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** In the Hitman Annual, it was mentioned that ''all'' of the Bloodlines-created supers except Hitman had been killed in less than two years. (As the Flash put it, "There's more to this business than putting on a costume and going out to 'be super'.")

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** In the Hitman Annual, it was mentioned that ''all'' of the Bloodlines-created supers except Hitman had been killed in less than two years. (As the Flash Franchise/TheFlash put it, "There's more to this business than putting on a costume and going out to 'be super'.")



* 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 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'', 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," switched to "Red Arrow" when he joined the ComicBook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica, Franchise/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.



* ComicbBook/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.

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* ComicbBook/TheMaxx, 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/XMen'' villain Holocaust is notable for having ''too'' dark a name. When toy company [=ToyBiz=] made an action figure of him, they changed it to the less genocidal Dark Nemesis. This carried over to the comics with a name change to Nemesis. They later switched him back to Holocaust just in time for him to be snorted to death by an evil Franchise/{{Superman}} {{expy}}. Holocaust was originally known as Nemesis prior to the events of ''ComicBook/AgeOfApocalypse''. When ComicBook/{{Magneto}} ripped him apart for killing ComicBook/ScarletWitch, he got a new name after coming back.

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* ''ComicBook/XMen'' villain Holocaust is notable for having ''too'' dark a name. When toy company [=ToyBiz=] made an action figure of him, they changed it to the less genocidal Dark Nemesis. This carried over to the comics with a name change to Nemesis. They later switched him back to Holocaust just in time for him to be snorted to death by an evil Franchise/{{Superman}} {{expy}}.SupermanSubstitute. Holocaust was originally known as Nemesis prior to the events of ''ComicBook/AgeOfApocalypse''. When ComicBook/{{Magneto}} ripped him apart for killing ComicBook/ScarletWitch, he got a new name after coming back.



* 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.
ComicBook/GenerationX.
* The ''ComicBook/WildCATS'' in ''ComicBook/WildCATS'':
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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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* ''FanFic/LightAndDarkTheAdventuresOfDarkYagami'': Despite not having anything to do with superheroes, it has this in a big way, with {{Original Character}}s having names like "Blud," "Dusk," "Khaos," and TheUnpronounceable "TIOSEFAJ."
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* ''FanFic/LightAndDarkTheAdventuresOfDarkYagami'': Despite not having anything to do with superheroes, it has this in a big way, with {{Original Character}}s having names like "Blud," "Dusk," "Khaos," and TheUnpronounceable "TIOSEFAJ."
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** Taken to the point of self-parody with the anti-hero protagonist of ''Guilty Gear'', Sol Badguy. It's a 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 the former's passionate nature, whereas "Badguy" comes from reports of an unknown "bad guy" dismantling numerous underground criminal organizations during his journey. [[AppropriatedAppellation It stuck.]]

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** Taken to the point of self-parody with the anti-hero protagonist of ''Guilty Gear'', Sol Badguy. It's a tribute to [[Music/{{Queen}} [[Music/FreddieMercury 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 the former's passionate nature, whereas "Badguy" comes from reports of an unknown "bad guy" dismantling numerous underground criminal organizations during his journey. [[AppropriatedAppellation It stuck.]]



** The minor character Soothe, a projective {{Empath}} and FormerTeenRebel, used the codename 'Riot Act' during her Whateley years. Her girlfriend pokes fun at her about it now.

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** The minor character Soothe, a projective {{Empath}} [[TheEmpath Empath]] and FormerTeenRebel, used the codename 'Riot Act' during her Whateley years. Her girlfriend pokes fun at her about it now.


* ProfessionalWrestling (especially in the 1990s) is chock full of these spanning pretty much the entirety of its colorful history, with varying degrees of success, ranging from the surprisingly successful (and intentionally ironic) Wrestling/{{Chyna}}...to the execrable Shockmaster. 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 (another great example of this trope, by the way) "I thought it would work!"

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* ProfessionalWrestling (especially in the 1990s) is chock full of these spanning pretty much the entirety of its colorful history, with varying degrees of success, ranging from the surprisingly successful (and intentionally ironic) Wrestling/{{Chyna}}...to the execrable Shockmaster.[[Wrestling/FredOttman Shockmaster]]. 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 (another great example of this trope, by the way) "I thought it would work!"


