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Names To Run Away From: Religious Names
A form of Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Names from religion and mythology.

Subtypes:

See also Religious and Mythological Theme Naming.


Examples:

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    Abraxas 
A name of God from Gnostic theology.

Comic Books
  • Abraxas is an evil cosmic being in Marvel Comics, the antithesis of Eternity.

Film

Literature
  • Abraxas Malfoy and the Abraxan flying-horse breed in Harry Potter.

Live-Action TV
  • Abraxas is the name of demon in Charmed who tries to steal the Book of Shadows by reading its spells reversely.

Web Original

    Alastor 
A demon of vengeance in Greek myth, and a possessing entity akin to Nemesis in Christian demonology. Spelled "Aleister," may be an allusion to purported black magician Aleister Crowley.

Anime and Manga

Literature

Live-Action TV
  • Alastair is one of the highest and most evil demons in Supernatural. Throughout his appearances his goal is to bring about the Apocalypse, but he really wants to return to Hell so he can continue his "studies" in torturing souls.

Tabletop Games

Video Games

    Allelujah 

Anime and Manga
  • Allelujah Haptism from Gundam 00...well, not so much him as his sociopathic split personality Hallelujah.

Literature
  • In Tom O'Bedlam, by Robert Silverberg, "synthetic human" Alleluia is superhumanly fast and strong. She's also seriously mentally unstable.

    Dagoba 
A Buddhist monument or burial mound, also known as a stupa, although that name is less menacing.

Film

    Dante 
Of The Divine Comedy fame (including the Inferno), and thus:

Anime and Manga

Film
  • Dantes Peak is the name of the volcano that catastrophically erupts in the film.

Literature

Tabletop Games

Video Games

    Electra 
A figure from Greek myth who conspired to kill her own mother after she murderered Electra's father. In modern times it has been used occassionally to denote the female form of the Oedipus Complex. Even when not completely evil, almost always mysterious and alluring. The direct translation Amber is never used this way, however.

Comic Books

Film
  • Elektra King, the Femme Fatale in The World Is Not Enough who gets involved with Bond. It eventually turns out that she's the main villain, having seduced Renard previously and using him to fulfill her plan.

    Faust 
And all derivations of it; it means "fist" in German.

Anime and Manga

Comic Books

Literature

Music
  • German progressive-rock band Faust, culpable of terrifying deeds such as performing the Cabaret/noise-rock anthem "Why Don't You Eat Carrots".

Theatre
  • Faust from the various versions. Origin of the name.

Video Games

    Fenrir 
Norse Mythology. A giant wolf, son of god Loki, fated to break free from his chains on the coming of Ragnarok and eat Odin. Also known as Fenris, Fenrisúlfr...

Literature

Video Games
  • Fenris Wolfbrother, an orc chieftain in War Craft II Beyond the Dark Portal.
  • Fenris Isle in World of Warcraft, probably not named after the orc. Home of a dark wizard and his Gnolls (hyena-like humanoids) minions until the Cataclysm expansion pack. Also Fenrus the Devourer, a gigantic wolf worg.
  • Fenris from Dragon Age II.
  • A villain in the Marathon Game Mod Courier 11.

Live-Action TV
  • Doctor Who features an ancient evil entity with the name of Fenric in the Season 26 serial "The Curse of Fenric", a being trapped by the Doctor in a flask and using its still considerable powers to manipulate various people as pawns over the centuries in order to gain his freedom.

    Hades and/or Acheron 
The Greek underworld, the god that rules said underworld, and the river one must cross to reach it, respectively.

Anime and Manga

Literature

Video Games

    Janus 
The Roman God of Gates, Doors, etc... Often depicted as having two faces. The doors of his temple were ritually opened when Rome went on war.

Film
  • An example would be Janus from GoldenEye, who was later revealed to be Alec Trevelyan, AKA 006.

Video Games
  • Janus from Chrono Trigger who not only prophesizes that Chrono will die in his fight with Lavos, but is also the past self of apparent Big Bad Magus.

