-> ''"In the Second Age of the Third Age, a grimm, shadowy figure walks into a bar. It is Grimm Shado."''
-->-- '''Webcomic/PennyArcade''', [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/01/19 Further Songs Of Sorcelation]]

In fiction, a [[MeaningfulName character's name is often tied to their personality]]. And, let's face it, it's hard to sound [[DarkIsEdgy dark and edgy]] with a cheery name like "Stacey Merryweather", or even an ordinary one like "Amy Jones". {{Goth}}s and other [[DarkIsNotEvil shadowy characters]] in fiction tend to have dark-tinted {{Awesome McCool Name}}s. Usually, they have these names from birth, although, a goth with an [[EmbarrassingFirstName inappropriately cheerful name]] may [[MeaningfulRename 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 or part of a nickname.
* '''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]][[FanFic/MyImmortal Or a middle name.]][[/note]]
* Elegant, slightly old-fashioned names, such as '''Lucy''' or '''[[AliceAllusion Alice]]'''.
* Classical Mythology figures, such as '''Pandora''' or '''Narcissus'''.
* Anything [[{{Uberwald}} Slavic or Romanian]]. Especially '''[[TheIgor Igor]]'''.
* '''[[TheVonTropeFamily Von]]''' preceding a surname.

See also NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast.

* ComicBook/{{Raven}} from ''ComicBook/TeenTitans''
* Black Alice from DC comics.
* ''ComicBook/RequiemVampireKnight'' just teems with these. Justified to some extent as some of the characters ''are'' the historical UsefulNotes/VladTheImpaler, 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.
* Victor Von Doom.
* The eponymous Brendon D'Arkness of ''Brendon''.
* ComicBook/XMen character ComicBook/{{Mystique}} has the rather gothy real name of Raven Darkholme.
* Satasha Raventhorne, one of ComicBook/LadyDeath's closest allies. Ironically, Lady Death herself is a subversion: her real name is Hope, which is decidedly less gothic sounding and used just as frequently.

* ''Fanfic/MyImmortal'':
** Ebony Dark'ness Dementia Raven Way--probably the best example of this trope.
** Additionally, almost all of the main characters in ''Harry Potter'' get new "Goffik" names in ''Fanfic/MyImmortal''. 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 "[[TheRing Samoro]]" Potter, Serious "[[EverybodyHatesHades 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 ([[FreudianSlip the name of]] [[SelfInsert the writer herself]]).
* "Fanfic/GodSaveTheEsteem" is a ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' fanfic where half the cast are over-the-top parodies of TheQuincyPunk, with names like "Killer Quinn," "Jake the Snake" and "Hellion" Morgendorffer. While not every punk has a nickname, some [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname are so tied to theirs]] that at point Quinn is shocked to discover that [[ReallyGetsAround Slutty Girl]] actually has a name ([[{{Fanon}} Jackie Wentworth]]).

* October from ''Film/StayAlive''.
* Lucinda from ''Hell's Highway''.
* Andromeda Strange from ''Slaughter Disc''.

