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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.

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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.

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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, 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 either the Caped Crusader or the Dark Knight. Which came from Darknight Detective.
    • And occasionally, usually by Ra's Al-Ghul, The Detective.
    • Robin was originally known as the Boy Wonder, and later as the Teen Wonder.
    • Batman holds the title of "World's Greatest Detective" in The DCU.
    • 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."
    • "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'.
  • 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 been referred to, a touch more sinisterly, as 'The Spider'.
    • Similarly to the first two, Spidey's Captain Ersatz The Fury from Alan Moore's 1963 is known as the Roof-Runner.
  • Superman, The Man of Steel, the Man of Tomorrow, The Last Son of Krypton, and the Big Blue Boy Scout. His cousin, Supergirl, is either the Girl of Steel or the Maid of Steel as a play on Superman's most common nickname. His alternate universe daughter, Ariella, is called R'E'L, the Destroyer of Worlds.
  • 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.
    Big Bertha: She's sort of beaten M.O.D.O.K.... and Doctor Doom... and Thanos... single-handedly.
    Deadpool: Oh, c'mon, those stories can't actually count in continuity.
  • 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".
  • The Flash is The Scarlet Speedster, or sometimes just The Speedster. Also The Fastest Man Alive.
    • Actually discussed in-universe in the 2014 show. The Flash of Earth-2, Jay Garrick, reveals they called him the "Crimson Comet."
  • 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."
  • 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'.
  • 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.
    • 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.

    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".
  • 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.
    • And as the Bigger Bad of 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 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 Marital 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.

    Film 
  • 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 'the.'
  • 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 is known as 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
    • Rodan is the Flying Monster
    • King Ghidorah is the Three-headed Monster, the Astro-Monster or Monster Zero
    • Ebirah is the Sea Monster or the Horror of the Deep
    • Varan is the Unbelievable
    • Mechagodzilla is the Cosmic Monster or the Bionic Monster
    • Hedorah is the Smog Monster
    • Minilla is the Son of Godzilla
    • Baragon is the Subterranean Monster
    • Dogora is the Space Monster, to name some.
  • In Edge of Tomorrow, Rita is a legendary battle queen known as the "Full Metal Bitch" and "The Angel of Verdun".
  • 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 Absolute Guardian of the Universe, and the Brave, depending on the movie.
  • 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 have imposing nicknames. Doomhammer and Blackhand stand out.
  • In John Wick, John is known as "Baba Yaga", AKA "The Boogeyman" within the criminal underworld. It's actual meaning was to indicate that he was the man you sent to kill the 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.

    Folklore 
  • 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.

    Music 
  • 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 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 

