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Fluffy the Terribles in video games.

  • Any series with nameable Mons or summoned monsters can have this.

  • The Ace Attorney series features a hired assassin named "Shelly de Killer", named as such to match with the seashell motif of his calling card.
  • The player character of Ace Combat 4, Mobius One, is often times referred to as "the ribbon" or "the ribbon fighter", after the mobius strip design on his plane's tail. Mobius One is more or less singlehandedly responsible for turning the tide of the war, and in a extra mode in Ace Combat 5, is said to be more effective in combat than a squadron of other pilots.
    • In Ace Combat 6, allied naval warships can play a part in unleashing Macross Missile Massacre on targets of your choosing. The flagship of the allied navy is "Marigold", a Kirov class battlecruiser (that is a bigger missile ship than the vaunted AEGIS cruiser).
  • In Achaea, the terrible Kraken that lurks beneath the ocean wave and crushes entire ships is commanded by the sea god Neraeos.
    Neraeos: Good kraken, Fluffy.
    • And the lurching, undead, murderous Cryptbeast of Thera is affectionately known to experienced players as "Bianca".
  • Meta example for Amnesia: The Dark Descent: The monsters' fan nicknames (Mr. Face and Mr. Tall), although meaningful, don't really prepare you for their actual appearance.
  • The Binding of Isaac, has the Lamb, a hideously powerful demon and possible Final Boss; its head is a ram's skull with an inverted cross carved into it.
  • The Little Sisters in BioShock affectionately refer to the hulking Big Daddies as "Mr. Bubbles" or "Mr. B." The Big Daddies are protective enough of the Little Sisters to earn such an affectionate nickname.
  • BioShock Infinite brings us Elizabeth's bodyguard, a huge mechanical monstrosity with the unimposing name of Songbird.
  • In a DLC side mission from Borderlands 2, Tiny Tina asks you to take her new puppy for a walk. The "puppy" turns out to be a badass fire skag named Enrique.
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  • In the Nazi Zombies storyline of Call of Duty: World At War, the first ever hellhound is named Fluffy.
  • The Fan Nickname for the Dark Servant pet in City of Heroes actually is 'Fluffy'.
  • Tiny Tiger from the Crash Bandicoot games, isn't. He is a hulking genetic mutation engineered by Dr. Cortex created to deal with Crash and is a boss of several games in the series.
  • In Crysis Warhead one of the nanosuit super soldiers has Cupcake as his call sign. You'll know Cupcake when you see him. He's the one handling the explosives and tanking sniper shots.
  • The Curse of Monkey Island features a pirate known as Edward "Snugglecakes" Van Helgen.
    "Mine is the name that pirates fear the most!"
  • The bosses in Darius are giant, heavily-armed mechanical fish with frequently silly names like "Little Stripes", "Fatty Glutton", and "My Home Daddy".
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  • Dark Souls II features Aava, Lud and Zallen, who all go by the subtitle of the King's Pets (the king being the titular ruler of the Crown of the Ivory King Downloadable Content). What the players end up encountering are massive, ferocious tigers with power over ice, and that's just three out of seven according to the lore!
  • Dawn of War II: Retribution: One of the boss fights in the game pits you against a gigantic ork battlewagon, a monstrosity combining the best of the War Rigs of Fury Road, a steamroller and a tank, which can crush buildings just by running into them and can only be taken out by getting it to ram Exploding Barrels at full speed. The orks call it Daisy. And if playing as the orks, the mek asks the kaptin if they can keep it, exactly as if it were a kid with a dog.
  • Dead Rising 2 has a psychopath fight against a hungry tiger, lovingly named Snowflake by her trainer. Played straight at first, but can be somewhat subverted if you tame her.
  • The Big Bad of Death Smiles is a Corrupt Corporate Executive turned wizard who was stranded in Gilverado and is trying to get back to the real world, and doesn't care if he has to open hundreds of portals to the demon world to do it. His name? Jitterbug.
  • Dragon Age:
    • One can easily invoke this trope in Dragon Age: Origins when naming your badass Mabari Warhound. One the game's writers dubbed it "Rabbit". Penny Arcade went with "Barkspawn". It's almost certain that some fans have actually named it "Fluffy" at one point.
      • The name of the Fifth Blight's Archdemon is Urthemiel, the former Old God of Beauty.
      • "Barkspawn" became an Ascended Meme in The Darkspawn Chronicles DLC, wherein Alistair gave him that name.
    • Canon example in Dragon Age: Inquisition where a young couple in Crestwood allude to spiders in the caves. Turns out they're serious, a giant Giant Spider is hiding there, vicious, albino, more crop up in The Descent. It's called Snowball.
