Names To Run Away From: Religious Names
A form of Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Names from religion and mythology. Subtypes:
- Names straight from The Bible have their own article, but names from extra-Biblical Christian tradition are fair game in this page.
- Demons Or Angels.
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A name of God from Gnostic theology. Comic Books
- Abraxas is an evil cosmic being in Marvel Comics, the antithesis of Eternity.
- The spectacularly awful Abraxas, Guardian of the Universe probably just liked the Xtreme Kool Letterz, though.
- Abraxas Malfoy and the Abraxan flying-horse breed in Harry Potter.
- Abraxas is the name of demon in Charmed who tries to steal the Book of Shadows by reading its spells reversely.
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
- Alastor, the Flame of Heavens, from Shakugan no Shana.
- Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody from Harry Potter.
- The Big Bad of the children's book The Castle in the Attic, a sorcerer whose specialty was magic amulets.
- One science fiction story by Jack Vance was set in the Allastor Cluster.
- 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.
- The Executioner of Hell in the Ninth Hell of Nessus in Dungeons & Dragons.
- In Vampire: The Masquerade, alastors are the Camarilla enforcers charged with hunting down and destroying the Anathema, those vampires who the Camarilla have marked for Final Death.
Anime and Manga
- Allelujah Haptism from Gundam 00...well, not so much him as his sociopathic split personality Hallelujah.
- In Tom O'Bedlam, by Robert Silverberg, "synthetic human" Alleluia is superhumanly fast and strong. She's also seriously mentally unstable.
A Buddhist monument or burial mound, also known as a stupa, although that name is less menacing. Film
Of The Divine Comedy fame (including the Inferno), and thus: Anime and Manga Film
- Dante's Peak is the name of the volcano that catastrophically erupts in the film.
- It's possible that Edmond Dantes of The Count of Monte Cristo was named with this intent, given that he sentences his enemies to an Ironic Hell (albeit while still on earth)..
- The Dante family in V is for Vengeance. Especially Cappi. Lorenzo, on the other hand...
- The name of the chapter master of the Blood Angels in Warhammer 40,000.
- Half-demon Badass from Devil May Cry
- Knight Templar who takes up Grim Reaper's scythe and runs around attracting and killing off minions of Hell
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
And all derivations of it; it means "fist" in German. Anime and Manga
- Fairy Tail: The king of Edolas, who may have heard about ethics and similar things but decided they were for weaklings.
- The villain from Saber Marionette J.
- Claude Faustus
- Faust VIII the necromancer from Shaman King
- Felix Faust is a longtime Justice League of America villain.
- Nineties Anti-Hero Faust from the eponymous comic series. He used to be a painter, but prefers bloodbaths to acrylics since his resurrection.
- Ellen Faustino from The Supernaturalist
- The title character of Algernon Charles Swinburne's poem "Faustine". Swinburne liked dominant women.
- German progressive-rock band Faust, culpable of terrifying deeds such as performing the Cabaret/noise-rock anthem "Why Don't You Eat Carrots".
- Faust from the various versions. Origin of the name.
- The Chaorrupted demon who made a deal with Don Giovanni during the Mythsong saga in AdventureQuest Worlds.
- Faust from Guilty Gear, who you really want to run away from before he sticks his giant scalpel up your ass.
- The Big Bad of The 7th Guest is named Stauf, which is an anagram of Faust.
- Moon Diver's Big Bad.
- Dr. Faustus from Thrill Kill.
- The Panzerfaust ("Tank fist") anti-tank grenade launcher from the Second World War.
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
- Werewolf Fenrir Greyback in Harry Potter.
- 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
- Fenris from Dragon Age II.
- A villain in the Marathon Game Mod Courier 11.
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
- Hades Vandein of Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force, the managing director of the Vandein Corporation, which performs human experiments with the Eclipse virus and created murderous replica Infected, all For Science! and money.
- The entire Hades family in the Thursday Next novels, named after the Greek underworld and the rivers in it.
- Acheron Parthenopaeus, the leader of an army of immortal vampire hunters in Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series.
In Greek mythology, a multiheaded water serpent that would regrow two heads in the place of each one that was cut off. Anime Comic Books
- A terrorist organization in Marvel Comics.
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 Golden Eye, who was later revealed to be Alec Trevelyan, AKA 006.
The World Serpent of Norse myth. Anime and Manga
- The namesake of the manga and animé series Jormungand, where it is the name of a system designed to pderive humanity of the use of planes and crash the ones who are airborne at the moment of activation.
- Jormundur is Ajihad and Nasuada's right-hand man in the Inheritance Cycle.
- Blizzard likes this one: Jormungar are giant ice worms in the Norse-themed Northrend of World of Warcraft.
One of the most powerful forms of the Hindu arch-goddess Shakti and the most terrifying of demon-slaying deities. Her name literally means "the dark/black one". Professional Wrestling
- The Great Khali.
- Cali, the villanous lizardman in Cirque du Soleil's Amaluna; note that the character is also the analogue to Caliban in The Tempest, which the show is a variation on.
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.)
