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  • Dizzy Cordova of 100 Bullets, with her true first name being Isabel. Also most of the rest of the Minutemen, with Meaningful Names or Punny Names like Jack Daw, Victor Ray, Cole Burns, and Lono, named after a Hawaiian god.
  • Fall Out Toy Works has a character who changes her name to Gravity Welles.
  • Tintin.
    • Tintin means something along the lines of "nothing at all." It's apparently his last name.
      • "Tintin" sounds like a lot of French nicknames which take a syllable from a name and reduplicate it, such as Fifi (for Sophie, Yvonne, Josephine), Popaul (Paul) (Bébel (Jean-Paul Belmondo) once played the titular hero of the film Dr. Popaul), Didi and Gogo (Vladimir and Estragon). Tintin could be derived from Célestin, Constatin or Martin, good Catholic names for the hero of a series created for a Catholic newspaper. The first serial hero Hergé created was the boy-scout Totor.
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    • In French: Professeur Tournesol (Sunflower) translated as Calculus in English. Capitaine Haddock (like the fish), Bianca Castafiore, which in Italian means White Chasteflower, in Secret de la Licorne (The Secret of the Unicorn) the Loiseau brothers (Meaning Thebird brothers (just "Bird brothers" in the translation). Lampshaded when they are identified by a man they shot pointing at birds). In Vol 714 pour Sydney (Flight 714) Laszlo Carreidas translates as Laszlo Four Aces (as in a poker game). Also in Flight 714, first appearing in Coke en Stock (The Red Sea Sharks), is the pilot Szut. "Zut" is a very mild French expletive. Lampshaded when Captain Haddock thinks the man is cursing when asked his name. There are quite a few more, making Hergé a master of this trope.
  • In Hopeless Savages, the main character is called Skank Zero Hopeless-Savage. Her siblings' names are Rat Bastard, Arsenal Fierce and Twitch Strummer, all Hopeless-Savages. The reason being that their parents are punk musicians Dirk Hopeless (formerly his stage name, later legally changed) and Nikki Savage (her birth name).
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  • Dr McLargehuge in Empowered, a Mystery Science Theater 3000 Shout-Out. He also makes a brief appearance in City of Villains.
  • Weasel, best frenemy of Deadpool, just happens to be named Jack Hammer— not that he lives up to the name.
  • Black Panther's nemesis is a man named Erik Killmonger.
  • Likely the best super-villain name ever, Wonder Woman's foe Dr. Psycho. (According to the character's original origin, his family immigrated to America, where a barely-literate immigration clerk misspelled their last name at processing, changing it to "Psycho".)
  • Victor von Doom, along with Count Otto von Doom.
  • Lex Luthor is a fairly badass name as well. 'Lex' is Latin for law, and 'luthor' is a Middle English word meaning evil. So his name means 'evil law'. Lionel Luthor. Like Father, Like Son.
  • Mister Mxyzptlk. (Which is properly pronounced "Mix-Yes-Spit-Lick", as Mxy himself explains in his first DCAU appearance.)
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  • Nightwing. Admit it. It just feels good to say.
  • Marshal Law may not be his real name, but it is the baddest name alive.
  • Zatanna Zatara of the DC Comics magic brigade.
  • Nick Fury
  • Casanova: Casanova Quinn
  • Detectives Walker and Pilgrim of Powers.
  • Preacher: Jesse Custer, by God.
  • Also in that vein, John Constantine. Although the character himself may actually have been partly responsible for making his name take on such mythical proportions.
  • Hellboy's Christian name is Hellboy, although the name given to him before his birth is Ahnung Un Rama. Abe Sapien also qualifies.
  • Atomic Robo interviews an Action Scientist candidate named Rex Cannon. There's also "Baron Heinrich von Helsingard" and Vanadis Valkyrie. As it happens, Doctor Atomic Robo Tesla isn't half-bad either.
  • In Polly and the Pirates, one of Polly's friends (who hails from Fake Netherlands) has the amazingly awesome name Anastasia "Stasia" Van Vervendander.
  • Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Peanuts: Joe Cool, anyone? Lampshaded in this comic. Well... sort of, anyway.
  • New Gods: Mister Miracle, also known as... Scott Free. Justified in that Granny Goodness named him that deliberately to mock him, growing up as a prisoner in her nightmarish "orphanage."
  • Jonah Hex
  • Green Arrow's real name is Oliver Queen. A swashbuckler's name if there ever was one. His son and successor, Connor Hawke, also qualifies.
  • The most famous Green Lantern is a test pilot named Hal Jordan - that name screams "badass test pilot," and just sounds chill, bro.
  • Etrigan: Jason Blood
  • Scott Pilgrim: Knives Chau. "Who names their kids Knives?!" Most of the Scott Pilgrim characters also qualify, including Scott Pilgrim, Ramona Flowers, Gideon Gordon Graves, and Envy Adams, though that's not her real first name (it's derived from Natalie V).
  • The writers of comics, considering that Marv Wolfman exists.
  • Transmetropolitan: Spider Jerusalem. Also a literal McCool name in Robert McX, the most honest journalist in The City apart from Spider.
  • In Echo, one of the main characters is Ivy Raven, secret agent extraordinaire.
  • The X-Men universe is full of them. Let's start with Noriko Ashida, Alison Blaire, Raven Darkholme, Cessily Kincaid, Remy LeBeau, Jubilation Lee (though she considers it a horrible name and prefers to just go by Jubilee), Cain Marko, John Proudstar, Kitty Pryde, Quentin Quire, Julio Esteban Richter, and Monet Yvette Clarisse Maria Therese St. Croix.