* 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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* 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 Puss" (although while Penance himself was originally intended to be played straight, at least until they realised [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks it wasn't working]], "P-cat" was introduced in a ComicBook/SquirrelGirl story which absolutely ''took the piss'' out of the whole {{Wangst}}y fiasco). He has since gone back to Speedball, and Niels now goes by the moniker "Hairball" in his adventures with the ComicBook/PetAvengers.)


* Parodied in ''ComicBook/SoulsearchersAndCompany'' #6 when the team temorarily become [[NintiesAntiHero '90s antiheroes]]. Bridget becomes 'Deathstaff', Baraka 'H.O.T.T. Blood', Janocz 'Animal Attraction', Kelly '[[OddNameOut Tink]]', and Peterson 'Kitchen Sink, the Number Cruncher'.

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* Parodied in ''ComicBook/SoulsearchersAndCompany'' #6 when the team temorarily become [[NintiesAntiHero [[NinetiesAntiHero '90s antiheroes]]. Bridget becomes 'Deathstaff', Baraka 'H.O.T.T. Blood', Janocz 'Animal Attraction', Kelly '[[OddNameOut Tink]]', and Peterson 'Kitchen Sink, the Number Cruncher'.

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* Parodied in ''ComicBook/SoulsearchersAndCompany'' #6 when the team temorarily become [[NintiesAntiHero '90s antiheroes]]. Bridget becomes 'Deathstaff', Baraka 'H.O.T.T. Blood', Janocz 'Animal Attraction', Kelly '[[OddNameOut Tink]]', and Peterson 'Kitchen Sink, the Number Cruncher'.


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



* ''So many'' ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' names, for [[DarkerAndEdgier understandable]] [[UpToEleven reasons]]. Ragnar Blackmane, Night Haunter, Doomrider, Huron Blackheart, etc.

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* ''So many'' ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' names, for [[DarkerAndEdgier understandable]] [[UpToEleven reasons]]. Ragnar Blackmane, Night Haunter, Doomrider, Huron Blackheart, etc.


** Give a set of empowered teenagers the chance to name themselves and it's pretty much inevitable.

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** And several Ultraviolents: Bloodwolf, Systemic, Killstench, Maggot, Gore...
** The minor character Soothe, a projective {{Empath}} and FormerTeenRebel, used the codename 'Riot Act' during her Whateley years. Her girlfriend pokes fun at her about it now.
** Give a set of empowered teenagers the chance to name themselves and it's pretty much inevitable.inevitable that some of them would choose names like these. It is surprising that more don't, really.


* By the time the later 90s rolled around, even Image was conscious of this trend. That's probably why a bunch of criminals burst into uproarious laughter when the team Bloodpool told them their name.

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* By the time the later 90s rolled around, Nineties, even Image was conscious of this trend. That's probably why a bunch of criminals burst into uproarious laughter when the team Bloodpool told them their name.

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* Some capes in ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' have names like this, particularly the Slaughterhouse 9. Burnscar, Crawler, Mannequin, Bonesaw, Siberian, Hookwolf, Screamer, Breed, Miasma, Nyx, Psychosoma, and Skinslip are the stand-outs, but Jack Slash counts as well. Given the setting and the characters, they still manage to come across as threatening rather than {{Narm}}.


** Of course, some members' names are fairly muted in comparison; Chapel, Shaft, Cougar, Troll, Vogue, and Brahman, for instance.

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** Of course, some members' names are fairly muted in comparison; comparison: Chapel, Shaft, Cougar, Troll, Vogue, and Brahman, for instance.



* Adam X the X-treme. Hellion, Warpath, Rage, Warstar, Kill Power, Onyxx, Thornn, Darkdevil, Warbird...
* A very early example (from 1974) Deathlok (also referred to as Deathlok the Demolisher).

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* Adam X the X-treme. X-treme, Hellion, Warpath, Rage, Warstar, Kill Power, Onyxx, Thornn, Darkdevil, Warbird...
* A very early example (from 1974) 1974): Deathlok (also referred to as Deathlok the Demolisher).



