graves.
- Gideon Gordon Graves, Big Bad of the Scott Pilgrim series.
- Gustav Graves in Die Another Day.
- Svala Sorrowgrave from World of Warcraft. Even though she's a relatively easy boss in a dungeon.
- The Saviour of Misbehaviour Corey Graves.
- Beyond the Grave from Gungrave, who is an unstoppable zombie killing machine. The instruction booklet of the original game also says Grave is often called "Death" by his enemies.
- The Halo series has the Gravemind.
- League of Legends has, for a while now, Malcolm Graves. He's a shotgun-toting conman who was betrayed by a fellow conman who he'd made an arrangement with. One of his skills in the game is to fire a cone of three large bullets... but his gun only has two, straight, barrels... This troper has heard the crazy awesome, if impossible, explanation that he spits the third bullet from his mouth without anyone noticing Doesn't explain why the skill is cone-shaped, but eh. Not the gunman you want to meet in a dark alleyway, that's for sure.
- There was a truant officer named "Shallowgrave" on The Fairly Oddparents.
In fact, the naming of someone as Hunter is apparently so iconic that some "tests" to determine the Mary Sue-ness of characters specifically have a point (or more!) for someone named Hunter. Jäger (German "hunter") likely counts. Anime and Manga Comic Books
- "Hunter" is Robyn Canmore's alias in the Gargoyles spinoff comic book, Bad Guys.
- Hunter Blackthorne is The Chessmaster from Noble Causes.
- Hunter was also the name of the extremely intimidating Action Girl from Neverwhere.
- Preyhunter from Wings of Fire, one of the NightWings who kidnaps Sunny.
- Subverted in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "The Squire of Gothos", with the meteorologist Karl Jaegar. Upon hearing his name, Trelane (a fanboy of Human military history) promptly squees: "Ein Deutsch Soldat, nein?"
- Hunter Hearst Helmsley, a.k.a. Triple H, from WWE. Ironically, the name is a leftover from a previous gimmick as a snobby aristocrat, and was not originally given to the sledgehammer-wielding, water-spitting, all-ass-kicking-all-the-time badass we know today.
- Hunters in Marathon, Halo, Half-Life 2, Resident Evil etc.
- Hunter-Killers in Spectre.
- Metal Gear Solid: Frank Jaeger, since it's derived from Jäger.
- Cazadores in Fallout: New Vegas.
- Girl Genius: The Jägermonsters.
- Hunter Gathers from The Venture Bros.. Possibly parodied as it sounds like 'hunter/gatherer', which isn't that scary.
- Hunter Cain of Generator Rex, perpetrator of Van Helsing Hate Crimes by the score.
- Hunter S. Thompson.
- 'Jaeger' is also a certain ominous bird - a kleptoparasite that beats up other birds and steals their food.
When a woman has this name, the chances of four things increase incrementally. One, she's Asian. Two, she's gorgeous. Three, she is an excellent fighter. Four, any combination of those three. When a man has that name, on the other hand, we really don't know what to think. Comic Books
- DC Comics has two Jades, but only one qualifies: Jade Nguyen.
- The Great Alicorn Hunt gives us Jade Blossom, one of Rarity's Radiant Guards. She even fulfills all three criteria: Asian (comes from Neighpon (Equestria's equivalent of Japan)), beautiful (possesses delicate, angled features), excellent fighter (as per the entire Guard, since they are former plainclothes security.)
- Jadis, the White Witch from The Chronicles of Narnia.
- Mara Jade from Star Wars Expanded Universe — red haired, green eyed assassin for the Emperor (and later wife to Luke Skywalker).
- Jade West of Victorious.
- Jade from Mortal Kombat. Though she's black in the game, she was Asian in The Movie.
- Altough, she fulfills the latter two criteria perfectly in both the game and the movie. In Mortal Kombat's 2011 reboot for example, she even dresses in a very revealing leotard, thigh-length heeled boots, while possessing that curved figure, and her victory animation even has her using her staff as a strip-dance pole. Whoa.
- I'll tell you what happens when a man is named Jade. You get Jade the Necromancer, which is a name you should probably run from even faster.
- Jade Harley from Homestuck.
- Jackie Chan Adventures. She was too young to be "gorgeous" and that also meant her usefulness in a fight was debatable, though she was shown to be able to take down anyone her own size, and occasionally larger foes.
- Her adult form from the future, however, is quite gorgeous.
