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"Ten, twenty, thirty, forty, fifty or more
The bloody Red Baron was rollin' up the score
Eighty men died trying to end that spree
Of the bloody Red Baron of Germany".
The Royal Guardsmen, "Snoopy vs. the Red Baron"

Sometimes a character is so badass that they don't have just a name. They have their own nickname, one that is so badass that anyone who hears it will crap their pants in fear. If they occasionally show up, be prepared to hear this nickname spoken repeatedly whenever they rescue someone.


Named for the Ace Pilot, Manfred von Richthofen, who was known as "The Red Baron" during World War I. He was best known for having the highest kill count of any flyer in the war and for his bright red Fokker tri-plane.

The full trope embodies two principles:

  • The nickname must be unique.
  • The subject must be better known by their nickname than by their given and surnames.

Compare with Fan Nickname, where the fans come up with a nickname that isn't used in the series. The Butcher is a subtrope where the nickname typically refers to the character's violent nature or dark acts. Superhero Sobriquets is the superheroic counterpart to this trope.

Compare The Magnificent, Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep", and Names to Run Away from Really Fast. I Have Many Names can be when they have more than one and They Call Him "Sword" when he's named after some kind of weapon. This may also be a sign that you're dealing with The Dreaded. While some fall into Only Known by Their Nickname, most of these characters regularly use their real names. Subtrope to Nom de Guerre, where they have the nickname, but they might not be particularly known or feared for it. Virtually all of these example count as In-Series Nicknames. Contrast "Burly Detective" Syndrome, when it's the narrative, not characters in-story, applying these kinds of names.


Not to be confused with the 70s Tokusatsu and 90s Anime Super Robot show of the same name, or the frozen pizza brand of the same name. Or, for that matter, the series of World War One combat flight simulators of the same name, in which the original makes a guest appearance.

You may be looking for That Other Sort of Baron or some of his expies in fiction. Or, if you may be looking for the movie; that's here. Likewise, the flight combat sim series is here. For Humongous Mecha Toku, see Super Robot Red Baron.



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    Comic Books 
  • All superhero codenames count as this if the hero in question becomes famous enough.
  • The Phantom is usually called "The Ghost Who Walks", but has also been called "The Man Who Cannot Die"; each scion of the Walker family has donned the garb upon the death of his predecessor, resulting in Legacy Immortality.
  • Batman
    • Depending on the continuity, he is referred to as the Caped Crusader, the Dark Knight, Which came from Darknight Detective, and occasionally The Detective, usually by Ra's Al-Ghul.
      • More ominously, in the criminal world he's also known as "The Bat" empathizing his role as The Dreaded among criminals.
    • Robin was originally known as the Boy Wonder, and later as the Teen Wonder.
    • Batgirl was the "Dazzling Daredoll" in the sixties.
    • Collectively, Batman and Robin are the Dynamic Duo. Batman, Robin and Batgirl are the Terrific Trio, though this hasn't seen use in a long time.
    • Batman holds the title of "World's Greatest Detective" in The DCU.
    • In Batman '66 #41, a robot Batman is created, gaining the nicknames "Cathode Crusader" and "Spark Knight".
    • Some of Batman's foes also have nicknames; The Joker is occasionally referred to as "the Clown Prince of Crime" and Bane, as the man who delivered the most brutal beating Batman ever experienced, up to and including a broken back, is known as "The Man Who Broke the Bat."
      • Joker has also received (or given himself) the titles of "the Ace of Knaves", "the Harlequin of Hate", and "the Jester of Genocide".
    • "Two-Face" was originally the nickname used to identify Harvey Dent once his face was half-scarred by acid and he became a criminal. Later versions of the character used this as a persona Dent adopted as part of his multiple personality disorder.
    • Scarecrow is "The Master of Fear" while The Riddler is "The Prince of Puzzlers."
    • Cassandra Cain was named 'The One who is All' by the League of Assassins, since she's been trained by nearly every member and could carry on their legacy by herself.
  • Daredevil has been known as 'The Devil of Hell's Kitchen', 'The Scarlet Swashbuckler', 'Hornhead' and, most famously, as 'The Man Without Fear'.
  • The Incredible Hulk lives and breathes these, since his name itself is always an example. He has gained other epithets in the recent past, such as "Indestructible" and "Immortal". His traditional Stan Lee-given kennings are "Jade Giant" and "Green Goliath". His cousin, meanwhile, is the Green Glamazon and is usually accompanied by the adjective "Sensational". Hulk's Mini Marvels counterpart is the Jade Juvenile.
  • Wolverine of the X-Men used to be just "Wolverine". Then we learned his name was Logan. And then we learned his real name was James Howlett. Originally, his official code-name (given to him by the Canadian government) was "Weapon-X". "Wolverine" was a name he chose for himself, apparently.
  • Spider-Man is referred to as either the "Web-Slinger" or "Wall-Crawler", based on his two main methods of transportation, or, more simply, Webs. A less common name is "The Arach-Knight", as a pun on Batman's "The Dark Knight". He's also occasionally been called the "Web-Spinner", though this is extremely rare in the modern day compared to the 60s-early 90s, where it was more common.
