-> ''"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 "[[TomTheDarkLord 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.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'''s Tokoyami[[note]]"Eternal Darkness"[[/note]] Fumikage[[note]]written with the character for "shadow" ("kage")[[/note]]. Fitting for a brooding {{Goth}} with [[CastingAShadow darkness-based]] powers.


[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/{{Raven}} from ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' and ComicBook/{{Starfire}}'s sister Blackfire.
* 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.
* The Black Order/Cull Obsidian, henchmen of the villainous ComicBook/{{Thanos}}: Corvus Glaive, Proxima Midnight, Black Dwarf, Ebony Maw, and Supergiant. Appropriately, they all have dark-themed designs.


[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''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=], '''''Egogy''''' one memorable time, or Tara ([[FreudianSlip the name of]] [[SelfInsert the writer herself]]). Once, she even wrote out the full name as Ebony Dark'ness Dementia TARA Way (her emphasis) during her falling out with her friend, averting the trope slightly.
** This is especially hilarious in the case of Ron Weasley, who in the fic is apparently supposed to be called Ron 'Diablo' Weasley - 'diablo' being Spanish for '[[{{Satan}} devil]]' - but due to the aforementioned spelling errors, he is constantly referred to as 'Diabolo'. For those interested, this is what a [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diabolo diabolo]] is.
* "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 ladyty Girl]] actually has a name ([[{{Fanon}} Jackie Wentworth]]).

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* October from ''Film/StayAlive''.
* Lucinda from ''heck's Highway''.
* Andromeda Strange from ''Slaughter Disc''.
* ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' adapts the Black Order from ''ComicBook/{{Infinity}}'', but cuts Supergiant and renames Black Dwarf to "Cull Obsidian", the group's alternate name in the comic.


* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Lampshaded and parodied by Agnes Nitt, who develops an alter-ego named Perdita X. Dream to invoke this trope.
** From the same series, Death has an apprentice named Mort.
** Defied with Mort's daughter, whom he wanted to keep away from Death and therefore gave her the most un-gothy name he could come up with: Susan. She becomes a goth nevertheless and has several run-ins with his "adoptive grandfather", even [[DeathTakesAHoliday taking over his job]] at [[Discworld/SoulMusic one point.]]
** Inverted for humorous effect in ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'', which references "teenaged" reverse-Goth vampires 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.
-->'''Countess:''' Lady Strigoiul said her daughter has taken to calling herself Wendy. I can't imagine why she'd want to, when Hieroglyphica is such a ''nice'' name for a girl.
** 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 ''Film/JasonX: Planet of the Beast''. 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' ''Literature/GeronimoStilton'' books is ''CrepellaVonCacklefur'', about a gothic lady mouse.
* Raven Madison in Literature/VampireKisses.
* The cruel stepfather Murdstone from ''Literature/DavidCopperfield''.
* Edgar Allan Poe parodied this in his satirical short story "A Predicament", whose heroine is called Signora Psyche Zenobia.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* 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 [[Creator/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.

* Alt Rock band Music/BlueOctober.
* Music/DoomMetal band October Tide. A side-project of ''Music/{{Katatonia}}'' members.
* Count Vlad Cadmus of Johnny B Morbid.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Roughly 95% of all [[NonPlayerCharacter Non-Player Characters]] in ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}''.
* The whole plane of Innistrad of Magic the Gathering live by this trope. It makes sense when you consider that the extension is condensing all tropes of a gothic horror story.

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

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''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 ''VideoGame/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 flair for the dramatic and loves giving things "dark" names, and picked what he thought to be the most AwesomeMcCoolName of all gothic dark names]].
* ''VideoGame/MoshiMonsters'' has a ghost shopkeeper named Dedward.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Barok Van Zieks from ''VisualNovel/DaiGyakutenSaibanNaruhodouRyuunosukeNoBouken'', He's not a villain, but sure is scary.
* ''VisualNovel/DreamDaddy'''s Damien Bloodmarch, a mysterious, Gothic possible love interest who is obsessed with the fashions of the Victorian era. Vampires are alluded to quite a few times with reference to him. His son, Lucien, is also a goth.
* ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'': Celestia Ludenberg, who loves the aesthetics of the Gothic ages. She dresses like an ElegantGothicLolita, dreams of living in a European castle with several handsome vampire manservants, and [[spoiler:is even executed [[BurnTheWitch like a witch]] at the stake]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Mr. Raven and [[spoiler:his mother, Pandora Chaos Raven]] from ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive''.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** As seen in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0093.html one strip]], when Haley 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'':
** Parodied 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.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Roleplay/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".

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''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.
* ''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 a la Characters/TheMunsters 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 ''Toys/EverAfterHigh'' was raised as the next Evil Queen for the newest Snow White. However, DarkIsNotEvil as despite her name and looks Raven has no interest in evildoing.
* ''WesternAnimation/GrowingUpCreepie'' has [[FriendToBugs Creepie Creecher]], Raven, Misery Whispers, and [[Franchise/TheMatrix Morpheus]].
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' has Mandark, which was later {{retcon}}ned into a nickname for [[GenderBlenderName Susan]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** The villains include Nightmare Moon, King Sombra, the Pony of Shadows, and Tempest Shadow.
** Luna has one of the darkest colour palettes of any pony and is associated with the night.