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.
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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.
- Moses Magnum from X-Men
- 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.
- 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.
- Oficial AK-47 from the International Wrestling Revolution Group
- 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."
- 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).
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.
- The Blade.
- Vash of Christian Humber Reloaded gets called "Blade" by
SonicSpin the Hedgehog, because he's "the only one (Spin) know(s) who knows how to wield a sword like a pro".
- In Survivors, the leader of the Fierce Dogs pack is named Blade.
- A mutant from VR Troopers.
- Kamen Rider Blade
- Captain Blade, leader of the chameleons (a race of faceless Humanshifter aliens stealing people's identities in order to take over an airport) in the Doctor Who story "The Faceless Ones".
- Variation: Ragna the Bloodedge again.
- The Queen of Blades.
- And Jack of Blades, from Fable.
- Blados is such a nice guy.
- Jonathan Blade, the Bounty Hunter in Eternal Champions.
- Power Blade.
- The secret sixteenth student in Danganronpa is called Mukuro Ikusaba, which roughly translates to 'Corpse Warblade'. Subverted in IF when it's revealed she's not really a bad person.
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: The Blades are a group of ancient dragonslayers, led by the Dragonborn, who can steal the souls of dragons and kill them permanently. When they ran out of dragons to kill, the Blades became the personal bodyguards of the Dragonborn Emperors. The Aldmeri Dominion made a smart (if slightly dickish) move in wiping them out before beginning the war with the Empire.
- Bullitt, from the movie of the same name
- 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.
- 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.
- Also, one of Calvin's imaginary alter egos is the hard-boiled private eye, Tracer Bullet.
- 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.
- Bebe Gunn and her little brother, Ray Gunn
- The Nightside's Shotgun Suzie aka Suzie Shooter aka Oh God, It's Her! Run!
- Ben Gunn from Treasure Island, at least in the past. Now he's become senile and weak from being abandoned on the island for so long.
- Peter Gunn
- Charles Gunn, the muscle on Angel.
Comic Books Film
- Darth Maul, anyone?
- 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.
- The title character from Sledge Hammer!, who's a borderline insane, over-the-top parody of violent Cowboy Cops.
- 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.
- Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog: "The Hammer is my penis."
- Vyacheslav Molotov is a double-whammy - the incendiary bomb is named for him, and molot is Russian for "hammer".
- Captain James Hook, "Mrs. Hook's little baby boy."
- One of the Constructicons was named Hook.
- There's a Decepticon by the name.
- Icepick is also a bad guy from one of the Double Dragon games and one of the Skate Or Die games.
Anime and Manga
- Evil brother Millions Knives from Trigun
- Psycho Ex-Girlfriend Knives Chau from Scott Pilgrim
- Dagger from the Marvel Comics duo Cloak & Dagger.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Dirk Strider from Homestuck.
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
- Luke Cage: Hero for Hire foe Mace. Justified three times: His real name is Gideon Mace, his hand is a mace and it sprays mace.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!"
- HK-47 from Knights of the Old Republic.
Comic Books Film Live-Action TV Video Games
Literature Tropes Video Games
Anime and Manga
- Spike Spiegel of Cowboy Bebop fame is one hell of a kickass bounty hunter.
- Spike the vampire from Buffy the Vampire Slayer 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.
- 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.
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."
- General Katana in Highlander II: The Quickening.
- Saber from the Inheritance Cycle.
- Swords of Blood and Fire from David Gemmell's White Wolf
- The Sword of the Morning, Ser Arthur Dayne from "A Song of Ice and Fire"
- Domingo Espada from DoubleShot, whose last name is Spanish for "sword".
- Kamen Rider Sasword
- Sabre on American Gladiators.
- Star Saber and Wing Saber of Transformers
- Durandal of Marathon.
- Did you say Durandal?
- 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.
- In Galaxy of Fear, Eppon is actually Pokémon Speak. It's explicitly stated to be a corruption of "Weapon".
- Far Out There features a little boy named "Megaweapon." Disturbingly, it fits him perfectly.
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.
- Empowered: Willy Pete gets his name from the military lingo for white phosphorus.
- Francisco Scaramanga, also known as "Pistols" or "The Man with the Golden Gun''.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze provides mutant wolf Rahzar, which sounds like "razor" (to the point the 2012 cartoon returns the name to someone Mikey compared to a "dog with razors").
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Batman Beyond had a nasty one pop up while Terry was investigating a Nebulous Evil Organization of psychics. As you would expect, the creepy lady can blow things up with her mind.
Terry: By the way, what's the creepy lady's power?
Tamara: I don't know, but they call her "Bombshell".
Terry: Oh, THAT'S encouraging.