  • Dragonfable has Fluffy as the name of the Big Bad's undead dragon. There's also the doom kitten. The one who looks like a kitten but is really an evil summoner of the undead.
  • Drakan: Order of the Flame leaves this one to the player's imagination - while you never get to encounter its owner, there's a weapon hidden in a cave in the Wartok Canyons level called "John the Monster's Axe" (and given the kind of world Drakan is and what kinds of enemies are encountered, there's no telling what kind of Monster this John is).
  • In the lore of The Elder Scrolls games, the Physical God Mehrunes Dagon, Daedric Prince of Destruction, is known to the Khajiit Cat Folk by a title that translates to "kitten". They argue that it perfectly captures his habit of enthusiastically wrecking everything around him.
  • In Eternal Lands, there is the Fluffy Rabbit, a Shout-Out to the Killer Rabbit in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It looks like an ordinary white rabbit, but actually one of the more powerful creatures in the game.
  • Any of the monstrous Summoned Beasts and Demons that hang out around Fluffy Tamer Keen in Fall from Heaven. This includes a vicious Imp she named 'Puppy', and a towering, sulphur-smelling, horned Balorg called 'Giggles'.
  • In Fallout, there's the helpful Mr. Handy. Such a cute little explosive robot, yes he is.
    • Tabitha the super mutant, from Fallout: New Vegas. Nothing looks less like a "Tabitha". During his stint as a prisoner of Tabitha's, Raul took to nicknaming a supermutant who wanted him to fix up his toy car "Cuddles".
    • In Fallout 4, everyone stays well away from the old pond where Swan lives. Swan is a massive, freakishly powerful, and incredibly resilient Super Mutant Behemoth who wears a swan boat as armor.
    • Also in Fallout 4, this line from Deacon:
      Deacon: Sure, when you want to take in a stray, we do it. And when I want my own pet Deathclaw named Fluffy, it's all "Nooo"! note 
    • The Automatron DLC allows you to create robots and name them as you wish. Want to create a massive bot that has a glowing skull for a head, two miniguns on it's arms, moves on treads and is called "Tiny"? You can do so.
  • Fantasy Quest: The angry murderous dwarf's name is Mr. Snorri "Fruitloop" Throfssonsson.
  • Far Cry 3 has Buck, a sadistic hitman and Depraved Homosexual. Shortly after you meet him however, his database entry shows that "Buck" is just a nickname. His real name? Bambi.
    • The protagonist himself also counts. Over the course of the game, Jason Brody goes from hapless everyman at the wrong place at the wrong time to The Dreaded amongst the pirates, who refer and know him only as..."Snow White".
  • Far Cry 5: You can recruit a bear as an AI companion. It is called "Cheeseburger". You also recruit a mountain lion named "Peaches".
  • Several Final Fantasy games contain a side quest where you need to find/kill a runaway pet named Carrot. Carrot is an absurdly powerful Malboro.
  • There is a Coeurl, a ferocious cat monster from Final Fantasy Tactics Advance whose name is Meow. It even makes the sound itself.
  • In Final Fight, one of the bosses is named Abigail. He's canonically listed as being 8'0" (244 cm) tall, and weighs 584 pounds (265 kg). He's a bit of a woobie too, since his name brought him endless amounts of ridicule growing up.
  • Guild Wars 2 has a champion (a creature which could be considered a boss or a mini-boss and is supposed to be taken on by at least a party of players) named Fluffy. A huge aggressive armored fish, which was, according to the official wiki, tamed and named by another hostile champion.
  • DOG in Half-Life 2 is a multi-ton apelike robot that can throw cars and tear Striders apart with its bare hands... and it's equipped with a personality of a dog: Playful, protective and affectionate towards Alyx Vance and her allies.
  • Half-Life: Alyx: Jeff, who gets an entire chapter named after him, is a horrifically mutated Hazmat worker that got infested with some Xen-born fungus and turned into a nightmarish unstoppable beast that will seek out anything it hears and tear it apart bare-handed.
  • An enemy in Icewind Dale II had a pet three-headed chimera named "Precious".
  • One of the vehicles in Jetpack Joyride is a green, fire-breathing metallic dragon called "Mr. Cuddles".
  • In Kid Icarus: Uprising, the Goddess of Nature Viridi named her troops herself. Since Viridi is physically a small child, this means that her vicious Forces of Nature have names like "Hugworm" and "Dibble Dop". Lampshaded in chapter 22.
