Names to Run Away From Really Fast/Animal
A form of Names to Run Away From Really Fast: People and families can have animals, real and mythological, as part of their names, but in fiction it's usually a dangerous sign to meet someone with a predatory animal in their name. Wolf, dragon, lion, tiger, coyote, snake.
Note that animal names can go either way depending on the setting; they can imply evil, or can simply be used to imply that a character is fierce and dangerous, and as such, can be used for good characters or even heroes. Some animals are tipped more one way than others, of course; lions and wolves can imply nobility, but snakes and scorpions usually don't.
- 1 Bear
- 2 Bull
- 3 Coyote
- 4 Crow
- 5 Dragon
- 6 Eagle
- 7 Falcon
- 8 Flamingo
- 9 Fox (Vixen, Reynard, etc.)
- 10 Hawk
- 11 Jackal
- 12 Lion (Leo, Leonidas, etc.)
- 13 Monkey
- 14 Mustelids (weasels, skunks, badgers, and wolverines)
- 15 Other wildcat species
- 16 Raptor
- 17 Raven
- 18 Scorpion
- 19 Shrike
- 20 Snake (Viper, Cobra, etc)
- 21 Spider
- 22 Tiger
- 23 Wolf (Wolfen, Wulf, Adolf, Lupin, Volk, etc.)
- 24 Web Comics
- 25 Other
Most kinds of bear aren't well-known or catchy enough to get their own section, but watch out for anyone who goes by "Grizzly" or "Kodiak". However Russian bears (as a name, nickname, or title) definitely fit in this trope.
- Ursa (her name meaning 'she-bear') from Avatar: The Last Airbender is an aversion. Despite being the wife of the Fire Lord, she is shown to be a kind and loving mother ...who admittedly killed Azulon, the then-Fire Lord, for threatening the life of her son.
- Ursula. The name actually means "little she-bear," but she turns it into a Name to Run Away From anyway.
- Thady "The Bull" McCabe from John B. Keane's drama The Field.
- Karasu from Noein, a badass with ridiculous speed and strength, along with the power to warp time and space.
- The Karas, supernatural guardians of Japan's human and Youkai population, who can turn into and cars and jets and stop time.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's: Crow, the Robinhood-esque, heavily Markered friend of Yusei.
- Ashe Corven from The Crow series also qualifies, as it appears to be derived from 'corvus', the Latin word for 'crow'.
- Karasu (Japanese for crow) from Three of Heart, One of Blood doesn't seem like this at first: He offers to Bring Yukimori back to life. Unfortunately, it doesn't hold, as he's a Legacy and can't raise the dead -- but he can cast extremely realistic illusions.
- From One Piece, Dragon the Revolutionary. As noted further down, also overlaps with "Monkey."
- Dragin from yerCake.
- Drago from Rocky 4.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender:
- Uncle Iroh, nicknamed "The Dragon of the West".
- Long Feng, whose name means "Dragon Phoenix" in Chinese. Bonus points for sounding like "long fang".
- Draco, a lawmaker from ancient Greece, from whom we get the term "draconian" as in "draconian penalties", meaning extremely harsh penalties. His name is similar enough to the Greek word for dragon, and so little is known about the man himself, that it's up for debate whether this is a coincidence, or whether Draco is an assumed name chosen to invoke this trope.
- Vlad Dracul and his son Vlad Dracula of Wallachia (the bynames meaning "dragon" and "the dragon's son" respectively), who were certainly apt to invoke this trope in their lifetime. The name, however, has a relatively harmless origin story, as it became the elder Vlad's nickname when he joined the the Order of the Dragon, a late-medieval chivalric order.
- Billy Drago is the stage name of a character actor who generally plays Smug Snake variants. Coincidentally, it's his mother's real surname.
- Sir Francis Drake works if you're Spanish.
- Lord Vetinari of the Discworld series often reminds people of a sober flamingo. A predatory one.
- CJ's Secret Service codename on The West Wing is flamingo. She does not appreciate this.
CJ: The flamingo is a ridiculous-looking bird!
Fox (Vixen, Reynard, etc.)
- In the Rush Hour sequels, not one but two villains have names that translate to "Fox" in that character's native language: Hu Li, from 2, and Inspector Renard from 3.
- After The Fox, starring Peter Sellers as the criminal Master of Disguise "The Fox". Of course, this is a subversion, played for laughs.
- Renard, the Big Bad of The World Is Not Enough.
- Steve Fox from Tekken.
- Metal Gear: Pretty much every member of Foxhound.
