No matter what your motivation may be, everyone can see the appeal of using a tough nickname for intimidation, and all you have to do to find them is look to the street.
This article contains a large variety of street names and aliases that have been used by gang members, the mob, and a wide range of other criminals (past and present).
CSKA Moscow small forward Andrei Kirilenko was once a ferocious defender for the Utah Jazz. While he was interestingly born in the city of Izhevsk, where the AK-47 is actually manufactured, it's his number and initials that also sparked this unique moniker. Fourteen consecutive wins and nine title defenses (the longest of both streaks in UFC history), MMA legend Anderson Silva's silky web only grows with every victory. Some believe Cy Young winner Roy Halladay garnered his potent nickname from American Old West gambler and gunfighter Doc Holliday. Halladay is a steady surgeon on the pitching mound. It's only natural that Carlos "The Horse" Lee owns and operates cattle ranches in Panama and Houston and has a loyal fanbase by the name of Los Caballitos (little horses). Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan may have made enemies when he missed a penalty kick in the last minute of extra-time in Ghana's quarterfinal defeat by Uruguay at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but he's certainly gaining their trust back with his rapping prowess. If only his first name was somehow Fran, his name would read Fran Sanchize. From The Huntington Beach Bad Boy to The People's Champ, former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz continues to shock the world with his collection of alter egos.
Richard Hamilton's biography states that his father was nicknamed Rip because of his affinity for ripping his own diapers as a toddler, and young Richard inherited the name as what we believe to be tradition. The Cali-bred fighter may have a tough time keeping the latter nickname if he loses to Forrest Griffin at UFC 148, allegedly his last fight.
After scanning the collection of today's sportspeople with nicknames, we've compiled the 100 best. Wailuku-born Philly Shane Victorino also goes by the name of The Pineapple Express for his tropical heritage and blazing speed.
From pineapple to cheesesteaks, Victorino has endured one of the more unique transitions.
Looking for a good gangsta nickname or moniker to make you sound just a little bit tougher?
Perhaps you're a trucker looking for a cool handle or alias to use on your CB, or just a regular Joe looking for an assumed name to use in some online group.
Toney chalked up victories over several high-profile names in his 20-plus-year career, including Mike Mc Callum, Iran Barkley, Michael Nunn and Evander Holyfield.
With over 80 fights and world championships in three weight classes, "Lights Out" is a no-brainer for induction into the boxing Hall of Fame.
Arturo "Thunder" Gatti wasn't the most skilled fighter in the ring, but you'd be hard-pressed to find a gutsier warrior who ever stepped between the ropes.
Check out this article for a convenient and solid list of awesome nicknames, separated by male and female categories and listed in alphabetical order. The best nicknames always require a little work to come up with. They also seem to pick out the best among a wide selection of nicknames.
Ever since I saw the film Top Gun, I've dreamed of having a cool nickname like Maverick or Iceman.