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A character who was Named After the Injury has a name, alias, or nickname that has to do with an injury they've sustained, typically a permanent one. Something like "Broken Nose Bob" or "Captain Scarhand".

This is often played alongside Names to Run Away from Really Fast, indicating that a character is evil, or at least tough and/or scary. Perhaps they got the injury in an intimidating way, such as through escaping death or winning a fight, and are now known for the injury because of its famous origin. Maybe they are given this name because no one's been able to learn their real name and live to tell the tale.

More sympathetic characters usually got their injuries trying to survive a dangerous situation or a dangerous life in general. This is common with pets, whose owners named them to acknowledge the injury, but also to emphasise that the pet's bad past is behind them (naming a quadruped who lost a leg "Tripod" is a common one).

This trope can also be played for comedy. A character will get a nickname from an embarrassing injury that once happened to them but will never be forgotten. Sometimes, a character gets a ridiculous name or nickname from an equally ridiculous injury.

Sub-trope of Meaningful Name. Compare Captain Colorbeard, Verbal Salt in the Wound, and Red Baron. Sometimes overlaps with Meaningful Rename, Every Scar Has a Story, and Headless Horseman. Commonly seen with Pirates. Can be an Embarrassing Nickname, Ironic Name, or Ironic Nickname.


Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Scar got his nickname from his distinctive X-shaped scar on his forehead.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind: Leaky Eye Luca is named after his right eye, which constantly leaks due to an injury.
  • Kimba the White Lion: Claw has an injury over his left eye, most likely caused from a claw attack on his face at some point.
  • One Piece:
    • Marine captain Axe-Hand Morgan got his nickname after he lost his hand and had it replaced with an axe. Not just an axe blade, but an entire axe, with the handle protruding out the back of his elbow.
    • Zoro received a scar across his eye during the Time Skip. In Wano, Zoro is called the One-Eyed Ronin after cutting down a magistrate who was trying to frame him for murder.

    Audio Plays 
  • Big Finish Doctor Who: In "The Kingmaker", the publican that the Doctor consults for information on the missing Peri and Erimem is known only as "One-Armed Clarrie," despite being in possession of two working arms. Turns out that Clarrie made the mistake of grabbing Erimem's backside back when they first met, prompting her to break his arm; even now that Clarrie has fully recovered, the nickname is too popular to get rid of.

    Comic Books 
  • Archie Comics: In one strip, Chuck makes a comic about Archie as a superhero named Otterman. The villain of the story is a pirate named Captain Rook, and his parrot is named Pegleg, who has a peg leg.
  • Barbe-Rouge: Redbeard's wise old friend is the old pirate 'Triple-Patte' (triple legs) because he walks with one leg of flesh and blood, one wooden peg, and one crutch.
  • The DCU:
    • Batman:
      • District Attorney Harvey Dent takes on the persona of Two-Face after half of his face is scarred when he has acid thrown in his face while questioning a mobster in court.
      • Minor Batman and Batgirl foe General Scarr takes his name from a jagged scar across his face recieved during an accident in bayonet training, combined with his real name, Anthony Scarano.
    • Green Arrow Annual #5—part of the Bloodlines Crisis Crossover event—introduced the Hook: a Vietnam veteran who lost his right arm and later gained the power to charge his hook-hand with plasma-like energy that could cut through most anything with ease.
    • Justice League Incarnate: Deadeye is a Hawkeye expy who lost his eyesight under unrevealed circumstances.
  • Elfquest: in original band of wolfriders, the 'dark ranger' is a character named One-Eye, who literally only has one eye. On the official Elfquest webpage, the comic's creators say that "First named Woodhue, One-Eye gained his new soubriquet after his right eye was put out by humans."
  • Femforce villain No-Nose Nanette got her name after her nose was bitten off by Rip-Jaw.
  • Flesh: Old One-Eye is a female T. rex named after her missing eye, which the human protagonist gouged out.
  • Thorgal: Te "Archers"/"Land of Qa" cyclus (Albums 9-13) features an old Viking fletcher called "Argun treefoot", who got his name because of his wooden leg. On several occasions, he refers to himself as a "disabled war veteran" indicating he might have lost his leg in a fight or battle.

