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Names To Run Away From: Weapons
A form of Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Weapons (and usually melee weapons, at that) often indicate a character's Weapon of Choice, or imply that they're as dangerous as their namesake.


Examples:

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    Any notable firearm manufacturer 
Colt, Winchester, Ingram, Glock, Mauser, etc. You're not likely to meet a Alexander U.S. Repeating-Arms, but if you do you should probably run very fast.

Anime and Manga
  • Soul Eater has Patti and Liz Thompson, equippable allies who turn into, well, guns.
  • Subversion: In the anime Scrapped Princess, the Casull family is on the run from the church of Mauser and any last name for any character is a weapon manufacturer. There's enough characters to go from obvious ones like Winya Chester, Barrett and Steyr to more obscure ones such as Galil, Giat, Socom, Scorpse and Peters-Stahl.
    • Mauser's nemesis, Browning. Also, Mauser's servants are called the Peacekeepers, and Browning's are the Dragoons.
  • Umineko no Naku Koro ni's Chiester Sisters are each named after the make number of a given gun. Thus far there are Chiester 45, 410, 00, and 556. 00 refers to the 00 shotgun shell; 410, the .410 shotgun round; 45, the .45 Colt round; 556, the 5.56x45mm NATO assault rifle round.
    • In the fifth book of the visual novels, two additional Chiester Sisters are mentioned: Chiester 20 and Chiester 127. 20 refers to 20mm rounds fired by a M61 Vulcan Gatling Gun, while 127 refers to 127mm shells fired by a 5-inch deck gun.

Comic Books
  • Moses Magnum from X-Men

Film

Literature
  • Monster Hunter International: Owen Zastave Pitt (the Owen submachine gun that his father used in Vietnam, along with Zastava, the main small arms manufacturer in Serbia). Subverted in that Word of God confirms that he's named after the place in Serbia that is also the namesake of the manufacturer, it's just a nice coincident for an author and a character who many people would put under the Gun Nut trope.

Live-Action TV
  • The Winchester brothers on Supernatural. In the episode "The Benders," a county police officer asks, "Like the rifle?" and Dean answers, "Like the rifle."
    • In the season 4 episode "It's a Terrible Life," the bewitched brothers believe their names are Dean Smith and Sam Wesson.
  • Thomas Magnum of Magnum, P.I.
  • Tony Beretta, the cop from the '70's TV show, Beretta.

Video Games
  • Ingram Plisken from Super Robot Wars. Bonus points for sharing the surname of a dude called Snake.
    • There are a lot of Banpresto Original characters named like that. There's Kyosuke Nanbu, Excellen and Lemon Browning, Lefina Enfield, Sean Webley, Ingram Prisken, Calico and Spectra among others...
  • Death Jr. has Smith and Weston, but in an odd subversion they're just Siamese twins with little to perceivably do with guns. We expected better from a series containing the word, "death."

Webcomics
  • Subverted in Loserz — Ben Winchester, Jodie Beretta, and Eric Remington are all fairly ordinary high school students (although Jodie is a massive slut and is revealed in the sequel strip, Quarter Life Crisis, to have grown up to be a stripper, she's not someone you would exactly run from).

    Blade 

Anime and Manga
  • Tekkaman Blade. Most of the other Tekkamen have weapon names too (Dagger, Axe, Sword...), and if that isn't enough indication you should run, there's Tekkaman Evil. Then Tekkaman Blade II has Tekkaman Dead.

Comic Books

Fan Fiction

Film

Literature
  • In Survivors, the leader of the Fierce Dogs pack is named Blade.

Live-Action TV

Video Games

    Bullet 

Film
  • Bullitt, from the movie of the same name

Literature
  • Bullet, the protagonist of Cynthia Voigt's The Runner, though it's technically not his real name. He's a very fast runner. It proves a tragically appropriate name, as he is killed in the Vietnam War.
  • One of the Fierce Dogs in Survivors is named Bullet.

Live-Action TV
  • Subverted in an episode of Red Dwarf where Kryten tries to sound tough with the name Jake Bullet ... only to discover that his Badass-sounding 'Cybernetics Division' is traffic control.

Newspaper Comics
  • Also, one of Calvin's imaginary alter egos is the hard-boiled private eye, Tracer Bullet.