    • He's also been referred to, a touch more sinisterly, as 'The Spider'.
    • Spidey's Captain Ersatz The Fury from Alan Moore's 1963 is known as the Roof-Runner.
    • Venom has been occasionally referred to as the "Lethal Protector" since the launch of his solo title by the same name.
  • Superman is the Man of Steel, the Man of Tomorrow, the Last Son of Krypton, the Metropolis Marvel or the Big Blue Boy Scout. His cousin, Supergirl, is either the Girl of Steel, the Maid of Might, the Stanhope Sensation or the Blonde Blockbuster. His alternate universe daughter, Ariella, is called R'E'L, the Destroyer of Worlds. Even Jimmy Olsen has been sometimes called Mr. Action.
  • One character in the Marvel Universe is referred to by Mooks as "The Anti-Life" and "The Slayer of All That Breathes". That character is Squirrel Girl.
  • Speaking of which, everybody give a great big hello to the Merc with the Mouth, the Regeneratin' Degenerate, the Crimson Comedian, iiiiiiiiiiit's...Deadpool!!!
  • Adrian "The World's Smartest Man" Veidt, formerly Ozymandias, in Watchmen.
  • Some of the chapter titles in The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck are implied to be nicknames Scrooge has acquired during his adventures. To wit, he's variously known as "The King of the Klondike", "The Buckaroo of the Badlands", "The Pizen of Pizen Bluff", and "The Master of the Mississippi".
    • Not a chapter title, but commonly used as Scrooge's nickname during his cowboy days is "Glasgow Kid".
  • Aquaman is the King of the Sea(s). He's also been called "The Sea Sleuth".
  • Wonder Woman is sometimes called "the Amazing Amazon" or "the Spirit of Truth".
  • The Flash is The Scarlet Speedster, or sometimes just The Speedster. Also The Fastest Man Alive. Less-common titles used during The Silver Age were The Sultan of Speed and The Monarch of Motion.
    • Professor Zoom, conversely, is the Sinister Speedster.
    • Actually discussed in-universe in the 2014 show. The Flash of Earth-2, Jay Garrick, reveals they called him the "Crimson Comet." They then question the consistent use of alliterative titles.
  • Green Arrow is the Emerald Archer.
  • Black Canary is the Sonic Siren.
  • The Artist formerly known as Captain Marvel is the World's Mightiest Mortal or The Big Red Cheese.
  • Hans von Hammer, an Expy of the original Red Baron, is the Enemy Ace to comics readers, but was known In-Universe as "The Hammer of Hell."
  • The original Ghost Rider was known as the "Frontier Phantom". Also "He-who-rides-the-night-winds", courtesy of the natives.
    • The newer, more familiar Ghost Riders are collectively known as the Spirits of Vengeance, though this is more than a mere title in most cases.
  • In X-Men Noir, newspapers call Professor Xavier "the Professor of Crime"; his X-Men all have nicknames of their own, but they seem to have given them to each other. There's also the various criminals who taught young Tommy Halloway the tricks of the trade: Horace "Harlem Houdini" Hobbs, Orville "The Gentleman" Whitwell, and Cain "The Juggernaut" Marko.
    • Iron Man Noir has the infamous pirate Captain Namor, also known as the Beast of the Blue and the Blood Mariner.
    • Luke Cage himself in Luke Cage Noir received the name "Power-Man" after taking two bullets in the chest and getting up as if nothing had happened.
  • In Le Scorpion, Armando Catalano is universally known as 'the Scorpion'.
  • Subverted with Lobo, as his actual name is unpronounceable by humans but translates to "He Who Devours Your Entrails and Thoroughly Enjoys It".
  • The Mighty Thor - it was actually a fairly common thing in the early days of the comic for especially nasty villains to be declared/declare themselves 'The enemy of all who live!' (exclamation point mandatory).
    • Thor himself has a few, inheriting the title of 'The Golden Avenger' from Iron Man, 'the Thunderer' and 'the Lightning Giver.'
  • Ralph Dibny, the Elongated Man, was often referred to as the 'Ductile Detective', especially during his stories from the 1960s and 70s.
  • Gilbert Shelton's Wonder Wart-hog was called the 'Hog of Steel', in an obvious parody of Superman.
  • Iron Man has been called "The Ironclad Avenger."
    • He was also called the Golden Avenger long after his armor ceased to be entirely golden.
    • When his armor was red and silver, he was called the Silver Centurion. This became the name for that particular armor.
    • And most commonly, 'Shellhead', one that has stood the test of time, appearing in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
  • Captain America has been called "The Sentinel of Liberty" and "The Star Spangled Avenger." He's also retroactively known as "The First Avenger", because although he's the fifth member of the actual team, his heroics in World War II are considered their inspiration.
  • Annihilus, enemy of the Fantastic Four likes to describe himself as "The Living Death That Walks."
  • Dungeon Twilight: Marvin goes by the name of Dust King, he earned the name by raising an army of undead.
  • Caballistics, Inc.: Solomon Ravne, an immortal former Nazi, became known as "Der Teufel" (The Devil) to his victims during the Holocaust.
  • In El Cazador, Pirate Girl protagonist Donessa Cinzia Elena Marie Esperanza Diego-Luis Hidalgo is better known as 'Lady Sin'.
  • In Chassis, several of the Aero-run racers are much better known by their nicknames than their real names. These include Covergirl, Sabotage and Sky Fish.
  • Baker Street: Even though Sharon Ford has not been an active member of the gang scene for years, she is best among punk circles—where she is regarded as an elder statesman—by her gang moniker of 'Harlequin'.
  • Lady Death has been referred to as "the Pale Queen", "the Godslayer", "the Diva of Death" and "the Goddess of All That Is Dead And Dying".

