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  • In The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, the eponymous Dr. McNinja. A doctor of medicine who comes from a family of Irish ninjas. Nothing else need be said.
    • This also applies to most known residents of the Radical Lands. This includes Ron Wizard, Sir Cowabunga of Clubs; Dame Dudeical of Diamonds; the former king Sir Hellacious of Hearts; and King Radical, formerly Sir Sicknasty of Spades.
  • Dragon Tails has the character named Enigma. It certainly doesn't help that he's a total badass.
  • Boy Meets Boy and the sequel webcomic, Friendly Hostility. Harlequin, Tybalt, Anubis, Cyanide, and many more. (There's Skids, but that's a nickname.) Also notable is Collin, who inexplicably has a Hindi last name despite his family being hardcore Caucasian conservative Christians. Word of God has it that at one point, Collin's parents traveled to India on missionary work, so they probably took a local name. This is probably because the Boy Meets Boy characters were based loosely on characters from an old and now-deleted webcomic by the same author, which was about vampires (or rather gay vampire angels), who are kind of expected to have names like that. Frankly, you can't blame Mikhail's tattoo artist for making a mistake.
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  • Between Rak Wraithraiser, Phonsekal Lauroe, and Jaina Repelista Jahad, Tower of God has some pretty awesomely named characters.
  • The Broken Mirror has Ariad Engel Moira. The last one claims her real name is Ariad Smith, and that she changed it because it was too boring — but she's still named Ariad.
  • Suicide for Hire: the main characters are named Arcturus Winrock and Hunter Ravenwood. Hunter's occasionally-appearing love interest is named Chryseis, and Arcturus' co-workers in the food stand storyline were named Zharra, Morph, Magdalena, Tajaira, and Shileen. The briefly-appearing "Harv" and "Sarah" in a previous storyline seemed quite out-of-place.
  • Ronin Galaxy: the main character's name is Cecil Onimaru, which (given the multiple meanings of Japanese names) can mean, "Oni's son." or "Oni-like son." For being a ronin, such a name seems extravagant. Also Leona Gallant - she couldn't possibly be a gallant knight, could she?
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  • Keychain of Creation gives us the relatively ordinary (for an Abyssal Exalted) "The Most Secret and Sorrowful of the Bearers of the Endless Destiny of All Creation Which Wander Amidst Forgotten Sights and Fallen Tears Along the Tread of Ancient Ashen Footsteps Through the Shadow of That Which Comes and Into That Riotous Cacophony Which Births All Fools and Steals All Beauty, Who Heralds Through Her Silence the Stillness and Chill of Those Who Were Not Born and Who Will Not Fade 'til All Things Fall and... In That Most Grim Harvest Form the... Final Restful Tomb of... All Awakened Life and... All the... Sleep... less... De--" (passes out from lack of breath). Everyone calls her Secret.
  • xkcd: the student in Exploits of a Mom and according to Alt Text, his sister (who goes by her middle name, "Elaine").
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  • Max Facepuncher... Yeah... And I think Jack Cannon, the title character, counts too.
  • The main cast of Sluggy Freelance? They go by the names Torg, Riff, Zoe, Gwynn, Bun-Bun, and Kiki. Hanging around with these people, you can kinda understand why Sam felt he had to change his name to "Sam da Man."
    • Crushestro.
    • Most of Hereti-corp has awesome names like Daedalus Hereti, Dr. Killum, Dan-Met, Kusari and Oasis. Irving Schlock? Not so much.
  • Goblins: Life Through Their Eyes. While goblins have names such as "Big Ears" and "Complains Of Names", one of them, "Fumbles", wants to become an adventurer (a PC, indeed) and changes his name to Senor Vorpal Kickasso.
    • The goblins are named by their village elder, who chooses their names based on a vision of their fate that she sees when they are born. For instance, the goblin who grows up to become the chief of the clan is named "Chief". However, one unfortunate goblin was given the name "Dies Horribly".
  • Van Von Hunter.
  • Schlock Mercenary:
    • O'benn warship names tend towards these. Mocked by Captain Tagon and Kevyn Andreasyn in on exchange:
      Tagon: Let's slap a drive and crew quarters on it and christen it the Scrapyard of Insufferable Arrogance.
      Kevyn: Captain, making fun of Ob'enn ship names is like shooting fish in the barrel of circular swimming.
    • Petey has an entire fleet of ships whose names are both punning (they all start with a "P" and have a "D" somewhere in them. Like Pterodactyl or Pretentious Drivel) and are usually mocking of Ob'enn naming conventions. This hasn't gone unnoticed, or unremarked on, by the Ob'enn.
    • The dark matter entities, the Paan'uri, have a name which translates to either "that which lives where nothing should" or "that gravitic distortion is giving me the willies."
    • Well Tagon's ship the Serial Peacemaker... it's like it doesn't HAVE to get a name implying violence so directly, so it's placing itself above the poseur ship names the O'benn and others tend to take. But it sounds somewhat like 'serial killer' so it wouldn't be mistaken for something inoffensive!
