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  • Very common in Accel World. The Seven Kings of Pure Colour all have one, as do other burst linkers who have become notable for exceptional skills or unique abilities. The main exception is actually the main character who is extremely famous for being the only flight capable burst linker but is generally known by variations of the his Duel Avatar name rather than any title.
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  • In Baccano!, Claire Stanfield's most well-known title is Vino, in reference to the wine-like stains on the floor he inevitably turns his opponents into.
  • Baki the Grappler features Orochi Doppo, "the Karate God", and Hanma Yujiro, both "The Ogre" and "The world's strongest creature".
  • Higuchi Ichiyo from Battle Club is nicknamed "Queen of the Vampires"
  • Berserk: Any army or warrior in Berserk who's worth their salt gets a badass nickname based on some famous trait or heroic feat of theirs.
    • The Band of the Hawk are known as the "grim reapers of the battlefield" for their devastating power in combat. Badass.
    • Guts gets the moniker "Hundred Man Slayer" as a result of single-handedly killing at least 100 Tudor mercenaries sent against him by Adon Coborlwitz. His destructive Roaring Rampage of Revenge against the Apostles after the Eclipse gets him named "the Black Swordsman" and he is recognized by his black clothing, giant sword, and false arm. He is sometimes also called "the Branded Swordsman" for the Brand of Sacrifice on his neck, evidence that he has survived the Eclipse and countless nightly assaults by demons.
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    • Before his ascent to demon-hood, Griffith is known as "The White Hawk": His hair and clothing are white, he reaches for his ambition like a bird climbing through the air, and he swoops down on his enemies with his army like a bird of prey. As Femto, his moniker, granted to him by the Godhand, is "The Wings of Darkness". Later he is called "The Hawk of Light" because of his association with the dreams and prophecies of the people of Midland, who view him as their messiah.
    • Zodd is known among mercenaries as "Zodd The Immortal" and "Nosferatu Zodd" for his supernaturally long lifespan and seeming ability to come back every time he was rumored to be dead.
    • Sir Locus is "the Moonlight Knight", a famous jouster and Knight Errant recognized by his moon-shaped crest.
    • Sir Grunbeld is known as the "Great Flame Dragon" for his giant stature, fiery red hair, use of a cannon, and fearsome prowess in battle.
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    • Bishop Mozgus of the Holy See Inquisition is known and feared by the people as "Bloody Scripture Mozgus" for his fanatical use of torture and execution to punish heresy. His use of an iron-bound scripture book as a lethal bludgeon makes this fearsome name well deserved.
    • Bazuso was known as the "Grey Knight" for his grey armor, "The Bear Slaughterer" for supposedly killing a bear with his bare hands, and the "Thirty-Man Slayer" for slaying thirty men.
    • "Knight of Skeleton" clearly isn't the Skull Knight's real name; he acquired it by wearing that skeletal armor. If he and Gaiseric are the same person, then he was also known in the past as the "Demon King" and "King of Galloping Death" from his reputation as a ruthless conqueror.
  • Played with in Ben-To. The various participants in the combat for half-priced lunch boxes do have titles by which they are known and feared. However, those titles were typically earned in embarrassing incidents that the people saddled with them would rather forget.
    • Sen Yarizui is known as "The Ice Witch", though it's not for her Sugar-and-Ice Personality, but rather because she tried to buy a chilled alcoholic beverage with her bento.
    • While Ayame Shaga is something of a looker, her title of "Beauty by the Lake" was earned when she fell asleep on a park bench shortly after eating a bento she'd won.
    • Yo Satou has the undesirable nickname of "The Pervert" because he was Dragged into Drag for one battle.
    • This is played straight by Orthros which is the collective title of the Sawagi twins, who gained fame by simply being very strong fighters.
  • Black Lagoon has a few of these such as Sawyer the Cleaner but the most notable is Roberta, "the Bloodhound of Florencia", a name that terrifies even hardened criminals in her native Colombia.
  • In the one-shot Blame! sequel, the lead character is referred to as "The Calamity" by the Silicon Beings. Given his penchant for mass destruction, it fits.
  • Everyone of any power in A Certain Magical Index has a Gratuitous English one, which in some way describes their unique power. There's Railgun, Imagine Breaker, Meltdowner, Acceleratornote  …and, perhaps the best of them all, the doctor named "Heaven Canceler". Think about that one for a second.
    Heaven Canceler: Well, just don't die. As long as you don't die, I can fix you.
  • Baron Saijou from Choujin Sensen holds the title as [The Executioner] for his high success rate in killing.
  • In Classi9, most composers in Class S- have a "second name" related to their exploits in classical music: Mozart is the Wonderkind, Beethoven is the Master Musician, Wagner is the King of Music Drama, Liszt is the Piano Virtuoso, Chopin is the Poet of the Piano. Tchaikovsky has another type of "second name" because of his reputation as a ruthless fighter in Vienna, he is the "Poisonous Mushroom of Russia". Since the nicknames In-Universe are the same as their real-life counterparts, it is safe to assume Haydn's second name would end up being the Father of the Modern Symphony.