    Pit: Boom Stomper and Bumpety Bomb, eh? You come up with those names yourself?
    Viridi: Are you getting smart with me?
    Pit: No, I'm just curious.
    Viridi: Because I DID come up with those names myself. Aren't they just the cutest?
    Pit: Right... Cute.
    Viridi: Bumpety Bomb... [laughs] Have you ever heard anything so adorable?
  • The Final Boss of Kirby: Planet Robobot is perhaps the most terrifying and dangerous villain in the entire Kirby franchise, yet its name is Star Dream- more befitting of a pony or a Magical Girl than a planet-sized, world-destroying Mechanical Abomination.
  • League of Legends has a few examples:
  • Frank Bowers from Life Is Strange has an extremely vicious guard dog named Pompidou. Max even comments on how unfitting the name is.
  • LittleBigPlanet: Downplayed in Sackboy: A Big Adventure. Vex is an evil Nightmare Weaver who wants to sow fear and destruction all over the world. His name means "to annoy." While it is a word with negative connotations, it's still a pretty big understatement.
  • MechWarrior Living Legends has several, courtesy of the In Universe Nicknames for many assets. "Mr. Bubbles" is a one hundred ton bipedal tank with a skull cockpit, Shoulders of Doom, and is equipped with three ten ton rotary autocannons which can shred anything in the game in seconds.
  • In Mega Man Legends, the Bonnes have collaborated to create the ultimate killing machine and Mega Man's greatest challenge yet: Bruno!
  • Metal Slug 3 has giant monstrous eels named Helen, Linda, Jenny, and Barbie.
  • According to Notch, creator of Minecraft, the Ender Dragon that's the huge, powerful Final Boss of the game who's fought in an Eldritch Location is named "Jean?" (yes, she's female).
  • In the Modern Warfare series, the badass John MacTavish; field commander of Task Force 141, composed of the best soldiers America and the Commonwealth has to offer; has the nickname Soap. He got that nickname before he got to that position, but he still had the nickname while he was a new member of the SAS. The rest of the Task Force has some pretty cool callsigns, but there are some much lesser ones, such as: Cherub, Meat, Taco, Scarecrow, Peasant, Worm, and Driver. While fighting through the streets of Washington in Modern Warfare 2, you are supported by "Honey Badger", which is an actual animal that makes a perfectly justified name for a heavy armored vehicle with an autocanon that will annihilate anything you point it to.
  • Monster Hunter: Despite having one of the silliest creature names in the game, the Nibelsnarf is a fairly dangerous burrowing Leviathan-type monster.
  • The Bat creature that Quan Chi commands in Mortal Kombat X is called Puggles. It even kills for him.
    Quan Chi: Kill them!
  • NieR: Several of the boss shades have names like this.
    • The golem-like guardians of the lost shrine? Hansel and Gretel.
    • The huge floating eye that sucks in everyone in the aerie? Wendy.
    • The unkillable giant boar chasing you through the final dungeon? Goose.
  • Paper Mario: Color Splash features a behemothic, rampaging Chain Chomp named Princess. She even sports a pink bow.
  • The 3DS Game Pet Zombies is about raising your own Zombie. You can invoke this trope when naming your Zombie.
  • The most menacing-looking character in Phantom Brave is named "Sprout". He's also the penultimate boss of the main game.
  • The bandit leader in Phoenotopia has a pet sand dragon named Bubbles. It even looks cute, but they don't call them "dragons" for nothing. Similarly, in the remake Phoenotopia : Awakening, the current leader of the Ouroboros Clan, Birdy, had also nicknamed their sacred sand dragon 'Bubbles' after taming it.
  • Can be done in Pokémon. You can even subject legendary Pokémon to their embarrassing Fan Nicknames. It helps that many Pokémon evolve into much more scary creatures over time, but start off rather cute, which warrants such nicknames.
    • Mimikyu has a special Z-Move where it gets the victim into it's disguise and pummels them senseless. Be aware that Mimikyu's form under the disguise is said to be so terrifying that it can kill people just by looking at it. The name of this terrifying move is... "Let's Snuggle Forever".
  • In Popful Mail, Lord Venuncio traps you in a lava-filled room where you have to fight creatures he calls the "Happy Flames of Death".
  • Psychonauts features a lake monster known as The Hulking Lungfish: A bizarre, mutated, wart-covered, slime-shedding, ten-foot-tall abomination with a deep, echoing voice. Actually, her name is Linda, and she's quite friendly.
  • In Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time, an Eldritch Abomination ally summoned by the Rift Ripper 5000 is known as Fred.