Video Games

    Gunn 

Film
  • Tommy "The Machine" Gunn from Rocky V.
  • Subverted in Snatch, where Tommy tells people he was named after the gun when he was actually named after a famous ballet dancer.
  • Gunn, the chief of security in The Return of Swamp Thing.

Literature

Live-Action TV
  • Peter Gunn
  • Charles Gunn, the muscle on Angel.

Real Life
  • Subversion: Tim Gunn of Project Runway, consistently the nicest person on the show.

    Hammer 

Comic Books

Film

Literature
  • Simon Green's Nightside gave us "Shotgun Suzie," aka "Suzie Shooter," aka "Oh Christ, It's Her, Run!"
  • Jack Vance has Villain Protagonist Cugel the Clever, a homophone for cudgel. Also a jab at the character, since a cudgel is the exact opposite of his attempt to be clever and subtle.
  • In the Warrior Cats series, the main villain was named Hammerclaw in drafts of the first book. Someone pointed out that the cats wouldn't know what a hammer is, and his name got changed to Tigerclaw.
  • Roran Stronghammer from the Inheritance Cycle.

Live-Action TV

Video Games
  • The Maulotaur (episode 2 boss) from Heretic, named after the huge maul (sledgehammer) which is his weapon.
  • Sister Hammer, from Fable II
  • Orgrim Doomhammer from the WarCraft series, a double whammy.
  • Subverted by Hammer in Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, a scary-looking American army man who, upon finding himself in Dracula's castle, starts collecting weapons... to open a shop. Mina is spooked; Soma is just perplexed.
  • The Mjolnir (after Thor's hammer) cyborgs in the Marathon verse, and the Mjolnir armor of the Spartans in Halo. Also, Foehammer, the dropship pilot from the first installment of the latter series.

Web Original

Real Life
  • Vyacheslav Molotov is a double-whammy - the incendiary bomb is named for him, and molot is Russian for "hammer".

    Hook 

Literature

Western Animation

    Icepick 
Toys

Video Games
  • Icepick is also a bad guy from one of the Double Dragon games and one of the Skate Or Die games.

    Knives 

Anime and Manga
  • Evil brother Millions Knives from Trigun

Comic Books

Film
  • Tough-looking character actor (and real-life ex-con) Danny Trejo often plays characters named after edged weapons. He's been Navajas ("knives" in Spanish), Razor Eddie, Razor Charlie, and Machete no less than four times.

Literature
  • The Nightside's Razor Eddie, punk god of the straight razor.
  • Andy Shank, who has a posse mainly because 'it was safer to be beside Andy than in front of him.' His favourite weapon was cutlass.
  • In Survivors, one of the dogs in the Fierce Dogs pack is named Dagger.

TabletopGames
  • Not sure if it fits here, but Tezzeret is actually a term for any improvised weapon (at least, in his native tongue. He got his name after he used a crude knife to take down an older boy who had been bullying him. He takes the name to heart, as he sees his intellect as a great weapon that many take for granted.

Video Games

Webcomics

Western Animation

    Mace 
So badass it actually got two weapons, a spiky club and a tear gas, named after it. It thus can be an incredibly tough-sounding name for both men and women, and so can certain sound-alikes such as "mason"—after all, it's somebody who cuts rocks. On the other hand, "Macy" isn't a good, tough name, as naming tough people after department stores is a no-no.

Comics

Film
  • Mace was also the name of the Jerk Ass hero of The Ewok Adventure.
    • Also from the Star Wars universe is Mace Windu. Given that he beat Sidious in a lightsaber duel, is one of the only Jedi to freely draw upon anger, aggression, and dark wide of the force, has torn apart droids with his bare hands and is played by Samuel L. Jackson, yes, you should run away really fast.

Literature
  • In the David Gemmell novel Morningstar, the main character has two of these, his real name being Jerrik Mace and his title being Morningstar.
  • In Survivors, one of the dogs in the Fierce Dogs pack is named Mace.

Live-Action TV
  • Colonel Mace of UNIT in Doctor Who. When confronted with a Sontaran invasion, changes the bullets to steel jacketed, nullifying the Sontarans anti copper jacketed bullet field, calls in the Valiant, a flying aircraft carrier with massive fire power, gives a rousing speech, then proceeds to kill the Sontaran field Commander with a revolver, after saying "You will face me sir!"

Video Games

Western Animation
  • Mike Morningstar again, as a morning star is also the name for a mace with spikes.
    • The Morningstar is also a common nickname for this guy named Lucifer, ever heard of him?

