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**"[[AffablyEvil Gentleman]]" John Marcone. Extra points for managing to make "Gentleman" threatening.

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** To a lesser extent Andrew Quick, "The Tick-Tock Man".


* ''Franchise/TheWitcher'': Geralt goes with White Wolf, though sometimes other people call him the "Butcher of Blaviken".

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* ''Franchise/TheWitcher'': Geralt goes with is known as the White Wolf, though sometimes other people call him the "Butcher of Blaviken".Blaviken", with the former being generally a compliment and the latter an insult.


** FourStarBadass Dalinar Kholin is known as "the Blackthorn" since his early days campaigning to cement his brother's rule as king. Though it's become attached to his sterling reputation as a general, some people use it to evoke his past as a fearsome BloodKnight. Oddly, the title itself comes from an incident when [[spoiler:an enemy archer pincushioned him with black arrows]].
** Kaladin gets called "Stormblessed" after surviving the brunt of a [[HostileWeather Highstorm]], implying that he's incredibly lucky. [[spoiler:Since the Highstorm is imbued with a [[PiecesOfGod remnant of the god]] whose orders of {{Magic Knight}}s Kaladin is instrumental in re-founding, it also has a religious undertone]].

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** FourStarBadass Dalinar Kholin is known as "the Blackthorn" since his early days campaigning to cement his brother's rule as king. Though it's become attached to his sterling reputation as a general, some people use it to evoke his past as a fearsome BloodKnight. Oddly, the title itself comes from an incident when [[spoiler:an enemy archer pincushioned him with black arrows]].
arrows. Of course he did proceed to chase the man who had shot him down and, impressed with his skills, recruit him. Then he walked back into camp with the arrows still in him and asked for some wine before getting treated]].
** Kaladin gets called "Stormblessed" after joining the army, a name meant to indicate his incredible luck. After surviving the brunt of a [[HostileWeather Highstorm]], implying that he's incredibly lucky.the name is picked up again. [[spoiler:Since the Highstorm is imbued with a [[PiecesOfGod remnant of the god]] whose orders of {{Magic Knight}}s Kaladin is instrumental in re-founding, it also has a religious undertone]].


* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': 'the Boy Who Lived' and 'He Who Must Not Be Named', aka [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Dark Lord]].
** Later on [[spoiler: Harry]] is also branded "Undesirable No. 1" [[spoiler: by the Ministry of Magic.]]
** In books 6 and 7, he's saddled with "TheChosenOne". The wizarding world doesn't seem to be big on creativity.

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': Both discussed and exploited in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' in regards to the {{big bad}}, Lord Voldemort, although both he and [[TheHero the main character]] are given multiple titles by the rest of the Wizarding World. Harry Potter's most famous one is 'the Boy Who Lived' Lived', but in books 6 and 'He Who Must Not Be Named', aka 7, he's saddled with TheChosenOne, and in book seven, [[spoiler: after Voldemort takes control of the Ministry of Magic, he's branded "Undesirable No. 1.]] Lord Voldemort has 'He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named', 'You-Know-Who', and [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Dark Lord]].
** Later on
Lord]]. Most of the Wizarding World is too afraid to say 'Voldemort', and use one of those three euphemisms to talk about him in conversation. This is portrayed as an irrational fear throughout most of the series, and [[BigGood Dumbledore]] advises Harry not to avoid saying his name because "fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself". However, in book 7, it turns out that [[ProperlyParanoid there was a very good reason that the average witch and wizard avoided saying his name]], seeing as, [[spoiler: Harry]] is also branded "Undesirable No. 1" [[spoiler: by after he comes into power, Voldemort promptly casts a spell that reveals the Ministry location of Magic.]]
** In books 6 and 7, he's saddled with "TheChosenOne". The wizarding world doesn't seem
anyone who says it. [[BatmanGambit Since the only ones brave enough to be big on creativity.do so are his enemies,]] this causes problems for the heroes early in the book.]]


* ''Franchise/TheWitcher'': Geralt goes with White Wolf.

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* ''Franchise/TheWitcher'': Geralt goes with White Wolf.Wolf, though sometimes other people call him the "Butcher of Blaviken".

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** In ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'' Borogravian propaganda tries to use the "TheButcher" variant on Vimes. He's rather amused that they forgot to make up any specific evil deeds to justify it, something even the Borogravian soldiers notice.


* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has a bunch of these some flattering, some not. We have TheKingslayer, the Imp, the Hound, [[TheDreaded the Mountain That Rides]], Whoresbane, Turncloak, [[AgentPeacock Knight of Flowers]], Strongboar, the Gallant, the Red Viper of Dorne, [[TheAce the Sword of the Morning]], the Dragon Knight, the Lightning Lord, Blackfish, Littlefinger...

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has a bunch of these some flattering, some not. We have TheKingslayer, the Imp, the Hound, [[TheDreaded the Mountain That Rides]], Whoresbane, the Bold, Hardhand, Turncloak, [[AgentPeacock Knight of Flowers]], Strongboar, the Gallant, the Tormentor, the Red Viper of Dorne, the Sea Snake, [[TheAce the Sword of the Morning]], the Dragon Knight, the Ruin, Bloody Ben, the Lightning Lord, the Laughing Storm, the Unsmiling, the Monstrous, Blackfish, Giantsbane, Littlefinger...



*** Maegor I [[TheCaligula "The Cruel" ]]

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*** Prince Daemon Targaryen [[WildCard "The Rogue Prince"]]


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*** Aegon II "TheUsurper"

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* Patrick Hennessey, the military protagonist of the ''Literature/CarrerasLegions'' series, amasses a [[TheDreaded fearful reputation]] among his enemies, and becomes widely known as "the Blue Djinn".

