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* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', the dinosaur that [[spoiler:Belkar resuces]] is later named "Bloodfeast the Extreme-inator" by Belkar. While the others in the Order are skeptical about the name, [[spoiler:he points out it's not really a good time, because they're currently being attacked by Tarquin and his party]], and it's not really brought up again. Somewhat subverted in that the dinosaur isn't actually given that name until after he's been polymorphed into a small, largely harmless lizard.
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-->-- Creator/ImageComics co-founder and Top Cow president '''Marc Silvestri''' [[http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=37906 at the 2012 Emerald City Comic Con]].

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-->-- Creator/ImageComics co-founder and Top Cow president '''Marc Silvestri''' [[http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=37906 at the 2012 Emerald City Comic Con]].

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* The miniseries ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloodlines_(comics) Bloodlines]]'' produced a whole slew of these: Ballistic, Cardinal Sin, Edge, Gunfire, Hook, Jamm, Krag, Loose Cannon, Mongrel ([[UnfortunateImplications an African-American/Vietnamese superhero]]), Nightblade, Razorsharp, Terrorsmith... it goes on and on. There was also Hitman, who was [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin exactly that]], but his comic ran with it, in a BlackComedy sort of way. In Hitman's own series, there was Nightfist, a tough vigilante who shows no mercy and ''will'' hit you, with his fists, hard.

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* The miniseries ''[[http://en.''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloodlines_(comics) Bloodlines]]'' produced a whole slew of these: Ballistic, Cardinal Sin, Edge, Gunfire, Hook, Jamm, Krag, Loose Cannon, Mongrel ([[UnfortunateImplications an African-American/Vietnamese superhero]]), Nightblade, Razorsharp, Terrorsmith... it goes on and on. There was also Hitman, who was [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin exactly that]], but his comic ran with it, in a BlackComedy sort of way. In Hitman's own series, there was Nightfist, a tough vigilante who shows no mercy and ''will'' hit you, with his fists, hard.



* Even the ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} went through this phase. Traditionally a bastion of SomethingPerson names, the '90s-era reboot turned Lightning Lad into "Live Wire", Triplicate Girl into "Triad", Colossal Boy into "Leviathan", Princess Projectra into "Sensor", and so forth. When the series was rebooted ''again'' in 2004, most of the new names went by the wayside, and the SomethingPerson codenames returned to the fore.

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* Even the ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} went through this phase. Traditionally a bastion of SomethingPerson names, the '90s-era reboot turned Lightning Lad into "Live Wire", Triplicate Girl into "Triad", "Triad," Colossal Boy into "Leviathan", "Leviathan," Princess Projectra into "Sensor", "Sensor," and so forth. When the series was rebooted ''again'' in 2004, most of the new names went by the wayside, and the SomethingPerson codenames returned to the fore.



* The Creator/GrantMorrison {{Parody}} one-shot ''[[Comicbook/DoomPatrol Doom Force]]'' did not have this with the Doom Force. The mock editorial, however listed many other Doom Force characters with such names as Lock And Load.

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* The Creator/GrantMorrison {{Parody}} {{parody}} one-shot ''[[Comicbook/DoomPatrol Doom Force]]'' did not have this with the Doom Force. The mock editorial, however listed many other Doom Force characters with such names as Lock And Load.



* [[ComicBook/{{Deathstroke}} Deathstroke the Terminator]]. A good example of a character managing to stay top-tier despite a name that seems hilariously over the top today. It's probably for the best [[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans the cartoon]] stuck with "Slade".

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* [[ComicBook/{{Deathstroke}} Deathstroke the Terminator]]. A good example of a character managing to stay top-tier despite a name that seems hilariously over the top today. It's probably for the best [[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans the cartoon]] stuck with "Slade"."Slade."



* Although a mild example, [[ComicBook/GreenArrow Arsenal]] counts. Notably, he started off as "Speedy" when he was a KidSidekick, then became "Arsenal", switched to "Red Arrow" when he joined the JusticeLeagueOfAmerica, and then switched back to "Arsenal" when he went DarkerAndEdgier.
** However, one of the reasons behind Roy's name change was that Arsenal represented that he used other weapons besides a bow, and later, he mastered a form of martial arts that allows him to use anything as a weapon. After the loss of his arm and the death of his daughter Lian in ''Comicbook/JusticeLeagueCryForJustice'', his change back to Arsenal was followed by him completely dropping the bow (his badly designed prosthetic made it unable for him to use a bow like he used to) and switching to knives and some sort of staff on his back.

