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Names To Run Away From: The Adjective One
Names to Run Away From Really Fast, similar to names that sound like adjectives, but these "names" are purely adjectives usually for Eldritch Abominations and really ancient evils, presumably so old their real name is forgotten... or they're from a time before proper nouns existed.

Not to be confused with The Adjectival Man.


Examples:

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  • In general, if someone (or something) has -mono at the end of his or its name, you want to be somewhere that is not in their vicinity. Translation to English tend to be awkwardly structured, such as "That Which ___" or "The ___ One". Ninjas were originally called shinobi-no-mono, or that which endures (so he can get a chance in killing you in most unexpected situation, such as when you're going to the lavatory).

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  • The Evil One was the villain from Time Bandits. Just Evil for short.

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  • Angel: Quor'toth is a hell dimension that's so nasty there are no portals to it, cosmic holes have to be punched through to travel back and forth there. The natives of that realm are so terrified of one being there that they know it only by the name of "The Destroyer". When the gang learn it's on its way to Earth, there are several comments from characters commenting that anyone called that has to be someone you don't want to meet. It turns out to be Angel's kidnapped son, Connor.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • The Master
    • The Anointed One. ... is a subversion, because he's pathetic and is quickly killed by Spike.
    • The other other Old Ones.
  • Rule of Three: The First Evil.
  • The First Ones, from Babylon 5, though those who weren't Shadows or Vorlons weren't really that bad.
  • Aerys "The Mad King" Targaryen of Game of Thrones, who thought it was a jolly jape to off people by burning them to death.
  • Once Upon a Time gives us Rumplestiltskin, The Dark One.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Trinites : The Devoured Ones.
  • The Dark Eye: The Nameless One, the god of a secret (and evil) cult.
  • Warhammer 40,000: The Unclean One, The Nightbringer, The Deceiver, The Void Dragon, The Outsider.
  • Warhammer: The other other other ... Old Ones.
  • Magic: The Gathering: The Doubtless One, Nameless One, Soulless One, Reckless One, Heedless One.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: Exodia the Forbidden One.
  • In the AD&D 2nd Edition Monstrous Manual, the "Lich" entry states that many ancient liches have abandoned the names they had in life, and now go by pseudonyms like "The Black Hand" or "The Forgotten King."

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  • Futurama: The Dark Ones.
  • In contrast, the hero of Mighty Max is called "The Mighty One" by Norman, one of his guardians, as well as "Capbearer" by the Skullmaster.
  • In Total Drama, Mike's Super-Powered Evil Side is referred to as "The Malevolent One", making it clear from the beginning that he's not going to be a hero.

    Real Life 
  • Yellow Fever.
  • In Ancient Greece, certain soldier types were referred to in this way. Heavy infantrymen were known as "hoplites", which is most accurately translated "the equipped ones".
  • Byzantine heavy cavalrymen were called "kataphraktoi" - "the armoured ones".
  • According to Herodotus' Histories, the Persian army had "The Immortals", an troop of ten thousand elite soldiers named so because as soon as one man died or retired, he was replaced.
  • Ivan the Terrible. He was a good ruler early on, defeating many enemies of the Russians, earning him the nickname which could also be translated as "formidable" or "fearsome". Later on, he became The Caligula, making his name scary but appropriate on a whole different way.
  • Also from Russia, Rasputin The Mad Monk.


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