->''There are more words out there with "mor" that don't carry such dark tones... So we can't say that this "mor" sound carries darkness and death wherever it goes. But we ''can'' say that it has some dark associations available if we want to use them... And every evil name that has "mor" in it adds to the weight of the association, especially when they're ''famous'' evil names... We don't always know what the authors were thinking. But we do know that they may readily have been influenced by the sound.''
-->-- '''[[http://theweek.com/article/index/257725/why-is-the-mor-in-voldemort-so-evil-sounding.html James Harbeck]]'''

A form of NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Since "mors" is Latin for "death", and many Latin-derived modern languages use something with a close resemblance (works with the English word "mortality", as well as the French "mort", Spanish "muerte", Portuguese or Italian "morte", etc, or even worse German "Mord" for "murder"), any name with mor- or mort- can be used to indicate death or evil.

Morgenstern (Morning Star) is a particular variation that applies specifically to {{Satan}}; see also LouisCypher.



* Morlun from ''SpiderMan''. This guy, among other things, [[spoiler: ate Spider-Man's EYE. Then killed him.]] Sure, Peter got better, but still.
* ComicBook/{{Morbius}} the Living Vampire. He's a good guy at heart -- until he gets hungry.
* Baron Mordo, supervillain enemy of ComicBook/DoctorStrange.
* Judge Mortis, one of the OmnicidalManiac Dark Judges from ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'', whose touch causes people to [[MakeThemRot rot alive]].
* Mordath was the BigBad of ''ComicBook/{{Sojourn}}''.

* Queen Bavmorda from ''Film/{{Willow}}''. GodSaveUsFromTheQueen!
* Judge Morton from ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''
* Morty, the otherworldly shop clerk played by Creator/ChristopherWalken in ''Film/{{Click}}''. He later reveals himself to be [[spoiler:the Angel of Death.]]
* In the US version of ''Film/TheRing'', the StringyHairedGhostGirl is named Samara Morgan.
* Mordo, the main villain of ''Zu Warriors''.