  • In Claymore, several of the main characters have nicknames that belie their badassedness, including "Teresa of the Faint Smile" who can kill Yoma without ever having to use her extra powers.
  • In the second season of Code Geass, Suzaku has earned the nickname "White Reaper"; his Knights of the Round teammate Luciano Bradley is "the Vampire of Britannia." Before the name of the pilot of the Lancelot was known, the Black Knights referred to Suzaku as the White Helmet (or something similar, depending on translation). Lelouch's mother was known as Marianne the Flash.
    • Played for laughs with Lloyd, whose known as 'Earl of Pudding' because he likes pudding.
    • One random pilot refers to Kallen as "The Ace of the Elevens", but it's unclear if this is an actual nickname or merely a statement of fact. Her codename in Lelouch's cell phone is Q1. Fans tend to call her "Crimson Lotus", which is the translation of her Super Prototype's name, Guren.
    • And Lelouch, or more accurately, Zero, is "the Man Of Miracles".
      • Lelouch is also referred to as the "Black Prince". In contrast, his formidable brother Prince Schneizel is known as the "White Prince".
    • Princess Cornelia is known as the "Witch of Britannia" for her ruthless conquests on the battlefield.
      • Even Princess Euphemia gets a nickname. After she orders (and personally partakes in) the murder of thousands of Japanese people after being accidentally Geassed into doing so by Lelouch, she comes to be derisively known as "Princess Massacre". As for the fans, she's known as "the Euphinator" as a result of this incident.
    • Guilford is known as "The Spearhead of the Empire".
  • In Corsair, Ayace, the armada commander, is called "The Devil Killer".
    • Giving a seme a badass nickname is very common in yaoi. Sometimes the Uke will have one, too.
  • Subverted in Cromartie High School when Akira Maeda decides on a new nickname for himself: "The Dragon of Razors". Unfortunately, due to his Butt-Monkey status, no one seems to call him by that name.
    • There's also the rock star guy the students call Freddie, since he's a mute and no one seems to know his real origins.
  • Back at the time when Habara from Daily Lives of High School Boys was a Enfant Terrible-level The Bully, she was known as the Archdemon.
  • Darker Than Black gives us the Black Reaper, Hei. Notable in that the only name we know him by is also a Code Name; "Hei" is Chinese for "Black".
  • Delicious in Dungeon has the Lunatic Magician, a being who is murderously insane, unbelivably strong and hugely dangerous to anyone she comes across.
  • The Dirty Pair are so bad-assed entire planets make evacuation plans just in case they might show up. Please remember to call them the Lovely Angels.
  • Dragon Ball Z doesn't have many characters with nicknames, but The Legendary Super Saiyan is one of them. Whether you're talking about Goku, who was the first third, actually to achieve the legendary Super Saiyan transformation, or Broly, who's the actual Legendary Super Saiyan, makes a world of difference.
  • Durarara!!'s Shizuo Heiwajima has the very well-deserved title of God of Destruction. Occasionally, this is extended to "God of Destruction in a Bartender Suit" to make sure people properly identify him.
  • Fairy Tail: "Salamander" Natsu, "Titania" Erza, "The Demon" Mirajane, "Beast Arm" Elfman, "Black Steel" Gajeel, "The Demon Princess" Miki Chickentiger, "Iron Rock" Jura, "Cold Emperor" Lyon, Yuka "The Wave" Suzuki, "Sky Sorceress" Wendy, "Twin Dragons" Sting and Rogue, "Shinigami" Erigor. Literally a quarter of the recurring cast has a title of some kind.
  • Kenshiro of Fist of the North Star is known as the "Man with the Seven Scars" or the "Savior of Century's End", while his Aloof Big Brother Raoh is known as "Ken-oh" (the "King of Fist") or the "Conqueror of Century's End".
  • Gavrill from Franken Fran is known as "The Wolf", due to her brutality and shape-shifting powers.
  • Every Pandora in Freezing has a badass nickname, most notably The Untouchable Queen and The Monster of West Genetics. Other nicknames include The Immortal, Godspeed of the East, Mad Dog, Hitman, Tempest Phoenix, The Maverick, etc...
  • Fullmetal Alchemist is a remarkable example, going so far as to having the Amestris government actually issue every State Alchemist a similar moniker. The series occasionally spoofs the problems of this trope, with the people being more familiar with the fearsome alias than the person behind it - resulting in them frequently mistaking Edward Elric's walking armor brother, Alphonse, for the eponymous Fullmetal Alchemist.
    • Four-Star Badass Olivier Mira Armstrong, AKA "the Northern Wall of Briggs".
    • Roy Mustang is referred to as the "Hero of Ishval" while Riza Hawkeye is the "Eye of the Hawk".
      • Though, given the reputation the battle of Ishval has in the world of FMA and Roy's actions in it, the title "Hero of Ishval" may also double as The Butcher. The soldiers in his company who initially bestowed the title on him meant it to be an honor, but many of his foes (especially the homunculi) often invoke it to claim that they are Not So Different and the title is sure to come up in any Hannibal Lecture. Roy himself seems to hold the latter view, Case in point being that a homunculi bringing it up in conversation with Roy is an indicator that he/she/it is about to be terminated with Extreme Prejudice.