- Star Fox.
- La Volpe from Assassin's Creed.
- Vulpes Inculta of Fallout: New Vegas.
- Maria Renard from Castlevania: Rondo of Blood and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, and she can kick some ass. Also, Reinhardt Schneider from Castlevania64.
- Frank Hawkes from 1982's Alone in The Dark 1982.
- Hawk of the Legion of Doom.
Pretty much anybody named "Jackal" is either an assassin or a terrorist.
Lion (Leo, Leonidas, etc.)
"Ari", "Aslan" or any non-English variant that's not immediately obvious doesn't count.
- Lion El'Jonson, in addition to being an homage to a poet. Primarch of the Dark Angels of Warhammer 40,000.
- Goku from Dragon Ball. In the first series, he has a tail, the cloud that transports him around, and his magic staff, not to mention adapted forms of many of the companions.
- The title character from the Saiyuki series, a Bishounen-looking fellow restrained by the crown from the original stories, who fights with a staff.
- The Monkey D. family of One Piece, which includes main character Monkey D. Luffy, his father revolutionary leader Monkey D. Dragon, and his fearsome Marine grandfather Vice-Admiral Monkey D. Garp.
- The Baboon Warrior is a post-human 'tagonist (pro-? an-? it's never quite clear) from Shiva3000. He kills malfunctioning Hindu gods.
- One of the lead characters in the oft-retold Journey to the West, Sun Wukong (or Son Goku).
Mustelids (weasels, skunks, badgers, and wolverines)
They may not be particularly dangerous on the surface, but they will be the sort of person who holds a grudge and will not let go of it.
- Years ago there was a comic series starring one Norbert Sikes, who put on a costume and fought crime in the streets as... the Badger. Yeah, he was nuts. It was a great book, though.
- Marvel's Wolverine.
Other wildcat species
- The ultimate Badass from Snow Crash
- Raven is one of the worst of a legion of anti-heroes in Glen Cook's The Black Company series.
- Raven from the HIVE books is an incredibly well-trained ex-Soviet assassin who serves as personal assistant to the school's headmaster.
- Harry Potter -- Ravenclaw, one of the four Houses of Hogwarts.
- Reflections of Eterna: The raven is the crest of Alva's.
- Vulcan Raven and Raging Raven in Metal Gear Solid.
- Subverted, then played straight, then subverted again in Tales of Vesperia.
- Korax (Greek for 'raven'), the Big Bad from Hexen. Something of a pun on the part of RavenSoft who wrote Hexen.
- Raven, the Fire Emblem mercenary who can solo entire maps on his own.
- Badass McNinja (and Wesley Snipes'-lookalike) Raven from Tekken. He'll See You in Hell.
- A lesser known example is the badass bodyguard of the big bad from 2097.
A bird that impales insects or lizards onto sharp branches to feed on them. In short, the animal gets shish-kabobed.
- The Hyperion series by Dan Simmons features a Nigh Invulnerable, time-traveling robot assassin known as The Shrike, who is definitely not someone you want to mess with, primarily because it will live up to its name.
- Shrike the Stalker in the UK release of Mortal Engines (Grike in the US).
- The Edge Chronicles features "shrykes", vicious and merciless birdwomen.
Snake (Viper, Cobra, etc)
- Famed Oakland Raiders (among others) quarterback and noted hellraiser Ken "The Snake" Stabler.
- Orochimaru of Naruto fame. In Japanese, his name is usually written as 大蛇丸; the middle character 「蛇」 means "snake." Additionally, the Orochi (written as 大蛇) is itself an evil snake from Japanese mythology.
- One Piece: Boa Hancock, the "Snake Princess". Also Nefertari Cobra, King of Alabasta.
- Kimba the White Lion: Viper Snakely, the resident Evil Poacher.
- William Makepeace Thackeray had a lovable traitor family named the Crawleys, and Anthony Trollope, who was heavily influenced by him gave the last name to a noble character.
- It's probably worth noting Good Omens has Noble Demon Crowley originally named "Crawly" (he was the serpent in the Garden of Eden), and whose present name is an allusion to famous Satanist Alastair Crowley. (The demon's first name however, subverting this, is Anthony.)
- Harry Potter -- Slytherin House (whose emblem is a snake, and whose name sounds like 'slithery') and its founder Salazar Slytherin. In-universe, "Slytherin alumnus" is almost a synonym of "dark wizard".
- The title character of Blackadder.
- Kamen Rider Ohja. His name translates to Snake King.
