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Names to Run Away from Really Fast, similar to names that sound like adjectives, but these "names" are purely adjectives usually for Eldritch Abominations and really ancient evils, presumably so old their real name is forgotten... or they're from a time before proper nouns existed.

Not to be confused with The Adjectival Man.


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  • In general, if someone (or something) has -mono at the end of his or its name, you want to be somewhere that is not in their vicinity. Translation to English tend to be awkwardly structured, such as "That Which ___" or "The ___ One". Ninjas were originally called shinobi-no-mono, or that which endures (so he can get a chance in killing you in most unexpected situation, such as when you're going to the lavatory).

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  • Angel: Quor'toth is a hell dimension that's so nasty there are no portals to it, cosmic holes have to be punched through to travel back and forth there. The natives of that realm are so terrified of one being there that they know it only by the name of "The Destroyer". When the gang learn it's on its way to Earth, there are several comments from characters commenting that anyone called that has to be someone you don't want to meet. It turns out to be Angel's kidnapped son, Connor.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • The Master
    • The Anointed One, whom Spike (more accurately) nicknamed "The Annoying One".
    • The Old Ones.
  • Rule of Three: The First Evil.
  • The First Ones, from Babylon 5, though those who weren't Shadows or Vorlons weren't really that bad.
  • Aerys "The Mad King" Targaryen of Game of Thrones, who thought it was a jolly jape to off people by burning them to death.
  • Once Upon a Time gives us Rumplestiltskin, The Dark One.
  • Doctor Who has the Great One ("ALL PRAISE TO THE GREAT ONE!"), the Giantest of the Giant Spiders in "Planet of the Spiders".

    Tabletop Games 
  • Trinités : The Devoured Ones.
  • The Dark Eye: The Nameless One, the god of a secret (and evil) cult.
  • Warhammer 40,000: The Unclean One, The Nightbringer, The Deceiver, The Void Dragon, The Outsider.
  • Warhammer: The other other other ... Old Ones.
  • Magic: The Gathering: The Doubtless One, Nameless One, Soulless One, Reckless One, Heedless One.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: Exodia the Forbidden One.
  • In the AD&D 2nd Edition Monstrous Manual, the "Lich" entry states that many ancient liches have abandoned the names they had in life, and now go by pseudonyms like "The Black Hand" or "The Forgotten King."
  • The Spawn of Rovagug in Pathfinder all have a title following this scheme in addition to their actual names. The six that are known are The Unholy First, The Monarch Worm, The Endsinger, The Dance of Disharmony, The Firebleeder, The Armageddon Engine.




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  • Futurama: The Dark Ones.
  • In contrast, the hero of Mighty Max is called "The Mighty One" by Norman, one of his guardians, as well as "Capbearer" by the Skullmaster.
  • In Total Drama, Mike's Super-Powered Evil Side is referred to as "The Malevolent One", making it clear from the beginning that he's not going to be a hero.
  • In the South Park episode "Make Love, Not Warcraft", a World Of Warcraft hacker managed to gain extreme powers, to a point where no one could beat him, not even the game developers. Cartman's crew decided to try to save the world, and after multiple weeks of solely grinding on boars, the boys headed for battle. The developers had taken notion of their skill improvements. One then developer asks: "Are they strong enough to defeat the Evil One?"
  • One episode of Jackie Chan Adventures features a Living Statue of the ancient warrior who imprisoned Shendu in his statue form. That episode is set before the 1st season's finale and the good guys are unaware of Shendu's existence before said finale. For that reason, the warrior's statue refers to Shendu as "the Ultimate Evil".
  • DuckTales (1987) parodied this with "The Garbled One," an ancient, evil spirit that possessed the unintelligible Donald Duck.

    Real Life 
  • In Ancient Greece, certain soldier types were referred to in this way. Heavy infantrymen were known as "hoplites", which is most accurately translated "the equipped ones".
  • Byzantine heavy cavalrymen were called "kataphraktoi" - "the armoured ones".
  • According to Herodotus' Histories, the Persian army had "The Immortals", an troop of ten thousand elite soldiers named so because as soon as one man died or retired, he was replaced.
  • Ivan the Terrible. He was a good ruler early on, defeating many enemies of the Russians, earning him the nickname which could also be translated as "formidable" or "fearsome". Later on, he became The Caligula, making his name scary but appropriate on a whole different way.
  • Likewise, Krum the Fearsome, Khan of Bulgaria. Best known for establishing state legislation which featured a lot of corporal punishments for various offences (for example, cutting off a hand for theft, or the tongue for slander) as well as making a wine cup out of the skull of his enemy, Nicephorus, Emperor of Byzantium, after repelling his invasion. Not someone you'd want to piss off.
  • Also from Russia, Rasputin the Mad Monk.


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