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* Although a mild example, [[ComicBook/GreenArrow Arsenal]] counts. Notably, he started off as "Speedy" when he was a KidSidekick, then became "Arsenal", "Arsenal," switched to "Red Arrow" when he joined the JusticeLeagueOfAmerica, ComicBook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica, and then switched back to "Arsenal" when he went DarkerAndEdgier.
** However, one of the reasons behind Roy's name change was that Arsenal represented that he used other weapons besides a bow, and later, he mastered a form of martial arts that allows him to use anything as a weapon. After the loss of his arm and the death of his daughter Lian in ''Comicbook/JusticeLeagueCryForJustice'', ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueCryForJustice'', his change back to Arsenal was followed by him completely dropping the bow (his badly designed prosthetic made it unable for him to use a bow like he used to) and switching to knives and some sort of staff on his back.



* Comicbook/TheMaxx, whose series, was ironically, phenomenal. In his own book, the Maxx [[CrossOver met]] The Pitt, an Image character who starred in a rather less distinguished (and shorter-lived) comic.
* ''Comicbook/{{Spawn}}'', who practically epitomized this trope in the 90s.

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* Comicbook/TheMaxx, ComicbBook/TheMaxx, whose series, was ironically, phenomenal. In his own book, the Maxx [[CrossOver [[{{Crossover}} met]] The Pitt, an Image character who starred in a rather less distinguished (and shorter-lived) comic.
* ''Comicbook/{{Spawn}}'', ComicBook/{{Spawn}}, who practically epitomized this trope in the 90s.



** Badrock was initially called a more mild name, "Bedrock", whose CatchPhrase was "Yabba Dabba Doom!" Lawyers from a [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones certain Stone Age town]] resulted in Liefeld and his studio renaming him Badrock, thus invoking this trope.

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** Badrock was initially called a more mild name, "Bedrock", "Bedrock," whose CatchPhrase was "Yabba Dabba Doom!" Lawyers from a [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones certain Stone Age town]] resulted in Liefeld and his studio renaming him Badrock, thus invoking this trope.



* Supporting ''Comicbook/TheSavageDragon'' character [=KillCat=] is a parody of this sort of thing - not that it stopped some writers from having him play the NinetiesAntiHero completely straight, though.

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* Supporting ''Comicbook/TheSavageDragon'' character [=KillCat=] is a parody of this sort of thing - -- not that it stopped some writers from having him play the NinetiesAntiHero completely straight, though.



* ''{{Deadpool}}'' was originally an homage (or ripoff, depending on who you ask) of an '80s [[Franchise/TheDCU DC]] character with a [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks Dark Age]] name, Deathstroke the Terminator (already mentioned, by the way), since you do the "Deathstroke" in the "Deadpool". Deadpool (or dead pool) is an actual word that technically fits the character, even if it does sound very 90's-ish.
* ''Comicbook/{{Venom}}'' (Who had his own DarkerAndEdgier series where he was an AntiHero) and his AxCrazy spawn ''Carnage''. This tradition is also carried on by his spawn Toxin; fortunately [[DarkIsNotEvil he's actually a good guy]].
* Night Thrasher (of ''Comicbook/NewWarriors'' fame). Whose name came from his [[FadSuper advanced weaponized]] ''[[FadSuper skateboard]]'', thank you very much.
** ''Comicbook/SpiderMan'' once lampshaded this. While fighting alongside ''Night Thrasher'' and ''Comicbook/ThePunisher'' he responded to their insults to his name with "Oh please! Insults from someone who sounds like he has [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar naughty nighttime dreams]] and another who sounds like he wants to spank people?!"
* ''[[ComicBook/Marvel2099 X-Men 2099]]'' had some of the best. Skullfire, Bloodhawk, Metalhead, Meanstreak, Junkpile, and Psyclone. Note that those are all members of the actual X-Men[[note]]Though one of them turns traitor almost immediately.[[/note]] - Skullfire in particular is the leader! That said, Skullfire never really used his codename, just going by "Tim" 99% of the time. Apparently even ''he'' knew how 90s that codename it was.
** A notable exception in X-Men 2099 was Serpentina - Tina to her friends. Naturally, she dies in the third issue.