- Jezebel Jade from the original Jonny Quest. Beautiful, tough and smart, wouldn't charge her friends for favors...too much.
Anime and Manga
- In Date A Live, Kurumi is given this codename by the virtue of being the most brutal Spirit of all, being the Spirit with the amount of casualties at over ten thousand people, most of which are killed gruesomely by her own hand.
- Nightmare is the demon of dreams who fights against Dr. Strange.
- The Nightmare, from Metroid. An extremely creepy-looking cyborg monster that can manipulate gravity and shoot lasers all over the place, and if you blow its faceplate off (which looks bad enough on its own), its actual face is just... eurgh. The Psycho Strings that play in its theme song in Other M do not help matters.
- Nightmare from the Soul Series.
- Nightmare from the Kirby series.
- Nightmare from Five Nights at Freddy's 4, an animatronic that you really want to run away from!
- Brian O'Blivion and his daughter Bianca O'Blivion in Videodrome. While their alligment is very hard to make out due to the unreality of the movie and Brian is a resonant phantom living in the television world, they are engaging in a counter war against the brain-destroying, people-corrupting Videodrome syndicate by reprogramming the "video word made flesh" (an outside innocent, sleazy TV executive Max Renn) for their own sinister purposes.
- From Neopets, we have the Hopeless Boss Fight known as Oblivion. He may just be the Ultimate Evil of Neopia!
- Oblivion, the Eldritch Abomination in the Turok series and Big Bad of the third game.
- Soulless superhuman Omega from Saving The World and Other Extreme Sports.
- Doctor Who has Omega, whose name is the last letter in the Greek alphabet, thus implying "the end".
- Kenny Omega
- Omega Supreme, Autobot superweapon.
- The SNK Boss of Dead or Alive 3.
- E-123 Omega from the Sonic the Hedgehog series.
- Omega of Mega Man Zero 3, a killer reploid so terrifyingly strong it became known as the "God of Destruction", and singlehandedly wiped out 60% of humanity and 90% of all reploids. Worst of all, he's actually what Dr. Wily originally envisioned Zero as: an almighty engine of destruction.
- A number of Final Fantasy games feature incredibly powerful Bonus Bosses named Omega, Omega Weapon, or something similar.
- Red vs. Blue has O'Malley, originally called Omega.
Anime and Manga
- Naruto villain Pain, who destroyed Konoha Village.
- Pain is the name of one of Hades's servants from Hercules.
- Kung Pow! Enter the Fist: Master Pain. Then he changes his name to Betty. It's one of those movies.
- Major Payne, featuring Damon Wayans as a badass Drill Sergeant Nasty.
- Also Howard Payne, villain of Speed.
- In the live-action Disney movie Sky High (2005), Royal Pain is the supervillain Big Bad and archenemy to Will's dad. And is further revealed to be a supervillainess.
- Payne in J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series is Vishous' fraternal twin sister. She's a warrior and shares her brother's resentment for their mother.
- Dr. Paine from the Wayside School series, though it's only a pseudonym.
- The Champion Pub has Franz Von Pain, one of your opponents.
- From Planescape, we have the Lady of Pain, enigmatic ruler of the city. Citizens avoid mentioning her name for fear of attracting her attention and for good reason; She's powerful enough bar gods from entering the city at all, and when one tried to usurp her influence in the city, outright killed him.
- Max Payne, Anti-Hero and One-Man Army. Considering the Xtremely Kool X in his first name, the name's a double whammy ... If you mess with him, you will experience pain to the max.
- Then there's Paine from Final Fantasy X-2.
- The Lady of Pain, ruler of Sigil, from Planescape.
- The Pain from Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater.
- Doom: Pain Elemental — like the manual says: "What a name. And what a guy."
- Subverted with Winston Payne from the Ace Attorney series, whose name is a play on "winced in pain". But he is actually the least intimidating adversary of the series. sure it was a rookie killer once, but this is when the subversion acts, because He actually was defeated and humillated by Mia Fey in the third game.
- Fort Schmerzen in Medal of Honor and Allied Assault.
- Painwheel from Skullgirls, earning the title of 'most ominous Punny Name ever'. Especially when you see the giant four-bladed wheel attached to the small of her back that she drags with her everywhere.
- The PBEM game VGA Planets has two Fascist/Stormernote ships named as Painmaker and Cold Pain.