    Fan Works 
  • The Hacker character from Son Amy Fan 362's stories is the World's Fighting Champion, better known by his Ring Name, Vegeta. It is apparent that not too many fighters are willing to accept his challenge.
  • The Rebirths from Slightly Damned: Wind of Redemption and Rebirth often have this, with titles ranging from Names to Run Away from Really Fast, to Affectionate Nickname
  • In Kyon: Big Damn Hero, Kyon is called "Kowa-Keigo"note 
  • In The Hill of Swords, Shirou has been nicknamed "The King of Swords", much to his annoyance. In the Distant Epilogue, we find out that Louise has been named "the Duchess of Emptiness."
  • In the Poké Wars Expanded Universe, Dawn gets the nickname "Blue Death" in the story Dawn of a New Era. She doesn't like the nickname.
    • Hiiro Mizutani from The Pokémon They Carried bears the nickname of "Black Blade".
    • Mimoru from The Pokémon They Carried is known by the soldiers as "The Marionette".
  • In The Butcher Bird, most of the Nightmare Pirates have aliases of their own, due to their careers in piracy. In addition to the eponymous Butcher Bird, Yoshimura Kaneki, Vinci is known as 'Alley Doc', Lauren is called 'Vodun', Herman has the nickname Berserker Hound, Six is called 'Songbird', Gin's known as the Revenant, C acquires the title of Jabberwock, and Jack is known as 'Thundering Hammer'. This isn't counting the long list of side characters and canon characters from One Piece proper.
  • Being a world of emerging superheroes, Child of the Storm has a few.
    • Bucky Barnes a.k.a. the Winter Soldier is the most notable example, with a whole list of other nicknames: The Ice Warrior, the Sleeping Death, the Shield Breaker, Europe's Terror. He earned them.
    • Similarly, Natasha Romanova a.k.a. the Black Widow. It used to be a rank, but she was accorded it as a title. In the sequel, Yelena Belova claims it for herself, and is firmly put in her place.
    • Tony is referred to in Asgard as 'Lord Stark' something which, as fan of Game of Thrones and an egomaniac, he absolutely revels in. This is done on the grounds that he's richer and more powerful than most of the Lords, Princes, Kings, and even Emperors, in Earth's history, and he's earned such honour in battle.
      • He's also, naturally, known as Iron Man.
    • Sirius is referred to, briefly, as 'the Marauder', with the context stating that he earned it on the battlefield as well as by being part of the Marauders. It's later noted that he doesn't like it very much.
    • Thor is known as 'The Thunderer' and the 'Lord of Storms'.
    • Wanda Maximoff's nom de guerre, the Scarlet Witch, is known and respected.
    • Erik Magnus Lensherr a.k.a. Magneto, whose mere name makes centuries old badasses go white, and is described as one of the greatest terrors the Earth has seen since 'the Frost Giant Wars'. He's reformed now (... mostly), but even still.
    • The Banshee earned his name the hard way.
    • In a more meta sense, Archangel a.k.a. Warren Worthington III, considering the name's history in comics canon.
      • And chapter 70 demonstrates that he more than lives up to it. Which, considering the canon origins of the name, may not be a very good thing...
    • Doctor Strange has accrued many of these, including 'the Sorcerer Supreme', 'the Lord of Time', 'the Evergreen Man, and 'the Scary Bugger Supreme'.
    • Aside from the canonical 'Boy-Who-Lived', there is also 'the Phoenix' and the Dark Phoenix, are usually appended to Harry. Both make people quail, and for excellent reason. The latter is considered particularly ominous, considering the other person who's used it. He later gets the below mentioned Krasnyy Syn a.k.a. 'the Red Son' as another one, which also scares the hell out people.
    • And then, of course, there is Nathaniel Essex, known variously as the Pale Man, Nosferatu, and simply... Sinister.
    • As of Ghosts of the Past, the Red Room also have the Krasnyy Syn, 'the Red Son', the next generation Winter Soldier: he's a brainwashed Harry.
      • They also have 'the Beast', a vicious and powerful mutant used to test (and often punish) their prisoners. He's also known as the Blob and more surprisingly, Dudley Dursley. He's dangerous, but not half as much as he thinks he is.
    • From Ghosts of the Past, Surtur/Surtr (both spellings are used) of Muspelheim is this, with his name meaning 'the Dark One'. It was given to him by the Alliance of Realms, for the fact "darkness was what he brought, with only remembrances of starlight and echoes of screams left in his wake." It reached the point that his original name has long since been forgotten. However, he does have another one, though it's more of a title: the Dark Phoenix.
  • Most females in the Naruto universe have the *insert specialty* mistress of their village.
  • In Dreaming of Sunshine:
    • Shikako Nara picks up a couple. First, "Corpse Princess (Shikabanehime)", a pun of her name that she inadvertently created, which comes from her seeming ability to survive certain death (seriously, she's harder to kill permanently than a cockroach, just ask The Sound Five, Haido, half the Hidden Grass Village, and the Cult of Jashin). On the other hand, she's known as "Shikako Shadow Killer" after her fight with Gaara during the Grass Chuunin Exams, though that also started off as a joke by Kiba.
    • Team Seven as a whole (in addition to each of the individual members) also gets some notoriety as "The Lucky Sevens", which refers to their ability to run into every possible line of bullshit on almost every single mission, to the point that The Mission Desk Ninja think they and everything they touch are cursed, the Patrol Corps don't want to work with Sasuke at all, and multiple ninja just assume that even their routine missions have some hidden problem or murder attempt that got smoothed over. Bonus points because the Hokage herself gave them that name.
      Tsunade: "You three are like Lucky Sevens. When you turn up, I just know things are about to go to hell."
  • The Immortal Game: After her Split-Personality Merge and the restoration of her true personality and power, Twilight Sparkle take up the title of "The Godslayer". This serves the dual purpose of making her appear both a symbol of hope for the Loyalists and a figure of fear for the Royals.
    • Rarity gains the moniker of "Dragonslayer" after striking the finishing blow on the green dragon during the Battle of the Everfree.
  • Ace Combat: The Equestrian War: The main heroines, Mirage squadron, are dubbed "Angels of Equestria" by Cheerilee and the fillies. There's also Mobius, whom Echo calls "Heavenly Ribbon". By the end of the story, Rainbow Dash gains an impressive monicker "Princess of the Skies".
  • Nuzlocke Comics spinoff Apocalypse Johto has Candace "The Zangoose" Ogawa. The name is given to her by Silver, who is himself known as "Seviper".
  • Night of the Shy: Princess Sunride, one of Celestia and Luna's predecessors, is known to history as the "Mad Princess" because she went Ax-Crazy and wiped out the Sand Mantas (save one). It's strongly implied that she was yet another possession victim of Nightmare.
  • In Under The Northern Lights Twilight Sparkle learns to her dismay that the cynical reindeer of Tarandroland think that she and the other bearers of the Elements of Harmony are some kind of controlled super-villains Celestia keeps around to combat worse things and keep Equestria a nice place. Twilight herself, "the most powerful and evil sorceress in the world", is called "Skinfaxi's Shadow", Skinfaxi being the reindeer name for Princess Celestia.
  • James 'Death Himself' Norrington is quite popular in Pirates of the Caribbean fanfiction. Occasionally substituted with 'The Devil Himself' Norrington.
  • The Powers of Harmony: Cancer was known as "Tendoncutter" due to his skill and particular fighting style. His Echo, Ace, has inherited it by extension.
  • In The Wizard in the Shadows Harry has several, all guaranteed to make any servant of the dark crap themselves: the Black Wizard / the Moristar, the Wizard in the Shadows, the Master of Death.
    • Many of the cast pick these up: Eirian becomes known as 'The Doom Singer' and Emrys as 'The Avenger'.
  • Burning Black: Fairy World refers to Timmy as The One Who Stands Beyond Death's Reach; Remy, after investigating Timmy's falsified history, dubs him the Black Hound and starts calling him 'mongrel' to his face. Crocker calls him New Timmy.
  • Harmony Theory: Charisma is called "The Asskicker" by her enemies.
