I, I am the knife, I bring death to your life
I, I am the axe, to stop you dead in your tracks
I, I am the sword, I bring the fear of the Lord
Sometimes a Red Baron can have very specific nickname or title that compares them to some kind of weapon, often to their weapon. Large Ham badasses or similar people will like to announce this right after yelling their real name, especially during My Name Is Inigo Montoya moment.
Swords are the most popular weapon to call heroes after, followed by axes, hammers (both are the most popular among dwarves in standard High Fantasy worlds) and daggers. A Super Hero can name themself after a weapon and many bizarre combinations including some kind of it were common during the Dark Age of Supernames.
For more cool and magnificence, one can be given the name/nickname of Stock Weapon Names, such as Excalibur or Kusanagi.
The inverse of I Call It "Vera", when a weapon is given a personal name akin to people.
Anime & Manga
- The main character of Claymore belongs to an order of warrior women, whose members are known to the common people as Claymores after the great swords they wield. However, Clare informs Raki that this is merely a nickname bestowed by others, and they only ever refer to themselves as "warriors". Raki is actually able to recognize an impostor based on the fact that she refers to herself as a Claymore, which a real warrior would never do.
- Kamika from Corpse Princess has the title/nickname "Sword Princess".
- Doki Doki! PreCure has Cure Sword. It's also her actual name, as she's not from Earth.
- Ghost in the Shell has Motoko Kusanagi. The author Shirow Masamune joked that the name's obviously a pseudonym, as it's akin to calling oneself "Jane Excalibur".
- Great Mazinger protagonist Tetsuya Tsurugi, whose surname is the Japanese word for "sword". During his appearance in the first episode of Shin Mazinger, he introduces himself as "Blade".
- In Infinite Stratos, the real name of Tatenashi is actually Katana.
- Mobile Suit Gundam AGE in OVA Memory of Eden we have Asemu piloting Gundam AGE-1 Swordia.
- Tobari from Nabari no Ou is named after Roland's famous sword, Durandal.
- Jacobus "Jack" Rakan from Negima! Magister Negi Magi, The Man of a Thousand Blades.
- "Flower Sword" Vista and "Six-Sword Style" Hatchan from One Piece.
- In the first episode of Shakugan no Shana, Shana claims to not have any specific name, mentioning that she is typically referred to by the name of her sword, the Nietono no Shana. Hence, Yuji decides to call her Shana.
- Parodied in one Shana Abridged episode (the 2nd episode of the series):
Shana: I don't need a name. (Plus there's everything else that's wrong with that sentence.)
Yuji: Then what can I call you?
Shana: I'm the Flame Haze with the sword Nietono no Shana.
Yuji: Then I'll call you Nietono-no!
Alastor: If you're going to name her after the sword, Shana would sound better.
Yuji: But Nietono-no sounds more Japanish.
Shana: Don't I have a say in this?
- Ironically, if Yuji really is Japanese he would not have left the "-no" part in since that is a particle and would make no sense without the "Shana" part. Also, precisely because "Nietono" is more Japanese that he didn't choose it because then all the Japanese would be saying "Who the hell gave her such a bizarre name?" That's besides the point though.
- Parodied in one Shana Abridged episode (the 2nd episode of the series):
- Excalibur in Soul Eater is a person who can turn into a weapon to be wielded (like many characters in the series), in his case a powerful sword. He's also a rather obnoxious loudmouth that no one wants to wield him.
- Tekkaman Blade has the title character, and Tekkaman Sword. Tekkaman Evil in U.S. version - Teknoman - is known as Sabre. Miyuki/Shara is Tekkaman Rapier.
- Rai-dei the Blade from Trigun, so-called because he's the only guy who uses a sword in a Space Western. He has tricks to negate this obvious liability; in the anime, a shotgun hidden in the blade, and in the manga, rocket-powered roller skates that give him an advantage... somehow.
- Eric Brooks is better known as Blade by the vampires, due to his weapon of choice.
- The DC superhero Katana, named for her magical cat, Anna.
- Silverblade: Silverblade was the name of the character Joanthan Lord played in his most famous film The Silver Blade. When the rejuvenated Lord appears in costume, he is sometimes referred to as 'Silverblade'.