* Mörðr Valgarðsson, one of the few people in Literature/TheIcelandicSagas who come across as unambiguously "evil".
* Mordred, Morgause and Morgan le Fay from the legend of KingArthur.
* In Creator/JRRTolkien's invented Elvish languages, "mor" means dark or black, hence it often appears in "evil" names: Morgoth ("Dark Enemy", Supreme BigBad), {{Mordor}} ("Black/Dark Land" of DarkLord Sauron), Morannon (the "Black Gates" into Mordor), Minas Morgul ("Tower of Dark Sorcery"), ''Moria'' ("dark pit"). But ''mor'' also appears perfectly innocent at other times, e.g. in the girl's name Morwen ("dark/black maid", referencing hair color).
* Mordaunt, Milady de Winter's evil son in ''Literature/TwentyYearsAfter''.
* Morlocks, from the novel ''Literature/TheTimeMachine'', who were the namesake of ''Franchise/XMen'''s Morlocks and the basis for the novel ''Morlock Night'' (which makes them even more intelligent and dangerous).
** It is theorised the name is an allusion to the Semitic God Molech, who had children burnt before him, while the Morlocks eat the childlike Eloi.
* Also by Creator/HGWells, ''Literature/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau''.
* Literature/SherlockHolmes' archnemesis, Professor Moriarty (and ''his'' right-hand man, Colonel Sebastian Moran). WordOfGod has it that Moriarty was named after a real, extremely violent, criminal whose name Doyle spotted in a newspaper.
* Literature/HarryPotter's foe Voldemort, meaning "Flight of death" or "Theft of death" in French. [[spoiler: And if you say his name in ''Deathly Hallows'', you really do have to Apparate. Really fast.]]
** Bonus points to him for making it up himself with [[spoiler:an anagram of his real name.\\
-->Tom Marvolo Riddle = I Am Lord Voldemort]]
** There's also the spell which summons his Death Eaters' symbol, ''Morsmordre''.
** As well as his maternal uncle, Morfin Gaunt, who had a tendency to nail snakes to doors.
* Mort of ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' plays this trope both ways: he's initially the skinny little nervous guy you might stereotypically expect a real-life "Mort" to be...until he takes his destined role as apprentice to Death.
* Jack Mort, psychopath in ''Franchise/TheDarkTower''.
** Mordred from the later books.
* Morgan Sloat/Morgan of Orris in ''Literature/TheTalisman''.
* Morkai the Red, a minor character but powerful wizard in the early [[ForgottenRealms Drizzt]] novels, who is vicious and dogged in paying back those who ''killed him''.
* Moridin from ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''. Dangerously insane, third most powerful evil person in the world (after the Dark One and his avatar), name means "death" in the {{Fictionary}} of the books, and just to top it all off, his previous name: [[spoiler:[[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic Ishamael, a.k.a. Ba'alzamon]]]]. ''Oh, like it wasn't obvious.''
** Mordeth from the same series. Bonus points for almost having "Death" in his name as well.
* Mordion from ''Literature/{{Hexwood}}'', who has the face of a skull and is tasked with killing political enemies.
* The Mord-Sith, a PraetorianGuard of {{Torture Technician}}s in the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' universe.
* Morda from ''[[Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain Taran Wanderer]]'' is another evil wizard.
* Mord the brutal gaoler from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''.
** The historical figure King Morgon Banefort, the last Hooded King, who was said to be a necromancer.
** The ancient, one-eyed Mors "[[CreepyCrows Crowfood]]" Umber, one of two [[EvilUncle shifty uncles]] of ambiguous loyalty who declare for opposite sides in the War for the North, once the main line of Greatjon and Smalljon Umber are dead or captured.
* Commonly used by dark elves in ''Literature/TheRiftwarCycle'', e.g. Morandis.
* Morgra from David Clement-Davies' novel ''The Sight''.
* ''Literature/TheNeverendingStory'' has the villain G'mork, the servant of the Nothing, and Morla The Ancient One, who, while not being a villain, represents the nihilism and atrophication which allows the Nothing to take hold.
* Morzan from the ''Literature/InheritanceCycle''.
* Morisant, the corrupt wizard from the ''Literature/{{Fablehaven}}'' series.
* Sarah Mortis in ''Literature/{{Duumvirate}}''. She tends to live up to it.
* Literature/MorvernCallar is not someone to share your manuscript or your vacation with.
* In the ''Literature/OldKingdom'' series you had best be aware of Mordauts, Mordicants, and several other horrible dead things that want to eat your life force.
* The humorous FairyTale deconstruction ''Literature/EnchantedForestChronicles'' has Morwen as an aversion: she's a good witch and something of the TeamMom.
* Lord Mordaunt in ''Literature/TheWitchWatch''. He's even a ''Viscount'' of ''Ravenstead''.
* The ''Literature/{{Belgariad}}'' gives us Mordja, a Demon Lord associated with the Morindim.
* Madame Morrible in ''Literature/{{Wicked}}'', whose name also rhymes with "horrible".
* The ''Literature/{{Shannara}}'' series alone has Mord Wraiths, the Moric, the Dagda Mor, and the Morgawr, the latter two being {{Big Bad}}s.
* Morgarath, a major villain in the ''Literature/RangersApprentice'' series.
* Valentine and Sebastian Morgenstern of ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'', both being rogue Shadowhunters [[spoiler:,though the both of them also possess demon blood,]] hellbent on committing genocide on all Downworlders and... well... just about everyone, respectively.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Mr. Morden, agent of the Shadows in ''Series/BabylonFive''.
* Morticia Addams, whose [[Series/TheAddamsFamily entire family]] parodied horror tropes.
* Mordecai Sahmbi, the BigBad of ''Series/TimeTrax''.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has [[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E5TheBrainOfMorbius Morbius]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E5TheKeysOfMarinus the Morpho]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E6TheCavesOfAndrozani Morgus]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS22E5Timelash the Morlox]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E1Battlefield Morgaine]]... Arguably, with some slightly different spelling, Mawdryn.
* Morgause and Mordred from ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', just like in the legend. And... [[spoiler: Morgana after her FaceHeelTurn.]]
* The ''Series/WarOfTheWorlds'' TV series {{retcon}}ned the Martians into Mor-Taxans from the planet Mor-Tax (and later, Morthren from the planet Morthrai.)
* ''Series/{{Lexx}}'' offers Mort, who wants to reanimate the severed head of his unrequited love by attaching parts harvested from corpses--and if necessary, the living.
* Throughout ''Series/{{Angel}}'', the ruthless Lilah Morgan is the most-featured representative of demonic law firm Wolfram & Hart.
* ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'' had the Morlocks and their general, Morticon, as ongoing villains.
** ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'' had Mora/Morgana as TheDragon.
* ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Knight_(TV_series) Dark Knight]]'', a "re-imaginded update" of Ivanhoe (with Robin Hood and Camelot thrown in) had a black-hat wizard called Mordour as one of the antagonists.

* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has several examples:
** [[GodDamnedBats Murlocs]]
** Morbent Fel, a malevolent warlock
** Mor'ladim, an undead elite soldier
** Moroes, second boss of Karazhan
** Morpaz, dragon boss in Sunken Temple
** Morgrinn Crackfang, a Pandarian champion
* ''VideoGame/{{Mabinogi}}'' has Morgant, also known as Dark Lord, who is both TheDragon and has yet to be defeated in the mainstream storyline; [[spoiler: both times you actually fight him the dialogue suggests [[ILetYouWin he let you win]], although Tarlach does manage to knock him out temporarily in a cutscene.]]
* ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'' prominently features Mordremoth, the Elder Dragon of the Maguuma Jungle, in its first expansion Heart of Thorns.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Mordac, the Preventer of Information Services in ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}''

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Latinized version from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}:'' Mortarion, Primarch of the Death Guard. Also Mork.
** The God of Death in ''Warhammer'' is named Morr. However, he's actually of the nicer part of death gods.
*** The Skaven clan Mors plays this straight, though.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', the kyton demagogue Morrobahn. An archfiend also known as the Parasite Seed, it's everything to be expected from the leader of a race whose culture revolves around torture.

* Subverted with Mortimer Brewster from ''Theatre/ArsenicAndOldLace''. He reviews murder plays for a living, but, unlike several other members of his family, he hasn't committed actual murders.

* The first enemy the Toa Metru of ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' went up against was the Morbuzakh, a Matoran-kidnapping plant.