  • Slade Deathstroke the Terminator. Deathstroke. His actual name is Slade Wilson. Deathstroke the Terminator is his nom de guerre. In Teen Titans, he just went by "Slade".
  • Power Man was born Carl Lucas, but promptly changed his name to Luke Cage. These days he goes by Luke Cage because frankly that's just as bad-ass as "Power Man." (Nicolas Coppola agreed that "Cage" was way better.)
  • Pick a male Wolfrider from ElfQuest; two out of three have names like Bearclaw, Strongbow, One Eye, Mantricker, Redlance, and so on.
  • Everybody in Astro City; Samaritan, Winged Victory, Crackerjack, the Hanged Man, you get the idea.
    • Astra Furst. When she runs away and tries to fit in with normal children she picks the name Astrid, which shouldn't really make things better.
  • Hägar the Horrible isn't all too horrible, but his name sure is cool.
  • King City: Max's full name is Maximum Absolute. Appropriately for such a manly name, he was a dual-chainsword-wielding xombie slayer in his previous career.
  • 2000 AD has plenty of examples:
    • Judge Dredd: Judge Joseph Dredd. Justified in-universe: Dredd is a clone of Fargo, the founder of the Judges, and the name was specifically chosen to inspire... well, dread. Other examples include Sidney D'Eath AKA Judge Death, and Judge Kraken (another Fargo clone from the Judda incursion).
    • The Simping Detective: Lampshaded with the protagonist Jack Point: "What's the point?" "Comes right after the Jack."
    • Strontium Dog: Johnny Alpha and Wulf Sternhammer.
      • "Johnny Alpha" is a Nom de Guerre, but Johnny hasn't used his real name in decades. It's hard to explain why without spoiling a large part of the series, but if his real name became public knowledge, a lot of people, including him, would be in a very bad position.
    • All the ABC Warriors: Hammerstein, Joe Pineapples, Happy Shrapnel, Deadlock...
    • Halo Jones.
    • Sláine
    • Invoked in Caballistics, Inc.. Lawrence Verse and Hannah Chapter answer the two questions they're asked most often, one of which is whether those are really their names.note  They're not, but a gimmick like that draws in more clients for their monster hunting business.
  • There's plenty of cool names in the Marvel Universe like The Avengers, or S.H.I.E.L.D..
  • Cyrus Gold
  • Blackagar Boltagon, his wife Medusalith Amaquelin-Boltagon, and his brother Maximus Boltagon
  • Harleen Quinzel
  • The DCU gives us Amanda Waller, a top-level government agent known as "The Wall" for both her sizable stature and her unyielding will.
  • Vall Armorr: Karate Kid of the Legion of Super-Heroes
  • Valentina Vostok
  • Tora Olafsdotter
  • Aiko Miyazaki
  • The Hand. Trust young Frank Miller, at the height of his creative powers, to create a name for a Ninja clan so simple and yet so menacing when you ponder it.
  • Negasonic Teenage Warhead. Had a very minor role in the comics, so the name probably helped put her in Deadpool (who immediately declares it the best name ever, and asks if they can trade).
  • Is it any surprise that a man named Hunter Zolomon became one of the most terrifying villains in history?
  • Cassandra Cain
  • Johnny Blaze, the most well-known Ghost Rider, was a stunt motorcyclist before he got the flaming skull-head and bike that has fiery wheels.
  • Three-fourths of the Fantastic Four have civilian names that qualify: Johnny Storm, Susan Storm and Ben Grimm. Team leader Reed Richards goes by the moniker of Mr Fantastic.
  • Johnny Thunder, member of the Justice Society of America.
  • Johnny Quick, a name shared by two different characters — an evil speedster who's a member of the Crime Syndicate (being Flash's Evil Counterpart), and a heroic speedster who's a member of The Flash's supporting cast.
  • In All-New Wolverine Laura's clone Gabby wants to have a codename of her own, but she can't think of one at all and is so displeased at everyone else having cool ones. After meeting Danger, she finally gets one through her "brother" Daken: Honey Badger. Laura is about to express her displeasure at such a name, but Gabby loves it.
  • Varmints: The horse Ned and Opie "borrow" from the large bearded man is initially named Buddy by the kids. Later, he's revealed to be named Ulysses Thunderhoof.
  • Wonder Woman (1942): Holliday Girls Bobby Strong, Glamora Treat, Virginia True and the Heyday three.
  • The Legend of Wonder Woman (2016): Holiday Girls Milly & Tilly Hayday have an excellent last name.
  • Donna Troy the original Wonder Girl.
  • Minor DC villainess Tigress has the civilian name of Artemis Crock.
  • Stormy Knight, the third Phantom Lady.
  • Vandal Savage.
  • Ulysses Bloodstone an immortal monster hunter in the Marvel Universe. His daughter Elsa Bloodstone also qualifies.
  • Code Name: Gravedigger: Ulysses Hazard is pretty awesome name, even before you add in the badass code name of 'Gravedigger'.
  • Kid Colt's real name is 'Blaine Colt', which is the sort of name one does not usually find outside of a Soap Opera.
  • Mister Terrific
  • Misty Knight and Colleen Wing, the Daughters of the Dragon.
  • Matt Murdock's last name doesn't seem too impressive at first glance, until you realize it is derived from the Norse words for "sea warrior".


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