- Master Paine from Girl Genius. He is a good guy, but looks pretty scary.
- Subverted with Lord Pain in The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy. He acts all tough, but it's all an act, and Pain isn't even his real name.
- Star Wars Expanded Universe: Darth Plagueis.
- The tyrannosaurs in Peter Jackson's King Kong (2005) are classified as Vastatosaurus rex, meaning "Ravager-lizard king."
- The Dark Eldar Ravager in Warhammer 40,000. Though, since the Dark Eldar have the fastest units in the game, running is useless.
- That One Bonus Boss from Jade Empire.
- The name of the best halberd, possibly the best weapon in the game of Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal, as well as a fairly nasty demon you fight at one point.
- The name of planet-life-force-eating Dark Lord Darth Nihilus' flagship in Knights of the Old Republic. There also a mentor-turned-evil with the first name Saul, as in the Old-Testament King; see "Conquerors", above. (Incidentally, Saul met his doom at a place called Endor.)
- City of Heroes has Rularuu the Ravager, a godlike entity whose aspects also tend to have Names to Run Away from Really Fast.
- Mistborn has the Omnicidal Maniac Ruin. Also from Brandon Sanderson, in The Stormlight Archive we have Odium. Both are Shards of Adolnasium, cosmic concepts personified.
- Malazan Book of the Fallen has Silchas Ruin, although he's another subversion as he ends up being more an example of Good Is Not Nice. Still a badass though.
- One major villain in The DC Universe is named Vandal Savage. His daughter, named Scandal, is an angel compared to him, and she's still a ruthless Ax-Crazy mercenary.
- Macho Man Randy Savage.
- "Savage", a Dark Hunter from BIONICLE.
- Speaking of Savage, Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 3 will introduce a character named Savage Oppress, who happens to be Darth Maul's brother. Oh, Crap!...
- Adam Savage from MythBusters, on the other hand, is someone to run with. Chances are, he's either running away from something about to blow up, or towards something he just blew up (in which case you get to see cool wreckage).
- Common Decepticon name in the Transformers franchise.
Comic Books Literature
- The Mediochre Q Seth Series has an Arch-Enemy named Maelstrom, which as a word refers to a particularly violent storm, a whirlpool or a scene of chaotic upheaval. Come to think of it, Mediochre's badass Trigger Happy Lancer is named Joseph Carrion. As in "dead meat". The Mediochreverse short story Born to Raise the Sons of Earth features a necromancer named Stormhold Elect, too.
- In Warrior Cats, "-storm" is a common prefix/suffix in names, but usually the cats with those names are heroic.
- Doctor Who parodies the trope in the episode Closing Time when Stormageddon, Dark Lord of All is the name a three month old baby wants people to call him by. His actual name is Alfie.
- Assuming you're a Dalek or other villain, there's the Doctor himself, under the alias/title "The Oncoming Storm."
- In Warcraft and related media, Malfurion Stormrage actually hits four at once (Mal, Fury, Storm, and Rage). He's actually a good guy, although his brother Illidan not so much.
- Surprising subversion in Chrono Trigger: Lucca Ashtear is a heroine, though it might relate to her advancement of technology at the cost of safety precautions.
- In Tales of the Abyss, Tear is also the name of one of the party members. It's actually short for Mystearica in this case, and she is set up as a rather morally ambiguous figure right at the start. This is subverted once you finally find out why she wanted to kill her brother in the first place.
- Count Dooku, the Dark Lord of the Sith leading the Confederacy in uprising against the Galactic Republic on Darth Sidious' orders, is known as Darth Tyranus among the Sith.
- One of the factions in Warhammer 40,000 are the Tyranids. They're a ravenous Horde of Alien Locusts who want to kill and consume everything in their path.
- The main antagonist from Sigma Star Saga was a guy named Tyrannical Overlord.
- The Tyrants in the Resident Evil series.
- Tyrannosaurus rex was one of the largest dinosaurid predators, and certainly the most famous among the general public. The name appropriately means "terrible lizard king".
"Father" in Dutch, and also sounds like "invader". Film
- Star Wars: Darth Vader.
- The Polish death metal band Vader.
- Pro wrestler Vader (known as Big Van Vader in Japan), who is similarly no one to be trifled with.
Anime and Manga
- Subverted in Darker Than Black: "Havoc" is definitely a run away name, but she's actually The Atoner. It fit before her depower, though.