* Morrigan Aensland, from ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}''.
** Though her name actually comes from the Irish goddess of war, which meant "The Phantom Queen;" not that it makes it much better.
** Another [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins Morrigan]] also fits, being a LadyOfBlackMagic who's a TokenEvilTeammate.
** ''VideoGame/TheDungeonOfDoom'' also borrows this name for a monster type.
* The evil wizard Mordack from ''VideoGame/KingsQuestV''.
* Mordavia in ''VideoGame/QuestForGlory.''
* In the InteractiveFiction game ''VideoGame/{{Delusions}}'', Morrodox is a sentient computer virus who likens himself to AIDS. [[spoiler:(Subversion: he demonstrates the ability to [[GrewBeyondTheirProgramming Grow Beyond His Programming]].)]]
* General Donald "Devil Rebirth" Morden from the ''VideoGame/MetalSlug'' games.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' Gym Leader Morty subverts this. His name alludes to the fact that he uses ghost types, but he's a really nice and easygoing guy, if a tad cocky.
* The reptilian queen Morag was the main antagonist of the original ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights''.
* Morte, from the [[VideoGame/SandsOfDestruction video game]] (and parallel [[TheAnimeOfTheGame animated adaptation]]) ''Anime/SandsOfDestruction''. Among her other nicknames are "Lady Death" and the "Scarlet Plague".
* Mordin Solus from ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''. Sure, he may be a scientist primarily, but he's also a highly trained and extremely efficient killer, and he's not afraid to tell you so.
** Do not sleep with [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Morinth]]. Should you choose to [[PressXToDie ignore this warning]], you should make sure your life insurance and will are up to date.
* The Morton family in ''Videogame/AloneInTheDarkTheNewNightmare''.
* ''VideoGame/OverlordII'' has Mortis, who controls the life and death of Minions. He's even got a cloak and scythe to make him look like a tiny little Grim Reaper.
* Morty Maxwell of the ''VideoGame/SuperSolvers'' series.
* Morcubus, Prince of Monsters, from the ''VideoGame/MySims'' series.
* Mortimer [=McMire=] from the ''VideoGame/CommanderKeen'' series, who has tried to destroy the Earth (Invasion of the Vorticons), the galaxy (Goodbye Galaxy), and the universe (if the Universe is Toast trilogy had been made, that is...)
* Mordekaiser from ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends''.
* Mort the undertaker in ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland'' -- though he's a HarmlessVillain (if that) with exploitable superstition. He eventually helps you once Murray threatens to curse him with the inability to "find socks that match."
* The initial villain in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' is called Mordio. However, this is subverted when it turns out that "Mordio" is an imposter and the real Mordio is one of your party members.
* The ''Franchise/DotHack'' franchise has evil AIs Morganna and Morti.
* Mors Westford from ''VideoGame/AGameOfThronesGenesis'' is a Night's Watchman feared by friend and foe alike. His nickname? The Butcher.
* Darth Mortis, a Sith Lord in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic''.
* Mors Gotha is the FinalBoss of ''VideoGame/UltimaUnderworld II'', and your EvilCounterpart.
* Morton Koopa, Jr. of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'' fame.
* Archfiend Mortamor, the BigBad of ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVI''.
* Moribund Kadaver from ''Skeleton Krew''.
* ''VideoGame/DungeonsOfDredmor'''s BigBad, the Dark Lord Dredmor. Does the name make you feel more dread, or make you dread your impending death?

* Mort the Ghost from ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' is less than intimidating. Unless you count the time that Annie gave him advice...
* Mordekai, LoveableRogue from ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic''.
* ''Webcomic/{{Juathuur}}'' combines this trope with the [[NamestoRunAwayFrom/NamesEndingInTh -th ending]] to create "Mordth."
* Mordecai Heller of ''Webcomic/{{Lackadaisy}}'', NeatFreak and PsychoForHire extaordinaire.

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* ''WebOriginal/ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum'' has Nendil Morifëa, whose second name literally means "black soul."

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* MickeyMouse would have been called Mortimer Mouse if not for Creator/WaltDisney's wife's distaste for the way it sounded. The name ended up going to Mickey's rival.
* Mostly subverted with harmless CloudCuckooLander and foot fetishist lemur Mort from ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar''. But push him too far [[BewareTheNiceOnes and...]]
* [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} MORBO]] WILL DESTROY YOU!!
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' has Mortos Der Soulstealer, supposedly a wish-granting HumanoidAbomination. Subverted in that all he really does is mooch off of [[AntiVillain Dib]] for the whole episode.
* [[WesternAnimation/{{Brave}} Mor'du]] combines this trope with BearsAreBadNews.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The variation ''mar-'' appears in the English "nightmare" and the French equivalent "cauchemar", the German word "Nachtmahr" (old German for "nightmare", though "Albtraum" is used nowadays), and in Esperanto "kosxmaro". It's thought to come from proto-Indo-European, which means this trope is some [[OlderThanDirt four thousand years old]].