Film — Live Action
- The assassin Broken Sword from Hero (2002).
- In The Annals of the Chosen everyone goes by a name related to their profession or peculiar trait. As a result, each Chosen Swordsman has a name such as "Blade" or "Sword".
- In Codex Alera Master Swordsman Aldrick is known as "ex Gladius" for his preferred weapon- the midlength sword common in the Aleran legions. On occasion he's simply referred to as "the Sword".
- The Elder Scrolls: In Morrowind and Oblivion, the Legendary Weapon Umbra is a powerful but cursed sword which steals the souls of its victims, and tends to possess its owners, resulting in them becoming obsessed with the sword and adopting its name as their own. They become Blood Knights who seek out strong opponents. If they win, the sword claims the soul of a new victim. If they lose, the sword finds a new and stronger host... The Player Character can, of course, use it as much as they like without consequence.
- Rudi Mackenzie of the Emberverse was named the Sword of the Lady as an infant at his Wiccaning. His mission, in the second trilogy, is to find and claim the actual sword of the same name.
Ingolf: So you're the Sword, and the sword is the Sword?
Rudi: A bit confusing, I admit.
- In The Hammer and the Cross Brand's name means sword in Norse. His favored weapon is the axe, though.
- In the D&D parody The Intercontinental Union of Disgusting Characters, the heroine is named Sick Sword. Confusingly, her sentient broadsword is named The Sick Sword.
- The sequels take this ball and run with it, with characters (and their respective weapons) named Disgusting Sword, Ridiculous Sword, Gross Sword, and Unbelievable Sword.
- A.A. Attanasio's The Last Legends Of Earth has, as a minor character, a folk hero who is actually simply named "Sword".
- Túrin in The Silmarillion becomes known as "Mormegil", Sindarin for "black sword."
- Ser Arthur Dayne from A Song of Ice and Fire is called the Sword of the Morning, a title given to the current wielder of the greatsword Dawn, an ancient hereditary weapon of the Daynes made from a fallen star. Unlike most ancestral weapons in the setting, the sword is not given to the heir of the house, but to the most worthy, and it sits unclaimed when there is no worthy wielder. Ser Arthur is the most recent holder of both title and sword, and is particularly famous for both his skill and his chivalry. Even his enemies consider him a Worthy Opponent.
- Star Wars Expanded Universe:
- Jaina Solo: Sword of the Jedi. She spends a while trying to figure out what exactly this title is supposed to mean. Even when Luke gives her the sobriquet, though, it's clear that he's not saying the rest of her life will be smooth sailing. It would have been explored further in the Sword of the Jedi books, but Disney decided not to give them the go ahead after the buyout.
- Venku Skirata: His father gave him the name Kad, which means saber in Mando'a. He later uses the name Kad'ika (little saber) when he leads a political movement on Mandalore advocating a focus on Mandalorian interests and defense and a withdrawal of Mandalorian mercenaries from wars in which they have no stake.
- Special Constable Andy "Two Swords" Hancock in Thud!, a worryingly keen member of the Ankh-Morpork Militia whose twin Agatean katanas even make Commander Vimes a bit nervous.
- Uprooted: Alosha's name means "The Sword" in the Language of Magic. She's a powerful and ancient witch, the Ultimate Blacksmith, and a Master Swordsman to boot.
Live Action TV
- On Community, Britta confesses to having a sketchy ex-boyfriend named "Blade" in her past, and his memory clearly retains enough pull on her that she asks her friends to make sure she doesn't go back to him if he calls. When Jeff and Shirley meet him, he's a rather relaxed and unassuming carny whose secret is a brain injury that stops him from feeling shame.
- Kamen Rider:
- Kamen Rider Blade, whose name comes from the tarot suit of Swords. His real name is Kazuma Kenzaki, with the "ken" being the Kanji for sword. In The Movie Missing Ace there's Kamen Rider Glaive, whose suit was specifically based on Blade's.
- Kamen Rider Sasword (a portmanteau of "sasori" ("scorpion") and "sword") from Kamen Rider Kabuto; like Blade, his real name fits this trope as well: Tsurugi Kamishiro, which roughly translates as "the sword that replaces the gods."