    Jormungandr 
The World Serpent of Norse myth.

Anime and Manga
  • The namesake of the manga and animé series Manga/Jormungand, where it is the name of a system designed to derive humanity of the sue of planes and crash the ones who're in air at the moment of it's activation.

Literature

MMORPGs
  • Blizzard likes this one: Jormungar are giant ice worms in the Norse-themed Northrend of World of Warcraft.

Video Games
  • A gigantic serpent called Jormungandr serves as an early boss in Magicka.
  • In Starcraft, the Jormungand Brood, controlled by the player during the Zerg campaign, and therefore responsible for the invasion of Aiur.

    Kali 
The Hindu goddess of empowerment.

Professional Wrestling
  • The Great Khali.

Theatre

Video Games

    Lamia 
An ancient Greek demon whose description boils down to 'succubus of children.'

Anime and Manga
  • Also see Demon Lord Dante by Go Nagai. Lamia wants to alternatively either screw or eat everyone in the city to have/make food for her zillions of spider babies. (She's a drider instead of the typical half-snake version fantasy works usually toss up.)

Film

Literature

Live-Action TV
  • Madam Lamia, Count Grendel of Gracht's assistant in "The Androids of Tara".
  • Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger: Scorpina's Zyuranger counterpart is named Lamia-Scorpion, though when not in her monster form she's called Lami for short.

Tabletop Games

Video Games
  • Also Lamia Loveless from Super Robot Wars. An android and efficient spy who will sneak into your team, get really friendly with your teammates, while leaking information to her higher ups so at one point, she will be able to bring your group down in one swift move, and she has no concern in anything except her mission, her life included. Played straight in SRW Advance, when playing Axel's scenario, whereas she never did develop her conscience and stays as a cold blooded android.
  • Lamia/Ramia Village in Ys II, the last town before The Very Definitely Final Dungeon.
  • The Lamia Queen enemies from various Final Fantasy games. Usually they're just obnoxious enemies or bosses, often with attacks like Confuse or Charm that force characters to switch sides and attack their own party members. The Lamia from Final Fantasy II gets points for being an actual Queen who very nearly seduces the bewildered protagonist.

    Morrigan 
From Irish mythology, "the goddess of battle, strife, and sovereignty" as stated in The Other Wiki.

Video Games

    Nergal 
A Babylonian deity, a fiery god of war and destruction. Identified with the planet Mars.

Anime and Manga

Tabletop Games
  • Nurgle, the oldest of the four Gods of Chaos in Warhammer 40,000, the God of Death and Decay, whose specialty is spreading nasty disease.

Video Games

Western Animation

Real Life
  • Nergal, frontman/lyricist of the Polish death-metal band Behemoth. Somewhat fitting, since their lyrics play with theosophy a lot.

    Odin 
Norse Mythology. Usually referred to as 'the Allfather', 'Old One-eye' or 'the Ferryman' and two hundred additional names. Not evil, but doubtlessly a Badass and capable of scary extremism sometimes. Naming Him directly might bring you unwanted attention.

    Pandora 
Not evil by intention, but released evil upon the world.

Anime and Manga
  • Gives its name to the research organization PANDORA in Darker Than Black, which like Nergal in Nadesico is ostensibly good - apparently no one in either cast studied mythology.

Film
  • Pandora is also the world inhabited by the Na'vi in Avatar. Not evil itself, but a foreshadowing that it won't remain undisturbed. Also fits the Greco-Roman theme naming of planets note 

Literature
  • Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles have a vampire named Pandora, though she's not particularly evil.

Live-Action TV

Video Games

    Set(h) 
Egyptian god of sandstorms and rage.

    Shiva 
Hindu god of destruction. Someone who's done the research may also note Shiva's role as a fertility god as well (destruction and rebirth is his gig).