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People with [[RedBaron impressive nicknames]] in literature.
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* In the ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'' novels, Mike Stearns is better known as "The Prince of Germany" or simply "The Prince", despite not being a noble. It is official enough to be used in headlines, such as "PRINCE MEETS WITH EMPEROR" (Mike Stearns meeting Emperor Gustavus Adolphus).
** Colonel Jesse Wood, Commander and founder of the NUS Air Force, is simply known as "The Eagle". His students, who went on to become the core of the NUS aviators are known collectively as "The Falcons".
* ''Literature/BelisariusSeries'':
** Subverted by Venandekatra the Vile. It is specifically remarked that he is ''not'' called "the dreaded" or the "ruthless" or anything like that but only "the vile". Dreaded people are respected, vile people are held in contempt.
** Played straight in the case of several other characters in the series:
*** Valentinian: "The Mongoose"
*** Raghunath Rao: "The Panther" or "The Wind of the Great Country"
*** Aide: "The Talisman of God"
*** Belisarius: "The General"
*** Calopodius Saronites: "Calopodius the Blind"
*** Anna Saronites: "The Wife"
* The title character of StanleyWeinbaum's ''Literature/TheBlackFlame'' (after she, uh, outgrew "Princess Peggy" and "the Maid of (New) Orleans".
* In the ''Literature/BlackJewels'' series, Daemon [=SaDiablo=] earned the name "The Sadist" even though he was a SexSlave at the time.
* In ''Literature/TheBlueSword'', frequent references are made to "Lady Aerin, Dragon-killer," a legendary heroine of the Damarian natives.
** In a prequel novel, we see how this [[AppropriatedAppellation started as an insult]]. In Aerin's day, dragons were dangerous but commonplace pests, and there was no particular glory in fighting them. She did so because it let her be a warrior and she found an old recipe for a fireproofing paste that her take them on solo. Then a ''real'' dragon shows up...
* In ''Literature/TheCandlemassRoad'', Lord Dacre is known as the Red Bull for his family emblem.
* In ''Literature/TheChathrandVoyages'', {{Evil Sorcere|r}}ss Macadra is head of [[AncientConspiracy the Raven Society]] and is an EvilAlbino, and is consequently known by the nickname "the White Raven". Her brother Arunis, who is if anything worse, is known as "the Blood Mage".
* The ''Literature/{{Chrestomanci}}'' is known only by his title, and alternately by "The Big Man", "You Know Who" or "That Man Up at That Castle". He is almost never called by his real name except in the books that starred him as a kid. This is because [[SpeakOfTheDevil he might just appear]] if you do.
** There's at least one fanfiction where Cat has to ask who Christopher is, having not heard his proper name before. In ''Charmed Life'' it takes half a book for them to learn it's a title, not the family's surname — which is Chant, like theirs.
* In the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrath'' books by P.C. Hodgell, Kencyr frequently carry an epithet as well as a name. It cannot be self-applied, and may not be flattering. Jame, the protagonist, is dubbed "Priests'-bane", while her brother Torisen is "Black Lord", based on his rather gloomy style of dress.
* In the ''Literature/DarkHeavens'' series, one of the characters is a ScaryBlackMan named Leo. Is it any wonder he gets called "the Black Lion"?
* ''Literature/DarkLife'' has Shade. (The other members of the Seablite Gang also only go by their nicknames... but they're less badass. Eel? ''Kale''?)
* Randall Flagg in ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' and other books "The Man Without A Face" The Dark Man" "The Black Man" "The Walkin' Dude".
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** The self-appointed executioner of the last ''King'' of Ankh, Stoneface Vimes. His great-something-grandson Sam Vimes Sr. starts getting the same nickname after acquiring something of the same reputation re: dealing with authority.
--->'''Vimes:''' ''The'' Regicide. Not sure why people have to call him that. I mean, it was only one king. It wasn't as if it was a habit.
** ''Jingo'' has 71-Hour Ahmed, a D'reg from Klatch. Even the other D'regs, known for being ProudWarriorRaceGuys, speak of him with fear. [[spoiler:The reason is that, warriordom aside, the D'regs have very strict standards of [[SacredHospitality hospitality]]: if someone is your guest, you are obligated to treat him well for 3 days (72 hours), and the guest should do the same for you. Ahmed got his name when he discovered that his host was a terrible criminal... and decided to kill him 1 hour before the deadline, breaking this custom.]]
* ''Literature/DoraWilkSeries'': The title character has werewolves nicknaming her "Cahan" after their top hunt goddess. Baal, on the other hand, is known among his subjects as the Crimson Prince - "crimson" as in "the color of blood" - due to the way he deals with his problems.
* In the ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' novel "Dragons of Spring Dawning" as the elven princess Laurana leads the Whitestone Armies to a series of incredible victories over the [[TheEmpire Dragonarmies]], her long blonde hair and radiant nature earn her the nickname 'the Golden General'.