* Lampshaded and parodied by Agnes Nitt of the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series, who develops an alter-ego named Perdita X. Dream to invoke this trope.
** From the same series, Death has an apprentice named Mort.
** Inverted for humorous effect in ''Carpe Jugulum''. The vampires are sort of anti-goths who play at being normal people in the way goths play at being vampires/creatures of darkness. Thus, they call themselves mundane names in the way a human would take one of these names.
** Esmerelda Weatherwax herself used to call herself Endemonidia. It was only for a couple of hours, though. And she was still a youth; this shows even the wisest witches start small and petty.
* Sirius Black from ''Literature/HarryPotter''.
** Pretty much everyone in the Black and Malfoy families has a name like this. Nymphadora Tonks might be a humorous lampshade, since she has the kind of name a fanfic Sue might have and she [[EmbarrassingFirstName hates it]]. In fact, when questioned why she doesn't go by her middle name, Rowling answered that it was Vulpecula. Seriously, bad naming is InTheBlood or something, since Nymphadora's mother (Andromeda) was the WhiteSheep of the family and she still followed the tradition.
* Half the characters from ''Literature/AnitaBlakeVampireHunter''. Names include Requiem, Belle Morte, Jean Claude, Morte d'Amore, Marmee Noir, Valentina, Narcissus, Pride, Envy, Morvoren, Augustine, Wicked, Truth, Bacchus and Byron. Granted a lot of these characters are actual vampires and were-animals, but most of them weren't actually ''born'' with these names.
* Stephanie in ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant'' becomes Valkyrie Cain. 'Valkyrie' as in the psychopomps for dead warriors, and 'Cain' as in the name of the Biblical inventor of murder. Lampshaded by [[DeadpanSnarker Skulduggery]].
-->'''Skulduggery:''' Seems a little morbid, but then, who am I to talk? I'm dead.
* Creator/ChristopherMoore:
** Abby Normal (Abnormal) from ''Literature/BloodsuckingFiends''. Subverted in that her "day slave" name is Allison.
** Parodied with her friend in ''Literature/ADirtyJob'', a thrift shop assistant who considers her full name to be "Lily [[XTremeKoolLetterz Darque]]willow [[BuffySpeak Elventhing]]".
* In the Literature/GemmaDoyle trilogy the BigBad for the first two books is nicknamed Circe after the Greek goddess of witchcraft.
* Bella Morte from ''Literature/JasonXPlanetOfTheBeast''. It's just a nickname though, her real last name is Morrison.
* Autumn Langevin from ''[[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet A Nightmare on Elm Street TheDreamDealers]]''.
* Most of the goths of ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfVladimirTod''. Names that fall into this category include Krisstoff, October, and Snow. Averted, however, by [[{{Keet}} Sprat.]]
* A goth character in the unpublished ''Literature/FinalDestination'' novel ''Wipeout'' was apparently going to be named Ravyn Blackthorne.
* Though he is hardly goth, Mortimer Lindquist from ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' is an ectomancer, psychic consultant, and self proclaimed coward. As part of his ectomantic abilities, he can [[spoiler:speak to spirits and ghosts, control them, let them possess his body, and gain their knowledge and powers]]. To tie up the package nicely, he lives in a large creepy house.
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', there's the past pretender to the throne Daemon Blackfyre, who oddly enough, had a reputation as TheAce, as well as Daemon's rival, who was known as Bloodraven (real name Bryden Rivers). Also, this trope is probably why the character known as Darkstar tends to be considered {{emo}} rather than [[EvilIsCool cool]].
* One of the many names Kirsty goes by other than Kirsty in the ''Literature/JohnnyMaxwellTrilogy'' is Klytemnestra. She admits she was feeling "a bit gothy" at the time. Kasandra, her chosen name during the events of ''Johnny And The Bomb'' probably counts too.
* Z-Moll, Trick and Glo from ''Franchise/FridayThe13th: Carnival of Maniacs''.
* ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' books:
** While it isn't immediately obvious since it's in another language, Morrolan has a name meaning "Black Star". For bonus points, he made it a theme; his home is called Castle Black and his EmpathicWeapon is named Blackwand.
** Speaking of Great Weapons, this is parodied in ''Literature/{{Dzur}}'' with the sword Nightslayer. Her actual name translates to a bunch of confusing MagiBabble, so her owner just renamed her to something he thought [[RuleOfCool sounded cool]].
** And inverted with yet another Great Weapon, the incredibly dark-and-badass-sounding Godslayer. ''Her'' wielder just calls her [[spoiler:Lady Teldra]].
** Series protagonist Vlad Taltos also qualifies quite well. Besides the vampire association of the first name, Taltos is Hungarian for witch, which he is.
* The black-wearing zontanecrologist from the Literature/MediochreQSethSeries is named Joseph Carrion.
** The BigBad of ''[[ChristmasEpisode Born to Raise the Sons of Earth]]'' call himself 'Stormhold Elect, Dreadlord Servant of the Thousand Voices'. That's pretty dark.
* One of the spinoff series of the kids' ''GeronimoStilton'' books is ''CrepellaVonCacklefur'', about a gothic lady mouse.
* Raven Madison in Literature/VampireKisses.

* Morticia from ''Series/TheAddamsFamily''.
* All the characters in the ''Series/LostTapes'' episode "{{Hellhound}}".
* Invoked in one episode of ''Series/TheMightyBoosh'' 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 [[VincentPrice Vincent]], and Noir is French for black.
** And the girls' names? Anthrax and Ebola. Nothing more goffick than virulent diseases
* A flashback episode of ''Series/RaisingHope'' revealed that when Jimmy was going through "a phase" he insisted on being called "Drakkar Noir" ([[NamesTheSame like the fragrance]]). Largely because of the over-the-top Music/{{KISS}}-type makeup that goes along with it, this has since mutated into a RunningGag.
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' had a segment called "Goth Talk" with Azrael Abyss and Circe Nightshade. They were visited often by Baron Nocturna.
* One of Charlie's girlfriends on ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'' was some kind of goth Satanist witch named Isabella.