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     Professional Wrestling 
  • Professional wrestlers in addition to their stage names will also sometimes use nicknames, the best known is probably "Stone Cold" Steve Austin being called "The Texas Rattlesnake". As if "Stone Cold" wasn't a badass enough nickname.
    • The Rock: The People's Champ; The Most Electrifying Man In [All Of/Sports] Entertainment; The Brahma Bull; The Great One.
    • Ric Flair: The Nature Boy; The Dirtiest Player in the Game; Slick Ric; The Real World Heavyweight Champion; The 60 Minute Man; Space Mountain.
    • Bret Hart: The Hitman; The Excellence Of Execution; The Best There Is, The Best There Was, and The Best There Ever Will Be.
    • Shawn Michaels: HBK; The Heartbreak Kid; The Main Event; The Showstopper; The Icon; Mr. WrestleMania.
    • The Undertaker: The Dead Man; The Phenom; Big Evil Red Devil; [The Demon Of/From] Death Valley, The Conscience of the WWF/E; The Last Outlaw.
    • Triple H: The Connecticut Blue Blood; The Game; The Cerebral Assassin; The King of Kings.
    • Edge: The "Rated R" Superstar; The Ultimate Opportunist.
    • Kane: The Big Red Machine; The Big Red Monster; The Devil's Favorite Demon
    • Rob Van Dam: Mr. Pay-Per-View; Mr. [Monday/Tuesday/Thursday] Night; The Whole [Damn/F'n] Show
    • Mark Henry: The World's Strongest Man; The Silverback.
    • Rhyno/Rhino: The Man Beast; The War Machine
    • Brock Lesnar: The Next Big Thing; The Beast Incarnate (alternatively, just "Beast"); The Conqueror of The Streak; The One in 21-1
    • Randy Orton: The Legend Killer; The Viper; The Apex Predator
    • Chris Jericho: Lionheart; The Human Highlight Reel; the Highlight of the Night; the King of the World; the Ayatollah of Rock 'n' Rollah, The Best in the World at What he Does, Y2J, The Alpha (NJPW, to place him as an antithesis to his Wrestle Kingdom 12 opponent, Kenny Omega.)
    • Chris Benoit: The Rabid Wolverine; The (Canadian) Crippler.
    • Samoa Joe: The Samoan Submission Machine
    • Evan Bourne: Air Bourne
    • Greg Valentine: The Hammer
    • Hulk Hogan: The Incredible; The Immortal; Hollywood
      • The above stage name is an evolution of "The Hulk" a Red Baron he used when he wrestled as "Terry Boulder".
    • Kevin Nash: Big Daddy Cool (as Diesel); Big Sexy; The Silver Fox
    • Curt Hennig: Mr. Perfect (which then became his stage name)
    • Brutus Beefcake: The Barber
    • Jim Neidhart: The Anvil
    • Jimmy Hart: Mouth of the South, Colonel (when managing The Honky Tonk Man)
    • Bobby Heenan: The Brain, The Weasel
    • Ricky Steamboat: The Dragon
    • Kurt Angle: The Olympic Hero
    • Scott Hall: The Bad Guy (as Razor Ramon)
    • Umaga: The Samoan Bulldozer
    • Cody Rhodes: Dashing
    • Tommy Dreamer: The Innovator of Violence; The Heart Of ECW
    • Dean Malenko: The Ice Man; Man of 1000 Holds
    • Sabu: The Suicidal, Homicidal, Genocidal, Death Defying Maniac (and Joey Styles somehow managed to get all that out in one breath on ECW TV shows)
    • AJ Styles: The Phenomenal One; Mr TNA; The Georgia Pitbull; The Face That Runs The Place
    • Christopher Daniels: The Fallen Angel
    • Sid Vicious: The Millennium Man; The Master of the Powerbomb; The Man Who Rules The World
    • Jeff Jarrett: Double J; The Chosen One; The King of the Mountain; The Founder of TNA
    • Sting: The Man Called Sting; The Icon
    • Scott Steiner: Big Poppa Pump; The Big Bad Booty Daddy; White Thunder; The Genetic Freak; Freakzilla and many more
    • Shane Douglas: The Franchise
    • Kanyon: The Innovator of Offence
    • Christian (Cage): Captain Charisma; The Instant Classic
    • Monty Brown: The Alpha Male
    • André the Giant: The Eighth Wonder of the World
    • Chyna: The Ninth Wonder of the World
    • Alex Wright: Das Wunderkind; The German Wrestling Machine
    • La Parka: The Chairman of WCW.
    • Mick Foley: The Senior Asskicker (title given to him by Jon Stewart); The Hardcore Legend
    • Chris Hero: That Young Knockout Kid; (later) The Knockout Artist
    • Claudio Castagnoli: The Most Money-Making Man
      • As Cesaro in WWE, he's called The Swiss Supermannote  and The King of Swing (for his Giant Swing signature move).