* Creator/DavidGemmell's ''Literature/{{Drenai}}'' saga:
** In ''Literature/{{Legend}}'', the bad guys address Druss simply as [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Deathwalker]].
** Dakeyras, more commonly known as Waylander.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** Jared Kincaid is "The {{Hellhound}}." [[SociopathicHero It fits]].
** Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you [[KnightInShiningArmor Michael]] [[MeaningfulName Carpenter]], the '''Fist of God'''.
--->'''Harry:''' Not just an affectionate nickname, folks.
* After his [[CurbstompBattle very narrow victory]] over Durza in the first book, ''Literature/{{Eragon}}'' is known as Eragon Shadeslayer. Ironic, given that he bluffed having a similar name earlier in the story.
* ''Literature/GentlemanBastard'': [[MagnificentBastard Locke Lamora]], whose nickname is "The Thorn of Camorr", though the only people who call him that don't know who he is. Rather apropos, considering the fact that he frequently robs them blind.
* In ''Literature/TheGirlFromTheMiraclesDistrict'', Nikita has been known to her co-workers as the Mantis ever since she [[BoomHeadshot decapitated]] a man who tried to rape her.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': 'the Boy Who Lived' and 'He Who Must Not Be Named', aka [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Dark Lord]].
** Later on [[spoiler: Harry]] is also branded "Undesirable No. 1" [[spoiler: by the Ministry of Magic.]]
** In books 6 and 7, he's saddled with "TheChosenOne". The wizarding world doesn't seem to be big on creativity.
* ''Literature/AHarvestOfWar'' has Guinevere "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Bloody Fist]]" Thyll. She lives up to it, the literal part is often separate from the killer's reputation she got it for. More down-to-earth characters criticize it as childish, even ''to her face''.
* ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'':
** Vanyel Ashkevron started out the weedy, oversensitive, and [[YaoiGuys none-too-interested-in-the-wenches]] misfit son of a provincial Valdemaran noble. He ended up known as 'Demonsbane', 'Shadow-Stalker', 'The Hero of Stony Tor', and ([[spoiler:posthumously]]) "The Last Herald-Mage".
** Herald Lavan Chitward had his last name replaced by "Firestarter" when his [[PsychicPowers Gift]] of [[PlayingWithFire pyrokinesis]] became well-known, then upgraded to "Firestorm" when, well, he caused one.
* ''Literature/{{Holes}}'' has Katherine "Kissin' Kate" Barlow, a schoolteacher-turned-outlaw who lived centuries prior to the main story, but who nonetheless plays a substantial role in the novel.
* ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' is nicknamed "the Salamander" by news organizations on her home planet, as in her military exploits she has a knack for always being found "where the fire is hottest" - and always making it out again. (In ancient and medieval European lore, salamanders were supposed to be able to endure even the hottest flames.)
** Havenite Citizen Admiral Esther [=McQueen=] is nicknamed "Citizen Admiral Cluster Bomb", after her favorite method of riot control.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': Starting in the first book, Katniss is "Girl on Fire" because of her entrance in the Tribute parade. Afterward it becomes "Mockingjay".
* In ''Literature/TheIronTeeth'' web serial, most the bandit captains have nicknames. Herad is called The Black Snake, and her rival Werrick is named The Wolf.
* The protagonist of Gemmell's post-apocalyptic trilogy, ''Literature/JonShannow'', the Jerusalem Man.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Nunmnal Enaz is known as "The Witch of Dnnac Ledo". The title primarily comes from how she ruined the life of Harry Butchin to advance the science of medical mana mutation and didn't show remorse afterward. To wit: [[spoiler:to get around a ban on exporting elven technology to humans, she convinced him into abandoning his body and transferring his soul to a suit of AnimatedArmor. After a defect in the technology led to Harry Butchin's patients developing monsanity as a side effect, she stood aside while his medical practice failed his reputation was trashed, and he was chased by angry mobs. This pushed him over the DespairEventHorizon and he cast aside his identity to become an EliteMook by the name of "Nulso Xialin".]] In addition, she often does frightful things in her laboratory that involve BalefulPolymorph.
* Kimball Kinnison, from the ''{{Literature/Lensman}}'' series is known as The Gray Lensman in Civilization, and as THE Lensman among Boskonians.
** Kim's wife Clarissa is officially one (of many; they're not common, but it's a ''big'' galaxy) Gray Lensmen, but she's called the ''Red'' Lensman because of her hair.
* Cassius Mass from the SpaceOpera series ''Literature/LucifersStar'' is a {{Expy}} of Baron Richthofen as he's known as "The Fire Count" for his activities as an AcePilot during the war. Notably, unlike Richthofen, he survived the war and is haunted by the events of the conflict. He is also known among his enemies as ''[[TheButcher The Butcher of Kolthas]]''.
* Westley from ''Literature/ThePrincessBride'' is called The Dread Pirate Roberts. It's lampshaded when he mentions no one would be afraid of The Dread Pirate Westley.
