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- Arthur Burns from The Proposition.
- Frank Burns from Mash
- Montgomery Burns in The Simpsons
- 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.
- A DC Comics alien race were also called the Dominators. Naturally, they tried to conquer the Earth.
- The Always Chaotic Evil psychic Space Jews in The Iron Dream were called Dominators.
- The Dominator, real name unknown, the ultimate villain of the initial The Black Company trilogy.
- 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.
- Cassie Hack, the slasher hunter from the series Hack/Slash.
- Hackman is The Dragon in Gamer, a huge, sadistic prisoner who is only on the bad guys' side so he can personally kill as many people as he can.
By itself is actually kind of silly, so expect variations. Anime and Manga
- Killer the Butcher from Zambot 3.
- "Massacre Soldier" Killer.
- Killer Bee from Naruto- not a bad guy, but certainly not someone you want to mess with.
- Kira in Death Note.
- Colonel Killing of Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket.
- Killgrave (a Daredevil villain unfortunately known as The Purple Man. Shoulda just stuck with his real name...).
- A Black Panther villain named Erik Killmonger.
- Arkillo of the Sinestro Corps
- Commander Killemall from Twillight Sparkle's awesome adventure.
- Mr. Kil, a James Bond villain from Die Another Day
- There's also a corrupt cop Killifer in Licence to Kill.
- Damon Killian, the Evil Executive/Smarmy Game Show Host of the Arnold Schwarzenegger flick The Running Man. Played by none other than Richard Dawson.
- Col. Kilgore from Apocalypse Now, a man who just can't get enough of the smell of napalm in the morning.
- Parodied in Carry On Doctor in which Doctor Killmore finds his name tends to unsettle patients.
- Outlaw Rud Killgore in an episode of Walker, Texas Ranger
- Bobby Sixkiller from Renegade
- Sir Killalot, the house robot from Robot Wars
- In Once Upon a Time, Captain Hook has a double whammy of names-to-run-away-from, as Hook is only his alias and his original first name is Killian.
- Ron Killings of NWA-TNA. Known as R-Truth in the WWE. Another one who should have stuck with his real name.
- 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.
- Gray Norton, a champion mechwarrior in the BattleTech universe named the Rifleman he piloted as Champion of the Solaris VII tournaments Legend-Killer.
- Killian. It's the name of a Clint Eastwood lookalike Bad Ass sheriff in the original. Also appears in Fallout.
- Dr. Killjoy from The Suffering.
- Then there's Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney villain Shelly de Killer. Who is a contract killer.
- Killer from Shadow Hearts: From the New World. Who is a serial killer.
- The Kill Master of Brütal Legend (voiced by Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead) named himself that so people would leave him alone. He's the team healer.
- Killer Man from the sixth game of the Mega Man Battle Network series. His name was changed to Erase Man in the US version.
- You probably will not survive a dogfight with Kur Human-Killer.
- Killum from Sluggy Freelance.
- 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.
- Duff Killigan of Kim Possible.
- "Hello, I am Doctor Henry Killinger, unt zis is my magic murder bag."
- In Western Animation/MAD , one of the sketches focuses on a lawyer who successfully convinced a jury that "Rob Killmurder" was an innocent man and he goes free but not before punching the lawyer in the face and running away, laughing crazily all the while.
- In My Life as a Teenage Robot Killgore really wants to live up to his name by being an effective villan. It screans Sorry Billy,But You Just Don'tHaveLegs although he'd got them, he small and his arms are extremely short.
- One-off character Larry Kidkill on The Simpsons doesn't actually kill Apu's kids, but he does gratuitously exploit them such that Apu and Homer have to kidnap them back.
- Susanoo's first suspect in the Lyrical Nanoha story Fate T Harlaown and the Case of the Murderous Murder is a man by the name of Dr. Heinrich von Murder, lead designer of MurderCorp, which makes KillBots. Subverted when it turns out that he's a kindly old man and his name "means something different in the local language". Double Subverted when it turns out that he actually is evil. Zig-zagged when it turns out that his name is actually Billy Ray McFriendly and the KillBots are actually called FriendDroids (again, it means something different in the local language).