- Kamen Rider Saber uses sword-based Theme Naming, and every Rider is named after a sword or other bladed weapon. There's the titular Saber, Blades (no relation to the above-mentioned Kamen Rider Blade), Espada, Kenzan ("sword slash"), Slash, Calibur, Sabela,note Durendal, and Falchion. Saber is in fact a two-fer, as in kanji it's written as sei ba, meaning "holy blade".
- The odd one out is Kamen Rider Buster, though his name is generally assumed to be a kid-friendly substitute for "bastard sword" (helped by the fact that he wields a blade of that style), a reference to the Buster Sword of Final Fantasy VII, or both. Kamen Riders Solomon and Storius are also aversions, but they kitbashed their powers together and didn't keep the sword theme of the others in doing so.
- Played with by Kamen Rider Saikou, whose name is a pun on the Japanese words for "greatest light" and "the best" instead of being sword-based; but it still qualifies in context as Saikou is the name of his sword, and he takes his sword's name as his own.
- The main character in Away Shuffle Dungeon is known simply as "Sword."
- Digimon: Alphamon Ouryuken Mode (Ouryuken translates to "God Dragon Sword".)
- Malik al-Sayf in Assassin's Creed. It translates to "King of the Sword." He earned it too, before losing an arm.
- Saber, from Fate/stay night. Which is the name of her class, a sword-user. ...which is an interesting language quirk, as the other classes were Lancer, Caster, Archer, etc.note
- Laevatein, from Fire Emblem Heroes, named after the sword of the same name in keeping with the game's Norse Mythology theme. Interestingly, the sword she wields is also called Laevatein - it is ambiguous which is named after which In-Universe. This makes it a very Meaningful Name - she sees herself and the blade as one and the same, and her character arc concerns her starting to see herself less as a weapon and more as a person with a will and moral compass of her own.
- The King of Fighters has a whole clan of this: the Kusanagi Clan, of which the hero Kyo Kusanagi is the latest. In this case they actually own the legendary Kusanagi sword itself, which is passed to one clan's head to another; Kyo's father Saisyu is the current head.
- Sword Knight and Blade Knight of the Kirby series.
- Sword Man of Mega Man 8 and Blade Man of Mega Man 10.
- Gallade, the male evolution of Kirlia.
- Honedge, Doublade, and Aegislash; being literal animate swords (though "Aegis" is a shield reference instead). In French, Aegislash becomes Exagide, a dual reference to the French names of both Excalibur and Aegis. The German names take the cake, though, referencing several mythological swords: Gramocles (Gram and the Sword of Damocles), Duokles (Sword of Damocles again), and Durengard (Durandal).
- Ceruledge, the evolution of Charcadet with swords for arms.
- The Ultra Beast Kartana from Sun and Moon, also known as "UB Blade".
- Baxcalibur, the pseudo-legendary of Scarlet and Violet, takes its name from Excalibur.
- Inverted in the Soul Series with Yoshimitsu, who named his katana after himself.
- Sanger Zonvolt, The Sword that Cleaves Evil, and his rival, Wodan Ymir, The Sword Of Magus from the Super Robot Wars game series.
- Kargath Bladefist from Warcraft has hands made of, well, blades.
- Technoblade was often called by the nickname "The Blade", which doubles as the latter half of his screen name and Minecraft IGN. Considering he was renowned for his PVP skills in the Minecraft community, this was understandable, and the nickname crossed over to the personas he played on SMPEarth and the Dream SMP (well, it did in the latter, until character-Technoblade decided the nickname was dehumanizing and failed to tell other characters to no longer call him that).
- In The Order of the Stick, Roy's family name, Greenhilt, comes from his Ancestral Weapon. Durkon as well, with the last name Thundershield.
- The Arabic name "Saif" means "sword", and it doesn't stop there. In Arabic, putting indefinite noun X before definite noun Y translates to "the X of Y". Thus "Saif Allah" is "The Sword of God"note and "Saif al-Dīn"note is "The Sword of the Faith." "Saif" has long been used as a personal name; the later two were historically given as nicknames to indicate a good warrior, but today they are common as given names and surnames.