    Needles 

Comic Books

Film

Live-Action TV

Video Games

    Scourge 
Literature

    Spike 
Fan Fic

Live-Action TV
  • Spike the vampire from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
    • He starts as a villain, and being a hundred-and-twentysomething he poses a far bigger threat than most regular vampires. He also has a unique record (as far as we know)of having killed two Slayers. Interestlingy, a 'Beware Dog' sign is regularly shown in the background in his scenes.

Pinball Western Animation
  • Spike the bulldog from Tom and Jerry, who is strong, dangerous, and imposing. While Jerry was generally on his good graces, Tom was frequently disposed of by him.

    Swords 
Anime and Manga
  • Motoko Kusanagi. Admittedly a pseudonym, but still...
    • Given that it would be like a westerner calling herself "Mary Excalibur", yeah...
  • The Ten Espada from Bleach.
  • Tsurugi Inugami, is named after a sword. He's also named after a Japanese Mythology god as a bonus. The thing is, he is not one bit of a Badass. In fact, he is a downright pushover to Misao Nanjo.
  • The legendary assassin of the Bakumatsu, Hitokiri Battousai, which practically translates as "the assassin quick at drawing swords."

Film

Literature

Live-Action TV

Toys

Video Games
  • Durandal of Marathon.
  • As well as Cortana from Halo.
  • Jerkass antihero of Climax's Dreamcast Timestalkers game, simply named Sword. Actually, everyone playable has a simple object name like the puppet being named Marion, except the elf Nigel, who was a hero from a previous game (though Sword is the only one people want to get away from for being such a smug Ahole). Lady scares the three mobster bad guys a lot, but that's because they're really just bluffing blustery types who are used to others doing their work.
  • The Wario series has Kat & Ana, twin ninja girls. They also have a pet bald-eagle and monkey named "Shuriken" and "Nunchuck" respectively.
  • Bayonetta. Not necessarily evil, but you're sure going to want to run very fast if you ever bump into her.
  • Fate/stay night. Any Servant called Saber. Especially King Arthur. SHE's Bad Ass. Their Masters have canonically won every Grail War that has happened. (Technically, no Servant has won the War.)
  • The Kusanagi Unit.

Real Life

    Weapon 
Literature

Webcomics
  • Far Out There features a little boy named "Megaweapon." Disturbingly, it fits him perfectly.

    Others 

Anime and Manga
  • Just about every character in Soul Eater was named both after their weapon or weapon form and a famous musician. Examples: Maka Albarn, whose first name is an anagram of the Japanese word for scythe, "kama". She wields a Sinister Scythe and is one, in the anime. Black Star uses a giant shiruken, the Thompson sisters turn into Thompson Eagles, Jackie O'Lantern Dupre is a flamethrower, and Harvar D. Eclair is named after the French word for "lightning", conciding with the fact that he is an electric lance.
  • When Ukraine was not given a canon human name, the fandom quickly settled for Yekaterina "Katyusha" Braginskaya. As pointed out on her character sheet, Russians call three things 'Katyusha': girls, headbands... and rocket artillery.

Comic Books
  • Empowered: Willy Pete gets his name from the military lingo for white phosphorus.

Film

Literature
  • Citizen Admiral Esther McQueen from the Honor Harrington series - aka "Citizen Admiral Cluster Bomb".
  • Snaga the Sender, The Blades of no Return. Druss the Legend's axe

Live-Action TV
  • Ryan Laserbeam from True Jackson VP, who overlaps with Awesome McCoolname. He's a good guy, but still, damn!
  • Chuck has Hugo Panzer, who is actually a skilled swordsman. However, since he's played by Steve Austin, he is built like a German tank.
  • Lost Girl has The Glaive, said to be the attorney general for all Faekind.
  • Laser and Nitro on American Gladiators.

Tabletop Games

Real Life
  • Eric Bloodaxe, King of Norway and Northumbria.
  • Henry Shrapnel. And by his own doing: the reason he's got a name to run away from really fast is because shrapnel was named after him.

Video Games
  • Duke Nukem. Or does that count as a verb?
  • Mocked in Dragon Age II in the Mark of the Assassin DLC; the party gets ambushed after speaking to a contact named Edge, and your party members point out either that the name is ridiculous ("Edge? That's his name?") or that they shouldn't have trusted a guy with a name like that.
  • Iron Knuckles in The Legend of Zelda series.


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