A form of NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: When a character has a name referencing crime or criminality, you can't really be sure what you're dealing with.


* Traditionally, two-person teams of Team Rocket members in the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' dub consist of two individuals who, when the names are combined, form the name of a well-known outlaw from the Old West. James and Jesse, the most visible pair, are named after notorious outlaw Jesse James, but there are others, like their rivals in the group, Butch and Cassidy, named after another famous outlaw, Butch Cassidy. Another example was Annie and Oakley from one of the movies (named after someone who wasn't an outlaw, but still someone who people didn't want to mess with).

* ''ComicBook/TheTransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers'': There's a Decepticon named Snare who tries to release Impactor. Impactor doesn't trust him because of the name, but Snare really does want to help him.
* ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'': Would you trust a group calling themselves Team Hooligan to abide by the law?

* ''Franchise/StarWars'' is fond of giving shady names to its criminal characters. ''Film/ANewHope'' started the trend with a bounty hunter named Greedo, and the prequel ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' introduced a drug dealer named Elan Sleazebaggano.

* Double subverted with [[TheLordOfTheRings Wormtongue]], who was given the name because of his TreacherousAdvisor ways. And yet his true name is "Grí­ma, son of Galmod", directly translated from Anglo-Saxon means "Mask, son of Licentious". Nice. Even in modern English, it just sounds "Grimy".
* Would you expect anything other than [[IncrediblyLamePun monkey business]] from an ape named [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Shift]]? (Subverted with his friend Puzzle the Donkey, who's actually a good guy.)
* Would you trust a rat named [[Literature/TheUnderlandChronicles Twirltongue]]?
* Would you trust a man named [[ASongOfIceAndFire Janos Slynt]]?
* Would you vote for a Congressman named [[Creator/IsaacAsimov Hornswoggle]]?
* Vermin in the ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' series. When characters with names like Scumnose, Mangefur and Cheesethief knock on the door of your abbey, do you follow the dictates of peace and let them in, or do you put up all the barricades and start hunting down Martin the Warrior's sword?
* One heroic example is Lyra "Silvertongue" Belacqua, clever heroine of ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials.''
* S. Wendell "Swindle" Palomino from Creator/GordonKorman's ''Swindle''.
* If you went to prison, would you trust your prison mate if he was named [[Literature/AmericanGods Low-Key Lyesmith]] ([[Myth/NorseMythology Loki]] Lie-smith)?
* Jack Hyde, the nominal villain of ''[[FiftyShadesOfGrey Fifty Shades Freed]]'', is one middle initial away from being a pun on "[[Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde Jekyll Hyde]]."

* Trust someone named [[Series/{{Everybody Hates Chris}} Risky?]]
* How 'bout [[Series/ShiningTimeStation Horace Schemer]]?
* Or [[Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia ShaDynasty]]?
* ''Series/TheMrPotatoHeadShow'': The TV bosses set up a violent and sour supervisor over Mr. Potato Head whose name, [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer we kid you not]], was ''Bully-Boy [=McPherson=]''.

* [[{{Eminem}} Slim Shady]].

* From ''Radio/AdventuresInOdyssey'', the evil Dr. Regis Blackgaard ("blackguard" means a troublemaker). Arguably subverted in that he has a twin brother, Edwin, who shares the name but is only guilty of being a LargeHam.

* How about PirateGirl [[VideoGame/{{Shantae}} Risky Boots]]?
* And how about Swindle Bilk, the sneevil from Miltonius' Secret Area from ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds''?
* You'd want to be careful dealing with a [[VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment Ravel Puzzlewell]], wouldn't you?
* Two words: [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear Sol Badguy]]. Hilariously enough, he's ''not'' the villain of the story, he's the main character.

* Or buy something from a street vendor named [[WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends Shifty]]?

* Would you play ''Quake'' with someone with the nick "[[Machinima/DiaryOfACamper Camper]]"?

* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'':
** Would you trust anything a Decepticon said to you? By now it's even been commented on in-show.
-->'''Jazz:''' [[LampshadeHanging Deceived by a Decepticon. Who knew?]]
** Would you buy something from a guy named Swindle?
* How about a guy named [[WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends Al G. Swindler]]?
* Would you carry valuables around a fox named [[WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer Swiper]]?
* Would you trust someone with the name [[WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfSuperMarioBros3 Cheatsy Koopa]]?
** Or share a prison cell with Crimewave Clyde?
* Simon Bar Sinister, BigBad of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Underdog}}'' series.
* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'' featured Hoggish Greedly, Sly Sludge, Verminous Skumm, and especially Looten Plunder.
* You should probably watch your back when close to someone named [[WesternAnimation/PacmanAndTheGhostlyAdventures Betrayus]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has Flim and Flam, the "world famous" Flim-Flam brothers.

* Would you buy a house from ''[[http://www.crookandblight.com/ Crook & Blight]]''?
* There's actually a financial service company named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standard_%26_Poor%27s Standard & Poor's]]. MeaningfulName much?
* There was a famous embezzler during the recession from about 2008 in named Bernie Madoff (pronounced "made off," as in "he made off with all our money"). Creator/RobinWilliams lampshaded the irony about an embezzler having such a name, "What's next? [[TheLawFirmOfPunPunAndWordplay A law firm called Dewey, Fuckyou and Howe?"]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creflo_Dollar Creflo Dollar]]'s last name sounds like something one would want to change one's name ''from'' before becoming a televangelist, not ''to''.
* If you were visiting the South Shetland Islands off of the Antarctic Peninsula, [[http://www.theawl.com/2011/08/and-they-named-it-dodgy-island would you go anywhere near a place called Deception Island]]? Or, if you were in a boat off the coast of Tanzania, Mafia Island?
** Or, in waters north of UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}} Deception Pass? [[note]]Significantly less perilous since they [[StuffBlowingUp dynamited]] the underwater rocks in the channel.[[/note]]
* One corrupt Bitcoin gambling operation ''[[http://www.dailydot.com/crime/bitcoin-ponzicoin-scam/ openly called itself "Ponzicoin"]]'' -- and some chumps ''still fell for it''.
* A real-life British spy organization during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII called [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Operations_Executive The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare]].

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* People named Simon, especially children (as in, "Simon Says"), may be capable of [[MindManipulation mind control]] [[MoreThanMindControl or more]].
** Unless it's Simon Belmont.
* [[TheLawFirmOfPunPunAndWordplay Law firms called "Dewey, Cheatum, and Howe" ("Do we cheat 'em? And how!") or similar variants are often used in comedic settings.]]