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  • Better Bones AU: Canon examples from Warrior Cats like Clawface, Deadfoot, Crookedstar and Ratscar are preserved, but this time it is always meant as an honor due to the Proud Warrior Race Guy society, for example Crookedstar is no longer named by his mother out of cruelty. Deadfoot didn't actually get his name purely based on his weak foot but on the fact that he used a gauntlet attached to it as a weapon.
  • Coming Up Short: The bullies tease Paula, a girl with a broken leg, by calling her "Crutches" and "Peg Leg".
  • The Mountain and the Wolf: Sven Swordeater (confirmed to be named after the Everworld one) is an Ethnic Magician with hideous scars on both cheeks that ripple disturbingly when he grins (and he likely does it on purpose). He claims he got the scars during a fight that led to a Traumatic Superpower Awakening.
  • Vow of Nudity: The unseen character "No-Limbs Johnson," Played for Laughs in The Naked Misadventures of Kay'la.

    Films — Animation 
  • Leafie, a Hen into the Wild: One-Eye the weasel gets her name from the fact that she's missing an eye, and she has a scar where it should be. However, in the English dub, this is averted, as she is nameless.
  • Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole: The main villain is known as "Metal Beak" because his beak was torn off in a fight and he wears a metal mask to hide it.
  • The Lion King: Mufasa's evil brother has a scar going down the side of his face, and is named Scar. note 
  • Peter Pan: Captain Hook is missing a hand because it was bitten off by a crocodile, so he has a Hook Hand.
  • Shake Hands With Danger, a Scare 'Em Straight film about the dangers of industrial equipment, has a memorable rockabilly theme tune sung by a guy who introduces himself as Three Finger Joe. The obvious implication is that he lost two fingers in an industrial accident, but we don't get any more detail about how; going by the timing of the lyrics, however, it likely involved a bench grinder flaying them off.
  • Shrek 2: Captain Hook, one of the villains seen in the Poisoned Apple, has a Hook Hand.
  • The Thief and the Cobbler: The Mighty One-Eye is not only named as such because of his missing eye, but the trait is shared with his entire army of One-Eyes. In the Miramax cut, Arabian Knight, his sister the Witch is the bearer of said missing eye.
  • Toy Story 3: Discussed. Andy names two villains in his imaginary game (who he portrays with the Potato Heads) "One-Eyed Bart" and "One-Eyed Betty" because both are missing an eye.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Black Patch, marshal Clay Morgan is known as 'Black Patch' since he had lost an eye in The American Civil War.
  • In Goldstone, Patch, the leader of the Howlers motorcycle gang, gets his nickname from his distinctive eyepatch.
  • The Goonies: One-Eyed Willie the pirate gets his name from the fact that he was only born with one eye, so he wore an Eyepatch of Power to cover it up, and his skeleton is still wearing the eyepatch in the present day.
  • In Long John Silver, Silver's first mate Patch is nicknamed after his Eyepatch of Power, and Purity's servant Ironhand takes his name from his Hook Hand.
  • Muppet Treasure Island: A couple of the cutthroats sailing on the Hispanola, including One-Eyed Jack (who wears an eyepatch), Black-Eyed Pea (who sports two shiners), and Headless Bill (take a guess). Exaggerated with Dead Tom.
    Mudwell: [sobbing and holding a skeleton] Dead Tom's dead! Long John shot him!
    Walleyed Pike: But Dead Tom's always been dead. That's why he's called "Dead Tom".
    Mudwell: Oh. [drops skeleton]
  • Newsies: Crutchy was given his nickname due to his 'bum leg', which he uses a crutch to ease.
  • No Time to Die: Before he knows his name, Bond refers to Primo—The Dragon to Big Bad Lyutsifer Safin—as 'Cyclops' because of Primo's artifical eye.
  • Scarface: The title refers to the main character, Tony Montana, who sports a pronounced facial scar, though this nickname is seldom used in-story.
  • Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back: The Wampa that attacked Luke Skywalker at the beginning of the film came to be known as "One-Arm" in expanded universe material.
  • Top Secret!: When Hillary (a French woman) asks Nick what his name means, he replies, "Oh nothing... my dad thought of it while he was shaving."
  • Tremors: Early in the film, the heroes injure one of the graboids by shooting off one of its tentacles. From that point on they refer to that graboid as "Stumpy". Stumpy is the final graboid to be killed at the end of the film.
  • Discussed in X-Men: when Logan meets the titular team and mocks their use of codenames, he wonders if Xavier's codename is "Wheels" because he's in a wheelchair.