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* ''{{Deadpool}}'' SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} was originally an homage (or ripoff, depending on who you ask) of an '80s 80s [[Franchise/TheDCU DC]] character with a [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks Dark Age]] name, Deathstroke the Terminator (already mentioned, by the way), since you do the "Deathstroke" in the "Deadpool". "Deadpool." Deadpool (or dead pool) is an actual word that technically fits the character, even if it does sound very 90's-ish.
90s-ish.
* ''Comicbook/{{Venom}}'' (Who ComicBook/{{Venom}} (who had his own DarkerAndEdgier series where he was an AntiHero) and his AxCrazy spawn ''Carnage''.Carnage. This tradition is also carried on by his spawn Toxin; fortunately [[DarkIsNotEvil he's actually a good guy]].
** Later, after being separated from the Venon symbiote, Eddie Brock would obtain another symbiote known as Anti-Venom, born of the remnants of the Venom symbiote in Brock's body and his white blood cells with some help from [[ComicBook/BrandNewDay Mister Negative]]. After losing Anti-Venom at the end of ''ComicBook/SpiderIsland'', Brock then is bonded to the Toxin symbiote for a time.
** There has also been [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symbiote_(comics)#Other.2C_side_symbiotes a host of other, lesser symbiotes]] that have appeared in various Spider-Man and Venom-related books, including Dreadface (a symbiote with MindControl powers encountered by the ComicBook/FantasticFour), the five symbiotes spawned from Venom by the Life Foundation (named Scream, Phage, Agony, Riot, and Lasher), Hybrid (a merger of the aforementioned Life Foundation symbiotes sans Scream), and Scorn (a piece of the Carnage symbiote recovered after its apparent demise at the hands of ComicBook/TheSentry). Like Toxin, several of them are heroic in nature, but they have a habit of being used as CListFodder to advance the plotlines of the "main" symbiotes.
* Night Thrasher (of ''Comicbook/NewWarriors'' ''ComicBook/NewWarriors'' fame). Whose name came from his [[FadSuper advanced weaponized]] ''[[FadSuper skateboard]]'', thank you very much.
** ''Comicbook/SpiderMan'' ComicBook/SpiderMan once lampshaded this. While fighting alongside ''Night Thrasher'' Night Thrasher and ''Comicbook/ThePunisher'' ComicBook/ThePunisher, he responded to their insults to his name with "Oh please! Insults from someone who sounds like he has [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar naughty nighttime dreams]] and another who sounds like he wants to spank people?!"
* ''[[ComicBook/Marvel2099 X-Men 2099]]'' had some of the best. Skullfire, Bloodhawk, Metalhead, Meanstreak, Junkpile, and Psyclone. Note that those are all members of the actual X-Men[[note]]Though X-Men [[note]]though one of them turns traitor almost immediately.[[/note]] - immediately[[/note]] -- Skullfire in particular is the leader! That said, Skullfire never really used his codename, just going by "Tim" 99% of the time. Apparently even ''he'' knew how 90s that codename it was.
** A notable exception in X-Men 2099 was Serpentina - -- Tina to her friends. Naturally, she dies in the third issue.



* Also from the 70s - Raza Longknife, Killraven and Daimon Hellstrom (the Son of Satan).
* Probably as a reference to the Dark Age of Supernames is Speedball, who changed his name to Penance supposedly to become "deep" and to escape his comedy-character background, because of the [[Comicbook/CivilWar Stamford incident]]. His cat Niels is renamed "P-cat the Penitent Puss". (He has since gone back to Speedball, and Niels now goes by the moniker "Hairball" in his adventures with the Comicbook/PetAvengers.)