  • Four of the bosses in Rayman Origins are giant monsters that go by the names Daisy, Mockingbird, Heartburn, and Murray.
  • Trolls in Runescape are named for the first thing they eat, or the sound it made when eating it. It was only a matter of time until a vicious troll warlord named "Pretty Flower" came along. Lampshaded as he's embarrassed by the name and hopes his new son will earn a better one. His son's name ends up being Sparkly Crystal.
    • In a later quest, the trolls' champion in a divine tournament is named "LOL", which implies he ate a player character.
  • In Rusty Hearts, the huge skeletal monster that chases the main characters through the tutorial level is named Fluffy. It shows up again as the real boss of the Labyrinth.
  • In Saints Row 2, The Dragon of the Sons of Samedi drug syndicate is a Scary Black Man with Hollywood Voodoo powers that make him Nigh-Invulnerable and a very big machete that he's not afraid to use at the least provocation. He goes by the name "Mr. Sunshine."
  • In Saints Row IV, Pierce's recruitment mission has the Boss saving him from a giant anthropomorphic can of Saints Flow named Paul.
    Boss: "Paul"? You named it Paul?
  • The third season of the Sam & Max: Freelance Police games introduced the most horrible and fearsome of the elder gods, whose birthing wails shattered the great continent of Pangaea. His Junior.
  • The head demons in Shadows of the Damned are grotesque abominations which can rip you apart in seconds. They have names like George, Christopher, and for the King of Demons himself, Fleming.
  • The special Cerberus in Shin Megami Tensei I and Shin Megami Tensei II is the resident Crutch Character who joins the party forty levels above the player. His real name? Pascal. Justified, because he really was a housepet before he fused with a demon.
  • In Skies of Arcadia, the cowardly Valuan admiral Alfonso has a war beast named Antonio. Also, Ramirez's massive flagship is called the Monoceros. Translate that from Greek, and you end up with a ship called the Unicorn.
  • Star Wars Legends: In the Expansion Pack of the Empire at War, the Zann Consortium employs Silri, a Baroness who uses Dark Side Powers and owns a pet rancor named 'Cuddles'.
  • There is also Bonaparte in Suikoden II, a rather small ... thing which can suddenly grow in size and swallow your party members or enemies. In truth, though, if something is named after Napoléon Bonaparte it's quite reasonable to be intimidated...
  • In Supreme Commander the Cybran Nation have one of their Experimental units called the Monkeylord, a ridiculous name for such an awesome massive Spider Tank with a huge frikin laser on it.
  • One of the most fearsome Space Pirates in Tachyon: The Fringe is Redship Rory. Jake, being voiced by Bruce Campbell, can't help but make fun of the name the first time they meet (as much as an encounter in space counts as a meeting). Rory doesn't appreciate the humor and sends his Mooks to kill the hero.
  • One of the Victory Pose sketches in Tales of the Abyss, though admittedly it can be said for any random encounter, fearsome monster or not:
    Luke: What's that monster called?
    Tear: Fluffy!
    Luke: Huh?
    Tear: I... thought it'd be cute...
    • Also in Tales of Symphonia
      Raine: I wonder what the enemy's name was.
      Colette: I like "Poochy"!
      Raine: No, dear, I was referring to the species.
  • The final boss of the Virtual Boy game Teleroboxer pilots a fairly menacing cat-themed robot named Bamsham, known as "The Legendary Champion". But the real application from this trope comes when you find out who the pilot of this Legendary Champion is: a cat named "Milky".
  • Terraria's Moon Lord was confirmed by the developers to be named Steve.
  • In the Cold War simulator Theatre Europe, you have the option to use a massive nuclear strike that will bring about The End of the World as We Know It. It's called "Fireplan Warm Puppy".
  • In Tomb Raider: Legend, Amanda has befriended and trained a giant shadowy thing, the origins of which are never explained, and named it "Fluffy". She taught it to fetch, do tricks and kill Lara. Then again, what hasn't?
  • In a rather unusual use of the trope, Trauma Center has deadly strains of man-made diseases named GUILT. Each of them can do such lovely things as calcifying organs, create lacerations, or making a web around the heart. The seven strains you have to fight are called Kyriaki, Deftera, Triti, Tetarti, Pempti, Paraskevi and Savato. Which may sound dangerous and mystical until you realize they are the greek days of the week... so yeah, that means someone could die by having a parasite called "Friday" burrying into their heart.
  • The moat monster in A Vampyre Story is called Inky.
  • The fourth Boss in Volgarr The Viking, a giant serpent that some believe to be the reincarnation of Jormungandr, is in fact the cult leader's pet snake "Fluffy".