* In ''Theatre/PoseidonsFury'' at [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal's Islands of Adventure]], the attraction's villain is named "Lord Darkenon".

* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Morty, a Ghost-type Gym Leader in ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver''.
** ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'''s Sabrina also fits. She's [[ShoutOut named after]] the lead of ''ComicBook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch''.
** And ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'''s Gothitelle and Grimsley.
* Parodied in ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice: 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 ''VideoGame/TheSims'': 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 Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog's many {{Evil Twin}}s 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 ''TwistedMetal'': 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 ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends''.
* Judas in ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2'', though notable in that he didn't choose the name himself and it wasn't his birth name- Kyle gives it to him.
* Odin Dark in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', because [[spoiler:he was actually Owain from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', a man who has a tendency for overdramatic stuffs with dark names on it, and picked what he thought to be the most AwesomeMcCoolName of all gothic dark names]]
* Barok Van Zieks from ''VisualNovel/DaiGyakutenSaibanNaruhodouRyuunosukeNoBouken'', He's not a villain, but sure is scary.

* Mr. Raven and [[spoiler:his mother, Pandora Chaos Raven]] from ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive''.
* As seen in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0093.html this strip]], when Haley of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' 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 ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent''. 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 [[EmbarrassingFirstName Blodwyn.]]
* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' parodies this trope with Dr. Raven Darktalon Blood, a deliberately awful yet commercially successful fictional creation of Gabe's.
** In the same vein of cliché fantasy parodies, there's Grimm Shado, the protagonist of ''Literature/SongOfTheSorcelator'', written by Tycho's archnemesis L. H. Franzibald.

* ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'''s Meredith Hemmings, or as she prefers to be called, Pandora Black. According to her it's her "soul name."
* When WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick tried to cast a spell on [[SuperpoweredEvilSide 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 Creator/EdgarAllanPoe...and the ''grave.''"
* Parodied in ''WebVideo/AcquisitionsIncorporated'', when Mike (aka Gabe of ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'') names his mage character Jim Darkmagic. The other players briefly have a field day with this, asking "Why don't you call yourself [[AwesomeMcCoolname Chet Awesomelaser]]?" and suggesting alternate names "Jim Fellmagic," "Fell Darkjim," "Jim Felldark," "Fell Darkevil," and "Ominous Darkfell Magic-Bad".

* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': When Lisa Simpson tried being a goth for a while, her new name of choice was Ravencrow Neversmiles.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SixTeen'' Jude's girlfriend Star goes through a goth phase and changes her name to Nebula. Later, in an effort to keep their relationship going, Jude also turns goth for the day and says his name is now Judas.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama,'' [[PerkyGoth Gwen]] is an {{Aversion}}, but in the TDI special she mentions three of her friends named Reaper, Pixie Corpse and Marilyn. (The latter may be an OddNameOut or a reference to Music/MarilynManson.) From their pictures they all seem more into the {{Goth}} culture than Gwen is.
** ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaPresentsTheRidonculousRace'' has goth couple Crimson and Ennui, who are a straight example.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** [[StraightMan Stan]] starts going by "Raven" after temporarily becoming a {{Goth}}. {{Subverted}}, however, by the other {{Goth}} kids, who [[GivenNameReveal turn out to be named]] Henrietta, Michael, Pete and [[OddNameOut Firkle]]. Why Stan took a fake name is never mentioned.
** The Vampire Kids follow this trope; their leader, for example, is Mike "Vampir" Makowski. Of course, [[FandomRivalry those vampire conformists]] [[InsistentTerminology are]] '''''[[InsistentTerminology not]]''''' {{Goth}}s!
** After the Goths and Vampires [[EnemyMine team up]] [[SpookySeance and summon]] Creator/EdgarAllanPoe, he insists that they call him "Nightpain." [[EveryoneHasStandards Even they groan at how stupid that sounds]].
* [[PerkyGoth Debbie]] from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' has a Goth friend named Pandora.
* A ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' tie-in book features a comic strip called ''Gothic Nights'' by [[{{Goth}} Andrea]], [[HerCodeNameWasMarySue starring her]] as "Queen Hecuba."
* Raven Queen from ''Franchise/EverAfterHigh''.
* ''WesternAnimation/GrowingUpCreepie'' has [[FriendToBugs Creepie Creecher]], Raven, Misery Whispers, and [[Franchise/TheMatrix Morpheus]].
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' has Mandark, which is actually a nickname for [[GenderBlenderName Susan]].