- Solid (and Liquid and Solidus) Snake of Metal Gear Solid.
- Serpent from Mega Man ZX, and his company, Slither Inc.
- Orochi, of the Warriors Orochi games.
- Onaga, the name of the Big Bad of Mortal Kombat: Deception, is Japanese for "king cobra". Also, Kobra from the same game.
- The assassin known as "The Azul Viper" in Rift. (Also keep in mind that with a real name like "Kira Thanos," she scarcely needs a nom de guerre.)
- Cobra the Iron Man from Silent Scope.
Much like Fox, it's a trickster's name.
- Onigumo from Inuyasha, whose name is composed of "oni" (a troll or ogre) and "kumo" (spider). And if Kikyo had just run away from him really fast, the whole series could have been averted.
- Pani Poni Dash!: Tsurugi Inugami in addition to Tsurugi, he is also Inugami -- not just an animal, it is a Japanese god.
- Dr. Aranya from Mesa of Lost Women, a play on the word araña, which is Spanish for Spider.
- Lost in Space: Dr. Smith.
- Kamen Rider Tiger.
- Furio Tigre from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials and Tribulations.
- Takeda Shingen, the Tiger of Kai from Sengoku Basara and his ward Sanada Yukimura, known as the Young Tiger.
- Great Tiger, the Indian boxer with access to magical powers of illusion and duplication, from Punch-Out!!.
- General Leang from Command and Conquer Generals, better known as 'The Tigress'.
Wolf (Wolfen, Wulf, Adolf, Lupin, Volk, etc.)
- Averted with Harry Potter's Remus Lupin, even though he is a werewolf. Fenrir Greyback on the other hand is quite the villain (Fenrir is the giant demonic wolf from Norse Mythology).
- Also keep your eye on anyone named Isengrim, Ysengrin or any variant thereof, because they're either a Big Badass Wolf or a Genius Bruiser. Sometimes both, if you're unlucky. He was Reynard the Fox's nemesis in the Reynard cycle, and a certain General Ysengrin is also a villain in Gunnerkrigg Court under the employ of Coyote. Unsurprisingly, he has a wolf's head.
- The Dark Tower and The Stand: Randall Flagg.
- Arkadiy Volkov, Russian chief vampire from the Midnight World. Lampshaded in the chapter La scorta: Count Saint-German's assistant juxtaposes him and the Japanese chief vampire as "White Wolf and Little Black Riding Hood".
- Claudia Wolf from Silent Hill 3.
- Wolf from Need for Speed Carbon.
- Wolf O'Donnell in Star Fox.
- Sniper Wolf of Metal Gear Solid.
- Lang means wolf in Chinese. Shi-Long Lang, from the Ace Attorney series, is meant to have a Big Badass Wolf vibe, but is ultimately a good character.
- Jack Lupino from Max Payne.
- Nightwolf from Mortal Kombat.
- Wolfenstein (2009 video game).
- Adolf Hitler seemed to have had an affinity of some sort for wolves. His first name derives from Athalwolf, Old High German for "noble wolf", and for this reason "Wolf" became his childhood nickname. He later used it as a pseudonym for himself in the 1920s, ostensibly for security reasons. Three of his military headquarters were named Wolfsschanze ("wolf's lair"), Wolfsschlucht ("wolf's chasm"), and Werwolf ("werewolf").
- The Eighth Fighter Wing is collectively known as "The Wolfpack", named after their most famous wing commander, Robin Olds, who used the callsign "Wolf 01" when he lead the 8th in battle during the Vietnam War. Famous for using F-4C Phantoms to imitate the much slower and more vulnerable F-105 Thunderchiefs.
- Vladimir Wolfovich Zhirinovsky is a right-wing Russian politician known for extreme electoral promises and utter lack of principles.
- Sylia Stingray of Bubblegum Crisis.
- From Naruto is Hoshigaki Kisame (Kisame means demon shark) and his sword Samehada (sharkskin). It's also very literally a Meaningful Name, since Kisame looks like a shark, uses shark-based attacks and can fuse with Samehada in a shark hybrid.
- Alligator Nichol from Jackals is not to be trifled with.
- Mega Man 4 brings us Snake Man, Toad Man, and Mega Man Battle Network's Beast Man.EXE (as well as having .EXE versions of the other two). And 10 has Sheep Man.
- King Hippo from Punch-Out!!.
- Wild Dog, the recurring villain of the Time Crisis series.
- The Do Don Pachi("mad boss bee") series, and its recurring True Final Boss, Hibachi("fire bee").