* ''Comicbook/TheAuthority'''s Midnighter (despite him snarking about someone else in the opening quote) is actually a sort of hidden reference. The Midnighters were a 60s soul band- of the sort that would perform at The Apollo, which is his partner's name.

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* ''Comicbook/TheAuthority'''s Midnighter (despite him snarking about someone else in on the opening quote) Quotes page) is actually a sort of hidden reference. The Midnighters were a 60s soul band- band -- of the sort that would perform at The Apollo, which is his partner's name.



* If you want to see this trope in the extreme, look no further than the ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' playerbase itself. The number of heroes with names like this has spawned much derision from the playerbase, especially from the role-players. Granted, most of the "[[XtremeKoolLetterz creatively misspelled]]" names are simply a way to get a desired name that's long since been taken by another player, but it's a safe bet that there are enough people who were fans of the Dark Age of Comics and do this deliberately.

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* If you want to see this trope in the extreme, look no further than the ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' playerbase itself. The number of heroes with names like this has spawned much derision from the playerbase, especially from the role-players. Granted, most of the "[[XtremeKoolLetterz creatively misspelled]]" names are simply a way to get a desired name that's long since been taken by another player, but it's a safe bet that there are enough plenty of people who were fans of the Dark Age of Comics and do this deliberately.



* The above also applies to ''VideoGame/ChampionsOnline'' (AKA The Other City of Heroes)

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* The above also applies to ''VideoGame/ChampionsOnline'' (AKA The Other City of Heroes)Heroes).



* Some of the random hero names in ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'' can sound like they're trying way to hard, especially demon hunters and death knights. Painkiller, Bloodwrath, Darkterror and Lord Dethstorm (sic) come to mind. They have even been used as justification for some player names in ''[=WoW=]'', as described above.

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* Some of the random hero names in ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'' can sound like they're trying way to too hard, especially demon hunters and death knights. Painkiller, Bloodwrath, Darkterror and Lord Dethstorm (sic) come to mind. They have even been used as justification for some player names in ''[=WoW=]'', as described above.



** Taken to the point of self-parody with the anti-hero protagonist of ''Guilty Gear'', Sol Badguy. It's a 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 the former's passionate nature, whereas "Badguy" comes from reports of an unknown "bad guy" dismantling numerous underground criminal organization during his journey. [[AppropriatedAppellation It stuck.]]

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** Taken to the point of self-parody with the anti-hero protagonist of ''Guilty Gear'', Sol Badguy. It's a 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 the former's passionate nature, whereas "Badguy" comes from reports of an unknown "bad guy" dismantling numerous underground criminal organization organizations during his journey. [[AppropriatedAppellation It stuck.]]



* 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." Fellow Talon operatives Widowmaker, Sombra, and Doomfist also qualify. Being an agent of the NebulousEvilOrganisation requires an edgy codename, it seems.
* The cast of the ''VideoGame/FZero'' series includes various superheroes and supervillains, with masks, exaggerated body builds, capes, and all. The most evil characters all have names straight from the Dark Age of Supernames. There's Captain Falcon's EvilKnockoff, Blood Falcon; Blood Falcon's evil master and the apparent BigBad, Black Shadow; and then ''his'' boss, TheManBehindTheMan, Deathborn. Even their racing machines get the name treatment - Blood Hawk, Black Bull, and Dark Schneider respectively.

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* Reaper from ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'', he ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'': He picked that name to enforce about echo the upcoming death he's going to bring to his enemies, but combined with his design, it has a had the side-effect to instead fuel the of encouraging fans reasons to call him an "edgelord" and claim that he's trying too hard as an "edgelord." hard. Fellow Talon operatives Widowmaker, Sombra, and Doomfist also qualify. Being an agent of the NebulousEvilOrganisation requires an edgy codename, it seems.
* The cast of the ''VideoGame/FZero'' series includes various superheroes and supervillains, with masks, exaggerated body builds, capes, and all. The most evil characters all have names straight from the Dark Age of Supernames. There's Captain Falcon's EvilKnockoff, Blood Falcon; Blood Falcon's evil master and the apparent BigBad, Black Shadow; and then ''his'' boss, TheManBehindTheMan, Deathborn. Even their racing machines get the name treatment - -- Blood Hawk, Black Bull, and Dark Schneider respectively.