    • Much, much, later, they take possession of a battleplate. After suggesting "Jumpstart Primer", Schlock shaves off two letters and goes EVA to carve "Jumpstar Prime" into the outer hull with his plasgun. It's a pretty cool name, even though everyone but Schlock is somewhat annoyed about it...although that might just be because he wrote it as "JUMPStAR PRiWe!" and didn't ask for permission before acting.
    • Then there's the character that became the King of Credomar; he started life as LOTA: Longshoreman Of The Apocalypse. (When 'he' was being built out of a damaged tank, Para and Kevyn decided they could build a Longshoreman from the parts laying around. Para claimed, "With the parts on your shelf, I bet we could build a 'Longshoreman of the Apocalypse'." "... No bet." As it turned out, they needed one....)
  • Everyday Heroes:
    • Mr. Mighty's name is actually Marion John Mighty.
    • Jane Mighty's mom was born Hannah Anne Combat; she had a sister, Ariel Combat. Their father was Mortimer Lawrence (or "Mort L.") Combat.
  • Orion Victor Bjorn.
    • And "Lars", which the author states "makes you think of a big manly guy."
  • Girl Genius is loaded with awesome names, starting with Agatha's primary love interest: Gilgamesh Wulfenbach.
    • Or Agatha's aunt, Demonica Mongfish. And Agatha's other aunt, Serpentina Mongfish. And Agatha's mother, Lucrezia Mongfish. See how the first name turns even mundane last into something Lovecraftian?
    • In the same comic we have Heterodyne ancestors with names like "Faustus" and "Occam," the house of Sturmvoraus, and even chief minion Moloch (he claims his parents owned a The Bible but didn't have time to actually read it).
  • Lackadaisy is full of these names like Rocky Rickaby, Calvin "Freckle" McMurray, Mitzy May, Dorian "Zib" Zibowski, Ivy Pepper, Nicodeme Savoy, Serafine Savoy, Moredecai Heller, and many more.
  • Narbonic: one of Helen Narbon's recurring enemies is Dr. Lupin Madblood. No, that's his real name, and he even has a PhD. On the other hand, he still lived with his mother during a lot of the story.
  • El Goonish Shive: Pandora Chaos Raven. That is all.
  • Penny Arcade: "'I am Grimm Shado,' said Grimm Shado. 'And I'm here to take it to the limit.'
    • And, to a lesser extent, Dr. Raven Darktalon Blood.
    • How about Jim Darkmagic?
      • EVERYONE from The Song Of The Sorcelator apparently has a name like this, though we only get to know Grimm Shado's.
  • Parodied in Hark! A Vagrant. The Brontë sisters, concerned they won't be taken seriously as women authors, choose the pseudonyms "Johnny Guns," "Bruce Punisher" and "Daddy Smash."
  • Cutter Edgewise in Starslip. Memnon Vanderbeam may also count.
  • 8-Bit Theater has names like Fighter McWarrior, Black Mage Evilwizardington, Prince Elf of Clan Khee'bler (a.k.a. Thief), Red Mage Statscowski, Prince Drizz'l of the Dark Elves, Vilbert von Vampire, Muffin the dragon, Chancellor Usurper of Clan Sahn'ta (real name King Astos of the Dark Elves), Dr. Swordopolis, Doctor Malpractice, Generic Half-Elven Dual-Class Ranger, Berserker Axinhed... It's a freaking gold mine of this trope! Fighter, Black Mage, Thief, Red Mage, White Mage, Black Belt, etc. are actually their REAL NAMES and not just their classes...
  • In Homestuck, the four main characters' names were all suggestions provided by readers, so awesome names like "Jade Harley", "Rose Lalonde" and "Dave Strider" were inevitable.
    • The jury is still out on whether "John Egbert" sounds cool or not though.
    • Dave's bro (actually his biological father) is named Dirk Strider. With a name like that, you're guaranteed to be badass.
    • The Trolls mostly have cool names, such as Karkat Vantas, Vriska Serket, and Sollux Captor note . For bonus points, they're all meaningful.
    • Lord English gives us an interesting example of this trope- his name is written in green and requires an animated gif to be written properly.
      • Two of his minions also have names that beautifully paint the medium: Doc Scratch and Snowman. All the other members of The Felt, and the gang itself, have names that are written in green.
    • Vriska'a FLARP name is Marquise Spinneret Mindfang. We later find out that she named herself after her Famous Ancestor.
    • There's also Eridan's FLARP name, Orphaner Dualscar. It turns out that he named his character after his ancestor.
    • All of the ancestors have ridiculously cool names: Neophyte Redglare (Who Terezi's FLARP character is named after and is her ancestor), Expatriate Darkleer, the Grand Highblood...
    • John names his "adopted" salamander Casey. Rose names her/him Viceroy Bubbles Von Salamancer.
    • Rose has a talent for this: she names her mutant kitten Vodka Mutini
    • Jack Noir, who also goes by Sovereign Slayer.
    • There's also Jack's In-Universe Expy Spades Slick.