    Literature 
  • Alex Rider: In Stormbreaker, Herod Sayle's Dragon Mr. Grin sports a Glasgow Grin, caused by a circus Knife-Throwing Act that went horribly wrong one night.
  • The Belgariad:
    • The evil god Torak, who lost half his face in the ancient Divine Conflict he instigated, is sometimes called "One-Eye," "Maimed Torak," or "old burnt-face" by his more irreverent enemies.
    • Senji, an old alchemist Belgarath and Garion meet during The Malloreon, has a clubfoot. Everyone (including himself) usually calls him Senji the Clubfoot, and he's also referred to in a prophecy as The Clubfooted One.
  • Cat Diaries Secret Writings Of The MEOW Society: One of the pirates in the chapter "Pirate Cat, Treasure Hunter" is named One-Arm. Tellingly, he is missing an arm.
  • Cops And Robbers features a notorious gang of thieves. One of them has a wooden leg and is named Pegleg Horace.
  • Discworld:
  • Earth's Children: Some of the Clan know Creb as Mog-Ur One Eye, as he lost one of his eyes in a cave bear attack as a child (along with one of his arms); Mog-ur is the Clan's word for a holy man or shaman.
  • Fungus the Bogeyman: One legend the Bogey people have is a parody of the myth of Icarus, involving a Bogeyman who flew near the sun and whose skin was bleached yellow, gaining him the nickname "Icterus", which is a rare term for jaundice.
  • Gelsomino In The Land Of Liars: Zoppino's name stems from zoppo, the Italian word for lame, because when Romoletta drew the kitten on the wall, she hadn't finished his fourth leg.
  • Hairy Mc Clairy: One particular cat who's known for being very tough, aggressive, and afraid of nothing but his own reflection, is named Scarface Claw. The first name probably came from the large scar he has on his face, and the last name probably came from his tendency to scratch people.
  • Halo The Elite Rtas 'Vadum is also known as Half-Jaw after he lost two mandibles fighting the flood.
  • Harry Potter:
    • Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody got his nickname from the enchanted glass-eye he had fitted after losing his real eye while fighting death-eaters.
    • The Gryffindor ghost is commonly called Nearly Headless Nick since his head was never fully cut off during his execution and is hanging by a thread of skin. He doesn't like the name, preferring his real one, Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington (however, it's rarely ever used).
    • The Slytherin ghost is called the Bloody Baron due to being covered in blood, though nobody knows how he became like this. It turns out he stabbed Helena Ravenclaw, with whom he was in love, in a fit of rage, and then, shocked at what he had done, killed himself.
  • Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere: Mary was chosen to play the role of Bloody Mary in the history recreation, but rather than execute a group of Anglicans, she chose to face them in combat to give them a noble death, leaving her body covered her scars. When she meets Tenzou, she doesn't give him her name, so he calls her Scarred because of the scar across her nose.
  • The Jungle Book: Shere Khan is often referred to as "Lungri", which means "the Lame One", as he was born with a crippled leg.
  • The Kingkiller Chronicle: The protagonist Kvothe gains "the Bloodless" as one of his many names when he doesn't bleed from a public flogging. It's only a side effect of the obscure anaesthetic he secretly doped himself up on beforehand but does a lot to build up his in-universe mystique.
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: The story contains the Trope Codifier of Headless Horseman. The horseman in question was beheaded by a cannonball during a war and is currently searching for a new head.
  • Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn: Prince Josua, one of the story's main characters, is called 'Lackhand' after losing his right hand in a skirmish.
  • Mrs Pepperpot: In one story, the eponymous old woman adopts a piglet with a lame leg and names him Squiggly because his injury renders him unable to walk in a straight line.