      • Roy's official title, incidentally, is the "Flame Alchemist". There are people on his side who will flee the moment they hear the Flame Alchemist is coming.
    • The same series parodies the trope when a former Serial Killer refers to himself by alias only, stating that his real name would make his opponent piss his pants in fear. When his name is revealed, Al is not impressed and has never even heard of him, irking the serial killer greatly. While it turns out he was in fact famous, Al is from a small rural town.
    • Each of the "seven sins" homunculi get one. We have Lust "the Lascivious", Gluttony "the Voracious", Envy "the Jealous", Sloth "the Indolent", Wrath "the Furious", Greed "the Avaricious", and Pride "the Arrogant".
    • And there's also Scar, whose real name is never revealed, called as such after the eponymous disfigurement on his forehead, who the entire military has been trying to hunt down.
      • He accepts the moniker the others have given him after having given up his original name.
  • Being a series focused on fighting, Gamaran has his share of ominous or cool nicknames, including: Jinsuke Kurogane, The Slayer of 1000 Men, "Demon Splitter" Midou Shingo, Sasuke Sakakibara "The Crinsom Extractor/The Heart Ripper", Kibe Ryuho "The Silver Demon", Kiyomori "King of the Doom Fist" and Gensai Kizaki "The Sword Fiend" among others.
  • In GaoGaiGar, the Primevals primarily refer to Mamoru as "The Legacy of Cain" and Kaidou as the "Disaster Left By Abel".
  • Everywhere in Get Backers. EVERYWHERE! Most of them contain the word master though. Lightning Emperor Ginji, Beast Master Shido, Lady Poison Himiko, The Undead Hishiki, Thread Master Kazuki, Doctor Jackal Akabane, The Unknown Boy Makubex, the list just goes on.
  • In Ghost in the Shell, Maj. Motoko Kusanagi is always referred to as "the Major" over 2 seasons and a movie, her first name is used about five times, and her surname appears about as often, although it appears in writing a few more times. In the manga, it's used about as often. It's common among fans to just refer to her as the Major. Some fans forget her real name, because it's so obscure. Oh, and it might not be her real name at all; in the manga, when the narrator introduces her, it is as "a woman calling herself Major Motoko Kusanagi (an obvious alias)". Additionally, while "Motoko" is a rare female name, "Kusanagi" is a mythological sword; an equivalent English name would be Brittany Excalibur. If you still believe that's the cyborg super-agent's real name, I've got a bridge to sell you. On Mars.
  • Sakata Gintoki of Gintama was known as the "Shiroyasha (White Demon)" during the Joui War. Heck, all of the four most powerful Joui warriors have these titles - Katsura was dubbed "Nobleman of Terror", Takasugi was the "Demon Army General", and Sakamoto was called "Loud Person" (though, to be fair, he was also known as the "Dragon of Katsurahama").
  • Gundam:
    • All of the Ace Pilots in Mobile Suit Gundam have this, the most famous being the legendary Char "The Red Comet" Aznable, who was clearly based off of Richthofen.
    • Despite the chromatic similarities, Char's canonical fighting style, at least in the original series, is actually the polar opposite of Richthofen's. While The Red Baron was an average pilot at best whose real talent was his superior marksmanship and knack for picking targets who wouldn't see him coming, The Red Comet used a combination of high-speed, in-your-face assaults and enough acrobatic skill to avoid taking hits in what would otherwise be suicidal maneuvers. In truth, his style is probably closer to Manfred's brother Lothar, who, while not as famous, garnered a reputation as one of the most aggressive, reckless pilots of WWI.
      • A somewhat more historically accurate homage would be Char's Mobile Suit Gundam AGE counterpart, Zehart Galette, another red-clad ace whose piloting style is somewhat less flashy and more calculated (by the standards of an action series, at any rate), complete with a psychotic, Blood Knight brother/wingman.
    • Spoofed by Johnny Ridden being known as the "Crimson Lightning", which causes him grief since he's constantly being mistaken for Char. It's so bad that his Catchphrase is practically "I'm the Crimson Lightning, dammit!", said immediately after someone mistakes him for Char. It doesn't help that not only are their custom color schemes similar (red is of course the dominant color, though Ridden mixes in some black and/or yellow depending on the machine), so are their fighting styles.
    • Also from Zeon, Ramba Ral is known as "Blue Giant". And team of Gaia, Mash and Ortega known as "Black Tri-Stars".
    • Series protagonist Amuro Ray is known as the "White Devil" by Zeon forces, primarily for the RX-78-2's white parade colors, as well as his incredible skill at piloting. For most of the series, Amuro's real name is unknown to Zeon; they just identify him by his unique mobile suit. During the events of Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack, he is known as the "White Unicorn".
    • Mobile Fighter G Gundam should be noticed especially here, for it given us an ace pilot so Badass that his given name is never stated due to world potentially imploding due to awesome overload. We simply know him as Undefeated of the East, Master Asia.
      • A manga of debatable officialness gives his name as Shuji Kurosu.