** "The Man in Black" fits the trope much better, as that's what the characters actually call him during the book and movie.
** Also, the original Dread Pirate Roberts retired twelve years before Westley took the title. Westley's mentor (who was the [[LegacyCharacter Dread Pirate Roberts before Westley]]) explains that it's important that the title stays, because the name intimidates people so much that it will give the bearer of the name an edge. A RunningGag is that since the original Roberts, they've all had fairly milquetoast names: before the Dread Pirate Westley, there was the Dread Pirate Ryan, and before him, the Dread Pirate Cummerbund. As the current incumbent lampshades, nobody will run away from the Dread Pirate Westley.
* The ''Literature/SecondApocalypse'' series:
** Seswatha, Grandmaster of a sorcerous School and one of the No-God's most determined enemies. The No-God's minions call him Chigra (the Slaying Light).
** Coithus Athjeari, who leads the scouts of the Holy War, becomes known as "The Wind With Teeth" to the Kianene.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has a bunch of these some flattering, some not. We have TheKingslayer, the Imp, the Hound, [[TheDreaded the Mountain That Rides]], Whoresbane, Turncloak, [[AgentPeacock Knight of Flowers]], Strongboar, the Gallant, the Red Viper of Dorne, [[TheAce the Sword of the Morning]], the Dragon Knight, the Lightning Lord, Blackfish, Littlefinger...
** Despite not being an ActionGirl, Daenerys Targaryen accumulates several of these, including Stormborn, the Unburnt, Mother of Dragons, and Breaker of Chains.
** Robb Stark is called "The Young Wolf", primarily by his enemies, with emphasis on the "young" part. After he starts winning numerous victories, they more emphasized the "wolf" part.
** Several historical Targaryen kings and princes/princesses have had nicknames, some cool and badass, others, not so much.
*** Aegon I [[FounderOfTheKingdom "The Conqueror"]]
*** Maegor I [[TheCaligula "The Cruel" ]]
*** Jaehaerys I [[TheGoodKing "The Conciliator"]]
*** Princess/Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses "The Realm's Delight"]], later known as [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen "Maegor with Teats"]]
*** Aegon III "The Dragonbane"
*** Daeron I [[YoungConqueror "The Young Dragon"]]
*** Baelor I [[TheFundamentalist "The Blessed"]]
*** Princess/[[BrotherSisterIncest Queen]] Daena "The Defiant" Targaryen
*** Aegon IV [[ReallyGetsAround "The]] [[AdiposeRex Unworthy"]]
*** Prince Aemon Targaryen [[WarriorPrince "The Dragonknight"]]
*** Daemon Blackfyre [[TheUsurper "The Black Dragon"]]
*** Aegor [[BastardBastard "Bittersteel"]] Rivers
*** Brynden [[TheChessmaster "Bloodraven"]] Rivers
*** Daeron II "The Good"
*** Prince Baelor "Breakspear" Targaryen
*** Aegon V [[KingIncognito "The]] [[SpareToTheThrone Unlikely"]]
*** Aerys II "The Mad King"
* In the Creator/GordonRDickson novel ''Spacial Delivery'', there's a culture of bear-like aliens who give everyone epithets. The most badass member of the race is known as "One Man" ...as in "one man army".
* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
** Aside from Darth Vader, there were a few other [[AcePilot really good pilots]] in TheEmpire. [[Comicbook/XWingSeries Baron Soontir Fel]] drew from a lot of inspirations including the Red Baron (really, reminding people of von Richthofen was the only reason Fel was a Baron at all). The novel ''Literature/DeathStar'' has a pilot mention another excellent pilot, an instructor who had a name, but was referred to as The Shooter.
** Jaina Solo ends up having the semi-official nickname of "[[TheyCallHimSword the Sword of the Jedi]]", halfway between sobriquet and prophecy. It was bestowed upon her by Luke Skywalker (possibly-but-not-definitely at the prompting of TheForce), at a ceremony honoring her and the other survivors of the high-risk [[StormingTheCastle Myrkr commando raid]] that destroyed [[HeroKiller the voyxn]] and came to symbolize her unwavering dedication to the Jedi Order's protection and military interests. On the other hand, she also went by the identity of the Yuuzhan Vong goddess Yun-Harla for a time, primarily as a mind game -- but only after she had heard about the Vong talking up the connection between her and the deception goddess.
* In ''Literature/StoneKing'', the "titled" titan pilots (among them the narrator, who is known as "The [[TitleDrop Stone King]] of Ibaraki"), along with some of the elite enemy pilots (like the Wolf of Calabarzon) are a combination of this and in-universe examples of MemeticBadass.
* In ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'':
** FourStarBadass Dalinar Kholin is known as "the Blackthorn" since his early days campaigning to cement his brother's rule as king. Though it's become attached to his sterling reputation as a general, some people use it to evoke his past as a fearsome BloodKnight. Oddly, the title itself comes from an incident when [[spoiler:an enemy archer pincushioned him with black arrows]].
** Kaladin gets called "Stormblessed" after surviving the brunt of a [[HostileWeather Highstorm]], implying that he's incredibly lucky. [[spoiler:Since the Highstorm is imbued with a [[PiecesOfGod remnant of the god]] whose orders of {{Magic Knight}}s Kaladin is instrumental in re-founding, it also has a religious undertone]].
* In ''Literature/ASwiftlyTiltingPlanet,'' the dictator threatening nuclear war is nicknamed "El Rabioso" and "Mad Dog Branzillo". The peaceful leader who replaces him after the time-travel events is nicknamed "El Zarco".
