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

Names based on nouns that evoke terror. But only really scary nouns count: Doom, hunter, death, cage; etc.


Examples:

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Common Nouns:

    Abomination 
Comic Books

Literature
  • Sauron, the eponymous Lord of the Rings, is actually Quenyanote  for "the abomination".

    Amity 

Film

Literature
  • Amity, one of the 5 Factions of the futuristic dystopian society of the Divergent trilogy.

Western Animation

    Bane 
Comic Books
  • Bane from the Batman mythos, who is infamous for breaking Batman's back.

Film
  • Bane from The Matrix is not actually a bad guy until he gets possessed by Smith, at which point he becomes one.

Literature
  • 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.

Role-Playing Games
  • Dino Attack RPG has Cyrista's Bane, created out of plans made by Dr. Cyrista.

Tabletop Games
  • 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.

Video Games

Real Life
  • Most plants with the word 'bane' in their name are deadly poisonous.
  • Bain Capital.

    Blaze 
A common, if generic, name for fire-type characters.

Comic Books

Folklore and Mythology
  • Merlin's mentor was named Blaise.

Video Games

Real Life

    Blight 
Film
  • 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.

Video Games

Western Animation

    Chaos 
Literature
  • Discworld: Ronald Soak, eternal milkman and Fifth Horseman of the Apocralypse (he left before they got famous). Originally named Kaos.

Live-Action Television

Mythology and Religion

Tabletop Games

Video Games

Western Animation
  • Butters from South Park tries to pull this off with his "Professor Chaos" alter-ego, but fails miserably.

    Cinder 
Unless it's a reference to Cinderella.

Video Games

    Corpse / Carcas / Cadaver 
Anime & Manga
  • BLOOD Plus Corpse Corps, anyone? Although by the time you get to the end, you'd run away from the Chevaliers.

Literature
  • Galaxy of Fear: Is a guy named Karkas going to be anything but a villain?

Video Games

    Dark 
Perhaps crossing into colours, 'Dark' in just about any usage. Examples are far too numerous to individually list here.

Anime and Manga

Comic Books

Fan Fiction

Film
  • 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.

Video Games

Western Animation

    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

Comic Books

Film
  • 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).
  • 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.

Literature
  • 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).

Live-Action TV
  • 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.

Tabletop Games
  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • Death Korps of Krieg.
    • Deathwatch.
    • Deathwing.
    • Death Guard.
    • Death Company.
    • Deathskulls.
    • 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.

Video Games Web Original

Western Animation
  • 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.

Real Life
  • 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.

    Despair 
Comic Books

Fan Fiction

Video Games

    Doom 
Sinister and striking enough to have its own page.

Comic Books

Film

Music
  • 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".

Video Games
  • Pokémon: Houndoom is a demonic-looking Dark/Fire canine.
  • Evaccania Doom from Ketsui.

Western Animation

    Dread 
Comic Books

Literature

Tabletop Games
  • 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.

    Fear 

Comic Books

Literature
  • 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.

    Extinction 
Fan Fic
  • Pokeumans: Pokextinction. And you can guess what their goal is.

    Fury 
Comic Books

Literature
  • 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.

Mythology

Video Games

    Genocide 
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".

Comic Books
  • Genocide. And she makes a point of saying that it's not just her name, it's what she does.

Literature
  • In the Ender’s Game series, Andrew Wiggin is known variously as Ender, the Speaker for the Dead, and the Xenocide.

Live-Action TV
  • 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!

Video Games

    Gore 
Anime and Manga

Film

MMORPGs
  • 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.

Video Games

    Grave 
Comic Books
  • 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, from the Scott Pilgrim series.

Film

MMORPGs
  • Svala Sorrowgrave from World of Warcraft. Even though she's a relatively easy boss in a dungeon.

Professional Wrestling

Video Games
  • 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.

Western Animation

    Hunter 
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

Literature

Live-Action TV
  • 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?"

Professional Wrestling
  • 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.

Video Games Web Comics

Western Animation

Real Life
  • Hunter S. Thompson.
  • 'Jaeger' is also a certain ominous bird - a kleptoparasite that beats up other birds and steals their food.

    Jade 
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.

Literature

Live-Action TV

Video Games
  • Jade from Mortal Kombat. Though she's black in the game, she was Asian in The Movie.
  • 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.

Web Comics

Western Animation
  • 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.

    Nightmare 
Video Games
  • 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.

Western Animation

    Oblivion 
Film
  • 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.

Video Games

    Omega 
Literature
  • Soulless superhuman Omega from the third Maximum Ride book.

Live-Action TV
  • Doctor Who has Omega, whose name is the last letter in the Greek alphabet, thus implying "the end".

Professional Wrestling
  • Kenny Omega

Video Games

    Pain 
Anime and Manga
  • Naruto villain Pain, who destroyed Konoha Village.

Film
  • Pain is the name of one of Hades's servants from Hercules.
  • Kung Pow!: Master Pain. Then he changes his name to Betty. It's one of those movies.
  • Major Payne, featuring Damon Wayans as a Bad Ass Drill Sergeant Nasty.
  • Also Howard Payne, villain of Speed.
  • In the live-action Disney movie Sky High, Royal Pain is the supervillain Big Bad and archenemy to Will's dad. And is further revealed to be a supervillainess.

Literature
  • 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.

Pinball

Video Games

Webcomics
  • Master Paine from Girl Genius. He is a good guy, but looks pretty scary.

Western Animation

Real Life
  • Thomas Paine wrote the pamphlet that fueled the American War of Independence.
  • Odd real-life example: One of John Wilkes Booth's henchmen, Lewis Powell — a slow-witted, borderline Ax-Crazy brute who had been assigned with killing the Secretary of State — traveled under the alias "Lewis Paine".

    Plague 
Literature

Video Games

    Ravager 
Film
  • The tyrannosaurs in Peter Jackson's King Kong are classified as Vastatosaurus rex, meaning "Ravager-lizard king."

Tabletop Games
  • The Dark Eldar Ravager in Warhammer 40,000. Though, since the Dark Eldar have the fastest units in the game, running is useless.

Toys

Video Games

    Ruin 
Literature

Toys

    Savage 
Comic Books

Professional Wrestling

Toys
  • "Savage", a Dark Hunter from BIONICLE.

Western Animation

Real Life
  • 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).

    Scourge 

    Storm 
Comic Books
  • Storm, the weather-controlling mutant in X-Men. Luckily she's one of the good guys.

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.

Live-Action TV
  • 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."

Professional Wrestling

Video Games
  • 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.

    Tear 
Video Games

    Tyranny 
Film
  • 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.

Tabletop Games

Video Games

Real Life
  • 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".

    Vader 
"Father" in Dutch, and also sounds like "invader".

Film

Music
  • The Polish death metal band Vader.

Professional Wrestling
  • Pro wrestler Vader (known as Big Van Vader in Japan), who is similarly no one to be trifled with.

Other:

    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:

    Comicbooks 

    Fan Fiction 

    Film 

    Literature 
  • 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.
    • Oh, and the Homeworld. Compassion too, come to think of it, and Antipathy, and... just about all the timeships, really. Then there's the Grandfather. Faction Paradox likes to do this a lot, is what we're saying.
  • 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?

    Music 

    Videogames 

    Web Original 
  • 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.

    Western Animation 

    Real Life 
  • 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.


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