      • Master Asia's title in Japanese, "Touhou Fuhai", translates as "Invincible East". This is translated in the dub as "The Undefeated of the East".
      • Then there's the entire Shuffle Alliance, which Master Asia is a former member of. All the members are named after playing cards, such as Domon Kasshu, the King of Hearts. Master Asia was the previous holder of that title.
    • Zechs Merquise earns the nickname "Lightning Baron" because of a battle where he took out rebel pilots with incredible speed; after kicking butt during OZ's coup d'etat and receiving a two-rank promotion, it's upgraded to "Lightning Count".
    • Also, Duo Maxwell refers to himself as the "Shinigami" or "God of Death" ("The Great Destroyer" in the edited version). This is less self-congratulatory than it sounds: he calls himself that primarily because everyone he's ever been close to has wound up dead.
      • Shinigami ("Reaper" in the dubs) is also given to Terry Sanders Jr, for less impressive reasons: he has a history of being the sole survivor of his squads after their third mission together.
    • In Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, Mu La Flaga is known as the "Hawk of Endymion" while Andrew "The Desert Tiger" Waltfeld is probably a Shout-Out to Erwin Rommel below.
      • Model kits series add several Red Barons to CE era. All of these characters later appear in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Astray:
      • Earth Alliance has Edward Harrelson "Ed the Ripper", Rena Imelia "Sakura Burst", Jane Houston "White Whale" and Morgan Chevalier "Mad Dog of the Moonlight". The South America arc in Destiny Astray was set to pit Ed in duel against other three.
      • Ed's nickname comes from his tendency to carve up enemy machines with his sword so that they "bleed" oil. Before he had mobile suit, he once did the same thing with an airplane wing...BY ACCIDENT! He was hung over and didn't notice he was about to collide with an enemy machine until it was too late. He tore the enemy machine in half with his wing, which earned him the moniker "Ed the Ripper".
      • ZAFT has Mikhail Coast "The Doctor" (who is an actual medical doctor, one of the best in the world at that, though he's also known for "dissecting" mobile suits in battle). Gundam SEED Astray also reveal that Miguel Aiman had the nickname "Magic Bullet of Dusk" and add Gud Vair "ZAFT Hero".
      • Finally, Orb has Barry Ho "God Hand" and Jean Carrey "Glittering Star J" (who, amusingly, at different times fought for all three sides in the war).
    • In Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Sergei Smirnov is known as the "Wild Bear of Russia", spoofed with Patrick Colasour being known as the "Immortal Colasour" ("Colasour the Indestructible" in the dub), a reference to how he miraculously survives repeated beatings by Gundams. Graham Aker later becomes known solely as "Mr. Bushido" in the second season, but this is due to his Japanophile tendencies (wearing a samurai-styled mask and commissioning multiple samurai-styled custom mobile suits).
      • Gundam 00 Side Stories add Amy Zimbalist, his comrades call him "Steel Cowboy". To enemies, he's "Devil of Unification".
    • The other red baron in the UC continuity is Anavel Gato of Gundam 0083. He's called the "Nightmare of Solomon", having presumably racked up a large number of kills during the battle of Solomon and then A Boa Qu.
    • Weird enough, the Zeon ace with highest kill count is Brenev Auggs "One Shot Killer". Never heard of him? That's because he's only mentioned in supplement material of model kits.
      • The MSV material is full of ace pilots with these kind of nicknames, like Federation fighter pilot Texan Dmitri (called "Lady Killer" because of his good looks). For the record, Auggs earned his name because he only fired his gun at point blank range.
    • Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans: Mikazuki Augus becomes known as the "Devil of Tekkadan" among Gjallarhorn for his extremely brutal and ruthless fighting style.
  • Van from GUN×SWORD has dozens of nicknames, to the point where even he has trouble keeping track of them. Most of them are references to previous episodes, played straight or for laughs.
    • There is one name, Van the Nice Guy, that recurs because Joshua keeps calling him that and wrote it down somewhere.
    • Van is horrible with names, including his own nicknames. He took several episodes just to get his sidekick's name right. The only nickname he can remember with any consistency is "Van of the Dawn."
    • A longer list stolen from The Other Wiki: "Van the Unemployed", "Van the Freeloader", "Hangover Van", "Steel Van", "Invincible Van", "Pretty Van from the Garbage Dump", "Van the Unsung Hero who Gives It All He's Got", "Daybreak Van" (or "Van of the Dawn" in the English dub), "Nice Guy Van", "Van that Weird Guy who Helped Out", "Van of a Thousand Conquests", "Van of a Thousand Naps", "Van, The Devil in The Poisoned Tuxedo", and "Van the Devil's Swallowtail Suit".
  • Alucard of Hellsing is sporadically referred to as the "No-Life King".
    • Alexander Anderson, by contrast, has a ton of nicknames (Paladin Anderson, Bayonet Anderson, etc.), all of which are apparently on his file in Hellsing.
  • In High School D×D, if a character has a nickname, then it's likely they're very strong, especially if it's a dragon.
    • Our protagonist has the title of Red Dragon Emperor, although he can make Breast Dragon Emperor sound badass too. His rival Vali is known as the White Dragon Emperor.