- The most famous bearer of this title is Khalid ibn Al-Walīd, a fearsome warrior and general in the early days of Islam known as "Saif Allah al-Maslūl": The Drawn Sword of God. Trust us, he earned that title.
- Timur the Lame also styled himself as "Sword of Islam" to legitimize his conquests, though considering that most of his enemies and victims were other Muslims like Arabs, Indians, Ottoman Turks and Persians, they probably didn't appreciate the nickname.
- Henry Morgan (as in Captain Morgan, the guy on the rum bottles), perhaps the most famous and successful Privateer in history was known as The Sword of England.
Anime and Manga
- Bleach: Filler Villain Jin Kariya has an Empathic Weapon with the name Messer. That's right. A wind sword which name translates into "knife".
- One Piece: "Big Knife" Sarkies.
- Millions Knives from Trigun, and yes, "Knives" was the name his mother gave him. Trigun Stampede makes it a name he chose for himself, which is only slightly less funny.
- Knives Chau from Scott Pilgrim.
Film — Live Action
- Blades from Dawn of the Dead (1978).
- Switchblade from Jumanji: The Next Level, though the only weapon he uses on-screen is a rocket launcher.
- "Saint Alia of the Knife" from Dune, attributed to Alia Atreides by her followers. Considering she assassinated someone (with poison, but still) at the age of three...
- A silly example from Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn: a mercenary hitman in Nabban carries so many knives about his person and is so fond of threatening people with them that his nickname is "Ave Stetto" (lit. I have a knife). When he pulls this number on Duke Isgrimnur, he finds out the hard way that mere possession of a knife is insufficient to threaten a grizzled veteran.
- In Justin Cronin's post-apocalyptic vampire novel The Passage, Alicia is referred to as "Alicia Blades" because of her skill at throwing knives and tendency to always have them on her person.
- The Threepenny Opera: "Someone's sneaking round the corner, could that someone be ... Mack the Knife?". Funnily enough, it's a jack knife.
- In the overseas version of Captain Commando, Jennety (aka Mummy Commando) gets an alternate name, Mack the Knife, after the above.
- Daud from Dishonored is known as 'The Knife of Dunwall' for his work as an assassin.
- In Dragon Age II, if brought along during Mark of the Assassin, Varric ends up bestowing the nickname "Shivs" on Tallis, due to her being something of a nut.
- The Sicarii didn't get called dagger-men without doing something to deserve that.
Anime and Manga
- Bh'rian Bloodaxe, legendary Low King of the Dwarfs in Discworld.
- David Gemmell's Druss the Legend from the Drenai series is often called Druss the Axe, due to his weapon of choice being an axe called Snaga.
- The Ur-Example is Erik Bloodaxe from Heimskringla. "Bloodaxe" wasn't his actual surname; it was an epithet given to him for being a kinslayer who murdered two of his brothers (a Moral Event Horizon to the old Norse).
- Bili the Axe from the Horseclans books.
- Myth Adventures:
- General Badaxe.
- A later book has The Axe, a character assassin nicknamed for the metaphorical axe they take to your reputation.
Live Action TV
- Kamen Rider Axe from Kamen Rider Dragon Knight.
- Larry "The Axe" Hennig, who later teamed with his real-life son Curt Hennig as the Axe Attack.
- Ax, one-half (later one-third) of the late '80s/early '90s tag team Demolition.
- Axonn from BIONICLE.
- Salah's guardian Axs from the SNES RPG Arcana.
- Korgan Bloodaxe from Baldur's Gate II. (Dwarven names in D&D tend to be of this sort, though of different weapons.)
- Mogul Khan the Axe from Defense of the Ancients wields a giant axe. In DotA 2 he starts talking to his weapon and names it... Axe.
- Moraxus from Heroes of Newerth got his name because he has more axes than anyone else.
- Tomahawk Man from Mega Man 6, who as an axe for a hand and can throw them out like a boomerang.
- Axew, Fraxure, and Haxorus, who have axe-like tusks.
- Scyther gets an evolution called Kleavor in Legends: Arceus, which has axes for arms.
- Frigibax, Arctibax, and Baxcalibur; with the "bax" in their names being for the ax-like spikes on their backs.