* Evelyn Waugh’s ''Literature/SwordOfHonour'' trilogy has a minor character called Admiral Whale, referred to by his subordinates as “Brides in the bath” (a notorious multiple murder case of the time) due to his tendency to produce plans involving the likely death of all concerned.
* In ''Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote'', the KZ Detective Team members all have some type of epithet. Most of it have to do with their abilities: Aya "the language expert", Kuroki "TheSocialExpert", Uesugi "[[GoodWithNumbers the numbers guy]]", and Kozuka "of Socials and Sciences". The exception is Wakatake "the Wave", referring to his unstable performance.
* Ia, from ''Literature/TheirsNotToReasonWhy'' gets the moniker "Bloody Mary" after she ends up covered in LudicrousGibs during her first combat action. "Bloody Mary!" was the first thing out of her CO's mouth when she saw the mess. Then she gets covered in blood ''again'', this time wearing her [=BDUs=], when the prisoners they took stage a breakout, and that's that. Noteworthy is that this is [[InvokedTrope invoked]], because she needs to create an [[ExploitedTrope reputation that will inspire]] future generations [[ApocalypseHow if the galaxy is going to survive in 300 years]].
* ''Literature/TortallUniverse'':
** The most notable is Alanna, known as the Lioness (her series is named ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'', for instance). She's famous throughout the Eastern Lands as a great knight.
** ''Literature/BekaCooper'' is known variously as Terrier, Bloodhound, and Mastiff.
** All the Shang warriors have animal nicknames (Bear, Horse, Wildcat) but the very best have names of magical, immortal creatures like Dragon and Unicorn.
** George Cooper is known as the Whisper Man.
* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'': In ''Literature/HorusHeresy'', there's a ton of people with such monikers on both sides of the conflict. For a few examples:
-->Angron: [[PaintTheTownRed Red Angel]]\\
Roboute Guilliman: Avenging Son\\
Rogal Dorn: Emperor's Praetorian, Unyielding One\\
Leman Russ: [[SavageWolves Wolf King]]\\
Jaghatai Khan: [[TheHorde The Khan]]\\
Perturabo: Lord of Iron\\
Konrad Curze: [[TheCowl Night Haunter]]\\
Vulkan: Lord of Drakes\\
Sevatar: [[CreepyCrows Prince of Crows]]\\
Alexis Polux: Crimson Fist\\
Erebus: [[SinisterMinister Dark Apostle]][[note]]To be fair, it's actually his rank, but he was the first to bear it , so it still counts[[/note]]\\
Emperor: [[IHaveManyNames The Anathema, the Golden King, the Master of Mankind, ...]]
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', the Aiel call Lan Mandragoran ''Aan'allein'', which the Old Tongue for "[[LastOfHisKind The Man Who Is One Nation]]," a reference to the fact that he is the uncrowned king of Malkier, and has sworn to fight the shadow.
** The Dragon Reborn itself is a kind of example of this.
** And [[spoiler: Demandred]] is known as "the Wyld" and "the dragonslayer".
* Many of the major Wild West characters in the ''{{Literature/Winnetou}}'' novels by Creator/KarlMay have nicknames: Old Shatterhand, Old Surehand, Old Firehand, Old Death, Old Wabble (notice a pattern there?), Sans-ear, Aunt Droll... The author {{handwave}}s the frequent use of the "Old" prefix as a supposed Western way of adding extra ''emphasis'' to the quality referred to in the nickname rather than to indicate actual age (such as Old Shatterhand's uncommon strength and habit of knocking out even the strongest foe with [[SignatureMove a single judiciously placed blow to the head]]), though Old Wabble, also known as "the King of the Cowboys", actually ''is'' an old man even when first encountered.
* ''Franchise/TheWitcher'': Geralt goes with White Wolf.
* ''Literature/TheWitchlands'':
** Merik is nicknamed the Fury when he's incognito, as his appearance reminds people of a certain demigod from their mythology.
** Ragnor is known as the Raider King.
* In ''Literature/TheZombieKnight'', many of the strongest [[CameBackStrong servants]] have nicknames like this. The full list:
-->Abbas Saqqaf: [[UltimateBlacksmith Sunsmith]]\\
[[GemstoneAssault Asad Najir]]: Lion of the Desert\\
[[BigBadDuumvirate Dozer]]: Living Void\\
[[TheDragon Gohvis]]: Black Scourge, Monster of the East\\
[[TheHero Hector Goffe]]: [[ExtraOreDinary Darksteel Soldier]][[note]]Name given by normal people, not the servant community[[/note]]\\
Ivan: Salesman of Death\\
Jackson: Radiant Sentinel, Star of the West\\
Lamont: Iceheart\\
Lynnette Edith: White Sword\\
Melchor Blackburn: [[BlobMonster Darktide]]\\
[[BigBadDuumvirate Morgunov]]: Mad Demon\\
[[NeverMessWithGranny Octavia Redwater]]: Red Lady\\
Sanko: [[DishingOutDirt Gargoyle of Korgum]]\\
[[BigGood Sermung]]: Crystal Titan\\
Xavier Lawrence: [[SicklyGreenGlow Blue]] Bear\\
Xuan Sebolt: Seadevil\\
[[MakingASplash Zeff Elroy]]: Water Dragon

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