    • For the dragons we have Welsh Dragon Ddraig, Vanishing Dragon Albion, Blaze Meteor Dragon Tannin, Chaos Karma Dragon Tiamat, Gigantis Dragon Fafnir, Prison Dragon Vritra, Sleeping Dragon Midgardsormr, Mischievous Dragon Yu-Long, Ouroboros Dragon Ophis and Apocalypse Dragon Great Red.
  • It's easier to list the characters in Jackals who don't have killer nicknames, though this may have something to do with the fact that the cast is primarily made of up, you know, killers. The main hero and his rival are "Alligator" Nichol Heyward and Huya "Requiem" Godfrey. Many of the others sound a little goofy when translated into English... but then again, "the Flying Monkey" is probably an improvement over "Jasper Tennessee" anyway. Richard Domingo takes the cake here, having multiple nicknames - Lightning, the Bolt, and the Virtuoso of Firearms.
  • K combines this with Animal Motifs and Religious and Mythological Theme Naming- Misaki Yata is called "Yatagarasu", a mythological crow (note that his love interest, Saruhiko Fushimi resembles a crow, while Misaki resembles a monkey).
    • The Animal Motifs also show up with Kuroh Yatogami, a.k.a. "The Black Dog". His name, Kuroh, sounds like "Kuro" meaning "Black", but it's written as 拘朗, the first part of which means "dog".
  • Tokita Ohma in Kengan Ashura, later down the road with many Kengan Matches under his belt he gets nicknamed “Ashura”, a vicious fighting demon, that is coming from an Association filled with vicious fighters so Ohma became a demon among demons.
  • Every master in Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple has at least one of these. The most impressive one is Hayato Fuurinji's "The Invincible Superman", alternatively translated as "Man Without Enemies" (The term "Without Enemies" is equivalent to "Invincible" in kanji), because there's seriously no one alive who poses a great threat to him.
    • The masters of Ryozanpaku are known as, "Master of all Chinese Kenpo" Kensei Ma, "Philosophical Jujitsu Master" Akisame Koetsuji, "The Hundredth Dan Brawler" Shio Sakaki, "The Death God of the Muay Thai Underworld" Apachai Hopachai, and "The Prodigy of Sword and Mistress of Weapons" Shigure Kosaka.
    • The masters of Yami are, "One Shadow" Saiga Furinji, "Saint Fist" Ogata Isshinsai, "Fierce Fist God" Sougetsu Ma, "Fist of Destruction" Alexander Gaidar, "God Hand" Akira Hongo, "Demon Emperor of Underground Muay Thai" Agaard Jum Sai, "Smiling Steel Fist/Angry Iron Fist" Diego Carlo, "Demon Fist God" Silcardo Jenezad, "Bewitching Fist" Mikumo Kushinada, and "Fist of Brahman" Cyril Rahman.
  • The Little Busters!! Yonkoma side-stories spoof this, with the eponymous characters thinking up such nicknames for themselves so they can become more familiar. No one is happy with theirs, all ending up with things like "The Man with the Golden Sphincter".
  • In Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions, it seemed that everyone who had afflicted with Chuunibyou would have one of this.
  • Lyrical Nanoha:
    • Nanoha earns the title "Ace of Aces" from her military peers during the Time Skip between A's and StrikerS. Her Fan Nickname is the "White Devil"...
    • Subaru eventually gains her own nickname in the post-StrikerS Time Skip: Silver Ace.
    • Fate is also known as "The Naval Ace" and as revealed in Force, Hayate is known as "The Walking Lost Logia."
    • Nanoha, Fate, and Hayate's Evil Twins from the Battle of Aces game are called, respectively, the Starlight Destroyer, the Thunderblade Assailant, and the Ruler of Darkness.
    • The Wolkeritter and their devices each hold a title of their own, however, only Vita likes waving it around as a part of her Badass Boast
      "Vita, Knight of the Iron Hammer, and the Steel Count, Graf Eisen. There is nothing in this world we can't destroy."
    • Olivie Sägebrecht was known as "The Queen Second to None in combat" and "The Lady Knight of Shutra."
    • The Ancient Belkan king Dahlgrün was known as the "Thunder Emperor" during his lifetime. His descendant, Victoria, inherited this title and his temperament during battle. Her rival, Harry Tribeca, is known as "Buster Head."
  • Mahou Sensei Negima!
    • Evangeline A.K. McDowell has many of these including Maga Nosferatu, Feared Queen of the Night, and Apostle of Destruction. Her least favorite is "Kitty". Very few people can get away with using that one. The others, though? She loves hearing them, especially if the person saying them is doing so fearfully.
    • Jack Rakan has his own collection of nicknames: "The Thousand Blades", "The Man Who Cannot Die", "The Immortal Fool", "That Damn Guy Who You Can Stab With Swords All You Like And It Won't Do A Thing, Dammit!"