- Orlando the Axe, a badger from Redwall
Anime and Manga
- Knight of the Iron Hammer, Vita from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's.
- Soul Eater has Marie Mjolnir, Dr. Franken Stein's assistant, who can turn into an electric hammer.
Film — Live Action
- Mordechai Jefferson Carver, The Hebrew Hammer.
- Edward I, Malleus Scotorum (Hammer of the Scots). Unfortunately, the name does not mean he was Scottish, but that he "hammered" those that were, if perhaps not as literally in Real Life as in 1066 and All That.
- Charles The Hammer Edmund Talbot's real identity from Council Wars.
- In Inheritance Cycle, Roran Stronghammer.
- In Knights of the Borrowed Dark, the leader of each cadre is known as the "Malleus" (Latin for "hammer"), after the huge iron sledgehammers they carry as battle weapons.
- The Legend of Drizzt: Bruenor Battlehammer (and indeed the entire line of Battlehammer kings).
- There is a blacksmith in A Song of Ice and Fire simply called Hammer. He has an apprentice named Nail. Not to mention one of the great houses of Westeros, Martell - which literally means "hammer".
- Sledge from Borderlands.
- Hamir from Dungeons of Aether. His weapons are a pair of hammers, in case you didn't notice.
- Fable II's Sister Hannah, the Hero of Strength. It's also an Appropriated Appellation - "Hammer" is originally a derogatory nickname for her, due to her bulky physique and great strength but after her father's death and her decision to join the protagonist, she grimly advises them to "Call me Hammer."
- The Hammer from Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, despite not using a hammer as a weapon still bears the name.
- Rook Delvinius Cato, the Longhammer, in Ravenmark: Scourge of Estellion. His signature weapon is a large two-handed war hammer, which passes on to his son Marius after the Rook is assassinated.
- Orgrim Doomhammer of Warcraft lore, named (or namer of) his infamous weapon. According to the novels, the hammer is actually a family heirloom, passed down from father to son. Only the current wielder can bear the name Doomhammer. Since Orgrim has no children, after his death, the weapon is passed on to Thrall, the new warchief of the Horde. He does not adopt the name, though.
- Captain Hammer from Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. (The hammer is his penis.)
- Judas Maccabeus (Judas the Hammer).
- AMG built a souped-up version of the Mercedes-Benz W124 sedan from 1986 to the early-1990s. The official name was "Mercedes-Benz 300E AMG". Ever since 1986, every Anglophone publication and every human fan knows it as "the AMG Hammer".
- Frankish majordomo Charles Martel (Charles the Hammer); a few centuries later there was a namesake, a Hungarian king. Charlemagne was also referred to as "Martellus" by Normans.
- Henry the Fowler was listed as "Henricus Martellus" in one genealogical table.
- One or several counts of Anjou by the name of Geoffrey were also known as "Martel".
- Edward I was referred in his epitaph as "Scotorum malleus" ("Hammer of the Scots").
- Saint Augustine was commonly referred to as "malleus haereticorum" ("hammer of the heretics").
- Saladin was described by a medieval European chronicler as "not a rod, but a hammer" (non iam virga sed malleus).
- Alexander the Great was described in European medieval epic poetry as "hammer of the entire world" (malleus totius orbi). Frederick II was once referred to in the same way, according to Matthew Paris.
Anime and Manga
- Tekkaman Blade again: Tekkaman Dagger.
- Dagger, a knife wielding villain and foe of Batman.
- Dagger, from the Marvel Comics Super Hero duo Cloak and Dagger
- Dagger from The Claidi Journals.
- The Bible: Judas Iscariot has been theorised to mean "Judas Daggerhand" or "Judas Daggerman".
Live Action TV
- Daggeron, the Solaris Knight in Power Rangers Mystic Force
- "Dagger" is Princess Garnet's alias in Final Fantasy IX, though it's Zidane's weapon rather than her own.
- Red Robin: The only woman member of the League of Assassin's team the Seven Men of Death is goes by Whip, and never uses or allows anyone else to use any other manner of address for herself.
- Skurge the Executioner from The Mighty Thor, though it's probably more of the "destructive force" sense considering his signature weapon was an axe.