* 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]]

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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]]


* Also from the 70s: Raza Longknife, Killraven and Daimon Hellstrom (the Son of Satan).

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* Also from the 70s: Raza Longknife, Killraven ComicBook/{{Killraven}} and Daimon Hellstrom (the Son of Satan).


* The miniseries ''[[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.

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* The miniseries ''[[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, ComicBook/{{Hitman|1993}}, 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 Creator/RobLiefeld felt DC was ripping off his title ''ComicBook/{{Youngblood}}'' with Bloodlines.
* Wild Dog was introduced in the late '80s, and might be uncharitably described as "Comicbook/ThePunisher dressed for some hockey." He wore a hockey mask and jersey with a local school's mascot (a "wild dog," natch.) His look did, however, fit the book's central premise of a "realistic" vigilante hero who could buy all of his clothing and gear off the rack from sporting goods stores, hardware stores, etc.

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** Even Creator/RobLiefeld felt DC was ripping off his title ''ComicBook/{{Youngblood}}'' with Bloodlines.
''Bloodlines''.
* [[https://comicvine.gamespot.com/wild-dog/4005-43656/ Wild Dog Dog]] was introduced in the late '80s, and might be uncharitably described as "Comicbook/ThePunisher dressed for some hockey." He wore a hockey mask and jersey with a local school's mascot (a "wild dog," natch.) His look did, however, fit the book's central premise of a "realistic" vigilante hero who could buy all of his clothing and gear off the rack from sporting goods stores, hardware stores, etc.



* Many of the new super people created for ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'' embody this trope: Nightstar (Starfire and Nightwing's daughter), 666, Bat-Knight, Black Mongul, [=NIL8=], Swastika, Shiva the Destroyer and Cathedral... This is deliberate, since ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'' is a deconstruction of the Dark Age.
** Minor ''Kingdon Come'' character Demon Damsel manages to be both this trope and [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age of Supernames]], as she's allegedly a rejected candidate for the Legion of Super-Heroes, which is why her name fits the "Lightning Lad"-"Saturn Girl" format.

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* Many of the new super people created for ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'' embody this trope: Nightstar (Starfire and Nightwing's daughter), 666, Bat-Knight, Black Mongul, [=NIL8=], Swastika, Shiva the Destroyer and Cathedral... This is deliberate, since ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'' is a deconstruction of the Dark Age.
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Age. Minor ''Kingdon Come'' character Demon Damsel manages to be both this trope and [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age of Supernames]], as she's allegedly a rejected candidate for the Legion of Super-Heroes, which is why her name fits the "Lightning Lad"-"Saturn Girl" format.



* 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.
** Morrison did, however, deconstruct this trope in ''ComicBook/{{Aztek}}, The Ultimate Man'' with Bloodtype and Death-Doll. It turned out they used to be Mr. America and Liberty Lass: The crime-fighting husband and wife team that doesn't know each other's secret identities. Unluckily for them, they ran afoul of the Dark Age, as embodied by the [[AlienGeometries strange]] [[EldritchLocation qualities]] of the [[WretchedHive city of Vanity]].
* [[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."
** Apparently, his name wasn't intended to be quite that bad: in his first battle with the Titans, he was called only Deathstroke to a certain point, and then called only Terminator as if he'd been called that all along. Apparently something went wrong at the editing stage. This was {{handwave}}d by saying his full handle was "Deathstroke the Terminator." You'd think they'd have dropped one name or the other by this point (especially with ''Comicbook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' giving them the opportunity to say that in the [[CosmicRetcon new combined reality]], he'd never been called anything but Deathstroke), but for whatever reason, the over-the-top name stuck.
*** What's even weirder is that DC barely uses his Terminator in his full name for [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} obvious reasons]] (despite the character debuting before the movie). But, for some reason, they use it just often enough so people never forget that it was his original name all along.