    • Negima is full of these; there's "Death Glasses" Takamichi, Nagi the "Thousand Master", etc. Nagi is an interesting one because unlike a lot of the other titles, it's actually never made clear why he's called that. There are a few theories suggested, but they're both patently false: He barely knew five spells, let alone a thousand and he mostly certainly did not have a thousand ministra. Even if he had, the only confirmed two we ever saw were both with adult men, not young pretty girls like the joking explanation suggested.
    • Negi himself eventually gained title of "Lightning God", quite appropriate for someone who is not only able to use lightning magic to great effect but also turn his whole body into it.
  • The highest-ranked Otome in Mai-Otome have nicknames that match that of their GEMs. For instance, Shizuru is known as the "Bewitching Smile Amethyst", and her rival Haruka holds the secondary title of "Continental Orb Topaz". Some of these tend toward the "odd" end of the Word Salad Title scale.
  • Mazinger Z: the machine itself is more than once called "The Invincible Tower of Black Iron". Mazinkaiser carries on the tradition of being called the "Demon God of Justice".
  • Metal Armor Dragonar's Char Clone, Maiyo Plato is known as the 'Blue Eagle of Giganos'.
  • The eponymous Murder Princess, Falis, who didn't actually get that nickname in-universe 'till right at the end of the anime. She's mostly called that by enemies of her kingdom... but not when she's within earshot. Mostly because, if you're an enemy of her kingdom and within earshot of her, you're most likely already dead.
  • The resident cape of My Hero Academia, All Might, is also known as "the Symbol of Peace," a responsibility he takes very seriously. A few other pro heroes have Red Baron type sobriquets as well, such as Present Mic ("the Voice Hero") and Midnight ("the 18+ Hero").
  • Naruto: The Yellow Flash of Konohanote , The White Fang of Konohanote , The Demon of the Hidden Mist,note  The God of Shinobi,note  The Professor,note  The Legendary Sannin (The Toad Sage,note  The Slug Princess/The Legendary Sucker,note  and The White Snake,note ) the Zombie Combo,note  The Copy Ninja/Kakashi of the Sharingan,note  The God of Amegakurenote ...
    • The Bloody Habanero/Red Hot-blooded Habanero and The Orange Hokage for Kushina Uzumaki and Naruto Uzumaki, respectively.
  • In the One Piece universe, it seems like everyone will be given a badass epithet once acquiring the first bounty. Below are some notable examples.
    • The Straw Hat crew: "Straw Hat" Luffy, "Pirate Hunter" Zoro, "Cat Burglar" Nami, "Devil Child" Nico Robin, "King of the Snipers" Sogeking (also known as Usopp), "Black Leg" Sanji, "Cyborg" Franky, and "Humming/Soul King" Brook. ("Cotton Candy Lover" Chopper doesn't really count though.) Usopp was later known as "God" Usopp and got a drastic bounty increase to match. Luffy is an inverted case in that the phrase "Straw Hat" would not innately bring fear to people, but in-universe, Luffy's actions have been so bold and so terrifying to those who'd cross him that Luffy has unintentionally made "Straw Hat" into a fear-inducing pair of words.
    • The Worst Generation: "Captain" Eustass Kid, "Massacre Soldier" Killer, "Magician" Basil Hawkins, "Red Flag" X. Drake, "Surgeon of Death" Trafalgar Law, "Roar of the Sea" Scratchmen Apoo, "Big Eater" Jewelry Bonney, "Gang" Capone Bege, and "Mad Monk" Urouge.
    • The (original) Seven Warlords of the Sea: "Hawk-Eye" Dracule Mihawk, "Sir" Crocodile, "Tyrant" Bartholomew Kuma, "Heavenly Demon" Donquixote Doflamingo, "Pirate Empress" Boa Hancock, "Knight of the sea" Jinbe. (Gekko Moriah does not have one.)
    • The Four Emperors: "Whitebeard" Edward Newgate, "Red-Haired" Shanks, Kaido "of the Beasts", "Big Mom" Charlotte Linlin, and "Blackbeard" Marshall D. Teach.
      • Whitebeard pirates Division Commanders: Marco "The Phoenix", "Fire Fist" Ace, "Diamond" Jozu, "Flower Sword" Vista.
    • On the Government side of the law, we have: "Aokijinote " Kuzan, "Kizarunote " Borsalino, "Akainunote " Sakazuki, "Fujitoranote " Issho, Sengoku "The Buddha", Garp "The Fist", "Demon Bamboo" Vergo, and Smoker "The White Hunter".
    • Here's more miscellaneous ones: "Foxfire" Kin'emon, Cavendish "of the White Horse" (He's also known as the "Pirate Prince"), Bartolomeo "the Cannibal" (not literally), Rebecca "the Undefeated Woman" (She's also known as "the Phantom Princess"), Buggy "the Clown" (Later upgraded to "the Star Clown"), Oars "The Devil" (Also known as "The Continent-Puller"), "The Adventurer" Fisher Tiger, Ryuma "The King", Van Augur "the Supersonic", "Death God" Doc Q, "Corrupt King" Avalo Pizarro, "Evening Shower" Kanjuro, "Wet-Haired" Caribou, "Blood-Splatterer" Coribou, "Thunder Soldier" Kyros, Shiryu "of the Rain", "Demon Sheriff" Lafitte, Jack "the Drought", Queen "the Plague", and King "he Conflagration".