  • In Game Theory, the Wolkenritter all have titles associated with their roles, which they are more commonly known by throughout dimensional space. Signum is "the Blade", Vita is "the Breaker", Zafira is "the Hound", and Shamal is "the Healer".
  • In Fate Revelation Online: Shirou is known literally as the Sixth Ranger.
  • Pokéumans: Rikuto Hadoryu, the Green Dragon. Other characters from the large Fan Verse with these kind of titles include:
  • In the Italian remake of the Battle Fantasia Project Mami Tomoe is known and feared among other Puellae Magi as "Mami the Invincible" due the nasty beatdown she gave to five colleagues who invaded her territory and pressed her Berserk Button (the fact she regularly trounces invaders and makes 'friendly visits' to the Sole Survivor of the first quintet helps her fame).
  • In Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space, Admiral Janeway's famous ancestor is referred to as The Scourge of Java.
  • In the Bleach fic The Black Wrangler, the titular character (real name Kaichou Kurosaki) took on her alias under the belief that Soul Reapers should distance themselves from such ties; she only reveals her true name to those she feels close to.
  • In the "Britain wins the Battle of New Orleans" Alternate History fic The Dead Skunk, "The Sword of Nemesis" is a mysterious Greek leader who fights against the Ottoman Empire in their attempt to control Greece and the Balkans.
  • In Nightblade, Rythin earns the title 'Diamond Tactician' thanks to his diamond-laced gloves and skill in planning boss fights. He complains about it when he first hears it because he thinks it sounds stupid.
    Rythin: (In a mocking tone) "Ooh, I'm so smart and shiny, please talk about my physical characteristics."
  • Most of the main characters in Strontium Dog shed their old names and take up new ones. Very few people in-universe know who John Kreelman and Archibald Mac Nulty are, but will be wetting themselves if you refer to them as Johnny Alpha and The Tartan Terror.
  • In Sonic X: Dark Chaos, Tsali is known and feared as "The Black Wind". Allysion calls Sonic "the Antichrist" and the "Son of Perdition". She's technically not wrong.
  • In Code Geass: The Prepared Rebellion, Euphemia becomes known as "The Archenemy of Avarice" for her work in dealing with Area 11's corruption.
  • Ranma Saotome, Chi Master has Ranma's mentor, the "Revenant of Kowloon Walled City".
  • Janine in the Sanctuary fic The Sanctuary Telepath lampshades this as she mentions several times that she has no idea how did she get the titular name when she spent the better part of the last century working not even close to either of the Sanctuaries, sometimes actively avoiding them. She assumes it has something to do with her close relationship with the founders of the network, even if her only involvement in the foundation was that she was there.
  • Due to Hild's interest/affection for Ranma in Hell Is a Martial Artist, the inhabitants of hell refer to him as "Daimakaichoko" (aka Child of the Daimakaicho/Satan).
  • The Pieces Lie Where They Fell:
    • Of the guard Captains, Standing Wall is the Bane of Minotaurs and Blazen Sun is the Bane of Dragons. Their superior, Captain General Step, is known as the Bane of Tartarus (doubling as Names to Run Away from Really Fast).
    • Night Blade earns one after his brutal slaughter of Sharp Point’s mercenary allies - the "Butcher of the Everfree Forest". He is less than thrilled by it.
  • In Vale's Underground, Cinder Fall undergoes an Adaptation Name Change to make "Cinder" an alias. (No one even knows her real name.) She got the name because she likes to inspire fear by burning people alive. She is generally known to be an extreme sadist, but death by immolation is something she is particularly known for, to the point of people assuming that she is a pyromaniac.
  • Naturally almost all of the Straw Hat pirates in This Bites! earned their own titles and bounties, with a few differences thanks to Cross's influences.
    • Nami goes from "Catburglar" to "Weather Witch" after she destroyed ten Navy ships single handedly.
    • Chopper is now treated as a legitimate pirate threat as the "Spark of Genius".
    • This time the World Government knows Ussop is "Sniper King".
    • Bartholomew got an earlier start in his pirating career and is known as "Black Bart" instead of "the Cannibal". That became the name of his ship.
    • After claiming the remains of Strong World as her domain and becoming a Warlord, Perona is promoted from "Ghost Princess" to "Hellbeast Princess". She would have been the "Hellbeast Queen", but she insisted on being called a princess.
    • Gecko Moria's title was never given in One Piece, but in this story, Dr. Hogback referred to him as the "Umbral Allfather".
    • A list for the new Straw Hat epithets (containing spoilers): "Voices of Anarchy" Jeremiah Cross and Soundbite, "Corsair Princess" Nefertari Vivi, Carue "the Duck", "Man of the Sea" Boss Dugong, "Disciples of the Sea" Teenage Dugong Warrior Squad (including "Half-Shell Blade" Leo), "Angel of Destruction" Conis, "Cottontail" Suu, "White Menace" Going Merry.
  • Fantasy of Utter Ridiculousness: Due to all the damage it caused during its first sojourn through Gensokyo, Megas has become known as "The Destructive Sentinel" to most of its inhabitants by the time of the Extra Stage. Only those who've met Coop personally, such as Alice or Patchouli, refer to the mech by its real name.
  • Some Gym Leaders in Pokémon Reset Bloodlines have pretty cool nicknames, such as Erika "Kanto's Nature-Loving Princess", Lt. Surge "the Lightning Unovan", Volkner "the Shocking Star of Sunyshore" and Elesa "The Shining Beauty".
  • Escape From the Moon: In the sequel The Mare From the Moon, it's revealed that in her native dimension, Spliced was dubbed the “Viral Maniac” for her crimes.
  • Hiccup in Persephone is known as the Dragon Master because of the mistaken impression that he's leading the dragon raids. He and Astrid go over the list of aliases she's accumulated since becoming his accomplice and she's not impressed with most of them ("Dragon Master's Whore" being one), except maybe "Valkyrie of Destruction." 
  • Harry Potter/Black in A Discordant Note comes to be known as the Crowfather due to his affinity for crows and ravens as well as his status as unofficial rule of the Lands Beyond the Wall.
  • The folk name in Black Victory is essentially this in a nutshell.
  • SAPR: Several examples are found, possibly due to the author's admitted love of epic fantasy.
    • Pyrrha is called both "The Invincible Girl" and "The Uncrowned Princess."
    • In chapter 182, "Dragonslayer," Penny Polendina is given the titular epithet after dealing the killing blow against the Wyvern that has been reeking havoc for the past four chapters.
  • A Diplomatic Visit: Princess Celestia, as noted in chapter 27, is known as the "Teacher of the World".
  • Chasing Dragons:
    • Robert Baratheon is known as "Robert the Strong", "Robert the Brief", and "Robert the Bloody". Which one a person uses says a lot about how they view him.
    • Eddard Stark earns the title of "Iron Wolf" during the Battle of the Hedgerows, which shows up again and sticks during the wars in Essos.
    • Jaime Lannister becomes known as the "Black Lion" for the black cloak he wears to mourn his uncle Tygett after he's slain at the Battle of Tara.
    • Stannis Baratheon is known as "Stannis the Grim" and the "Sour Stag".
    • Khal Zirqo becomes known as "Zirqo the Treacherous", for his oathbreaking at Pentos.
    • Lyn Corbay earns the title "Stormcrow".
    • Mace Tyrell becomes known as "the Merciful" for being the least heavy-handed when defeating the rebelling Ironborn.
    • In-universe text excerpts from the timeline's future state that Stannis' son Lyonel will be known as "the Magnificent" during his reign.
  • Grendel from Boldores And Boomsticks is also called "the Grimm General".
  • The Secret Return of Alex Mack: Lord Rupert Giles, in his younger years, picked up the nickname 'Ripper', and "not because of a fondness for seamstress work."
  • Infinity Train: Blossoming Trail: Chloe names herself "Chloe of the Vermillion" based off of her introduction to Atticus (as she said she was from Vermillion City).
  • Scoob and Shag: Bugs Bunny is known as "the Noise" after the white noise his Ballyhoo power emits.
  • Bait and Switch (STO): In one story, a Klingon refers to Kanril Eleya as "hromIy veqlargh", which Eleya mentally translates as "the Devil of Hromi" (a star cluster on the Klingon-Federation border which the two sides recently fought over).

