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Names To Run Away From / Redneck Names

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Southerners as Acceptable Targets.

A form of Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Anything that sounds like it belongs to a proud resident of the Deep South can indicate someone badass, Ax-Crazy, rapey, racist or otherwise seriously disturbed.


Comic Books

  • Carnage's real name is Cletus Kasady.
  • The Authority: Seth Angus Bubba Joe Billy Cletus Clement Callum Cowie. His mother named him after all of her brothers, because she wanted to be sure to name him after his father.
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  • Empowered has Willy Pete. He's Ax-Crazy, rapey, and on fire, the last of which makes more sense when you find out his name is also a nickname for white phosphorous.
  • Billy Bob and T.C. from Preacher. The former is a kid so inbred he has only one eye, and the latter is a murderous Jerkass who'll screw Anything That Moves (and quite a few things that don't).
  • In Daredevil and Jessica Jones, the Purple Man's real name is Zebediah Killgrave, even though he was born in Croatia. The 2015 Netflix series averts this — he only goes by "Kilgrave" (with only one L), which doesn't give off a redneck vibe on its own, and his real name is Kevin Thompson.



  • In Cody Goodfellow's short horror story Life Coach, her psychotic, vicious dog's name is "Clovis".
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  • Billy-Ray Sanguine from Skulduggery Pleasant, a sociopathic hitman who carries a special straight razor with which to cut his victims' throats.

Live-Action TV

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer 's season 6 Big Bad is named Warren Mears, which kind of foreshadows his future mental instability. (Of course, ironically, the actor's a Jew from New York, although his chick's from Alabama, but she's definitely not a redneck. And she's the one he shot.)
  • On The Shield, Shane Vendrell is not a nice person. Further, he uses the alias "Cletus van Damme".

Video Games

  • Luther-Dwayne Grady from SSX Tricky. He's a gigantic and rude guy whose play style revolves around using his massive size to his advantage.


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