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* 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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Load. Morrison did, however, deconstruct this trope in ''ComicBook/{{Aztek}}, The Ultimate Man'' with Bloodtype and Death-Doll. It turned out they used to be Mr. America and Liberty Lass: The crime-fighting husband and wife team that doesn't know each other's secret identities. Unluckily for them, they ran afoul of the Dark Age, as embodied by the [[AlienGeometries strange]] [[EldritchLocation qualities]] of the [[WretchedHive city of Vanity]].
* [[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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" Apparently, his name wasn't intended to be quite that bad: in his first battle with the Titans, he was called only Deathstroke to a certain point, and then called only Terminator as if he'd been called that all along. Apparently something went wrong at the editing stage. This was {{handwave}}d by saying his full handle was "Deathstroke the Terminator." You'd think they'd have dropped one name or the other by this point (especially with ''Comicbook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' giving them the opportunity to say that in the [[CosmicRetcon new combined reality]], he'd never been called anything but Deathstroke), but for whatever reason, the over-the-top name stuck.
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stuck. What's even weirder is that DC barely uses his Terminator in his full name for [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} obvious reasons]] (despite the character debuting before the movie). But, for some reason, they use it just often enough so people never forget that it was his original name all along.



* 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 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'', 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," switched to "Red Arrow" when he joined the ComicBook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica, and then switched back to "Arsenal" when he went DarkerAndEdgier.
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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.



* 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]].

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* ComicBook/{{Venom}} (who had his own DarkerAndEdgier series where he was an AntiHero) and his AxCrazy spawn Carnage.ComicBook/{{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?!"

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* Night Thrasher (of ''ComicBook/NewWarriors'' fame). Whose name came from his [[FadSuper advanced weaponized]] ''[[FadSuper skateboard]]'', thank you very much.
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much. Franchise/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?!"






* ProfessionalWrestling (especially in the 1990s) is chock full of these spanning pretty much the entirety of its colorful history, with varying degrees of success, ranging from the surprisingly successful (and intentionally ironic) Wrestling/{{Chyna}}...to the execrable Shockmaster.
** 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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* ProfessionalWrestling (especially in the 1990s) is chock full of these spanning pretty much the entirety of its colorful history, with varying degrees of success, ranging from the surprisingly successful (and intentionally ironic) Wrestling/{{Chyna}}...to the execrable Shockmaster.
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Shockmaster. 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]] Wrestling/DGenerationX (another great example of this trope, by the way) "I thought it would work!"



* The same goes for ''Videogame/WorldOfWarcraft'', especially for rogues, especially on PvP servers. If you haven't seen it, you will never believe how many variations of names like "[=ShadowKiller=]" there are.

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* The same goes for ''Videogame/WorldOfWarcraft'', especially for rogues, especially on PvP {{P|layerVersusPlayer}}vP servers. If you haven't seen it, you will never believe how many variations of names like "[=ShadowKiller=]" there are.



* 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." Fellow Talon operatives Widowmaker, Sombra, and Doomfist also qualify. Being an agent of the NebulousEvilOrganization requires an edgy codename, it seems.
* The cast of the ''VideoGame/FZero'' series includes various superheroes and supervillains, with masks, exaggerated body builds, capes, and all. The most evil characters all have names straight from the Dark Age of Supernames. There's Captain Falcon's [[EvilKnockoff Evil Knockoff]], Blood Falcon; Blood Falcon's evil master and the apparent [[BigBad Big Bad]], Black Shadow; and then ''his'' boss, [[TheManBehindTheMan The Man Behind The Man]], Deathborn. Even their racing machines get the name treatment - Blood Hawk, Black Bull, and Dark Schneider respectively.