  • Overman King Gainer has Gain, who is known as the Black Southern Cross.
  • Parodied with Kuno in Ranma ½ who keeps giving himself nicknames that no one else recognizes, starting with "Blue Thunder of Furinkan High".
  • Yomiko Readman of Read or Die is known as The Paper. This name is apparently given to the most talented Paper Master of the British Library and is passed on whenever one retires or dies. Yomiko is the 19th person to be issued that codename. Her deceased lover/mentor Donny Nakajima was the 18th.
  • In The Record of a Fallen Vampire, the protagonist and one of the eponymous fallen vampire is Akabara "Red Rose" Strauss. Meanwhile, his queen, Adelheid, became known as the Moonlight of Corrosion because of a tragic and bloody incident in the past where she almost annihilated all vampires. We also have his Dhampire subordinate Leticia, who garners the nicknames "Lety" and "Mountain Cat", and there's Strauss' mortal enemy, who's known only by her moniker, "The Black Swan".
  • Kenshin from Rurouni Kenshin was known as the Hitokiri Battousai (or Battousai the Man-Slayer, for those who are into English dubs) during the Bakumatsu, as a reference to his profession (assassin) and his sword fighting style.
    • Hajime Saito is known as the Wolf of Mibu.
    • Sanosuke originally had "Zanza"(short for Sanosuke of the Zanbato) when he was a fighter-for-hire. At the end of the series, Yahiko earns one himself: "The man who has caught 1000 blades".
    • He tries to dissociate himself from it; people accepting that the name does not define him constitute several meaningful moments in the series. Chiefly Kaoru at the beginning, but Aoshi contradicting Saito from "Battousai" to "Kenshin" at almost the very end bears remembering, too.
      • An advantage of 'Hitokiri Battousai' being so infamous was that only a minority of people even knew he was "Himura Battousai", and practically nobody was aware of the personal name "Kenshin".
    • In the first deeply serious fight in the series, versus the psycho assassin Jin'e Udo (Kurogasa), he gets into trash-talk mode and says, "let me show you the meaning of the name, Battousai." (Apparently it means he is the best damn Iaijutsu Practitioner in Japan. Hiten Mitsurugi Style has a lot of battojutsu, or iai techniques.)
  • In Samurai Champloo: The final antagonist is nicknamed the Hands of God. He is fighting the two protagonists by himself in a one sided battle, something no one has done in the series and his swordsmanship might as well be magic.
  • The Flame Haze of Shakugan no Shana have... interesting titles, to which they are always referred to by, except by close friends. These include: The Arbiter of Reverse Reasoning, The Master Throne, The Specialist of Everything, and The Interpreter of Condolences.
    • And going even further, Shana doesn't actually have a name besides her title, The Red-Hot Eyed Flame Haired Hunter, until Yuji gives her one.
  • The Sky Crawlers has a feared ace known simply as "The Teacher".
    • In the game, he is known as, in order, "Lynx", "Cheetah" and finally, as the "Black Cat" as the game goes on and his fame spreads.
  • Slayers: Lina Inverse, the Bandit Killer, the Doramata (Dragon Spooker), the Enemy of All Who Live. She's not too fond of the last two but will cheerfully use the first.
    • The Heartless Sorcerer Swordsman, and his friend Mummy Man.
  • In Soul Eater, the sweet, ditzy blonde lady Marie Mjolnir is aptly nicknamed the Crusher. (She turns out to be a Lightning Bruiser.) Justin is known as the Executioner, as his weapon form is a guillotine. Maybe a running thing for Death Scythes, although the others have no such nicknames (although being called the 'Demon' such-and-such' could be enough on its own).
    • Spirit's title is Death Scythe due to his form being a Scythe and having the Death Scythe status. Or because he's literally Death's scythe, as in the personal weapon of Death.
  • Marie Angel of Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross is nicknamed the "Cosmo Amazon".
  • Sword Art Online
    • Many of the more prominent fighters on the front lines get names like this. Kirito is known as the "Black Swordsman" (both for his Elucidator and Black Cloak of Midnight), while Asuna is known as "Lightning Flash" in SAO (for her unbelievable speed) and the "Berserk Healer" in ALO due to being a healer who uses melee attacks.
    • The Mother's Rosario Arc gives us Zekken (lit "Absolute Blade"), who has a 67 duel winning streak, including one against Kirito. Kirito goes so far as to say that were Zekken a player in SAO, they would have gotten the Dual Wielding skillnote  instead of him.
    • In Gun Gale Online, Sinon is nicknamed "Hecate", the same name as her Weapon of Choice, the PGM Ultima Ratio Hecate II, which she wields with deadly efficiency.
    • In Sword Art Online: Alternative Gun Gale Online small, fast LLENN gets the nickname "Pink Devil" as an infamous Player Killer clad all in pink hanging out in a pink-tinged desert.
  • Tenchi Muyo! GXP: The protagonist gains the nickname "Lorelei" Seina, because his weaponized bad luck, like the German siren's song, lures (Space Pirate) ships to their doom.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Simon The Digger.