- Voodoo priest Murder Legendre in White Zombie.
- Tymaret, the Murder King from Magic: The Gathering is a creature with two activated abilities that require you to sacrifice another creature, and he's black and red, the two colors most likely to be Chaotic Evil.
- In Checkerboard Nightmare, Chex tries to write a comicbook with a Card-Carrying Villain named Dr. Murder.
- Rapper Corey Miller, better known by his stage name, C-Murder. He is currently serving a life term for guess what.
- Donald Pierce, member of the Hellfire Club, the Reavers, and the Purifiers.
- In the Tales from the Crypt story "Clots My Line," a game show panel is asked to guess the profession of a contestant named "Pierce Draynor." Subverted, as the contestant is Actually Not a Vampire; rather, the host is having fun with the panel and the audience, who are.
- Aaron Pierce in 24, although he is a good guy with a heart of gold, he is still a complete and utter Badass.
- Alien-hunting unit head Daniel Pierce of Roswell.
- Pierce in Community is a complete Jerk Ass.
Fan Fiction Western Animation
- 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?")
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
- Ripred from The Underland Chronicles.
- 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.
- Rivfader, King of Trolls in many of Finntroll's songs. His name means "Rip-father" in Swedish.
- Rip Torn.
- Jack the Ripper.
- The mutant snapping turtle bad guy from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fame.
- One of Magus' minions in Chrono Trigger
- Also the name of the caveman from the Eternal Champions games.
- Mega Man 7 gives us Slash Man, who if you don't know what you're doing, can be a pain in the arse.
- Judge Dredd: "Mandroid" had as its protagonist a vigilante cybernetic super soldier by the name of Nate Slaughterhouse.
- 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.
- Magic: The Gathering gives us Mogis, God of Slaughter, who is Exactly What It Says on the Tin: the resident God of Evil in Theros. His temple is even called the Temple of Malice.
- 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.
- The Stabbington brothers from Tangled are probably a parody, although they are rather scary.
- "Stabby Joe" from Friends. Phoebe warned Ross not to walk down a certain alley to avoid meeting this character.
Anime & Manga
- 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.
- Snatcher from The Boxtrolls. Although the Embarrassing Middle Name of "Penelope" dampens the effect somewhat.
- 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.
- The name applied to the title character of The Skinner pretty much says it all.
- The Skinners from The General are tribesmen who spend most of their time hunting dinosaurs and the rest wrecking up civilization.
- Uncle Fester. "It means, to rot!"
- 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.
- The aptly-named squad of superbosses from Armored Core: Last Raven: the Pulverizers.
- You should probably run very fast from a weapon the military designates an "Annihilation Platform". Especially when the individual unit's name has a 'mor' in it, being "Moritz-G."
- Bang Shishigami. "BANG BANG BANG BANG!!!!"
- The Man They Couldn't Hang Mr. Lynch in Red Dead Revolver.
- Demon's Souls gives us a sword-slinging boss known as the Penetrator. Let that sink in for a moment.
- If you hear about someone named Nightmare, run as fast as you can. Same goes with that other Nightmare.
- Choke from Ghouls Vs Humans.
- Baal Abaddon from Impire is summonned by a demonologist who decides that Death Slayer is a better example of a name to run away from. In case you hadn't already realised he's got issues.
- From Skyrim Molag Bal, the King of Rape.
- "God-Splitter" - the name of a powerful Daemonhammer in the Dawn of War series.
- Goblins spin-off Tempts Fate has a minor villain called Suffer.
- Random Assault: Slabflapper.
- 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."
- Those Wacky Nazis had an infamous Mad Doctor named Josef Mengele, whose surname sounds an awful lot like "mangle." Considering what he did to prisoners in Auschwitz (unspeakably sadistic experiments For the Evulz), that's not too much of a stretch.