- The Whip is a Legacy Character of Captain Ersatz Zorros in DC Comics. Although the first one was a mistranslation of "El Castigo" (the Punishment).
Film — Live Action
- The serial Zorro's Black Whip is about a Zorro-like figure called the Black Whip; initially newspaper proprietor Randolph Meredith, and following his death, his sister Barbara.
- The Daevabad Trilogy has Dara, known as the Scourge of Qui-zi or just the Scourge for short, due to that one genocidal atrocity he committed. He does use one in battle occasionally.
- Used several times in the Redwall books, such as the badger lords Sunflash the Mace and Orlando the Ax, as well as the series' first villain, Cluny the Scourge, who used his tail as a whip.
- Also seen with Scourge from Warrior Cats, which the authors confirmed was a reference to the aforementioned Cluny the Scourge. In-universe, he picked the name in reference to something his mother said, calling the wild forest Clans "a scourge on the name of all good cats".
- The King of Fighters has the character named Whip. Obviously, she wields it. She's also often called "Muchiko" (Whip Girl) or "Whippy" by her superior Ralf.
- The Undead Scourge in Warcraft III and World of Warcraft, though it's more likely it's using the "destructive force" definition rather than referencing the weapon.
- If that counts, then so would the Fokker Scourge.
- The codifier is Attila the Hun, who was known as "the Scourge of God," which pretty much turned "scourge" into a synonym for "destructive force."
Anime and Manga
- In a Q&A for Fairy Tail, Lucy and Mirajane notice that The Leader of the Hungry Wolf Knights had No Name Given, so Mira comes up with the very unsubtle name "Scythe" due to the two massive scythes he carries. In the anime adaptation, Mira does the same thing in the aftermath of their battle with the knights.
- Sanosuke from Rurouni Kenshin had the nickname Zanza, or Sanosuke of the Zanbato.
- Tekkaman Blade: Tekkaman Lance. As you can see, this was a theme.
- Simon from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann at some point started calling himself "Simon The Digger" or "Simon The Drill," depending on translation.
- The member of the League of Assassin's Seven Men of Death who murdered Boston Brand goes by "Hook".
- Femforce: Nazi villainess Lady Luger is named for the German semi-automatic pistol known as the "Luger."
- Captain Boomerang, foe of The Flash and member of the Suicide Squad.
- Green Arrow, and also Roy Harper and Emiko Queen as Red Arrow.
- JSA member David Reid went by the codename Lance after the pointed hand-held device that helped him focus his energy blasts. He would later be transformed in Magog.
- Jei-san in Usagi Yojimbo refers to himself as the "Blade of the Gods".
- X-Men foe and member of the Marauders, Harpoon.
Film — Live Action
- Machine Gun Woman, the Anti Heroine of Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman. If she has another name, no one seems to know what it is.
- Sylvester Stallone's character in Roger Corman's cult classic Death Race 2000 was named "Machine Gun" Joe. Tyrese Gibson played a similarly-named character in the remake, Death Race.
- Hanzo the Razor, from the film series of the same name.
- They call him... Machete. It's his real name, no less.
- Unforgiven featured the Schofield Kid on account of his Smith and Wesson revolver.
- Piers Anthony's early Battle Circle novels: Sos the Rope, Var the Stick, Neq the Sword.
- The Drasnian queen's spymaster in David Eddings' The Belgariad and The Malloreon series is codenamed Javelin. The single best assassin, real identity known only to the Queen and Javelin, is known as Hunter.
- A pair of (retired) assassins in Vlad's Dragaera books are known as the Sword and Dagger of the Jhereg. We call them Norathar and Cawti.
- The Dresden Files has Michael Carpenter, Knight of the Cross:
Harry Dresden: I don't call him the Fist of God as a pet name, folks.
- In the Fire, Archer was born "Arklin," but his skill with a bow caused Fire's nickname for him to stick.
- Captain Hook from Peter Pan.
- There is a god in The Riftwar Cycle called "The Shield of the Weak."
- The Silmarillion: More on Túrin/Mormegil: he also named himself Gorthol, "the Dread Helm", and fought alongside his friend Beleg Cúthalion - Beleg Strongbow, that is - in the land that was then called Dor Cúarthol, the "Land of Bow and Helm."