- Eureka Seven: As if Anemone's mecha didn't already cue you in with it's black paint job, lots and lots of eyes, and frantic, slasher movie-esque theme song that it's something you should stay far, far away from, there's the fact that it's named the END.
- Anemone herself could also count, as anemones are linked to bloodshed in Greek and Christian mythology.
- Fullmetal Alchemist:
- While other members of the God Hand from Berserk go by science-fictional names such as Ubik, Slan and Femto, their leader goes by the name of Void.
- Hero For Hire: Luke Cage, Power Man. He was so cool that Nicholas Coppola changed his own last name to match his.
- Psyko from the Marvel Comics Sleepwalker series. He's a Serial Killer and Mind Rapist who likes to drive everyone around him insane just by looking at them, and try to manipulate them into committing murder.
- Atrocitus, perhaps the only Green Lantern villain who can give Sinestro a run for his money in the evil name department. It's appropriate, since he's a space demon.
- The Violator from Spawn.
- Trauma, an Evronian general from Paperinik New Adventures. His mental power made him more than live up to his name.
- Harm, teenage supervillain from Young Justice.
- Black Moon Chronicles: Haazheel Thorn is the Evil Sorcerer Big Bad.
- Holocaust and Necrosis from Three of Heart, One of Blood. Necrosis causes any living object he touches to decompose, cell by cell. Doryn from the same series is an in-universe example: his name is Zuzenai for 'essence of terror'.
- In the Pony POV Series, this seems to be the natural naming scheme for the Draconequi. The ones named thus far were Discord, Strife, Pandemonium, Destruction (also goes by Disaster), Anarchy Entropy, and Havoc. However, Discord and Destruction are the only ones who are actively destructive, and of the two, Discord is the only one who is truly evil.
- Torment, from the Spyro Madness Saga. Cynder's Super-Powered Evil Side and a Manipulative Bitch who loves to reak carnage just because she thinks it's funny.
- In Harry Potter and the Power of the Dark Side Harry's Sith name is Darth Veneficus meaning "a sorcerer or a poisoner."
- Scanners: Vale.
- The villain (played by Bela Lugosi) of the 1932 horror movie White Zombie is called "Murder Legendre." So much for subtlety.
- Sheriff Freak in Troll 2.
- The Rancor in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
- The monstrous bad guy played by Jean-Claude Van Damme in The Expendables 2 is named Vilain. So basically "Villain" if it were pronounced with a French accent.
- Epic: Mandrake, a plant which can send the user into a coma in high doses. Also, in mythology, could kill people with its scream.
- Star Trek Into Darkness: Vengeance is an appropriate name for a battleship.
- Spock Prime is visibly disturbed upon hearing that the Enterprise is fighting Khan.
- General Woundwort from Watership Down; it's a plant (virtually all rabbits in the book are named after plants), but it contains "wound". Also, "General" as a title.
- Invoked in Artemis Fowl by LEP Officer Trouble Kelp, who chose his first name during his coming-of-age ceremony.
- The Enemy in the Doctor Who quasi-spinoff Faction Paradox, so-called because giving it a real name would only make you underestimate the sheer scope of its power. Also arguably something there's no point running from unless you have a handy universe stored away.
- Subverted with Killer the rabbit from the Enchanted Forest Chronicles series of books. Despite the implications, he's a perfectly normal rabbit (at first) who is simply the victim of his mother running out of names for her children.
- Dr. Grief from Point Blanc.
- The Harry Potter series has Dolores Umbridge as a double whammy. "Dolores" means "pain" in Spanish, and "Umbridge" is a play on the English word "umbrage," meaning "offense."
- Skulduggery Pleasant: Let's see: Mevolent, Darquesse, China Sorrows, Jaron Gallow, Murder Rose, Argeddion...need we continue?
- Malazan Book of the Fallen gives us Malice, Envy, and Spite. Again, though, they give no indication of being particularly villainous; they are simply people you don't want to cross.
- Discworld subverts it with the names of the Carter family, whose daughters are named after virtues and sons are named after vices, so you have daughters with the names of Charity, Chastity, Prudence, and Hope, etc., while the sons are named Bestiality, Jealousy, Covetousness, Deviousness, Anger, and Catastrophe. And, of course, thanks to the Rule of Funny, these immediately become Non-Indicative Names, so Chastity becomes a seamstress (hem, hem), while Bestiality is noted for actually being very kind to animals.
