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Names To Run Away From: Verbs
A form of Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Names that can also function as verbs (usually of the pain inducing variety). Often overlaps with R Names.


Examples:

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Common Verbs:

    Burn 
Film

Live-Action TV
  • Frank Burns from Mash

Western Animation

    Destroy 
Film
  • Imperial Star Destroyers. In fact, they're this trope times two since they're usually called things like Avenger, Executor, Eviscerator, Corrupter...
  • Destoroyah.

Video Games
  • The Shivans from Freespace. Not only were they named after Shiva, the Hindu God of Destruction, but they were also dubbed as "The Destroyers" by the Ancients.
  • The final boss of the storyline in Borderlands is named the Destroyer. Amusingly, the mission where you fight it is named "Destroy The Destroyer".
  • The overarching threat in the Eye of the North expansion in Guild Wars is a race known as the Destroyers. Their boss is, fittingly, known as The Great Destroyer.

Real Life
  • The Star Destroyers most likely draw their name from Destroyers, a type of warship which in modern navies is smaller than a Cruiser and bigger than a Frigate. Originally, the name referred to their role as Torpedo Boat Destroyers, with the ships being designed to screen battleships and cruisers from swarms of torpedo boats. As naval warfare evolved, so did the Destroyers, with their roles gradually shifting to focus on anti-submarinenote  or Anti-Airnote . Modern destroyers, armed with dozens of guided missiles giving them a reach and punch equal to any other warship on the battlefield, are essentially modern day Battleships, being distinguished from modern cruisers only in tonnage rather than role.

    Dominate 
Comic Books
  • A DC Comics alien race were also called the Dominators. Naturally, they tried to conquer the Earth.

Literature

Live-Action TV
  • Doctor Who had an actual race calling themselves "The Dominators". (They come with dwarves in suits Creepy Monotone killer robots, of course.)

    Fuck 
Literature
  • The GCU Grey Area - AKA Meatfucker - from Iain M. Banks's The Culture. A sentient spaceship that kills aging despots by making them die repeatedly while they sleep. He also reads your mind, and contains a museum of torture. He doesn't get many visitors...

Live-Action TV
  • It's only a nickname, but by God does Cal Richards from The Thick of It live up to it.

    Hack 
Comic Books
  • Cassie Hack, the slasher hunter from the series Hack/Slash.

Film

Western Animation

    Kill 
By itself is actually kind of silly, so expect variations.

Anime and Manga

Comic Books

Fan Works

Film

Live-Action TV

Professional Wrestling
  • Ron Killings of TNA.
    • Now known as R-Truth in the WWE. Another one who should have stuck with his real name.

Tabletop Games
  • The pirates of WarMachine's Mercenary faction has Doc Killingsworth. The mere threat of treatment is enough to make the wounded get up and back into the fight.
  • Ax-Crazy troll gang member Shoot-to-Kill from Shadowrun, most notable for winning her boyfriend back by leaving him a love letter, alongside the head of her love rival, in the fridge.

Video Games

Web Comics

Web Original
  • Parodied in Homestar Runner; as seen in the main page, Strong Mad (an example of this trope himself, at least sometimes) plays the character of "KillingYouGuy" in the Dangeresque series.

Western Animation Real Life
  • Perhaps not a direct example, but there's a lot of people who would rather avoid Eduard Khil if they could help it.
  • Anthony Perish.

    Murder 
Film

Tabletop Games

Webcomics

Real Life
  • Rapper Corey Miller, better known by his stage name, C-Murder. He is currently serving a life term for guess what.

    Pierce 
Comic Books

Live-Action TV

Real Life
  • Actually a relatively common name in real life.

    Rampage 
Fan Fiction

Western Animation

    Ravage 
Toys
  • Ravage in Transformers, though he was rarely a threat to other Transformers, was not someone humans wanted to deal with.
    • Semi-example: Bonecrusher
    • Devastator. He devastates things.
      • Or any use of the name, really. The Harkonnen Devastator from the Dune games is the biggest, baddest tank around. In Duke Nukem 3D, Devastator is the local BFG. In World War II, the Douglass Devastator was a torpedo bomber used by the Americans early in the war, before it was replaced by the Grumman Avenger.
    • Decepticons in general. You'd at least figure the world would realize you can't trust one. It's not 'til 25 years after their debut when, in Transformers Animated, someone actually brings up the name thing. (Jazz: "Deceived by a Decepticon. Who knew?")

