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
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- Imperial Star Destroyers. In fact, they're this trope times two since they're usually called things like Avenger, Executor, Eviscerator, Corrupter...
- 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.
- 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.
- 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...
- It's only a nickname, but by God does Cal Richards from The Thick of It live up to it.
- 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?")
- 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 Wrestler and G.I. Joe character Sergeant Slaughter.
- In Larry Gelbart's Mastergate: A Play on Words, the devious mastermind behind the whole scandal is the late CIA director, Wiley Slaughter.
- 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.
Anime and Manga
- The notorious 187, Homicide.
- 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.
- Goblins spin-off Tempts Fate has a minor villain called Suffer.
- 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.
- 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."