In fiction, a character's name is often tied to their personality
. And, let's face it, it's hard to sound dark and edgy
with a cheery name like "Stacey Merryweather", or even an ordinary one like "Amy Jones". Goths
and other shadowy characters
in fiction tend to have dark-tinted Awesome McCool Names
. Usually, they have these names from birth, although, a goth with an inappropriately cheerful name
may change their name
, or insist on people calling them by a nickname. Many goths also tend to have an exotic middle name or three.
Popular names include:
- Black as a surname.
- Dark/Shade/Shadows - rarely a given name, may be a name the character has chosen themselves.
- Mort - as in "death". The full version- "Mortimer"- is rarely used.
- Ebony- popular first name for female goths. Usually matches their hair colour.
- Raven - can be used as either a surname or first name. note
- Elegant, slightly old-fashioned names, such as Lucy or Alice.
- Classical Mythology figures, such as Pandora or Narcissus.
- Anything Slavic or Romanian. Especially Igor.
- Von preceding a surname.
See also Names to Run Away From Really Fast
- Raven from Teen Titans
- Black Alice from DC comics.
- Requiem Chevalier Vampire just teems with these. Justified to some extent as some of the characters are the historical Vlad the Impaler, Nero, Attila, and Elizabeth Bathory, and the vampire knights are given new (themed) names when knighted. In any case, the series has names such as Otto von Todt, Requiem, Thurim and Cryptos, Black Sabbat... Claudia, while giving gothy vibes, just sounds plain in comparison.
- Doctor Victor Von Doom.
- The eponymous Brendon D'Arkness of Brendon.
- X-Men character Mystique has the rather gothy real name of Raven Darkholme.
- Ebony Dark'ness Dementia Raven Way from My Immortal—probably the best example of this trope.
- Additionally, almost all of the main characters in Harry Potter get new "Goffik" names in My Immortal. Harry Potter becomes Vampire Potter, Hermione is B'loody Mary Smith, Ron is Diabolo, Navel (Neville) becomes Dracula, and Enoby's best friend is named Raven.
- When she travels back to the Marauder Era she also meets (sic for all) Jamez "Samoro" Potter, Serious "Hades" Blak and Tom "Satan" Riddle.
- Most names, however, are spelled so wrong so many times that they end up being subversions. For example, Ebony is sometimes known as Evony, Enoby, TaEbory, or Tara (the name of the writer herself).
- "God Save The Esteem" is a Daria fanfic where half the cast are over-the-top parodies of The Quincy Punk, with names like "Killer Quinn," "Jake the Snake" and "Hellion" Morgendorffer. While not every punk has a nickname, some are so tied to theirs that at point Quinn is shocked to discover that Slutty Girl actually has a name (Jackie Wentworth).
- October from Stay Alive.
- Lucinda from Hell's Highway.
- Andromeda Strange from Slaughter Disc.
- Morticia from The Addams Family.
- All the characters in the Lost Tapes episode "Hellhound".
- Invoked in one episode of The Mighty Boosh where Vince starts dressing like a goth and calling himself "Obsidian Blackbird McNight" in order to impress some goth girls. Unfortunately, Howard ruins it for him.
- His real name isn't all that un-gothic to start with. Vince is short for Vincent, and Noir is French for black.
- A flashback episode of Raising Hope revealed that when Jimmy was going through "a phase" he insisted on being called "Drakkar Noir" (like the fragrance). Largely because of the over-the-top KISS-type makeup that goes along with it, this has since mutated into a Running Gag.
- Saturday Night Live had a segment called "Goth Talk" with Azrael Abyss and Circe Nightshade.
- One of Charlie's girlfriends on Two and a Half Men was some kind of goth Satanist witch named Isabella.
- Morty, a Ghost-type Gym Leader in Pokémon Gold and Silver.
- Parodied in Sam & Max: Freelance Police: Night of the Raving Dead, where, while singing in a Goth nightcub, you can have Sam and Max use the stage names Count Cryptwind Deathgrasp and Baron Bat-Anguish von Nightmare.
- The Goth family from The Sims: Mortimer, Bella, and their daughter Cassandra.
- The family's ancestors in further games hint that this is a tradition, what with Gunther, Cornelia, Frieda, Victor and Gretle.
- One of Sonic the Hedgehog's many Evil Twins is named Shadow the Hedgehog. His fur is just as dark as his name is. (Well, minus the red streaks, but still...)
- The drivers of the hearse Shadow in Twisted Metal: Mortimer and Raven. Somewhat justified in the latter case in that she was a goth before she obtained the car.
- Yorick Mori the Gravedigger in League of Legends.
- Mr. Raven and his mother, Pandora Chaos Raven from El Goonish Shive.
- As seen in this strip, when Haley of The Order of the Stick was a gloomy goth teenager, she went by the name Dark Mistress Shadowgale.
- In one strip, Celia the sylph disguises herself as an evil necromancer and uses the name Darkblood Gloomgloom.
- Raven the goth from Questionable Content. Later it has been stated that Raven is her given middle name, and she only uses it so she won't have to go by Blodwyn.
- Penny Arcade parodies this trope with Dr. Raven Darktalon Blood, a deliberately awful yet commercially successful fictional creation of Gabe's.
- Survival of the Fittest's Meredith Hemmings, or as she prefers to be called, Pandora Black. According to her it's her "soul name."
- When The Nostalgia Chick tried to cast a spell on Dark Nella (herself an example of this trope) she sought the advice of a random Goth chick named Grayvyn, who described herself as "halfway between Edgar Allan Poe...and the grave."
- When Lisa Simpson tried being a goth for a while, her new name of choice was Ravencrow Neversmiles.
- In Six Teen Jude turns goth for a day and says his name is now Judas.
- On Total Drama, Gwen is an Aversion, but in the TDI special she mentions three of her friends named Reaver, Pixie Corpse and Marilyn. (The latter may be an Odd Name Out or a reference to Marilyn Manson.) From their pictures they all seem more into the Goth culture than Gwen is.
- On South Park, Stan starts going by "Raven" after temporarily becoming a Goth. Subverted, however, by the other Goth kids, who turn out to be named Henrietta, Michael, Pete and Firkle. Why Stan took a fake name is never mentioned.
- Debbie from American Dad! has a Goth friend named Pandora.
- A Daria tie-in book features a comic strip called Gothic Nights by Andrea, starring her as "Queen Hecuba."