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* Also from the 70s - 70s: Raza Longknife, Killraven and Daimon Hellstrom (the Son of Satan).
* Probably as a reference to the Dark Age of Supernames is Speedball, who changed his name to Penance supposedly to become "deep" and to escape his comedy-character background, because of the [[Comicbook/CivilWar [[ComicBook/CivilWar Stamford incident]]. His cat Niels is renamed "P-cat the Penitent Puss". Puss." (He has since gone back to Speedball, and Niels now goes by the moniker "Hairball" in his adventures with the Comicbook/PetAvengers.ComicBook/PetAvengers.)



** The trade for ''ComicBook/TheTransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers'' gives us a standout example, even though we never see him in person - ''Gorelock''.

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** The trade for ''ComicBook/TheTransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers'' gives us a standout example, even though we never see him in person - -- ''Gorelock''.



* ''{{Hyperkind}}'', one of the comics in Marvel's "Razorline" imprint (a vanity imprint for Creator/CliveBarker), had three of its four heroes with this sort of name (and the last a borderline case): Armatta, Logix, Amokk, and Bliss. To be fair, there was a certain amount of LampshadeHanging for two of the names, as Amokk was a comic geek, and selected his and Logix's names specifically because that's how they did it in comic books at the time.

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* ''{{Hyperkind}}'', ''Hyperkind'', one of the comics in Marvel's "Razorline" imprint (a vanity imprint for Creator/CliveBarker), had three of its four heroes with this sort of name (and the last a borderline case): Armatta, Logix, Amokk, and Bliss. To be fair, there was a certain amount of LampshadeHanging for two of the names, as Amokk was a comic geek, and selected his and Logix's names specifically because that's how they did it in comic books at the time.



* The spinoff ''Codename: Strykeforce'' featured Stryker leading a team that included Bloodbow and Killrazor.

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* The spinoff spin-off ''Codename: Strykeforce'' featured Stryker leading a team that included Bloodbow and Killrazor.



* Ravenshadow, Pyre, and Flagg of ''ComicBook/RisingStars''. (Flagg later changes to "Patriot", not because it's a better name but due to a real life request from ''Comicbook/AmericanFlagg'' creator Creator/HowardChaykin, which is lampshaded in the storyline itself.)

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* Ravenshadow, Pyre, and Flagg of ''ComicBook/RisingStars''. (Flagg later changes to "Patriot", "Patriot," not because it's a better name but due to a real life request from ''Comicbook/AmericanFlagg'' creator Creator/HowardChaykin, which is lampshaded in the storyline itself.)



* Penance - not the Marvel character who used to be Speedball, nor the young woman with diamond-sharp skin from the 90s X-kids team Gen-X.
* The ''ComicBook/WildCATs'' in Warblade, Grifter, Maul, Zealot, etc.
** Also poked fun at in ''ComicBook/WildCATs'', when Ladytron asks someone "what's up with this kill-hell-death-blood name thing?" Naturally, the other guy makes fun of the name "Ladytron", and hijinx ensue.

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* Penance - -- not the Marvel character who used to be Speedball, nor the young woman with diamond-sharp skin from the 90s X-kids team Gen-X.
* The ''ComicBook/WildCATs'' ''ComicBook/WildCATS'' in Warblade, Grifter, Maul, Zealot, etc.
** Also poked fun at in ''ComicBook/WildCATs'', ''ComicBook/WildCATS'', when Ladytron asks someone "what's up with this kill-hell-death-blood name thing?" Naturally, the other guy makes fun of the name "Ladytron", "Ladytron," and hijinx ensue.



* ''ComicBook/{{Darkchylde}}''. For what you could probably consider bonus points, her real name is Ariel Chylde. Even as a civilian, her name is super kewl!

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* ''ComicBook/{{Darkchylde}}''. For what you could probably consider bonus points, [[StevenUlyssesPerhero her real name is Ariel Chylde.Chylde]]. Even as a civilian, her name is super kewl!



* Parodied ruthlessly with the New Zealand comic ''[[http://www.internationalhero.co.uk/b/blodface.htm Bloodface]]'', and his team the "Bloodgroup", all of whom have Blood in their names, constantly scream and grimace, and are drawn like Rob Liefeld characters. The only female member of the team is called [[PunnyName Wandering]] [[{{Squick}} Menstrual]].