  • In Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, Rexxar's huge bear is called Misha, which in Russian is a diminutive form of Mikhail and is the stereotypical name a kid will give their teddy bear (like an American kid calling their bear "Teddy").
  • Warframe gives us the top operative of the Solaris United syndicate, who is (by this universe's standards at least) a Badass Normal capable of keeping up with the almost god-like Tenno in combat. Her name, for entirely unexplained reasons, is Little Duck.
  • The SS Tea Cup guard and one of Captain Syrup's most important soldiers in Wario Land 1 and 2 is called Bobo. And this is a creature that looks like a cross between a crow and a dragon, that happens to be bigger than a car in the original game.
  • The Morthagi in Wildermyth - half undead, half Clockwork Creatures, all creepy - mostly have innocuous-sounding names for their various units, such as Sommelier, Butler, and Wardrobe. It's quite possible that they were originally designed by their creators to fill useful service roles like these, but the Mortificers are long-gone and now the Sommeliers pump acid spray at the unwary while the Wardrobes assemble endless streams of smaller but equally hostile Morthagi.
  • The Interactive Fiction game Wishbringer features a hellhound named Alexis. This later received a Shout-Out in Return to Zork: when you walk into a particular house, you find a dog that looks like a poodle. It's a HellHound. Her name is Alexis.
  • The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings introduced us to the elite if the Temerian Special Forces, a crack unit which has hunted terrorists in forests, taken castles alone and is generally considered to be the finest non-standard operations unit in existence. Its name? The Blue Stripes.
    • One of the primary tasks of the aforementioned Blue Stripes is to fight a notoriously brutal anti-human guerilla/terrorist group, who burn down villages for fun, and who are called... "Scoia'tael", or in English, "The Squirrels".
    • In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, the antagonist's full name is Eredin Bréacc Glas. Or, translated from Irish, Eredin the Green Trout.
  • From Wizardry VII: Crusaders of the Dark Savant comes Spot the dinosaur, a nasty boss fight at the end of the Giant Caves. Especially bad if you aren't expecting it.
    • In Wizardry 8, in the Mount of Ascension lives Pee Wee, a huge golem.
  • Kitaniji, the conductor from The World Ends with You. He wears black, has several Kick the Dog moments with Neku, wants to mass-brainwash... and has the given name "Megumi". A GIRL'S name. The aggressive variant of the Pig-Noise could count as well.
  • World of Warcraft
    • World of Warcraft incorporates an Fluffy the Terrible with a powerful ghoul named Timmy. This seems to be based on the child Timmy, whom Arthas meets in the first Alliance mission in Warcraft III, and who is apparently turned into a ghoul when the Scourge attack a few missions later. However, the ghoul's battle cry of "TIIIIIIIIMMMY!!!!" suggests someone else...
    • Also, Hunters have the ability to tame 'exotic' pets (the bigger, nastier critters in the game). Guess what trope 90% of people use when naming their new beasts?
    • There's also the NPC Simone the Inconspicuous. Her pet Precious looks like a small wolf at first. However, when she reveals her true form, her pet becomes a huge Fel Hunter named Precious the Devourer.
    • The Icecrown Citadel raid has two monstrous undead constructs shaped like gigantic dogs, one named "Stinky" and the other named "Precious." Precious has a chance to drop a cosmetic pink shirt called "Precious' Ribbon."
    • Later on, there's a boss in a Cataclysm dungeon, a giant core hound named Beauty (a counterpart to another core hound boss called "The Beast"), with pet smaller core hounds Spot, Lucky and Buster.
    • A little gag detail involved a Death Knight named Harmony who was killed for having a name that went against scourge decency. Still, the Lich King won't mind if your Death Knight is named 'Dandelion'
  • In the game Wrath of the Black Manta, the player encounters an early boss that takes up most of the screen. His name? Tiny.
  • The OTAS Venti in the X-Universe sounds like something you'd buy at Starbucks. Actually, it's a very deadly Space Fighter with twin wing-mounted gatling lasers.
  • Bulletstorm features a fifty-foot eye-laser shooting Godzilla-bot. After the poor mech meets his fate...
    His name was... Waggleton P. Tallylicker. But I never got the chance to tell him. He will be missed.
  • In Metal Max Xeno, there's the bounty/boss L'il Squirt which is an A.I. tank the size of a 4 storey building and essentially a classical dreadnought (all big gun battleship) on treads that you can capture and use. Its size and multiple freakin' huge cannons would be impressive in Warhammer 40,000, let alone the typical vehicles you get in the Metal Max series.


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