- Body Bag, seen in such promotions as CZW
- Bloodpool: A bright-red poisoned lake which needs to be *exorcized* in order to be clean in ActRaiser.
- Ashley Riot. He is, on occasion, referred to as Agent Riot. And his full title is Riskbreaker Ashley Riot.
- The last boss in Smash Bros Brawl would be mentioned, but his name is a rather... taboo.
- Most monsters in the original Quake: Scrag, Shambler, Fiend, Vore, Spawn, etc...
- Shelly de Killer from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice for All.
- Subverted with Quercus Alba (White Oak) from Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, who served the Cohdopian army for a long time and is considered a cohdopian hero. But double subverted when turns out he is actually the Big Bad who caused all the events in the game, and created the Allebahstian smuggling ring, which caused the crisis of Zheng Fa.
- Trials and Tribulations givs us Bruto Cadaverini, a fitting name for the head of the most dangerous gang in Los Angeles.
- Abyss, the Big Bad of Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes; also the name of the Big Bad in Soul Calibur III.
- Any Servant from Fate/stay night, but especially Berserker.
- The big bad of Mass Effect, Sovereign, has a name halfway between noun and title, and boy, is it an Entity To Avoid Like The Plague. Same with Sov's boss, Harbinger, and his boss, the Catalyst.
- Juggernauts (described in a terminal as "the big floaty thing that kicks our asses") in Marathon. Also, the Juggernaut Powered Armor soldiers in the Modern Warfare series.
- Frostbite from Ghouls vs. Humans. Guess what powers this ghoul has?
- Perfect Dark Zero has Mai Hem (mayhem), the daughter of Big Bad Zhang Li.
- The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword has Demise, The Demon King.
- Lord Agony from Lock's Quest. Their most powerful archineer was named Agonius and they didn't expect him to create a robot army?
- Planet Venom in Star Fox.
- Poliwrath the Water-Fighting type from Pokémon. Not necessarily all that scary unless you challenge them to a contest of physical strength.
- Wasteland2 has two Sinister Ministers named Malediction and Retribution. Yes, they're bad guys.
- Subverted here.
Turboman killed a lot of babies before Doctor Apocalypse was able to stop him.
- The Slaughterhouse Nine from Worm, a group of nine serial killer capes who cause death and destruction across North America for seemingly no other reason than shits and giggles. In reality it's to jumpstart the apocalypse.
- Chainsaw from Air Ride Adventures is really scary. However, it's only a nickname.
- Vendetta and her assistant Grudge in Making Fiends.
- Rampage - immortal, murderous, psychopathic Predacon from Beast Wars that feeds on fear and likes to go on, well, a rampage.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Discord, spirit of chaos and disharmony, a Reality Warper with a twisted and cruel sense of humour. Justified as he's literally the embodiment of discord.
- The Beartown Bullies, a very tough hockey team that opposed Brother's team in a Valentine's Day Episode for The Berenstain Bears. (The thoughest one - the goalie - being a girl and Brother's secret admirer.)
- The town of Todmorden in Yorkshire, which in German means something like "Deathmurderville". By coincidence Harold Shipman, one of the most prolific serial killers in history, worked in the town for several years, and in ufology circles it's known for the body of a Polish man, Zigmund Adamski, turning up there after possibly being tortured to death by aliens.
- In which case, there's the real-life Mick Jagger — a bad-ass rocker if ever there was one. (The Rolling Stones, in their early days, made a point of not being nice guys like The Beatles.)
- Nick Cave, as well as a few of his bandmates: Conway Savage, Roland Wolf, Hugo Race, Tracy Pew. Their music is quite often very scary.
- Any of several warships bearing the name HMS Terror, but especially this one.
- There was an Austrialian association footballer (soccer player) in the early 20th century whose surname was Conquest, but that's not the end of it. His first name? Norman. Norman Conquest...he was named after a bloody period of history.
- There is is a Zimbabwean footballer (soccer player) called Danger Fourpence.
- There is a Serbian officer during the Bosnian War named Pero Colic (pronounced "cholich"). Surely the name isn't that impressive compared to other examples here but consider that he's not exactly spotless when it comes to human rights records which is not all uncommon to that era.
- The warships known as destroyers were originally known as "Torpedo-boat destroyers"note , later contracted simply to "Destroyer", that not only is shorter but also sounds more menacingnote . In some languages, however, the long version is still used.