    Rip 
See also Names To Run Away From: Notorious Killers for characters named after the most famous example of this one, Jack the Ripper.

Film

Literature

Live-Action TV
  • Giles used to go by "Ripper".
  • Babylon 5 had a one-shot character named Sebastian, who was revealed to be a cryogenically preserved (and quite repentant} Jack The Ripper.

Music
  • Rivfader, King of Trolls in many of Finntroll's songs. His name means "Rip-father" in Swedish.

Real Life

Video Games

    Slash 
Comic Books

Video Games

Web Original
  • Worm has Jack Slash, the Big Bad of the Slaughterhouse Nine arcs.

Western Animation

    Slaughter 
Live-Action TV
  • A Law & Order episode features Jonas Slaughter, played by Malcolm McDowell.
  • Detective Slaughter on Castle is a Cowboy Cop whose nickname is "the Widowmaker". He earned it based on his partners' life expectancy. Not that gangsters fare much better with him around...

Professional Wrestling
  • Professional Wrestler and G.I. Joe character Sergeant Slaughter.

Tabletop Games

Theater
  • In Larry Gelbart's Mastergate: A Play on Words, the devious mastermind behind the whole scandal is the late CIA director, Wiley Slaughter.

Real Life
  • Karin Slaughter. She writes thrillers.
  • A.J. Slaughter, Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.
  • Tod Slaughter, known for his roles in film adaptations of Victorian horror melodramas and is particularly known for his portrayal of the original Sweeney Todd from the penny-dreadful "The String of Pearls".
  • Former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Webster Slaughter.
  • Baseball Hall of Famer Enos Slaughter, particularly if you were a pitcher in the 1940s.
  • Alvin Slaughter. Gospel musician.

    Stab 
Animated Films
  • The Stabbington brothers from Tangled are probably a parody, although they are rather scary.

Live-Action TV
  • "Stabby Joe" from Friends. Phoebe warned Ross not to walk down a certain alley to avoid meeting this character.

Western Animation

Other Verbs:

    Anime and Manga 

    Comicbooks 

    Film 
  • Darth Maul.
  • Charlie Rotter from the Super Psycho Sweet 16 series.
  • The gigantic brawler from 2009's Sherlock Holmes, Dredger (in addition to its other meanings, "dredge" means "to drag").
  • The pseudonym "Agent Lynch" in 2010's The A-Team.

     Literature 
  • The Bully in Dinoverse is named J.D. Harms. There's a little more going on than it seems, but it takes a lot to bring it to the surface.

    Live-Action TV 

    Tabletop Games 
  • Though not truly a verb, Rapine Storm of Cthulhu Tech still qualifies as something to run away from. Pity that doing so will probably mean you run into something worse, given the setting.

    Theatre 

    Videogames 

    Webcomics 
  • Goblins spin-off Tempts Fate has a minor villain called Suffer.

    Western Animation 
  • Xiaolin Showdown's Chase Young. Meaningful in that he traded his soul for eternal youth.
  • The Fairly Oddparents: Jorgen von Strangle, Crusher McPersoncrusher, and Princess Mandie (pronounced Man-Die, if you didn't get it).
  • Rocko's Modern Life: Really, would you trust a doctor named Dr. Bendova?
  • Ugly Americans: almost all the demons have an intimidating name, but Twayne Boneraper takes the cake. Subverted because he is scary just in the first couple or so of episodes, then he is flanderized into a whiny, clueless, neurotic momma's boy.

    Real Life 
  • Louis the Pious had three sons, Pepin II, Charles the Bald, and Lothair. Guess which one tried to take over the Holy Roman Empire...
  • Apparently, a man in Britain named Rob Banks was accused of bank robbery. The court subsequently granted him the right to be tried under a pseudonym on the grounds that his name might, in fact, influence the jury.
  • One of the infamous nicknames given to Vlad Dracula: "Vlad III The Impaler."


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