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Single Words: Adjectives (The Adjective One) | Nouns (Animal | Body Part | Colors | Weapons) | Verbs | Titles (Noun X | The Person)
Etymology:Ancient Dead Languages | Foreign Language Names
Named After: Conquerors | Notorious Killers | Redneck Names | Religious Names (Biblical Names | Demons or Angels) | Shady Names
Sounds and Letters: K Names | Mor | Names Ending In Th | R Names | Xtreme Kool Letterz | Unpronouncable Names
Various: Mix and Match

A variant of Names to Run Away from Really Fast.

Anyone who has a name that contains the letter R in it is probably someone you shouldn't trust. This is especially true if the person's name begins or ends in R. Having the name end in -er counts as well, but not if it begins with Er-.

If the person's name contains a Verb in it ending in R or -er, that's a different variant of this trope.

Anyone whose name combines several of the distinct types of Names to Run Away from Really Fast is generally someone you really, really, do not want to get mad at you. Or they're a Mary Sue, which is arguably worse.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Obelisk the Tormentor, an Egyptian God Card and one of the strongest cards in its game.
  • Rory the Reaper - she harvests souls for Emroy, the God of Death, sometimes before the previous owners have stopped twitching. Despite this bullet point in her resume she is much loved by the worshippers of Emroy as his Apostle. Other folks may have a different opinion but that's usually because she's swinging a giant halberd at their midsection at the time.



  • Carcer
  • Mordor is a placename you will want to run away from really fast.
  • In Neal Stephenson's The Baroque Cycle, one of Jeffreys' hired assassins is named Bob Carver.
  • Randall Flaggs from multiple Creator/Stephen King 's novel. The name in addition to be old-fashionned surely doesn't give the same vibe as Robert or David.
  • Defied in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days; one of Greg's suggestions for Sweetie's name is "Shredder", which Susan shoots down immediately for being too violent (along with the equally violent "Ripjaw").

    Live-Action TV 
  • Ripper.
  • Sylar, who cuts people's heads open.
  • Vaghar and Vermithor are the biggest and oldest dragons in House of the Dragon, as well the most battle-experienced.
  • Adar from The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, who is the fearsome leader of the Uruk in the Second Age. Sauron owns him for the creation of Mordor.
  • King Uther from Merlin-a switch from the legends, where he was generally described as a much loved king.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Warhammer 40,000: Flesh Tearers (a Blood Angels offshoot) are technically good guys, but since their symbol is a drop of blood on a circular's kinda hard to consider them in the same league as the Salamanders or Space Wolves. Also the Soul Drinkers, who are usually good guys, but have a few issues with Chaos.
    • Well technically no one in 40k is good.

  • Various characters from the numerous Transformers series play this alternatively straight or subvert it:
    • On the evil Decepticons' side, there's Thundercracker, Bonecrusher, Scavenger, Scrapper, Mixmaster, Devastator, Wildrider, Motormaster, Menasor, Reflector, Tankor and Demolishor, just to name a few.


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    Real Life 
  • Hitler and Himmler, Those Wacky Nazis. The list of high-ranking Nazis also included Drexler, the Strassers, Speer, Streicher, Kaltenbrunner, Raeder, Schlegelberger and many others.
  • Ratko Mladić (the warlord from the Bosnian conflict later convicted of genocide): The first three letters of his name means "War" in Serbo-Croatian.