'''Basic Trope''': An evil character has a stereotypically "scary" name.
* '''Straight''': Vlad Scarlord is one of the villains of a series.
* '''Exaggerated''':
** Dr. Vlad Bludlord von Genocide is the OmnicidalManiac BigBad.
** BrownNote
* '''Downplayed''': Vlad Scarlord is an AffablyEvil PragmaticVillain. He harms (badly) only those who are threat to him or his plans.
* '''Justified''': Vlad was raised by the previous EvilOverlord of the realm, who decided that he needed a fittingly evil name.
* '''Inverted''':
** FluffyTheTerrible / TomTheDarkLord
** ...or, DeathbringerTheAdorable, if inverted the other way.
** ...or, NamesToTrustImmediately if inverted both ways.
* '''Subverted''':
** Vlad Scarlord, though a bit scary-looking, [[DarkIsNotEvil is actually quite friendly]] and soon becomes a valued member of the heroes' team.
* '''Double Subverted''':
** ...Until he [[TheMole betrays them at the end]].
** Well, an AntiHero with [[SociopathicHero severe violent and sociopathic tendencies]].
** Vlad Scarlord is an exception and considered a WhiteSheep by the rest of the Scarlord family, which consists entirely of {{Card Carrying Villain}}s.
* '''Parodied''':
** [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain An incompetent criminal with delusions of grandeur,]] known as Vlad Scarlord, encounters the heroes, who laugh hysterically at his name. Eventually, he is forced to wander away, baffled.
** A normal passer-by introduces himself as Vlad Scarlord. The heroes run away screaming in terror, denouncing him as a villain.
* '''Zig Zagged''': Vlad Scarlord seems to be stuck in a HeelFaceRevolvingDoor, and occasionally goes by a variety of pseudonyms of various scariness levels. Additionally, it is hinted that his real name is in fact something else, until we find out that nope, Vlad Scarlord's his name, now that he legally changed it.
* '''Averted''': None of the characters have particularly frightening names, not even the villains.
* '''Enforced''': "[[ObviouslyEvil People need to know he's evil.]] [[ViewersAreMorons They]] won't think a guy named "Ted" would be evil. He needs an evil name, now."
* '''Lampshaded''': "Vlad Scarlord? Eek, that's a creepy name!"
* '''Invoked''': After making a FaceHeelTurn, Ted decides his current name isn't scary enough, and goes by Vlad Scarlord instead.
* '''Exploited''': Vlad's enemies use his name to convince people he's bad news, whether [[ObviouslyEvil he is]] [[HeroWithBadPublicity or not.]]
* '''Defied''': Vlad Scarlord, despite being evil, loathes his name and goes by "Ted" instead.
* '''Discussed''': "...With a name like that, no wonder he grew up evil." "Yeah, when's the last time you saw a nice guy with a name like that?"
* '''Conversed''': Talking about someone they truly hate, two characters joke that he needs a good "movie villain" name like Scarlord or Bloodknife.
* '''Deconstructed''': Vlad Scarlord's name was his StartOfDarkness, after he took a death ray to his school where all the kids teased him about his name.
* '''Reconstructed''': Though it turns out that his family have all had equally scary names due to [[NamingConventions tradition]], but they and the town in general are ''used'' to it and don't expect them to be evil. What set Vlad apart was his own {{ambition|IsEvil}} and natural inclination for cruelty. The [[KidsAreCruel taunts of his classmates]] merely gave these urges an easy outlet.
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