    • Bryan Danielson: The American Dragon; The Best in the World
    • CM Punk: The Straight Edge Superstar/Savior; The Second City Saint/Savior; The Best in the World; The Voice Of The Voiceless
    • Homicide: The Notorious 187
    • Sheamus: The Celtic Warrior; The Great White
    • Alberto Del Rio: The Essence of Excellence; The Mexican Aristocrat; El Patron (The Boss, used mostly by his personal ring announcer.)
    • The Miz: The Awesome One; The Most Must-See WWE Superstar/Champion; The A-Lister
    • Beth Phoenix: The Glamazon
    • Jack Swagger: The All-American American
    • John Cena: The Doctor of Thuganomics; The Champ; The Marine; Superman; The Face That Runs The Place
    • The Big Show: The World's Largest Athlete
    • Ezekiel Jackson: The Personification Of Domination
    • Masato Yoshino: Speed Star
    • Naruki Doi: Japanese Muscle
    • John Morrison: The Shaman of Sexy; the Guru of Greatness; the Monday/Tuesday/Friday Night Delight (nicknaming himself was briefly part of his gimmick.) Michael Cole called him the Prince of Parkour to reflect his in-ring style.
    • Taylor Wilde: The Upset Queen
    • Madison Rayne: The Queen Bee
    • Roxxi Laveaux: The Voodoo Queen; The Hardcore Knockout
    • Katie Lea: The Queen of Chaos
    • Manami Toyota: Flying Angel
    • Aja Kong: The Rial Queen
    • Kenta Kobashi: The Absolute Champion; Orange Crush
    • Hernandez: SuperMex
    • Heath Slater: The One-Man Band
    • Tazz: The Human Suplex Machine
    • Petey Williams: The Canadian Destroyer; Maple Leaf Muscle; Little Petey Pump
    • Jerry Lynn: The New F'n Show
    • Goldust: The Bizarre One; The Prince of Perversion; The Man With The Golden Power
    • Sara Del Rey: The Queen of Wrestling; Death Rey; The American Angel
    • Steve Blackman: The Lethal Weapon
    • Damien Sandow: The (Self-Proclaimed) Intellectual Savior of the Unwashed Masses
    • Vladimir Kozlov: The Moscow Mauler; The Soviet Cyborg; The Soviet War Machine
    • Bobby Lashley: The Real Deal; The Dominator; The Boss; The Destroyer; The Almighty
    • Cheerleader Melissa: The Future Legend. Alissa Flash: The Female Terminator
    • MsChif: Your Soul's Tormentor
    • Paul London: Dolphin Master; The Excellence of Innovation; The Intrepid Traveler. Brian Kendrick: The Man With The Plan; The Wizard Of Odd. Together: The Hooliganz.
    • Cindy Rogers: The Excellence of Beating Up Ho's; The Definition of Technician
    • El Santo: Leyenda de Plata
    • Blue Demon: Leyenda de Azul
    • Electroshock: El Cazador de Tormentas
    • El Bronco #1: El Macho de 7 Suelas
    • Ricky Banderas: El Mesias, El Mega Triple Campeon de AAA
    • Texano Jr: El Mega Mega Campeon de AAA
    • Princesa Sujei: La CazaCanadienses
    • El Profe: Su Majestad
    • José Chaparro: El Hacedor de Campeones
    • Barbie Boy: El Divo de Puerto Rico
    • Hiroshi Tanahashi: High Flying Star; Once In A Century Talent
    • Shinsuke Nakamura: King of Strong Style
    • Kazuchika Okada: The Rain Maker
    • Karl Anderson: Machine Gun
    • Adrian Neville: The Man That Gravity Forgot; The New Sensation
    • Bray Wyatt: The Eater of Worlds; The New Face of Fear. As Husky Harris: The Army Tank With a Ferrari Engine
    • Dusty Rhodes: The American Dream; The Common Man; The Son of a Plumber
    • Billy Graham: (The) Superstar; The Man of the Hour, The Man With the Power, Too Sweet to Be Sour; The Women's Pet, the Men's Regretnote ; the Reflection of Perfection, The Number One Selection; the Sensation of the Nation, the Number One Creation; plus any other name he ever decided to give himself during his career
    • Paul Orndorff: Mr. Wonderful
    • Bob Orton Jr.: Cowboy
    • Randy Savage: (The) Macho Man
    • Zeus: The Human Wrecking Machine
    • Arn Anderson: Double A (in the NWA / WCW); The Enforcer
    • Jake Roberts: The Snake
    • George Steele: The Animal
    • Jesse Ventura: The Body; The Governor; The Mind
    • Eddie Gilbert: Hot Stuff
    • Freddie Blassie: Classie
    • Allen Coage: Bad Newsnote 
    • Ken Johnson (AKA: "Slick"): The Doctor of Style
    • Honky Tonk Man: The Greatest Intercontinental (Heavyweight) Champion of All Time
    • Lou Albano: Leaping, Captainnote 