    Film — Animation 

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Often invoked in Guy Ritchie movies. Snatch. has Boris the Blade (aka Boris the Bullet-Dodger aka Boris the Sneaky Fucking Russian) and Bullet-Tooth Tony; Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels features porn king and local gangster Harry Lonsdale aka Hatchet Harry (a name he's quite partial to himself) and his enforcer Barry the Baptist, so named because he "drowns people for Harry". And that's just a few.
    Avi: "So, what do I call you? Bullet? Tooth?"
    Bullet-Tooth Tony: "You can call me Susan if it makes you happy."
  • Clint Eastwood's protagonist in the Dollars Trilogy is an interesting variation on this trope. Known to fans as "The Man With No Name," in-universe it's unclear whether he actually has a name or not. By the last movie (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly), Tuco has given him the nickname "Blondie," but it's still acknowledged by other characters that his real name is unknown. He's called "Joe' in A Fistful of Dollars and "Manco" in For a Few Dollars More, but both are names also given to him by other characters.
  • Deconstructed in the Ritchie-inspired Layer Cake however. The unnamed protagonist notes how much he loathes wannabe gangsters who try to make themselves renowned with badass nicknames such as "The Duke", basically placing a bullseye on their backs and drawing the attention of the authorities—not a good option for a criminal who is just in it for the profit.
  • The Rocky series featured a few. For example, Apollo Creed was The Master of Disaster, The King of Sting, The Dancing Destroyer, and The Count of Monte Fisto.
    • Rocky "The Italian Stallion" Balboa himself. "Rocky" is itself a nickname for Robert, and a common one for fighters (Marciano, Graziano)
    • Creed's inspiration, Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali, was apparently so impressed that he regrets never having called himself The Master of Disaster. Instead, he is known as "The Greatest".
  • Looper gives us "The Rainmaker," the new kingpin who is moving in and closing a lot of loops. Towards the end of the film, the truly horrifying reason for this ominous-sounding epithet is revealed.
  • Il Duce, the aged assassin and father of Connor and Murphy from The Boondock Saints. So badass that he can trick an FBI agent into thinking he's six guys with a gun apiece instead of one guy with six guns.
  • Will Stoneman, the dogsled-racing title character in Iron Will.
  • Blade is known and feared as The Daywalker.
  • In Smokin' Aces, everyone assumes that The Swede must be an incredibly badass Professional Killer, because he goes only by "The Swede." Subverted, in that it turns out he's a heart surgeon, not an assassin.
  • Antonio Banderas' character in the El Mariachi franchise is simply known as 'Él' which means 'Him' on spanish.
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou? has the main characters meet George "Babyface" Nelson, an actual historical gangster and bank robber. He doesn't like his nickname.
  • Pulp Fiction. "You're sending the Wolf? Shit, Negro, that's all you needed to say."
  • Among the Inglourious Basterds are The Bear Jew and Aldo the Apache. Another Basterd, Utivitch, is known as "The Little Man", much to his dismay. And on the side of Nazi Germany there's S.S. Colonel Hans Landa "The Jew Hunter".
  • Inverted in Wild Wild West. The ex-Confederate General "Bloodbath" McGrath doesn't seem all too proud of his nickname, and he really doesn't like being called "The Butcher of New Liberty", seeing as he got that dubious title for the annihilation of a free slave town he didn't actually commit.
  • Back to the Future Part III has Biff's ancestor, Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen (Just don't call him that to his face).
  • "Mad Dog" is also the nickname of The Dragon in Hard Boiled.
  • And The Dragon in The Raid is nicknamed "Mad Dog" as well.
  • Actress Cheng Pei-Pei, THE Action Girl of Shaw Brothers' kung fu movies, is the "Queen of Swords".
  • The world of Mad Max is this trope personified. Between Imperator Furiosa, Gyro Captain, Immortan Joe, the Bullet Farmer, Ironbar Bassey, the Doof Warrior, the People Eater, the Toecutter, the Dag, the Keeper of Seeds, Lord Humungus, the Nightrider, Mudguts, Dr. Dealgood, the Valkyrie, the Splendid Angharad, and many, many others, it's like humanity collectively decided that the post-apocalypse was free license to badassily rename everything and everyone. Even the eponymous Max Rockatansky has his share titles bestowed upon him (some admittedly better than others). Usage of actual, normal names is so rare that in Mad Max: Fury Road the revealing of a character's given name becomes an emotional moment in at least two points in the film's plot.
  • The Blue Max, is set in and around one of the Flying Circuses. Richtofen himself is a supporting role, as is his almost-as-famous brother Manfred.
  • Muppets Most Wanted: "I am Constantine... World's most dangerous frog."
  • Kaiju:
    • Godzilla has had numerous subtitles throughout his incarnations: God of Destruction, Champion of Monsters, God Incarnate, and Giant Hydrogen Bomb Monster among others, but his most well-known by far is the King of the Monsters. Godzilla (2014) has a variation on this: after having killed the M.U.T.O.s, a news channel has the headline "King of the Monsters: Saviour of Our City?" This indicates the ambivalent attitude humans have toward his Destructive Saviour status.
    • Anguirus is the Killer of the Living and the Fierce Dragon Monster.
    • Rodan is the Giant Monster of the Sky, Crimson Monster Bird, and the Airborne Monster.
    • King Ghidorah is the Three-headed Monster, the Astro-Monster, Monster Zero, Emperor of the Cosmos, the Golden Demise, or, more menacingly, The King of Terror.
    • Mothra is The Thing, Supersonic Giant Moth, God of the Sea, and most well-known, Queen of the Monsters (since Mothra is second only to Godzilla in number of films she starred in among all Toho kaiju).
    • Ebirah is the Sea Monster, Giant Shrimp Monster, or the Horror of the Deep.
    • Varan is the Unbelievable.
    • Mechagodzilla is the Cosmic Monster, the Bionic Monster, the Cyborg Monster, Silver King of the Monsters, and Anti-G[odzilla] Weapon.
    • Hedorah is the Smog Monster and the Ninja Monster.
    • Minilla is the Son of Godzilla and the Naughty Prince.
    • Baragon is the Subterranean Monster, Fierce King of the Underground, and God of the Earth.
    • Dogora is the Space Monster.
    • In King Kong (1933), King Kong is referred to either as Kong or as the Eighth Wonder of the World, never actually called King Kong in the dialogue.note 
    • Gamera is known as the Invincible, the Friend of all Children, the Guardian of the Universe, the Last Hope, the Absolute Guardian of the Universe, and the Brave, depending on the movie.
    • Gyaos is the Supersonic Monster and the Shadow of Evil, to name some.
  • The MonsterVerse series expands on some of the above:
    • Godzilla, of course, is still called "King of the Monsters", only now he has to defend that title from a certain three-headed dragon.
    • Mothra still holds the title of "Queen of the Monsters", acting as the counterpart to Godzilla, as well as his greatest ally, as well the new title of "Master of the Skies".
    • Rodan now has the more impressive title of "Fire Demon", as well as "One Born of Fire" and "Titan of Winged Fury".
    • In addition to being called "Monster Zero", Ghidorah also gets the lengthy "Death Song of Three Storms", "Living Extinction Machine", and the less lengthy and more descriptive "One Who is Many".
    • Kong, who has also been added to the mix, has "The Mountain Who Thunders Death", "Guardian God of Skull Island", and "King of the Primates". His arch-enemy, the alpha Skullcrawler, has "Skull Devil".
  • In Edge of Tomorrow, Rita is a legendary battle queen known as the "Full Metal Bitch" and "The Angel of Verdun".
  • In The Last Witch Hunter, the magic users call The Dreaded Kaulder the Witch Hunter.
  • The Hunger Games: Katniss Everdeen is known both as 'Girl on Fire' and 'Mockingjay'.
  • Downplayed in Five Weeks in a Balloon, where Sir Henry mentions once that he was formerly known as "The Scourge of the Desert" and never brings it up again.
  • Captain Gutt from Ice Age 4: Continental Drift is "The Master of the Seas".
  • For the most part, the Marvel Cinematic Universe doesn't use codenames. All the Avengers are at least as well known to the public by their real names as their codenames (other than Thor, because that is his real name). But it does have one example in the Winter Soldier. For bonus points, he's The Dreaded and a Hero Killer, and for more bonus points, the nickname came before people found out that he has superpowers. And he's definitely better known as that than by his real name, James Buchanan Barnes.
  • The 2003 film Holes, as in the literature example, features "Kissin' Kate" Barlow.
  • Many orcs in WarCraft (2016) have imposing nicknames. Doomhammer and Blackhand stand out.
  • John Wick: John is known as "Baba Yaga", AKA "The Boogeyman" within the criminal underworld.
    Viggo: Well, John wasn't exactly the Boogeyman. He was the one you sent to kill the fucking Boogeyman.
  • Hero and the Terror: Simon Moon has been dubbed "The Terror" by the press for his grisly series of murders.
  • Beetlejuice often calls himself "The Ghost with the Most".
  • Star Wars: All of the Sith are given a new name at their initiation, which they use in lieu of their real names. Dooku is a notable exception, as he wanted to be a Villain with Good Publicity, and people would respond better to "Count Dooku" than "Darth Tyranus."
    • In the Legends continuity, General Grievous was born Qymaen Jai Sheelal, but changed his name after becoming a cyborg.
  • Shot Caller: Any inmate with any notoriety has a nickname: Jacob (who used to be a businessman) is "Money", Frank is "Shotgun", the mid-level glasses-wearing Aryan is "Bottles", the Aryan chapter leader is "The Beast", etc.