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* Parodied ruthlessly with the New Zealand comic ''[[http://www.internationalhero.co.uk/b/blodface.htm Bloodface]]'', Bloodface,]]'' and his team the "Bloodgroup", "Bloodgroup," all of whom have Blood in their names, constantly scream and grimace, and are drawn like Rob Liefeld characters. The only female member of the team is called [[PunnyName Wandering]] [[{{Squick}} Menstrual]].



* Although the regular heroes in ''Comicbook/AstroCity'' avoid this trope, it was invoked (usually briefly) for characters who appeared during the series' aptly-named "Dark Age", such as Stonecold, Broadsword, Hellhound, Pale Horseman, and Hollowpoint.

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* Although the regular heroes in ''Comicbook/AstroCity'' avoid this trope, it was invoked (usually briefly) for characters who appeared during the series' aptly-named "Dark Age", Age," such as Stonecold, Broadsword, Hellhound, Pale Horseman, and Hollowpoint.



* Done by ''[[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Disney Disney Italy]], '''twice''''':
** The first time it happened was in 1969, with the character of Paperinik the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Devilish Avenger]]. Did we mention that this is the superhero/antihero alter ego of ''DonaldDuck''?

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* Done by ''[[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Disney Disney Italy]], '''twice''''':
** The first time it happened was in 1969, with the character of Paperinik the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Devilish Avenger]]. Did we mention that this is the superhero/antihero alter ego of ''DonaldDuck''?''WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck''?



* Despite not having anything to do with superheroes, FanFic/LightAndDarkTheAdventuresOfDarkYagami has this in a big way, with OriginalCharacters having names like "Blud", "Dusk", "Khaos", and the unpronounceable "TIOSEFAJ".

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* Despite not having anything to do with superheroes, FanFic/LightAndDarkTheAdventuresOfDarkYagami ''FanFic/LightAndDarkTheAdventuresOfDarkYagami'' has this in a big way, with OriginalCharacters having names like "Blud", "Dusk", "Khaos", "Blud," "Dusk," "Khaos," and the unpronounceable "TIOSEFAJ".
"TIOSEFAJ."



* In ''{{Literature/Shadowboy}}'', the Heroes who are stated as starting in the 90s have names that reflect this. Of particular note being Razordemon.

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* In ''{{Literature/Shadowboy}}'', ''Literature/{{Shadowboy}}'', the Heroes who are stated as starting in the 90s have names that reflect this. Of particular note being Razordemon.



* In the ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' setting "Freedom City", the "Iron Age" of the 1980s involved the criminalization of super-heroics in Freedom City. Enter FORCE Ops ('''F'''reelance '''Or'''ganization of '''C'''riminal '''E'''limination '''Op'''eratives), a bad-ass team of heroes fighting a no-holds-barred battle against crime AND the authoritarian government. Members include: Kismet, a mysterious mercenary; Network, an elite hacker turned into pure energy; and Nightrage, a super-heroic vampire.

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* In the ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' setting "Freedom City", City," the "Iron Age" of the 1980s involved the criminalization of super-heroics in Freedom City. Enter FORCE Ops ('''F'''reelance '''Or'''ganization of '''C'''riminal '''E'''limination '''Op'''eratives), a bad-ass team of heroes fighting a no-holds-barred battle against crime AND the authoritarian government. Members include: Kismet, a mysterious mercenary; Network, an elite hacker turned into pure energy; and Nightrage, a super-heroic vampire.



** Wrestling/DustyRhodes, in his stint as GuestHost of RAW, admits his mistake on that one (complete with humorous Wrestling/SantinoMarella reenactment AND Wrestling/ArnAnderson providing the character's voice, in a ShoutOut to tag-team partner[=/=]{{Kayfabe}} brother Ole Anderson's original role), apologetically saying to [[Wrestling/{{DGenerationX}} [=DeGeneration=] X]] (another great example of this trope, by the way) "I thought it would work!"