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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." Fellow Talon operatives Widowmaker, Sombra, and Doomfist also qualify. Being an agent of the NebulousEvilOrganization NebulousEvilOrganisation requires an edgy codename, it seems.
* The cast of the ''VideoGame/FZero'' series includes various superheroes and supervillains, with masks, exaggerated body builds, capes, and all. The most evil characters all have names straight from the Dark Age of Supernames. There's Captain Falcon's [[EvilKnockoff Evil Knockoff]], EvilKnockoff, Blood Falcon; Blood Falcon's evil master and the apparent [[BigBad Big Bad]], BigBad, Black Shadow; and then ''his'' boss, [[TheManBehindTheMan The Man Behind The Man]], TheManBehindTheMan, Deathborn. Even their racing machines get the name treatment - Blood Hawk, Black Bull, and Dark Schneider respectively.



* Just about everyone in ''Webcomic/AntiheroForHire'' does this intentionally. Early on, one of the recurring villians was constantly changing his name into ice-related puns ''during'' the fight with the main character.

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* Just about everyone in ''Webcomic/AntiheroForHire'' does this intentionally. Early on, one of the recurring villians villains was constantly changing his name into ice-related puns ''during'' the fight with the main character.



* 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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* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', the dinosaur that [[spoiler:Belkar resuces]] rescues]] 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.



* One Punch Man has a few of these, such as the sisters named Blizzard of Hell and Tornado of Terror, as well as Death Gatling, Demon Cyborg, Zombieman, Darkness Blade, Funeral Suspenders, etc.

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* One Punch Man ''WebComic/OnePunchMan'' has a few of these, such as the sisters named Blizzard of Hell and Tornado of Terror, as well as Death Gatling, Demon Cyborg, Zombieman, Darkness Blade, Funeral Suspenders, etc.



* 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 Creator/{{Image}}'' #1 even 90's Kid concedes that Deathblow is stupid name.

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* As seen in on the (former) quote up top, quotes page, [[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 Creator/{{Image}}'' #1 even 90's Kid concedes that Deathblow is stupid name.

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* One Punch Man has a few of these, such as the sisters named Blizzard of Hell and Tornado of Terror, as well as Death Gatling, Demon Cyborg, Zombieman, Darkness Blade, Funeral Suspenders, etc.


* In ''LoveAndCapes'', Mark Spencer, as the Superman {{Expy}}, is "The Crusader", but many of the other super characters have names like these, although they're pretty reasonable. Darkblade, Amazonia, Windstar (and his niece Starlet), Blurstreak, Mermantis, Arachnerd, Microdot and so on. But a handful of characters have handles more like those of the Golden Age; Major Might, Golden Torch, Dr. Karma, Steel Worker, the Evil Brain.

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* In ''LoveAndCapes'', ''Webcomic/LoveAndCapes'', Mark Spencer, as the Superman {{Expy}}, is "The Crusader", but many of the other super characters have names like these, although they're pretty reasonable. Darkblade, Amazonia, Windstar (and his niece Starlet), Blurstreak, Mermantis, Arachnerd, Microdot and so on. But a handful of characters have handles more like those of the Golden Age; Major Might, Golden Torch, Dr. Karma, Steel Worker, the Evil Brain.


* Parodied in Penthouse Comics' Captain Adventure, with the villainous Team Supreme. Comprising of Manpower, Red Rogue, Edge, Bloodskull, Death Killer, Blazing Fury, and Hotblood, they speak in meaningless pop culture references and end their every sentence with {{Tradesnark}}. Leader Manpower is not impressed by Captain Adventure. I mean, he doesn't even have any facepaint or giant guns!

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* Parodied in Penthouse Comics' Captain Adventure, ''Captain Adventure'', with the villainous Team Supreme. Comprising of Manpower, Red Rogue, Edge, Bloodskull, Death Killer, Blazing Fury, and Hotblood, they speak in meaningless pop culture references and end their every sentence with {{Tradesnark}}. Leader Manpower is not impressed by Captain Adventure. I mean, he doesn't even have any facepaint or giant guns!


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* In ''LoveAndCapes'', Mark Spencer, as the Superman {{Expy}}, is "The Crusader", but many of the other super characters have names like these, although they're pretty reasonable. Darkblade, Amazonia, Windstar (and his niece Starlet), Blurstreak, Mermantis, Arachnerd, Microdot and so on. But a handful of characters have handles more like those of the Golden Age; Major Might, Golden Torch, Dr. Karma, Steel Worker, the Evil Brain.

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