  • Robin of Locksley, Earl of Huntington was declared an outlaw and adopted the name: Robin Hood. The "Robin of Locksley" bit was added during a period when all heroes in this type of story had to be noblemen.

  • The King of Rock'n Roll (or simply "The King"): Elvis Presley
  • Killer: Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Man in Black: Johnny Cash
  • Boss: Bruce Springsteen
  • Duke Ellington
  • Count Basie
  • Tiger of Wales: Tom Jones
  • The Godfather of Soul: James Brown
  • The King of Pop: Michael Jackson
  • The King of (Pop) Parody: "Weird Al" Yankovic
  • Slowhand: Eric Clapton
  • The Queen of Jazz: Ella Fitzgerald
  • The Queen of Pop; The Queen of Reinvention; The Material Girl: Madonna
  • The Queen of Soul: Aretha Franklin
  • The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul: Mary J. Blige
  • The Motor City Madman: Ted Nugent
  • The President: Lester Young
  • The First Lady, or Lady Day: Billie Holiday
  • The Maharajah of Montreal: Oscar Peterson
  • Satchmo, or Satchel Mouth: Louis Armstrong
  • The Thin White Duke: One of David Bowie's many names, and probably the one that best fits this trope, since most of the others (Ziggy Stardust, Thomas Jerome Newton, Halloween Jack, Aladdin Sane, Jareth) are names, rather than titles.
  • The King of Swing: Benny Goodman
  • The vast majority of rappers are known only by their nicknames, self-appointed or otherwise. There are notable aversions though, like Kanye West.
  • The Octopus: Damon Che of Don Caballero, known for his virtuosic drumming.
  • La Novia de México: Angélica María
  • According to an episode of Pop Up Video, Mariah Carey was referred to by classmates as "Mirage" in high school because she was "never there".
  • The Main Man: Dean Martin
  • The Prince of Darkness: Ozzy Osbournenote 
  • The Fab Four: The Beatles


    Tabletop Games 
  • Warhammer:
    • Among the beastmen, the Green Knight of Bretonnia is feared as Shaabhekh, which in their language means the Soul-Killer, due to the terrible losses he's inflicted on their marauding hordes over the millennia.
    • The beastman prophet Malagor is referred to by a number of epithets, such as the Crowfather, the Dark Omen, the Despoiler of the Sacred and the Harbinger of Disaster, by those who'd rather not speak his name. Likewise, the monstrous warlord Morghur is referred to as the Master of Skulls, the Corrupter and the Shadow-Gave, while the plague-shaman Slugtongue is known as the Famine-Fiend, the Barren One and the Lord of the Black Harvest.
    • Abhorash, the first of the Blood Dragon vampires and one of the greatest warriors to ever live, is known as the Dragon Slayer, the Scourge of the Greenskins, the Blade Immortal and the Lord of Blood. Among Abhorash's descendants, nobody even knows the real name of the Red Duke of Mousillion, as he's only ever referred to by his title.
    • Khaine, the elven god of war and murder, is often referred to as the Bloody-Handed God.
    • The powers of Chaos are almost always referred to by their fearsome and elaborate titles and monikers in lieu of their actual names, as people are rarely comfortable with carelessly invoking the names of beings like them.
      • Among the chaos gods themselves — who are collectively often referred to as the True Gods, the Gods of the North, the Northern Powers, the Aesgardr or the Hungry Gods of the Dark — Khorne is the Blood God, the Lord of Skulls, the Lord of Battles, the Father and Inheritor of all Rage, the Brass Lord of Battles or the God of War; Nurgle is the Plague Lord, the Fly Lord, the Plague Father and the Lord of Decay; Slaanesh is the Dark Prince, the Serpent and She Who Thirsts; Tzeentch is the Architect of Fate, the Changer of Ways, the Great Mutator, the Lord of Change and the Great Deceiver.
      • The great daemon U'zhul is almost never referred to by name — he's always the Skulltaker instead.
      • Archaon the Everchosen has racked up a fearsome list of aliases for himself, including the Lord of the End Times, the Kingslayer and the Three-Eyed King.
  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • The Space Marines' actual title is the Adeptus Astartes, and they are also known as the Angels of Death. The Blood Angels are a chapter of Space Marines, who are Super Soldiers with vampiric characteristics and are known for bloodthirsty assault tactics. A librarian of theirs is named Mephiston, and is known by them as "the Lord of Death".
    • The humble (but numerous) Imperial Guard. Guardsmen are notoriously expendable, but some have survived long enough to get a reputation. Case in point, the only regiment from planet Tanith narrowly escaped the obliteration of their homeworld, and they're still kind of pissed. Their official designation is the Tanith 1st - generally followed by a defiant chorus of "First and Only!" They also get tagged as Gaunt's Ghosts, thanks to their commander's rare appreciation for stealth (and survival). Mention Tanith and you get blank looks, but even Space Marines have heard of Gaunt's Ghosts.
    • Colonel "Iron Hand" Straken, Game-Breaker and named after his adamantium hand. And Gunnery Sergeant "Stonetooth" Harker, so named due to his rumored habit of chewing glass instead of tobacco.
    • Going away from individual names, many companies aside Gaunt's Ghosts also have unique and memorable names and histories even if they don't happen to be prominently shown in a particular series of novels, some examples being the Tallarn 3rd "Desert Tigers", the 8th Cadian "The Lord Castellan's Own" and the Catachan 24th "Waiting Death".
    • The C'tan have proper names, but are far better known by their titles: Aza'gorod the Nightbringer, Mepeht'ran the Deceiver, Tsara'noga the Outsider, Mag'ladroth the Void Dragon, Llandu'gor the Flayer, and so on.
    • Orks tend to take nicknames based on their accomplishments. Hence Warboss Gorgutz Deffscreama Bloodspilla Deffkilla Ragescreama Ghostkilla Gunsmasha Daemonkilla 'Ead'unter. A minor Ork character is actually called "Da Krimson Barun" presumably in spoof of the trope namer. Another, a Fighta pilot on Armageddon, is called "Da Red Nob" (Nob being short for "noble," and a term for an ork squad leader).
    • One particular Tyranid carnifex managed to gain such a moniker, despite being a member of a race that lacks independent will. It's known as Old One Eye, so called for the first of many wounds that really should have killed it.
    • Within a year of Konrad Curze's vigilante executions of the criminals and corrupt bureaucrats of Nostramo, mothers began to threaten their kids that if they continued to misbehave, the Night Haunter would come for them, describing Curze, who stalks through the city, ready to disembowel any heretic or criminal foolish or bold enough to cross his path.
  • BattleTech doesn't make use of nicknames all that often, but every once in a while one will pop up: the Bounty Hunter (a Legacy Character by and large only known by that name to all), Natasha Kerensky a.k.a. the (in)famous Black Widow, and Hanse "the Fox" Davion are all just about perfect examples of the trope.
  • Exalted combines this with Name That Unfolds Like Lotus Blossom for the Abyssal Exalted. Their path to power generally involves severing themselves from their names entirely, until only their titles are left.
    • Sobriquets are not unknown among the Dragon-Blooded, either. We've met the Roseblack (Tepet Ejava) and the Wind Dancer (her grandfather, Arada).

