Names To Run Away From: The Person
A form of Names to Run Away From Really Fast
Some people are so infamous that they need no introduction. Sometimes this is a title hiding their true identity... but if it isn't, then run.
and The Butcher
have their own pages.
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Anime and Manga
- In Excel Saga, it's That Man, who's the main villain for Pedro and Nabeshin. After That Man is defeated, they then face That Man There, This Man, That Man Over There, That Man Over Here, and This Man Over Here.
- In Trinity Blood, if you hear the names The Knight of Destruction and/or The Lady of Death... run, fast...
- Run even faster from the Contra-Mundi (the alias for Cain Nightroad).
- In Rurouni Kenshin, our hero was formerly known as the Hitokiri Battousai, the "hitokiri" part meaning "The Manslayer" (in the dub, "The Slasher" was used instead). Yeah, might not want to make him mad.
- With few exceptions, the most significant (and dangerous) characters in Trigun have the trope appended to their names. This includes the series main protagonist: Vash the Stampede. Also known as the Humanoid Typhoon. All the titles are justified in some way.
- The Matrix uses this for almost every program that's given a personification. We have The Architect, The Oracle, The Trainman, The Merovingian, The Keymaker, and of course, The Machines. It's inverted, however, with the most dangerous opponents in the series given names like Smith, Brown and Jones. They are collectively referred to as The Agents, though.
- In Discworld, the Lady. Not evil, per se, but you do not want to annoy her. Especially not by saying her namenote . Rincewind is immune, but only because he doesn't believe he has gotten anything but a long series of lucky breaks.
- In Louis Sachar's Holes, The Warden.
- In Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, the protagonist eventually becomes known as "The Boss". He is not very scary, until you notice that he has substantial knowledge of 19th century science and engineering - in the 6th century. This includes gatling guns.
- The Man in Black.
- The Bard from The Sea of Trolls and the sequels. Also known as Dragon Tongue by the Vikings.
- The Bane (his real name is Pearlpelt) from The Underland Chronicles.
- The Judge in Blood Meridian. "What's he a judge of?", the Kid asks. He finds out soon enough.
- The White Witch and the Lady of the Green Kirtle from The Chronicles of Narnia. The White Witch actually gets a name—Jadis.
- The Sphinx (or the Ethiopian) from the Fablehaven series.
- In the 1632 series, through a quirk of fate, regiments in the USE army have names as well as numbers. In 1635: The Eastern Front, an elite regiment is formed in the Third Division to deal with problems of discipline — The Hangman.
- The Malazan Book of the Fallen has several. Primarily, you don't want to mess with the Son Of Darkness, The Rope, or any Knight of a House.
- 1984 gives us—who else?—Big Brother.
- In The Zombie Knight, Gohvis is known as "the Monster of the East" or "the Black Scourge." Hector had heard that last one, but thought it was a plague.
- The Watcher in KateModern, and the Shadow even more so. You really don't want to mess with the Shadow.
- Red vs. Blue has the Meta. Oh, dear lord, the Meta.
- The Slender Man.
- The Viceroy, from Pay Me, Bug!. No, that's not his title, it's his given name. He chose it himself upon becoming a Sword.
- The Architect from Shadowhunter Peril is a weird heroic example. Considering his personality and species, he's not exactly the kind of person to run away from. At least not until you factor in the fact that he's incredibly brilliant (if slightly mad) as well as some other notable characteristics. Then he becomes a force to be reckoned with among the demons.
- The Web Serial Novel Brennus includes villains like The Dark, Desolation-In-Light, Heretic and Atrocity, for just a few examples of villains that are as scary as they sound.