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** Wrestling/DustyRhodes, in his stint as GuestHost of RAW, admits his mistake on that one (complete with humorous Wrestling/SantinoMarella reenactment AND Wrestling/ArnAnderson providing the character's voice, in a ShoutOut to tag-team partner[=/=]{{Kayfabe}} brother Ole Anderson's original role), apologetically saying to [[Wrestling/{{DGenerationX}} [=DeGeneration=] DeGeneration X]] (another great example of this trope, by the way) "I thought it would work!"



* Arc System Works' games really loves this trope: From ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' we have Ragna the Bloodedge, Rachel Alucard, Iron Tager, Valkenhayn R. Hellsing, Azrael and Bullet. From ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'', basically almost '''all the cast''' is this, albeit in this case this is justified since most of them are named after heavy metal bands or songs.
** Taken to the point of self parody with the anti-hero protagonist of Guilty Gear, Sol Badguy.
* ''Videogame/{{DeathSpank}}'' is a parody of this trope.
* Darkdeath Evilman, from VideoGame/ZettaiHeroProject.
* Stryker, veteran [[VideoGame/MortalKombat Mortal Kombatant.]]
* Look through the list of ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' main character names and spot when the series went DarkerAndEdgier and [[NinetiesAntiHero super 90s]] {{Cyberpunk}} - [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Cecil Harvey]], [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV Bartz Klauser]], [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Terra Branford]], '''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud Strife]]'''.
* Reaper from ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'', he picked that name to enforce about the upcoming death he's going to bring to his enemies, but combined with his design, it has a side-effect to instead fuel the fans reasons to call him trying too hard as an 'edgelord'.

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* Arc System Works' Creator/ArcSystemWorks' games really loves this trope: trope. From ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' we have Ragna the Bloodedge, Rachel Alucard, Iron Tager, Valkenhayn R. Hellsing, Azrael and Bullet. From ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'', basically almost '''all the cast''' is this, albeit although in this case this is it's justified since [[MusicalThemeNaming most of them are named after heavy metal bands or songs.songs]].
** Taken to the point of self parody self-parody with the anti-hero protagonist of Guilty Gear, ''Guilty Gear'', Sol Badguy.
* ''Videogame/{{DeathSpank}}'' is
Badguy. It's a parody tribute to [[Music/{{Queen}} Freddie Mercury's]] '''sol'''o album, ''Mr. Bad Guy'' (Creator/DaisukeIshiwatari ''[[AuthorAppeal really]]'' likes Queen), but the in-universe explanation given in ''Xrd'' reveals that Sol didn't choose the alias for himself. "Sol" was [[MeaningfulRename bequeathed upon]] [[spoiler:Frederick]] by [[spoiler:Slayer]] because of this trope.
* Darkdeath Evilman,
the former's passionate nature, whereas "Badguy" comes from VideoGame/ZettaiHeroProject.
* Stryker, veteran [[VideoGame/MortalKombat Mortal Kombatant.
reports of an unknown "bad guy" dismantling numerous underground criminal organization during his journey. [[AppropriatedAppellation It stuck.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{DeathSpank}}'' is a parody of this trope.
* Darkdeath Evilman, from ''VideoGame/ZettaiHeroProject''.
* Stryker, veteran [[Franchise/MortalKombat Mortal Kombatant]].
* Look through the list of ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' main character names and spot when the series went DarkerAndEdgier and [[NinetiesAntiHero super 90s]] {{Cyberpunk}} - {{Cyberpunk}}: [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Cecil Harvey]], [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV Bartz Klauser]], [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Terra Branford]], '''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud Strife]]'''.
* Reaper from ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'', he picked that name to enforce about the upcoming death he's going to bring to his enemies, but combined with his design, it has a side-effect to instead fuel the fans reasons to call him trying too hard as an 'edgelord'."edgelord."



-->'''Dechs''': When we're done I'm going to ducktape a name to your forehead.

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-->'''Dechs''': -->'''Dechs:''' When we're done I'm going to ducktape a name to your forehead.



* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', Dr. [=McNinja=]'s brother Sean gives himself the codename "Dark Smoke Puncher," an arguably ludicrous moniker. This fact isn't lost on Doc himself, who says that it sounds like something he got from a friend playing ''VideoGame/{{Counter-Strike}}''.
* El Sabueso from ''Webcomic/TheDreadful'' is intended as a parody of 90's comics and the works of Rob Liefeld, so it's only fitting that his name is Spanish for "The Bloodhound" and that he has a horse named Bludkolt.