  • Cyrano de Bergerac: Invoked by the ballad improvised by Cyrano at Act II Scene VII, The bold cadets of Gascony:
    Cyrano: ... Pink-your-Doublet and Slit-your-Trunk
    Are their gentlest sobriquets;

    Web Video 

    Web Animation 
  • Red vs. Blue: The Meta is a man who has become overloaded with armour enhancements and multiple A.I. fragments. He used to be an extremely skilled and powerful Freelancer known as Agent Maine, but his mind was lost to the power and ambition of an A.I. fragment known as Sigma, who was seeking to achieve the A.I. holy grail of "metastability". The Meta became infamous for systematically hunting down and killing the elite Freelancers for their A.I. fragments and armour enhancements. He was so powerful that it took multiple soldiers fighting together to defeat him; even then, he didn't go down until he was forced over a cliff to his doom.
  • RWBY: Long ago, there was a Huntress without peer. No one knew her name or face, so she was known only as "the Grimm Reaper"; her skills at laying waste to the Creatures of Grimm with twin kama were legendary, and inspired Qrow to craft his own weapon, a scythe that can transform into a gun and a sword. She disappeared one day, leaving people to conclude she had died. As a Silver-Eyed Warrior, she was targeted for her power by assassins and lost her eyes to one of them. Blind and terrified the assassin's mysterious boss would seek to finish the job, she stopped being a Huntress and lived in hiding until old age. Now she's an elderly old lady with artifical eyes who helps the heroes because she can at least teach the silver-eyed Ruby Rose how to master the same power.
  • Hazbin Hotel: Decades ago, a condemned soul manifested in Hell. He immediately set about toppling the longstanding demon lords of Hell with a level of power no mere sinner had ever wielded before, carving a swath of chaos and carnage that he broadcast on radios throughout Hell for all to hear. He became known as "The Radio Demon", and all quickly learned to fear him. This is the moniker of Alastor, who in life was a radio host moonlighting as a serial killer during The Great Depression. Now having become a fearsome warlord in his own right, he's decided to sponsor Charlie's sinner rehab clinic, for the stated purpose of watching sinners try and fail to find redemption, which he'll find very entertaining.

  • Achewood gives us Rodney Leonard Stubbs, known as "The Man With The Blood On His Hands" for his badassery in the Great Outdoor Fight. "Son of Rodney", his son Ray, isn't half bad either.
  • City of Reality: after the events in Magic World, Todo's been nicknamed "The Soul of Reality." Since Reality itself is legendary for its Incorruptible Pure Pureness, that really means something.
  • Girl Genius: Old Man Death earned his name by riding with the Jägermonsters and never losing a fight, which impressed his nigh unkillable fellow cavalry members.
  • Goblins has Señor Vorpal Kickass'o!
  • Gosu: Any high-level gosu of any notoriety has an epithet tied to them with names such as The Wraith Hand, The Devil of the Venom Hands, The Phantom Visitor and The Black Scorpion King flying about. The most fearsome of them all is "The Heavenly Destroyer", the epithet of the late Dogko Ryong.
  • Kill Six Billion Demons has the protagonist Allison Wanda Ruth, who according to prophecy will, after killing seven God Emperors and kicking off a third conquest of The Multiverse, gain the eponymous moniker "Kill Six Billion Demons".
  • Last Res0rt has several characters with nicknames, though not all get used in the comic/show itself. Some among the ones that do: Jason "Ace of" Spades, Silk of the Solar Winds aka "White Noise", and Kurt "Geisha" Straieta.
  • Parallel Dementia has The Visage of Death, an incredibly powerful undead after the main character's life as a possible solution to his mysterious agenda. He (+ the minions he creates) is strong enough to go to-to-toe with not just the main cast of this webcomic but also the main cast crossing over from Emergency Exit...simultaneously. There's also Greed, a god named after one of the seven deadly sins, and the fan-named Thing In Chains.
  • Sluggy Freelance had Torg fall back in time into an Army of Darkness pastiche, where the townsfolk called him "The Stormbreaker" based on his destiny to defeat a demon. They weren't entirely accurate, though... Zoe was the real Stormbreaker.
  • In Star Impact, all pro-league boxers are known by a subtitle in addition to their regular name.
  • The Sword Interval, the Spiritual Successor of Parallel Dementia, sees the return of The Visage, as well as new names The Hierophant (the most powerful mage in the setting in addition to having Resurrective Immortality) and The Harbinger. Not impressive on the same level but still examples of the trope, every witch/warlock has such an epithet, including The Stygian Medusa, The Carnelian Raven, and Red Rover.
  • In Tower of God, any Ranker in the top 1% of all Rankers gets their own sobriquet (with some even getting two!). This includes names such as Ray Barracuda, White Sword, Killer Whale, Great White Shark, Snakehead, God's Eye, Heretic, etc.
  • Weak Hero:
    • Thanks to a gossipy student at his cram school, Gray earns the moniker "White Mamba" that propels his reputation into The Dreaded territory.
    • Ben's imposing figure and more imposing reputation has gained him the nickname Big Ben.
    • Gerard's proficiency with his feet earned him the nickname "Hot Foot Jin". He's also been known as the Mad Hound of Do-Eui Middle School, though how he earned that name is a mystery.
    • Rowan tried to invoke this by dubbing himself the "Sydney Guillotine" while intimidating another student. It doesn't actually mean anything, besides that Rowan lived in Australia for a few years.