- Subverted in A Song of Ice and Fire with Longspear Ryke, who does not fight with a spear. At least according to Tormund, it's a reference to his Gag Penis.
- Sticks, one of Vlad Taltos's enforcers, named for his choice of weapons, a sturdy pair of clubs with which he was extremely proficient.
- In The Wheel of Time, Zarine Bashere goes by Mandarb — "Blade" in the Old Tongue — during her stint as a Glory Seeking Hunter for the Horn. Abruptly zig-zagged when Perrin introduces her to a horse with the same name and she hastily chooses a new one.
Live Action TV
- Subverted in Angel: Cordelia assumes that a character's stated name of "Gun" is his street name. Turns out that his given name is Charles Gunn.
- Spike on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Originally it was said because he used railroad spikes to torture his victims. We later find out that was because someone said that he would rather have a rail spike driven through his head than listen to any of William's (Spike's pre-vamp name) poetry. After he was turned he gave the guy his wish. His other moniker of William the Bloody on the other hand is actually a reference to his "bloody awful poetry", a fact that was apparently lost to vampire biographers.
- Kamen Rider:
- Kamen Rider Scissors from Kamen Rider Ryuki.
- Kamen Rider Blade: Kamen Rider Leangle (a kind of polearm). Like Blade himself, named for a tarot suit; this time the suit of Wands. The Missing Ace movie also has Kamen Rider Lance.
- Kamen Rider Knuckle from Kamen Rider Gaim.
- Kamen Rider Spear (brother of Kamen Rider Axe) from Kamen Rider Dragon Knight.
- Kamen Rider Snipe from Kamen Rider Ex-Aid.
- Thierry la Fronde is a crack shot with slings ("fronde" in French).
- Black Sabbath song "Johnny Blade."
- A song by Ruben Blades is named "Pedro Navaja", which translates to Razor Peter (or Peter Razor).
- There's a song by Mexican band Zoé about a spy known as Razor Blade.
- "The man in the saddle is angular and long-legged. His skin is sun-dyed brown. The gun in his holster is gray steel and rainbow mother-of-pearl, its handle unmarked. People call them both The Six Shooter."
- In Dragonlance: Shadow of the Dragon Queen, the Posthumous Character Ispin Greenshield took his last name from the green shield he always wore on his adventures. The player characters can end up inheriting said shield if they play their cards right.
- Forgotten Realms has a handful of such characters. The great paladin Ralgorax, the "Sword of Tyr" (mentioned in REF5 Lords of Darkness). Sir Ganithar "the Hammer Knight" or simply "the Hammer" (Knight Errant from A Matter Of Thorns). Ranger called "Ren o' the Blade" (from The Pools trilogy).
- Even William Shakespeare uses this trope. Although Pistol fails to appear in more recent screen versions of Henry V, in the play he represents the ordinary rank and file of the English army. And, of course, Shakespeare himself has "Spear" in his name.
- The eponymous Azure Striker Gunvolt, so named because he fights with both a gun and electricity.
- Bayonetta: The title character.
- Inverted in Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening, where Dante's Devil Arms are named after the demons he acquired them from.
- The admirals fought in Dubloon's final dungeon all take nicknames from their weapons in addition to their normal names: Jeane the Fire Spear, Steel the Ice Blade and Thompson the Thunder Gun.
- Kirby: The Meta Knights (Meta Knight's group) members are named after the weapon they wield, i.e Axe Knight, Mace Knight (though in his case an Epic Flail), Trident Knight, Javelin Knight, and later Sword Knight and Blade Knight.
- Revolver Ocelot in Metal Gear Solid. Same goes for his squadmate Vulcan Raven.
- Pokémon has several, besides the Sword and Axe examples above:
- Scyther, as well as its evolutions Scizor and Kleavor.
- Beedrill's Japanese name is simply "Spear".
- Speaking of spears, Spearow.
- And speaking of Beedrill... Beedrill. Also Drilbur and its evolution Excadrill.
- Octillery, Magmortar, Sharpedo, Clauncher and Clawitzer, Arrokuda, and Dragapult are named for various projectile weapons.
- Cubone, who is Bad with the Bone.
- Shieldon and Shelmet are named for armor.