    • Howard Finkel: The Fink
    • Jim Duggan: Hacksaw
    • Ted DiBiase Sr.: The Million Dollar Man, The (Self-Proclaimed) Million Dollar Champion
    • Dino Bravo: The (Self-Proclaimed) World's Strongest Man
    • (The Canadian) Earthquake: The Natural / National Disaster
    • Koko B. Ware: The Birdman (during that era of his career)
    • Eric Embry: The Flamboyant
    • Bob Holly: Spark Plug, Sparky (when billed as "Thurman Plugg"); Hardcore.
    • Roddy Piper: Rowdy, Hot Rod
    • Miss Elizabeth: The First Lady of (the World) Wrestling (Federation)
    • Charlotte: Daddy's Little Nature Girl; The Nature Girl; The Queen; The Dirtiest Diva in the Game; Second Nature
    • Seth Rollins: The Architect; The Man; The Kingslayer
    • Dean Ambrose: The Dude; The Lunatic Fringe
    • Roman Reigns: The Big Dog; The Guy
    • Bam Bam Bigelow: The Beast from the East
    • Matt Hardy: Version 1; Mattitude; The Man Who Will Not Die; Cold Blooded; Broken; Woken
    • Jeff Hardy: The Charismatic Enigma; The Rainbow-Haired Warrior; The Legend Thriller; The Antichrist of Professional Wrestling; The Nefarious Brother Nero
    • Eva Marie: Ms. All Red Everything; The Red Queen
    • Alexa Bliss: Five Feet of Fury; Little Miss Bliss; The Goddess of WWE
    • Sasha Banks: The [Legit] Boss
    • Nia Jax: The Irresistible Force
    • Shane McMahon: Shane-O-Mac; The Boy Wonder; The Giant Killer; The Demon Seed; The Crown Prince of the WWE; The Prodigal Son; The Man Who Has No Fear
    • Stephanie McMahon: The Billion Dollar Princess; The Queen of Queens
    • Kenny Omega: The Cleaner; Best Bout Machine; The Master of the Dark Hadou
    • Rosemary: The Canadian Assassin; The Death Dealer; The Demon Assassin; Red
  • MMA also lends itself to fighters getting nicknames that give you an idea of how awesome they are.
    • Willie Williams: Bear Killer(which he earned by fighting an actual bear)
    • Fedor Emelianenko, probably the single best fighter in the world, is nicknamed "The Last Russian Emperor."
    • Ken Shamrock: The World's Most Dangerous Man.
    • Wanderlei Silva: The AX Murderer.
    • Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.
    • Andrei "The Pitbull" Arlovski.
    • Kazushi Sakuraba: The Gracie Killer (Ouch!)
    • Randy Couture: The Natural; Captain America.
    • Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira: Minotauro (Minotaur)
    • Antonio Rogerio Nogueira: Minitoro (Little Bull)
    • Dan "The Beast" Severn.
    • BJ "The Prodigy" Penn
    • Georges "Rush" St. Pierre
    • "The Dean of Mean" Keith Jardine
    • Anderson "The Spider" Silva
    • Jung Chan-Sung: The Korean Zombie

    Tabletop Games 
  • The Space Marines of Warhammer 40,000 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 begin to threaten their kids that if they continue 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).

    Theatre 
  • 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;

    Toys 

    Web Comics 
  • 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.
  • 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 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.

    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 Red vs. Blue all of the freelancers arguably qualify (how often do you hear Washington or Carolina referred to by name or rank?), but the character that takes the cake is without a doubt "The Meta", the mysterious entity that systematically hunted down and killed some of the most badass soldiers in the galaxy and stole their gear to make itself even stronger.

    Western Animation 
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • Aang—The 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 "Now I will show you why they call me 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.
  • Sleeping Beauty has Maleficent, the "Mistress of All Evil" whose status as such is never questioned despite her having apparently given the title to herself. In fact, even the marketing materials for Maleficent make use of the title despite how little it fits her characterization in that film.
  • 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", and Crescenta "The Eager".

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