    Web Original 
  • In the Whateley Universe, Tennyo has picked up the nickname 'Disaster Dame'. She doesn't like it, and insists those catastrophes weren't her fault.
    • Tennyo, aka Billie Wilson, has other, even worse nicknames. Like 'The Scourge' and 'Stalker of the Stars' (or 'Starstalker').
  • All Brutes fear "The Black Sangheili". Considering that Rukth 'Kilkar is indeed capable of slaughtering hundreds of foes without breaking a sweat and with only one eye, this is justified.
  • Fate/Nuovo Guerra, owing to Servants being legendary heroes, features several, such as "Dragon King" for Uther Pendragon, "Cunning Odysseus", "Godlike Achilles", "El Cid Campeador", for well, El Cid, "Scourge of God" for Attila the Hun, etc.
  • In The Salvation War, Humanity is kicking demon butt so thoroughly that the Lords of Hell start calling them "The Lords of War."
  • Some of the players in AH World Cup have badass nicknames. This includes, but not limited to: Murray Humperdick ("Bloody Murder"}, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ("The Armored Dinner Jacket"), etc.
  • That Guy with the Glasses plays with this by having That Sci-Fi Guy say in an awed voice "Linkara? In Star Trek circles he's known only as... Linkara!"
  • In Tales from My D&D Campaign, Little One becomes generally known as "Orcslayer" after defeating an orc in single combat. Considering that this setting's orcs are so ridiculously badass that a single orc can level a small city, this is, to quote the narrator, "one hell of a badass nickname".
  • Mr. Mendo is referred to as "The Internet's Strongest Man" as a shout-out/parody of Mark Henry.
  • The illustrati of Shadows of the Limelight often create nicknames for themselves on purpose in order to facilitate the spread of their fame. Welexi is known as Sunhawk, Whitespear, or Brightshield, referencing his control over light, Vidre is the Queen of Glass, and Dominic is Lightscour.
  • In Dirigible Days, there is the notorious High Priest of Religion of Evil, Salazar Strega, known as "the Hierophant". As if his real name wasn't scary enough.
  • The Scarlet King from the SCP Foundation, otherwise known as Shormaush Urdal. His real name is Khahrahk, but other than in his origin story, he's always referred to as either the Scarlet King or just the King.
  • In the world of Critical Role, Kaylee, a gnome bard in Scanlan's old troupe, studied at the College of The White Duke. The White Duke was a legendary bard from Tal'Dorei's distant past who wielded Mythcarver, the Cool Sword currently wielded by Scanlan.
  • In Piecing Together the Ashes: Reconstructing the Old World Order the US Presidents that history remembers have titles to go with them, such as George the Washington or Reagan the Gipper.

    Western Animation 
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • Zuko—The Blue Spirit
    • Toph—The Blind Bandit, The Runaway
    • Iroh—The Dragon of the West. There are two stories for how he got his name. One says it's because he can breathe fire after drinking tea, but it later turns out that you get the title of "dragon" by actually killing a dragon (though he lied about killing the last one). Fittingly, he also tells a group of warriors who've surrounded him "Did I ever tell you how i got the nickname 'The Dragon of the West?'".
      • This is probably twofold; in the Fire Nation any Firebender who slays a dragon is given the title of dragon. His also being known as "Dragon" among the Earth Kingdom and Water Tribe would be because of his formidable combat prowess and Breath Weapon (the Fire Nation might have a lot of dragons, but Iroh is The Dragon).
    • Combustion Man, or his other name, Sparky Sparky Boom Man (we never learn his real name).
    • THE BOULDER is FURIOUS that nobody's mentioned him (and the other Earthbending fighters) yet!
    • Many of the Freedom Fighters (The Duke, Pipsqueak, Longshot, Sneers)—Jet and Smellerbee are the two exceptions.
    • In The Legend of Korra, Kuvira of Book 4 is known as "The Great Uniter" due to her conquest of the fractured Earth Kingdom.
  • In an example very close to the Trope Namer: "The Dark Ace" from Storm Hawks.
  • Batman: The Animated Series: Sid "The Squid" Debris, after what looks like an Accidental Murder, is known as "The Man Who Killed Batman."
  • The Red Lynx from the SWAT Kats episode "The Ghost Pilot" is a perfect example. Not only is he an Expy of the Trope Namer, but he's known only by his two nicknames; his real name is never revealed.
  • A few characters from Metalocalypse have been gifted with names, such as "The Man Who Stands Behind Shadows" Magnus Hammersmith, "The Dead Man" Offdensen, and "The Half Man"Mr. Salacia
  • TRON: Uprising: Beck goes by The Renegade, since no one really believes he's Tron.
  • In Dragons: Riders of Berk, the Outcasts only know Hiccup as "The Dragon Conqueror" and are surprised to find out who he is.
  • In Total Drama, Mal has one in-universe: "The Malevolent One". Once this nickname is brought up, it immediately forces the other personalities into hiding. He's not even called "Mal" until a few episodes after he's introduced.
  • ThunderCats (1985) has the show's Big Bad, Mumm-Ra, "the Ever-Living (Source of Evil)".
  • In Star vs. the Forces of Evil, the season 2 episode "Into the Wand" reveals that Toffee (the supposedly-deceased Big Bad of the previous season) is better known to Mewni history as "the Immortal Monster." Additionally, "Moon The Undaunted" reveals Toffee was known as "The Lizard" in his days as general of the monster army.
    • All the queens of Mewni have an alias, the ones we know are: Moon "The Undaunted", Eclipsa "The Queen of Darkness", Celena "The Shy", Solaria "The Monster Carver", Festivia "The Fun", Skywynne "Queen of Hours", Soupina "The Strange", Dirrhennia "The Heaped", Crescenta "The Eager", Comet "The Chef", Jushtin "The Uncalculated", Rhina "The Riddled", and Estrella "The Drafted".

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