Anime

Comic Books

Tabletop Games
  • The Shiva Squadron from the Feng Shui supplement Glimpse of the Abyss are a Demon Slaying Amazon Brigade with eight arms much like their namesake (they're even called "shivas"). They're also not too keen on anyone who associates with demons, even if the demon in question has joined the forces of good (like quite a few Supernatural Creature PCs).

Video Games

    Ragnarok 
The End of the World as We Know It in Norse Mythology.

Comic Books

Live-Action TV

Video Games

    Reaper 
These are usually some take-off on The Grim Reaper.

Anime & Manga
  • Rori the Reaper from Gate.

Video Games

Real Life

    Tantalus 
A figure from ancient Greek legend better known for his Ironic Hell punishment than for what he did to earn it.

Comic Books

Literature

Video Games

    Titan 
Named after the Titans, ancient proto-gods from Greek mythology. If you are in a superhero work, and you hear the name, or title, Titan, why are you still around to hear it?

Comic Books

Animated Film
  • In Megamind, an Ascended Fanboy becomes "Titan" when super-powered, but turns out to be a lot less heroic than his empowerer had in mind.

Video Games

Real Life
  • The Titanic.

    Valkyrie 
Valkyrie (from Old Norse valkyrja, "chooser of the slain") has been used to name aircraft in both fiction and reality. It's also one of the few "tough" female names. The Xtreme Kool Letterz probably don't hurt — a V, a K and a Y?

Anime & Manga

Tabletop Games

Real Life
  • The North American Aviation XB-70 was an experimental US Air Force nuclear bomber, making the name terrifyingly literal.
  • Walküre was the name of a mobilization order during the time of Nazi Germany. The German resistance secretly rewrote it to use it against Hitler's regime, but the operation to overthrow the Nazis ultimately failed. Dramatized in several films, including Valkyrie.

    Others 
  • Oda Nobunaga is often referred to as "Dairokuten Maou", "Devil King of the Sixth Heaven", in various franchises he appears in (a nickname he apparently chose for himself in Real Life). This is roughly the Buddhist equivalent of Satan.
  • Beast Wars's Megatron uses this as an invoked trope, in an attempt to be the figure from the series' equivalent of The Bible, "The Covenant of Primus". The Transformers Wiki put it best: "What distinguishes Megatron from the countless others who share [his] goal is his chutzpah. This is a guy who named himself after his faith's equivalent of the Antichrist."
  • Baldur's Gate, named after the Norse god.
  • Ishtaros (named after the Babylonian goddess Ishtar) and Nicchae (named after Nike, the Greek goddess of victory) in Ninja Gaiden Black/Sigma.
  • Orcas. otherwise known as Killer Whales (if that name wasn't bad enough), have the scientific name of Orcinius orca, Basically named after Orcus, the Roman god of death. That's right, Shamu is named after the god of death.
  • Derceto (Syrian goddess), the haunted mansion in Alone In The Dark 1992.
  • Fallout 3 has an Underworld resident named Charon, after the ferryman of Hades, who can be recruited as a follower, and Cerberus, the Mister Gutsy robot who patrols Underworld.
  • The names of two Gundams in Gundam 00: A Wakening of the Trailblazer are derived from the Qur'ān, the Islamic counterpart of the Christian Bible:
    • Zabanya - derived from Al-Zabaniya, the name describing the 19 guardians of Hell
    • Harute (and by extension, the Marute System)- derived from Harut and Marut, a pair of angels who descended from heaven to test the people of Babel/Babylon by performing deeds of magic.
  • Baraka (Hebrew/Arabic for "blessing") from the Mortal Kombat series.
  • Istersiva (portmanteau of Ishtar and Shiva), the Cursed Mine boss in Ys III: The Wanderers from Ys and The Oath in Felghana.
  • Rhea, of Slightly Damned, happens to be named after a Greek titan—the mother of Zeus, in fact.
  • The Greek god Pan is a literal one, as his name is the root of the word Panic.
  • Hera Volopoulos, a Dark Action Girl from The Facts of Death, who is just as vengeful as her namesake Greek goddess.


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