- Lamia the witch from Stardust
- 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.
- The Lahmian vampires from Warhammer Fantasy.
- 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.
From Irish Mythology, "the goddess of battle, strife, and sovereignty" as stated in The Other Wiki. Video Games
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.
- Fire Emblem 7's Big Bad says hi, and waves his Ereshkigal tome around.
- The Lethal Lava Land in Ys IV: The Dawn of Ys.
- Nergal in The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy is an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain Eldritch Abomination who lives in the center of the earth. He's also Billy's uncle by marriage.
- Nergal, frontman/lyricist of the Polish death-metal band Behemoth. Somewhat fitting, since their lyrics play with theosophy a lot.
Greek goddess of revenge. Anime and Manga
- Team Nemesis of Gundam Build Fighters. In the sequel, it's revealed that it's apparently the owner's surname, as his grandson Lucas Nemesis is the undefeated European champion.
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, especially when it came to his love of hunting and sacrifice. Some of his names translate into "Chooser of the Slain", "God of the Slain", "Ruler of the Gallows" and "Visitor of the Hanged". Naming Him directly might bring you unwanted attention.
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.
- 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
- Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles have a vampire named Pandora, though she's not particularly evil.
- In the most recent season of Doctor Who there was the Pandorica, a prison meant for containing a force that would destroy the universe.
- Borderlands takes place on the planet Pandora, where almost everyone is searching for a mysterious "Vault," and trying to open it, for whatever idiotic reason...
- Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow.
- A Guitar Hero character.
- Kid Icarus has Pandora as the Goddess of Calamity! (It's oddly fitting though, considering what the real Pandora did...)
Egyptian god of power, sandstorms, rage, and the desert. Began as a very powerful but good deity, and turned into a near-personification of evil in later myths.
- The notorious Final Boss of Street Fighter IV.
- The Mediochre Q Seth Series. Mediochre is The Hero and a Jerk with a Heart of Gold most of the time, sure, but he has a hell of a dark side if you make him angry enough. Also may count under the Biblical connotations of his middle name, Quirinius, who was a governor in the Roman Empire.
- The Marvel Comics verse has two examples: The Heliopolitan serpent god, and a Mutant in the X-Men series.
- Seth, the second in command of the Brotherhood of Nod. He gets killed by Kane, his direct superior, after trying to send the player character on a suicide mission.
Hindu god of destruction. Associated with fertility and life as well. His famous dance (seen on classical Indian bronze statues) symbolizes destruction and rebirth. Anime
- Shiva in Jinki:Extend.
- 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).
- The Shivans of FreeSpace were named for Shiva because of their apparently mindless desire to destroy everything non-Shivan.
- In SF Debris' Mass Effect 2 review, he names the main character "Shiva Shepard" for the number of people that die around her.
- Sheeva in the Mortal Kombat series, one of the four-armed Shokan race.
- Sheva Alomar in Resident Evil 5.
- Shiva from Streets of Rage series.
- The demons Shivarra in World of Warcraft.
The End of the World as We Know It in Norse Mythology. Comic Books
- Ragnarok, cyborg clone of The Mighty Thor.
- Ragnar Anchorage, a last-ditch Colonial supply depot visited by Battlestar Galactica to restock her weapons after her charges, the Twelve Colonies of Kobol, met their End of the World thanks to a surprise Cylon attack that also cybernetically compromised almost every other Colonial fighter and battlestar in the pilot miniseries.
- Operation Ragnarok is one of the international titles for the Nintendo Hard shmup Zed Blade.
- Ragna Rock, Jack Lupino's nightclub in Max Payne.
- The Kill Sat in Mega Man Zero 4.
- Ragnarok Canyon, the first level of Battle Toads.
- Lots and lots of different awesome swords in the Final Fantasy series. Ragnarok is usually not the strongest sword bar none, though - that's most likely Excalibur or the Ultima Weapon.
These are usually some take-off on The Grim Reaper. Anime and Manga
- Rori the Reaper from Gate.
- The Reaper Attack Drone.
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
- The Earth-destroying Tantalus Rays in Commander Keen Episode II: The Earth Explodes!.
- Marathon 1 has a Game Mod titled Operation Tantalus.
- A subversion in Final Fantasy IX - in this case the name belongs to the Tantalus Theatre Troupe. They're not so much terrifying as they are...well...they're a group of laid-back, Large Ham actor-thieves, including a beloved Ensemble Darkhorse, Blank. The game's main character is also an on-and-off member of the troupe.
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
- Dark Horse Comics: Titan is a Superman expy who goes insane and decides he should rule.
- Marvel Comics: Titan is the last stop in a journal belonging to a guy found floating in the air, dead, making like the Human Torch.
- Teen Titans.
- 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.
- The Titanic.
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 and 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.
- 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.
- The Anti-Hero Arumat Thanatos from Star Ocean The Last Hope. He himself had made references to being the incarnation of death himself.
- In The Manchurian Candidate, the Chinese agent who "reprograms" the title character is named Dr. Yen-Lo, which is the same name as the Taoist god of death.