    • Sburb titles can turn out this way. Although occasionally you get a sucky name, other times you get people referred to as the Knight of Time, the Witch of Space, the Prince of Hope, the Knight of Blood, the Mage of Doom, etc., etc.
  • Dead Winter has an assassin that goes by the name Black Monday Blues. He has a colleague named Sixgun Johnny Rhythm.
  • Averted in Hiimdaisy's Let's Destroy the Shagohod, based on Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Ocelot thinks Snake's real name is this (imagining that it's "Manly McBeefington"), when it's really simply "John". This visibly startles Ocelot.
  • Gunnerkrigg Court has Antimony Carver, Surma Carver (nee Stibnite), Zeta, Gamma, and Winsbury...
  • In Regular Guy, Reg decides he needs to get to know a girl better because of her name: Katie DeLorean.
  • Eerie Cuties gave good part of cast pretty cool names, what with most of them meeting in All-Ghouls School... called "Charybdis Heights", by the way.
  • In Voodoo Walrus most character names seem to be more like alias or online handles, so this is rather prominent in names like Rip Flintlock, Shmeerm, Miriam Cyradwee, and Villemous Quetzacoatl Creep Knight
  • In The Adventures of Shan Shan, Cassiopeia. The teacher has to work to pronounce it.
  • Zokusho Comics: Serge (pronounced like surge) Inverse. Nitrous Blight. Rotting Johnny. Drake Lephisto. Fizzbang the Goblin. That Guy. More than likely there's more to come.
  • Justified in Slightly Damned with the Jakkai. A generation is born on the same day, and they are given only first names until a suitable last name is devised that matches their appearance or personality. These include Snaketail, Thunderheart and, the current champion, Bloodeyes.
  • O Human Star Alastair Sterling.
  • Isaac Baranoff used one of these in a Take That! towards a cartoonist who ripped off Baranoff's comic strip, Horndog: "Awesome MC Big Dick". (Intentionally drawn as a bad stick figure comic to mock the rival cartoonist, this was invoked because Baranoff felt that the artist who plagiarized his work was using Mary Sue characters in the real-life Expy.)
  • Manly Guys Doing Manly Things: Commander Badass. That is all. It later turns out that "Commander Badass" is his nom de guerre, his given name is an eighty-digit serial number ending in B52, and his friends and family call him Rock Lobster (he considered Love Shack, but decided against it).
  • Phoebe and Her Unicorn: Marigold Heavenly Nostrils.
  • Meat Shield: Clan Punchintheface.
  • Squid Ops gives us Sela Cloudburst, Lena and Mui Mistbreeze and Ms. Leafyshine. Note that these are the only characters so far whose surnames have been revealed, so it's possible everyone in the comic has a name like this.
  • The Order of the Stick has none other than "Bloodfeast the Extreme-inator", Belkar's dinosaur mount (and named by Belkar) (sadly transformed into a small lizard at the time of this writing).
  • In Paranatural, there is an absolutely insane English teacher named Mr. Starchman. He considers "Max" to be this. Most characters have reasonable names, though, except maybe for Rainbow Jacket.
  • The main character of Lady Sabre and the Pirates of the Ineffable Aether is named Seneca Sabre. Other characters include Hans von Kater and Miles Drake.
  • In Precocious, Bud's full name is Buddy Champ Oven. It's kinda more of an "Upbeat McPositivename", but when it prevents parental full-name anger from being ominous, it clearly falls under this as well.
  • Kill Six Billion Demons: Throne is ass deep in people with awesome names.
    • Allison Ruth's eventual title is a Title Drop. Would you mess with someone who is known as Kill Six Billion Demons? (The "title as weird but Badass instruction" is also shared by one Murder The Gods And Topple Their Thrones.)
    • Ciocie Cioelle Estrella von Maximus the Third, fanfiction writer: blue devil, adept in the magic of word and paper, and deliverer of abstruse insults. Unusually for the trope, an elaborate name acts as a Power Limiter for devils and was forced on her as a punishment. Notably averted for another devil aboard the Yamga, however; Allison herself had to come up with a name for a devil while drunk, and ended up dubbing the poor bastard "Princess Mamoru Moonshine Jagermeister Jack Jack Daniels Timothy Tim Bill Freddy Mercury Blueberry Luna, Esquire".
    • The Seven Black Emperors include people with names like "Jagganoth" and "Solomon David". The guy they replaced was simply called Zoss, the Conquering King.
    • Angels get names that unfold like lotus blossoms, such as "82 White Chain Born In Emptiness Returns to Subdue Evil" and "6 Juggernaut Star Scours the Universe".
    • Even minor characters get them, as demonstrated by Layla Brimstone, Gun Witch or KILLBOSS the demon.
  • Guilded Age: Gravedust Deserthammer is probably the guiltiest of this, with Frigg even asking him if she can have his name after he dies.
  • Yokoka's Quest: Hurricane, Betelgeuse of Orion, and Fahrin the Reaper.
  • Latchkey Kingdom features minor character Donovan Dragon-Puncher. Unfortunately, he is not seen punching dragons.


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