  • Neunfinger (Nine-finger) tells the story of the boy Martin after a car accident kills his father, puts his mother in a wheelchair, and gives him the nickname Nine-finger. Well, you can imagine why...
  • Peter Pan has the notorious pirate Captain Hook, who is so-called because his left hand was replaced with a hook after Peter cut it off. Apparently, finding out his real name would be dangerous.
  • Quidditch Through the Ages mentions a historical figure named Magnus "Dent-Head" Macdonald.
  • Redwall has a few cases of this, such as Captain Reynard Chopsnout, who has a small ball of tar for a prosthetic nosetip.
  • Small Steps, the sequel to Holes, reveals that Armpit got his nickname after getting stung by a scorpion, and the pain eventually settled in his armpit.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire:
    • Qhorin Halfhand is a Handicapped Badass and Living Legend in the Night's Watch. He got his name (and lost three fingers) from a fight when he caught his enemy's axe, blinded him with the blood spray, and cut him down.
    • Other Night's Watchmen named after injuries include the steward Clubfoot Carl and the cook Three-Finger Hobb.
    • Orys Baratheon, the founder of House Baratheon, became known as Orys One-Hand after losing his sword hand during the war in Dorne.
    • Dagmer Cleftjaw, one of Theon Greyjoy's raiders, got his nickname after taking an axe to his face as a child, leaving a deep scar splitting the lower half of his face apart.
    • Bran Stark starts calling himself Bran the Broken after a fall from the tower renders him unable to walk.
    • Harwin Strong was once known as Breakbones for his strength until he got beaten and humiliated at a tournament by Criston Cole and the fool Mushroom started calling him Brokenbones, which stuck with him.
  • Tolkien's Legendarium:
  • In Treasure Island, Blind Pew is a vicious, deadly, and sinister blind beggar who served as a member of Flint's crew.
  • Warrior Cats:
    • One old tomcat is named Halftail because his tail was bitten in half by an animal.
    • Deadfoot was named as such because of his twisted ("dead") front paw.
    • After Brightpaw was mauled by the dog pack and lost half of her face, Bluestar gave her the warrior name "Lostface" as a way to spite StarClan. One of Firestar's first acts as leader was to rename her "Brightheart".
    • Upon breaking his jaw while playing on the stepping stones, Stormkit got renamed to Crookedkit, later Crookedjaw, and then Crookedstar.
    • One minor character is named Tornear, likely because he has one.
  • Who Lives In That Hole: After Longy the worm is bitten in half by a bird, his friends joke that they'll have to call him Shorty.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Cobra Kai: subverted. When timid Eli joins the Cobra Kai dojo, Johnny nicknames him "Harelip" for his cleft palate scar. When Eli Takes a Level in Badass and shows up with his hair styled in a mohawk, Johnny starts calling him Hawk instead, which the other students take up.
  • Dinosaur Revolution: The Allosaurus lead in the second episode has a fractured jaw courtesy of an angry baby sauropod when they were young, and is nicknamed Broken Jaw.
  • The Golden Girls: In "Take Him, He's Mine", Rose and Sophia start selling lunches at construction sites, but they run afoul of a rival food truck owner called Johnny No-Thumbs. Dorothy thinks that name means he's dangerous, but Rose tries to reassure her by pointing out that he's actually missing several fingers on each hand. Johnny sends some goons to threaten Rose and Sophia, so Sophia strikes back with a letter from her mobster uncle Aldo, who addresses the letter to Johnny No-Knees. Johnny gets the message and sends them flowers in apology.
  • Sesame Street: In a Christmas Episode, Oscar the Grouch adopts a cat. This cat has a prosthetic leg, so is named "Tiny Tim" after a character from A Christmas Carol who walks with a crutch.
  • Sons of Anarchy: SAMCRO Prospect Kip Epps is nicknamed "Half-Sack" due to losing a testicle in an IED explosion while serving in the Army during the Iraq War.