- Bombirdier, whose name is based on its actions as a bombardier. Not with actual bombs, but the rocks it does use are bad enough.
- The very Shovel Knight. There's also his partner Shield Knight.
- Soul Hackers 2: One of the main characters is named Arrow. It's never specifically brough up, and there is no real indication that it's not his real name.
- The main bosses of Super Mario RPG are weapon-based. Mack isn't directly named after his theme (it's a reference to "Mack the Knife"), but the others are Bowyer, Yaridovich ("yari" being Japanese for "spear"), and the Axem Rangers. The remake changes Mack's name to Claymorton, which now follows this trope.
- The entire playable cast of Girls' Frontline are named after the firearm they're Imprinted with. This is invoked in-universe, as the CEO of Griffin & Kryuger mandates T-Dolls under their employ to be identified that way. Many of them previously have "normal", more human names (DP-12 used to call herself Helena, LWMMG is known as Lam in the prequel, etc). SPAS-12 defies this, as she personally asked the Commander to call her Sabrina.
- One of the orcs in Dominic Deegan goes by Hukthak, which is the name of the sacred spear he wields.
- Crowbar, from the MS Paint Adventures series Homestuck, is a member of The Felt and wields a crowbar that negates any time-travel abilities or effects.
- The Mok-ha Duo in Weak Hero are known as the Spear and the Shield, their offensive and defensive might becoming unstoppable when they're paired.
- There was a Danish pretender named "Harald Kesja," where "Kesja" is a kind of spear.
- Not only does gangster Machine-Gun Kelly count, but so does pool champion Machine-Gun Lou.
- The word 'German' means 'spear warrior' in Old German.
- The Norse equivalent of the word is Geirr, and the name is proudly used by a significant number of Scandinavians, particularly Norwegians and Icelanders.
- Other names that use the same "Ger/Gar" root word include Roger, Edgar, Gary, Jarvis and Gerald. It’s also part of the root of the word "garlic"; "gar" meant "spear" in Old English, and "līc" meant "leek"—garlic cloves look like spear points, so garlic was a "spear-leek" ("leek" being a generic word in Old English for any member of the onion family).
- The Scandinavian name Kjell/Kjetil, is usually translated as "helmet" (or "kettle" - albeit a sacrificial one).
- Nearly 10,000 people in America alone can count themselves examples by virtue of being named Lance.note
- And Dirk, who would belong in Knives, above (except for one specific "Dirk" in particular).
- Throughout Africa, Kalash is a boys name, thanks to the ubiquitous Kalashnikov.
- Genghis Khan once declared himself to be "The Flail of God."
- This "name" itself is a title meaning "Ruler of the Universe" (compare e.g. "the King of Kings"), taken only when Temujin turned into the elected emperor after unifying various Steppe peoples into the single Horde via civil war. The same way as gur-khan, the title of his rival, meant the leader of a tribal alliance (gur).
- And Jebe, "the Arrow," one of Genghis Khan's leading generals. He was originally named Zurgadai and was a warrior of the Taichud tribe, one of Genghis Khan's enemies. He earned that name by hitting Genghis Khan himself with an arrow in the neck during a battle before being captured by the Khan's men. Genghis Khan lived, was impressed by the captive warrior and his forthrightness when he told the Khan that he is the one who shot him, and gave him the name Jebe when he swore loyalty to the khan.
- Hall of Fame basketball player "Pistol" Pete Maravich.
- Numerous mobsters, such as "Machine Gun" McGurn and Louis "Two Gun" Alterie.
- During some periods in Sweden, it was relatively common for military officials to give new surnames to recruits if there were too many with the same patronymic. Plenty weren't weapons, but others were (most of the categories above show up, as well as some that don't, such as Granath [an archaic spelling for grenade]), and it was usually inspired in some way by the person who got the name.
- Morris "Two Gun" Cohen, a Jewish-Canadian adventurer who became a bodyguard to Chinese leader Chiang Kai-Shek during Chinese Civil War. Guess how many guns he carried?
- Robert E. Howard was nicknamed "Bob Two-Guns" by H. P. Lovecraft. While mostly known for his contribution to the Fantasy genre, Howard wrote in other genres, including Western.