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* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', Dr. [=McNinja=]'s brother Sean gives himself the codename "Dark Smoke Puncher," an arguably ludicrous moniker. This fact isn't lost on Doc himself, who says that it sounds like something he got from a friend playing ''VideoGame/{{Counter-Strike}}''.
''VideoGame/CounterStrike''.
* El Sabueso from ''Webcomic/TheDreadful'' is intended as a parody of 90's 90s comics and the works of Rob Liefeld, so it's only fitting that his name is Spanish for "The Bloodhound" and that he has a horse named Bludkolt.



* Website/{{Cracked}} compiled a list of [[http://www.cracked.com/article_14982_9-manliest-names-in-world.html the 9 manliest names in the world]]. It includes Powers Boothe, Stirling Mortlock and Staff Sgt. Max Fightmaster.

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* Website/{{Cracked}} compiled a list of [[http://www.cracked.com/article_14982_9-manliest-names-in-world.html the 9 manliest names in the world]]. world.]] It includes Powers Boothe, Stirling Mortlock and Staff Sgt. Max Fightmaster.



* The Norse were not averse to nicknames like this, "Eric Bloodaxe" and "Björn Ironside" being two famous examples. They also cheerfully inverted it at times - legendary kings such as Ragnar Hairy-Breeches and Ivar the Boneless are remembered alongside men such as Sigurd Snake-In-The-Eye. [[note]]This stems from Norse culture valuing cleverness and other non-standard virtues in their heroes - in this case, surviving a night in a den of poisonous snakes by wearing thick, hairy pants, or being so [[ArtfulDodger nimble]] in combat as to appear fluid and untouchable.[[/note]]
* Some [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Real-life_superhero Real Life Superheroes]] have names like Razorhawk, Insignis, Ghost, Ha!, Oni, and Silver Dragon (making up a team called the Black Monday Society); there's also Dark Guardian, Mr. Xtreme, Phantom Zero, Crimson Fist, Geist, Shadow Hare, Mr Ravenblade, Lucid, Catastrophe, and Death's Head Moth.
* A lot of Black Metal stage names, Necrobutcher is a standout.

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* The Norse were not averse to nicknames like this, "Eric Bloodaxe" and "Björn Ironside" being two famous examples. They also cheerfully inverted it at times - -- legendary kings such as Ragnar Hairy-Breeches and Ivar the Boneless are remembered alongside men such as Sigurd Snake-In-The-Eye. [[note]]This stems from Norse culture valuing cleverness and other non-standard virtues in their heroes - in this case, surviving a night in a den of poisonous snakes by wearing thick, hairy pants, or being so [[ArtfulDodger nimble]] in combat as to appear fluid and untouchable.[[/note]]
* Some [[http://en.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Real-life_superhero Real Life Superheroes]] have names like Razorhawk, Insignis, Ghost, Ha!, Oni, and Silver Dragon (making up a team called the Black Monday Society); there's also Dark Guardian, Mr. Xtreme, Phantom Zero, Crimson Fist, Geist, Shadow Hare, Mr Ravenblade, Lucid, Catastrophe, and Death's Head Moth.
* A lot of Black Metal BlackMetal stage names, names; Necrobutcher is a standout.
11th Mar '17 4:14:24 PM nombretomado
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* A couple years before Marvel used the name, MilestoneComics also had a villain named Holocaust. He even had his own miniseries, ''My Name Is Holocaust'', which indeed it was... until it wasn't. For reasons not entirely clear (InUniverse, Comicbook/{{Static}} surmises "Someone just got around to seeing ''Film/SchindlersList''"), Holocaust changed his name to "Pyre". (Perhaps, as with the Marvel example, the name was just ''too'' dark?) In 2010, however, Holocaust turned up again in ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'', using his original name.