    Myths & Religion 
  • Brothers Theodorus and Theophanes the Branded, Christian saints of the 9th century, got their nickname due to having several verses branded onto their faces as punishment for veneration of icons.
  • In the Native American myth Jumping Mouse, the eponymous mouse magically gives away his sight and sense of smell to two animals who lost theirs in an unspecified injury. He names them Eye of a Mouse and Nose of a Mouse.

    Podcasts 
  • The Weekly Planet: In discussing how the Fantastic Four immediately nicknamed Ben Grimm "The Thing" after he was transformed into a rock man, the two hosts likened it to renaming someone who recently lost their legs to "Stumpy."

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • 4th Edition: Torog, the King that Crawls, is an evil god of torturers and jailers whose body was mangled in an ancient Divine Conflict.
    • Forgotten Realms has a few Disabled Deities who have divine titles referencing their disabilities:
      • Tyr, god of justice, is blind and missing his right hand. His titles include: The Maimed God, Blind, Blind Tyr, Wounded Tyr, Blind Overlord, Wounded One, One-handed and the Eyeless One.
      • Ilmater, god of martyrdom and endurance, is covered with Wounds That Will Not Heal that represent his attempts to remove suffering from the world by taking it into himself. His titles include the Broken God and the Rack-Broken Lord.
      • Gruumsh, patron god of the orcs, is known as the One-Eyed God. General consensus is that he had an eye gouged out while fighting a duel with the elf god Corellon Larethian, although Gruumsh's priests consider this heresy and insist Gruumsh has always had one eye.
  • Magic: The Gathering: In the Ravnica setting, The Scab clan is one of the Gruul clans who recruits new members from those who have been tortured, mutilated and crippled by the actions of other organisations. Their leader is a giant called Narbulg Nine-Fingers.
  • Warhammer 40,000: Old One Eye is a legendary Tyranid Carnifex that was originally believed dead after taking a direct shot from a plasma pistol in its eye. It has since resurfaced many times, but its missing right eye and the patch of exposed bone around it appear to be the only things that its powerful Healing Factor can't regenerate and have given it its common appellation.
  • Warhammer: Age of Sigmar: The Khornate champion Vorgaroth the Scarred earned his name due to the horrific scars left on his body by Khorne's punishment for his arrogance and failure.
  • Warhammer Fantasy:
    • It's long-forgotten by now by any but his fellow Nehekharan undead, but Arkhan the Black actually had that nickname in life due to his teeth being rotted from his overindulgence in sweets. Now that he's one of the most powerful necromancers around, it has a different connotation.
    • The Beastman warlord Khazrak lost an eye in battle with the Imperial Count Boris Todbringer, and has been known as Khazrak the One-Eye ever since.
    • The Chaos Dwarf sorcerer Astragoth has been forced to replace all of his limbs with cybernetics due to having lost them to the curse of petrification that affects all dwarfs who use sorcery. As a result of this, he is known as Astragoth Ironhand.
    • In the story included at the beginning of the Monstrous Arcanum supplement, the wizard protagonist magically binds a merwyrm named Silak to his service before attacking a Skaven stronghold. The beast loses an eye during the battle, and, in the closing paragraphs, the wizard notes that it has begun to be referred to as Silak One-Eye among the local sailors.

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    Toys 
  • Lalaloopsy: Subverted with Patch Treasurechest. He wears an eyepatch, but both of his eyes work fine.