    • THE MIGHTY KAMINA!!!
    • Subverted with Lordgenome in that it's actually his name. The reason is that, instead of being Lord Genome, it was combined to Lordgenome to reduce confusion among Japanese readers/viewers about "lord" being a title, rather than a part of the character's first name.
  • Wild Tiger, veteran from Tiger & Bunny is also known as the Crusher of Justice, due to his bad habit of massive collateral damage.
  • In Tokyo Ghoul, many Ghouls have aliases gained as a result of some trait or behavior. Some were assigned to them by the CCG or the Media, while others actively create an identity. In general, they serve as a warning since only dangerous Ghouls manage to move from a Case Number to an alias. A few Investigators also manage to gain a nickname as a result of their deeds.
    • "Binge Eater" Rize, a woman infamous for her appetite and selfishness.
    • The protagonist, Kaneki, earns several along the way — "Eyepatch", "One-Eyed Kaneki", and "Centipede".
    • Ghoul Investigator Kishou Arima has earned himself quite a few, being something of a living legend — "Death God", "The Undefeated Investigator", "The Jack", and "CCG's Reaper".
    • "Corpse Collector" Arata, The Indomitable Shinohara, and "Demon" Tsuneyoshi.
    • Haise Sasaki of the sequel Re: eventually comes to be known as the Black Reaper, to contrast Arima's white color scheme (presumably, Arima would be called White Reaper to distinguish between them). Sasaki is also a (formerly) amnesiac Kaneki, so he also has his titles from the first Tokyo Ghoul, though only Eyepatch has seen some use since.
  • Tokyo Ravens has the Divine Generals, with Child Prodigy Dairenji Suzuka, Omnipotent Sword Kogure Zenjirou, The Shadow Ohtomo Jin (who later gets upgraded to White Yatagarasu), Ogre Eater Kagami Reiji, Divine Fan Amami Daizen, Enma/ Fire Demon Miyachi Iwao, Binding Princess Yuge Mari, Divine Eye Miyoshi Tougo, Heaven's Bearer Kurahashi Genji, The Professor Dairenji Shidou.
    • Kakugyouki is also often referred to as the One-Armed Ogre.
  • Trigun - Vash the Stampede is such a Walking Disaster Area that he gets dubbed the "Humanoid Typhoon" (and actually gets reclassified as an "Act of God" by the planet's biggest insurance company so it doesn't have to pay out damages incurred in connection with him).
    • Tort law says WTF about that, by the way, and presumably they start offering Stampede Insurance packages, since the odds of Vash actually turning up and rescuing any particular location are low enough that with the right pitch they could make a killing. As long as the Big Bad doesn't use him to blow up any more cities. And no one insures the moon.
    • Other parties in the series have such names, noms-de-guerre at least, usually in the form of The Magnificent, but most of them aren't especially widely feared, if only because they kill most people who hear about them. Manga Wolfwood appears to have possessed a certain cache in the Professional Killers community that earned him the name Nicholas the Punisher, but it's possible he was just assigned that title by his bosses. So it's just the Hero with Bad Publicity who's blood-chillingly notorious.
  • In Uma Musume, several of the top racers have earned suitably badass titles. This includes Symboli "Emperor" Rodolf, Narita "Shadow Roll Monster" Brian, and "Super Car" Maruzensky.
  • In Vinland Saga, most characters with nicknames simply add their epithets to their given name. The exception to this is Thors Snorresson, main character Thorfinn's father, who was simply known as "The Troll of Jom" without a name attached. Given that the Jomsvikings are the setting's main Badass Army, the fact that they referred to him as "The Troll" implies they considered him extraordinary even by their standards.
  • Witch Craft Works: A schoolgirl who is secretly a member of the city-protecting witch circle gets introduced first as a delinquent trying to destroy the protagonist's position of power at his high-school. Her nickname is "Bearslayer", owing to the fact she killed a vicious rampaging predator with her bare hands on one occasion in the past. The animal was a large tiger, and the tiger's name was Lucky Bear.
  • In The World God Only Knows, Keima is known to the Dating Sim world as the "God of Conquest" for his unrivaled skill and knowledge in the genre.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX has two prominent examples, both of which get dropped in the English dub.
    • Manjyome "Thunder", which stems from his Catchphrase. Whenever anybody calls him "Manjyoume", he insists "It's Manjyome-san!" - in Japanese, "Manjyome-san da!". Since that would be a real bear to adapt into English, the dub drops the whole thing in favor of him calling himself "The Chazz".
    • "Kaiser" Ryo Marufuji, The Ace of the Academy in the first season, is rarely called by anything but his nickname. In the second season, he freaks out and the title upgrades to "Hell Kaiser" for the remainder of the series.
  • The future selves of the main characters of Zettai Karen Children each get one of these nicknames. Kaoru is the "Queen of Catastrophe", Aoi is the "Lightspeed Goddess", and Shiho is the "Untouchable Empress". In what we can only assume is a Stable Time Loop, the Big Bad who's seen the future through precognition refers to them by these names in the present and gets his entire organization to as well... which means that they're named after themselves.


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