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* A couple years before Marvel used the name, MilestoneComics Creator/MilestoneComics also had a villain named Holocaust. He even had his own miniseries, ''My Name Is Holocaust'', which indeed it was... until it wasn't. For reasons not entirely clear (InUniverse, Comicbook/{{Static}} surmises "Someone just got around to seeing ''Film/SchindlersList''"), Holocaust changed his name to "Pyre". (Perhaps, as with the Marvel example, the name was just ''too'' dark?) In 2010, however, Holocaust turned up again in ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'', using his original name.
8th Jan '17 11:51:22 AM nombretomado
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* ''[[{{Marvel2099}} X-Men 2099]]'' had some of the best. Skullfire, Bloodhawk, Metalhead, Meanstreak, Junkpile, and Psyclone. Note that those are all members of the actual X-Men[[note]]Though one of them turns traitor almost immediately.[[/note]] - Skullfire in particular is the leader! That said, Skullfire never really used his codename, just going by "Tim" 99% of the time. Apparently even ''he'' knew how 90s that codename it was.

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* ''[[{{Marvel2099}} ''[[ComicBook/Marvel2099 X-Men 2099]]'' had some of the best. Skullfire, Bloodhawk, Metalhead, Meanstreak, Junkpile, and Psyclone. Note that those are all members of the actual X-Men[[note]]Though one of them turns traitor almost immediately.[[/note]] - Skullfire in particular is the leader! That said, Skullfire never really used his codename, just going by "Tim" 99% of the time. Apparently even ''he'' knew how 90s that codename it was.
6th Jan '17 5:53:56 PM nombretomado
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* As seen in the (former) quote up top, [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] pokes fun at this trope with his [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks Dark Age]] fanboy character, [[Characters/AtopTheFourthWall 90's Kid]] and his character, Bloodgun. Though in the later review of ''Darker {{Image}}'' #1 even 90's Kid concedes that Deathblow is stupid name.

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* As seen in the (former) quote up top, [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] pokes fun at this trope with his [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks Dark Age]] fanboy character, [[Characters/AtopTheFourthWall 90's Kid]] and his character, Bloodgun. Though in the later review of ''Darker {{Image}}'' Creator/{{Image}}'' #1 even 90's Kid concedes that Deathblow is stupid name.
21st Dec '16 3:42:05 PM ChrisX
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* Reaper from ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'', he picked that name to enforce about the upcoming death he's going to bring to his enemies, but combined with his design, it has a side-effect to instead fuel the fans reasons to call him trying too hard as an 'edgelord'.
7th Dec '16 2:13:59 PM Alexsi
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* [[http://bannable-offenses.blogspot.com/2006/08/whats-in-name.html Dark. Raven. Wing]]. A member who got banned by GM Dave for being named [=DarkRavenWing=].
14th Sep '16 1:51:49 PM pinkdalek
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* Look through the list of ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' main character names and spot when the series went DarkerAndEdgier and [[NinetiesAntiHero super 90s]] {{Cyberpunk}} - [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Cecil Harvey]], [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV Bartz Klauser]], [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Terra Branford]], '''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud Strife]]'''.
8th Aug '16 5:52:26 PM Shishkahuben
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* Curtis Stryker, veteran [[VideoGame/MortalKombat Mortal Kombatant.]]

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* Curtis Stryker, veteran [[VideoGame/MortalKombat Mortal Kombatant.]]



* The Norse were not averse to nicknames like this, "Eric Bloodaxe" and "Björn Ironside" being two famous examples. They also cheerfully inverted it at times.

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* The Norse were not averse to nicknames like this, "Eric Bloodaxe" and "Björn Ironside" being two famous examples. They also cheerfully inverted it at times.times - legendary kings such as Ragnar Hairy-Breeches and Ivar the Boneless are remembered alongside men such as Sigurd Snake-In-The-Eye. [[note]]This stems from Norse culture valuing cleverness and other non-standard virtues in their heroes - in this case, surviving a night in a den of poisonous snakes by wearing thick, hairy pants, or being so [[ArtfulDodger nimble]] in combat as to appear fluid and untouchable.[[/note]]
8th Aug '16 5:45:37 PM Shishkahuben
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* Curtis Stryker, veteran [[VideoGame/MortalKombat Mortal Kombatant.]]
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