    Video Games 
  • Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura: The criminal Miranda Tears has a pair of scars on both sides of her face, starting at her eyes and working their way down her cheeks.
  • Assassin's Creed: Odyssey: The Starter Villain is a human trafficker and pirate called "Cyclops" because he's missing one eye. The game allows you to steal his fake eye, shove it up a goat's rear end, kill the dude, retrieve the eye (unlocking an achievement) and then sell it for a high price.
  • Batman: Arkham Knight: Played for laughs in the GCPD Lockdown DLC. One of the mooks working to get the Penguin out is named "Spark". His fellow mooks think he got the name because he's good with machinery; he actually got it because he was electrocuted by Nightwing's eskrima sticks.
  • Borderlands: The first boss battle is against a bandit lord named Nine-Toes. Having gone mad like so many others on Pandora, he doesn't remember how he lost his toe. The unique gun he drops, The Clipper, is equipped with a blade and has the flavor text "Don't drop it... might lose a toe," suggesting that Nine-Toes dropped The Clipper on his foot at one point.
  • Conker's Bad Fur Day: Ze Professor's last name is revealed to be Von Kriplespac in Live and Reloaded, and his arm, legs, and eye are cybernetic. The multiplayer reveals that his legs were blown off by a bazooka, while the N64 manual claims that the Panther King cut them off.
  • Dishonored: Slackjaw, boss of the Bottle Street Gang, got both his nickname and his notoriety after an incident where a rival gang boss broke his jaw, and he repaid the favor in gruesome fashion the following day. The injury healed years ago, without leaving any obvious handicap or disfigurement, but everybody still knows him as Slackjaw.
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: A few characters are given sobriquets based on the fact that they've lost an eye, such as King Olaf One-Eye.
  • Fallout 4: The DJ of Nuka-World Radio is nicknamed RedEye, and tells two different stories to explain it. In one, he got challenged to a drinking contest that got so intense it burst all the blood vessels in one of his eyes. In the other, he suffered several days of sleep deprivation while hiking from the Commonwealth to Nuka-world and his eyes were completely bloodshot when he arrived.
  • Final Fantasy XV: At one point, Noctis and his buddies take a bounty to hunt a behemoth that has been nicknamed "Deadeye", on account of its right eye being blind.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (2021): On Knowhere, Peter can run into an alien smuggler who is missing his lips and claims that they're best friends. Peter has no idea who he is, and the game's subtitles only refer to him as "Lipless". If the player checks the criminal records on Nova Corps' computer system, even the smuggler's criminal record only identifies him as Lipless and mentions that he has no known real name.
  • Heroes of Might and Magic IV: The Necromancer Gauldoth Half-Dead attempted a ritual to turn himself into a lich, which went wrong and left him Two-Faced - one half of his body looks like a perfectly alive human, while the other looks like a decaying zombie.
  • Monkey Island:
  • Moshi Monsters:
    • Octopeg is missing all but two of his tentacles. True to his name, the rest of his tentacles are wooden.
    • Handy van Hookz has both his hands replaced with hooks.
    • Subverted with Patch the seagull, who wears an eye patch, but it's just for show.
  • Shin Megami Tensei IV: One of the higher-ranking members of the Hunter Association is called Skins because he looks like his face once fell off and they had to staple it back in place. A flashback shows that he was initially annoyed with the nickname but it grew on him. We never find out his actual name.
  • Pico: One of the main Goth-Punks is named Cyclops, which comes from him wearing an eyepatch over one side of his face. In the continuity of Pico's School: Love Conquers All, he mentions the name started off as an Embarrassing Nickname, with his peers mocking him for his here-missing eye.
  • Sly Cooper: One of Sly's ancestors, the pirate Henriette Cooper, was known as as "One-Eye" after her missing left eye.
  • Temtem: One-Eyed Matthew, First Officer of the Narwhal Crew, is missing an eye, hence his name. This is later subverted, as itís revealed by his brother, Two-Eyed Mattias that Matthew just likes to wear the eyepatch for the aesthetic appeal.
  • Warcraft: The orc warrior Kargath Bladefist cut off his own hand in order to free himself from shackles that ogres had used to enslave him, and grafted a Blade Below the Shoulder onto what was left of his arm. He later founded an orc clan known as The Shattered Hand, whose members were encouraged to mimic their leader's act of self-mutilation.

    Webcomics 
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • Redcloak gives his brother, who lost his left eye when paladins raided their village, the nickname Right-Eye. Later, after Redcloak loses his own right eye, Tsukiko mocks him by calling him Wrong-Eye, a Xykon-suggested way to get under his skin.
    • Old Blind Pete was blinded by Bozzok as punishment for selling Thieves' Guild secrets. Before that, he was Eagle-Eyed Pete.
  • Played for Laughs in a parody comic of Peter Pan by Adam Ellis. Captain Hook laments being named after his Hook Hand.
    Hook: That's so mean.
  • Selkie: Scar takes his name from his multiple, disfiguring scars. His actual given name is never mentioned (and he seems to prefer the nickname to avoid association with the person he used to be). Everyone talking about him from back before he got the scars refers to him as "the old farmer."
  • This online comic features a three-legged cat named Pegleg.
  • Unsounded: Starfish got his name after co-workers cut the soles of his feet and compared his wriggling escape to a starfish.

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    Western Animation 
  • 101 Dalmatians: The Series: Tripod the Dalmatian puppy only has three legs.
  • Amphibia: Subverted with Stumpy; he's missing both hands and one foot, but it turns out his name actually is "Stumpy Stumpson".
  • Bob's Burgers: In "Dawn of the Peck", the flock of rampaging turkeys is led by a vicious one-eyed turkey that Teddy calls Cyclops.
  • Centaurworld: Durpleton adopts an injured humanoid lizard as his "son" and names him Stabby over his protests to the contrary due to Rider knocking him out by throwing a knife into his back.
  • Evil Con Carne: General Skarr has a scar over his missing eye.
  • Gravity Falls: Lazy Susan gets her name from her lazy eye, which was injured by an electric shock from a faulty device in the Mystery Shack.
  • Grossology: Roger is called Pinkeye by his peers because of his bacterial conjunctivitis. He is not the least bit pleased about it.
  • Harvey Street Kids: Pinkeye gets his nickname from his severe pinkeye.
  • Invincible (2021): The Flaxans' leader, Slash, is named after the long scar left on his face after his first confrontation with Invincible.
  • The Loud House:
    • A rare heroic example — Lincoln reads comics that involve a superhero with a sidekick named One-Eyed Jack, who wears an eyepatch. The name comes from the slang term for Jack playing cards that have only one eye visible.
    • In "Suite and Sour", Lincoln mentions a ghost called the Footless Bellboy, who allegedly lost his feet before he died and can be heard thumping along.
    • The recurring character Scoots (real name unknown) is so-called because she is confined to a mobility scooter. It's unknown as to why; "A Flipmas Carol" reveals that she was that way even in her youth.
  • March of the Dinosaurs: Scar is a young Edmontosaurus who has a scar on his head.
  • Milly, Molly: The cartoon adaptation features a jailed former thief named Broken Nose Bill, whose nose is bent. Despite his name and his criminal record, though, he's quite an understanding man.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: "Newbie Dash" reveals each Wonderbolt to have an Embarrassing Nickname based around their first day as a Wonderbolt. Soarin's nickname is Clipper due to the fact he clipped his wing on a flagpole.
  • Pepper Ann: Pink-Eye Pete always suffers from conjunctivitis due to the fact that he went into the nurse's office while it was under quarantine for pinkeye, so he's gone by that title ever since.
  • Pete: During the eponymous character's early years, he wore a pegleg and he was known as Peg Leg Pete. The peg leg was later phased out and he started to be called just Pete.
  • Pound Puppies: Axle the puppy from "The Road to Empawerment" has nonfunctional hind legs, so he has two wheels to get around. An axle is a part that connects wheels to the springs of a car.
  • Robot Chicken: One skit has some television heroes conduct a race in their iconic vehicles. Two of the participants are Ponch and Jon from CHiPs, aboard their police motorcycles. Ponch gets his head pulled off by a grapple from the Batmobile (Robin needs to practice his aim), but this has no detrimental effect on his driving. In fact, he wins the race, for which "Headless Ponch" receives a gift basket.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • "Demolition Doofus": Mrs. Puff's inflation sac is punctured after SpongeBob crashes a boat for the umpteenth time, meaning that she can never inflate again. This trope is discussed when SpongeBob jokes that she should be called Mrs. Pop from now on. Mrs. Puff is not amused.
    • Subverted with Patchy the Pirate. He wears an eyepatch, being a pirate and all, but one episode reveals that the covered eye still works.
    • "Graveyard Shift": Squidward tells SpongeBob a story about a man known as the Hash-slinging Slasher, who accidentally cut his hand off with a knife and replaced it with a spatula.
  • Star Wars: The Bad Batch: Crosshair has his nickname based on his injury on his right eye which resembles the crosshair of a scope.
  • Total Drama: The Escaped Psycho Killer With a Chainsaw and Hook from "Hook, Line, and Screamer" has a hook that covers his missing hand. He briefly shows Gwen what his arm looks like without the hook.

    Real Life 
  • Emperor Justinian II of The Byzantine Empire (reigned 685-95 and 705-11) earned his nickname of Rhinotmetos ("The Split-Nosed") after his nose ended up cut during his first dethronement.
  • There are several theories regarding the unusual name of the 9th-century viking leader Ivar the Boneless, but the most prevalent is that he had lost a leg and "boneless" was a mistranslation by monks further south.
  • Buster Keaton was nicknamed as such after he allegedly fell down a flight of stairs when he was only 18 months old. He apparently shook it off, leading to one of his dad's friends saying "He's a real buster!" The rest, as they say, is history.
  • The notorious gangster Al Capone earned the nickname "Scarface" when he suffered an injury in his youth, leaving a pretty nasty scar across his face. Humorously, he hated that nickname and preferred "Snorky".
  • Abraha, the Aksumite (i.e. Ethiopian) governor of Yemen in the 6th century, gained the nickname "the Split-Faced" or "the Scar-Faced" because he took a chop to the face with a sword in a duel.

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