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There are more words out there with "mor" that don't carry such dark tones... So we can't say that this "mor" sound carries darkness and death wherever it goes. But we can say that it has some dark associations available if we want to use them... And every evil name that has "mor" in it adds to the weight of the association, especially when they're famous evil names... We don't always know what the authors were thinking. But we do know that they may readily have been influenced by the sound.

A form of Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Since "mors" is Latin for "death", and many languages use something with a close resemblance (works with the English word "mortality", as well as the French "mort", Spanish "muerte", Portuguese or Italian "morte", etc., or even worse, German "Mord" for "murder" and Czech "mor" for plague), any name with mor- or mort- can be used to indicate death, evil, or a disease.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Lamortmon (Named after La Morte a.k.a. "the death") from Digimon Ghost Game. He's unambiguously an ally and a loyal partner Digimon, although he does take his berserker tendencies a tad too far.

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  • Mörðr Valgarðsson, one of the few people in The Icelandic Sagas who come across as unambiguously "evil".
  • Mordred, Morgause, and Morgan le Fay from Arthurian Legend.
  • In J. R. R. Tolkien's invented Elvish languages, "mor" means dark or black, hence it often appears in "evil" names: Morgoth ("Dark Enemy", Supreme Big Bad), Mordor ("Black/Dark Land" of Dark Lord Sauron), Morannon (the "Black Gates" into Mordor), Minas Morgul ("Tower of Dark Sorcery"), Moria ("dark pit"). But mor also appears perfectly innocent at other times, e.g. in the girl's name Morwen ("dark/black maid", referencing hair color).
  • Mordaunt, Milady de Winter's evil son in 20 Years After.
  • Morlocks, from the novel The Time Machine, who were the namesake of X-Men's Morlocks and the basis for the novel Morlock Night (which makes them even more intelligent and dangerous).
    • It is theorised the name is an allusion to the Semitic God Molech, who had children burnt before him, while the Morlocks eat the childlike Eloi.
  • Also by H. G. Wells, The Island of Doctor Moreau.
  • Sherlock Holmes' archnemesis, Professor Moriarty (and his right-hand man, Colonel Sebastian Moran). Word of God has it that Moriarty was named after a real, extremely violent, criminal whose name Doyle spotted in a newspaper.
  • Harry Potter's foe Voldemort, meaning "Flight of death" or "Theft of death" in French. And if you say his name in Deathly Hallows, you really do have to Apparate. Really fast.
    • Bonus points to him for making it up himself with an anagram of his real name.
      —->Tom Marvolo Riddle = I Am Lord Voldemort
    • There's also the spell which summons his Death Eaters' symbol, Morsmordre.
    • As well as his maternal uncle, Morfin Gaunt, who had a tendency to nail snakes to doors.
  • Mort of Discworld plays this trope both ways: he's initially the skinny little nervous guy you might stereotypically expect a real-life "Mort" to be...until he takes his destined role as apprentice to Death.
  • Jack Mort, psychopath in The Dark Tower.
    • Mordred from the later books.
  • Morgan Sloat/Morgan of Orris in The Talisman.
  • Morkai the Red, a minor character but powerful wizard in the early Drizzt novels, who is vicious and dogged in paying back those who killed him.
  • Moridin from The Wheel of Time. Dangerously insane, third most powerful evil person in the world (after the Dark One and his avatar), name means "death" in the Fictionary of the books, and just to top it all off, his previous name: Ishamael, a.k.a. Ba'alzamon. Oh, like it wasn't obvious.
    • Mordeth from the same series. Bonus points for almost having "Death" in his name as well.
  • Mordion from Hexwood, who has the face of a skull and is tasked with killing political enemies.
  • The Mord-Sith, a Praetorian Guard of Torture Technicians in the Sword of Truth universe.
  • Morda from The Chronicles of Prydain is another evil wizard.
  • Mord the brutal gaoler from A Song of Ice and Fire.
    • The historical figure King Morgon Banefort, the last Hooded King, who was said to be a necromancer.
    • The ancient, one-eyed Mors "Crowfood" Umber, one of two shifty uncles of ambiguous loyalty who declare for opposite sides in the War for the North, once the main line of Greatjon and Smalljon Umber are dead or captured.
  • Commonly used by dark elves in The Riftwar Cycle, e.g. Morandis.
  • Morgra, the Big Bad of The Sight.
  • The Neverending Story has the villain G'mork, the servant of the Nothing, and Morla The Ancient One, who, while not being a villain, represents the nihilism and apathy which allows the Nothing to take hold.
  • Morzan from the Inheritance Cycle.
  • Morisant, the corrupt wizard from the Fablehaven series.
  • Sarah Mortis in Duumvirate. She tends to live up to it.
  • Morvern Callar is not someone to share your manuscript or your vacation with.
  • In the Old Kingdom series you had best be aware of Mordauts, Mordicants, and several other horrible dead things that want to eat your life force.
  • The humorous Fairy Tale deconstruction Enchanted Forest Chronicles has Morwen as an aversion: she's a good witch and something of the Team Mom.
  • Lord Mordaunt in The Witch Watch. He's even a Viscount of Ravenstead.
  • The Belgariad gives us Mordja, a Demon Lord associated with the Morindim.
  • Madame Morrible in Wicked, whose name also rhymes with "horrible".
  • The Shannara series alone has Mord Wraiths, the Moric, the Dagda Mor, and the Morgawr, the latter two being Big Bads.
  • Morgarath, a major villain in the Ranger's Apprentice series.
  • Valentine and Sebastian Morgenstern of The Mortal Instruments, both being rogue Shadowhunters ,though the both of them also possess demon blood, hellbent on committing genocide on all Downworlders and... well... just about everyone, respectively.

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  • Mordac, the Preventer of Information Services in Dilbert

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  • Latinized version from Warhammer 40,000: Mortarion, Primarch of the Death Guard. Also Mork.
    • The God of Death in Warhammer is named Morr. However, he's actually of the nicer part of death gods.
      • The Skaven clan Mors plays this straight, though.
  • In Pathfinder, the kyton demagogue Morrobahn. An archfiend also known as the Parasite Seed, it's everything to be expected from the leader of a race whose culture revolves around torture.

  • Subverted with Mortimer Brewster from Arsenic and Old Lace. He reviews murder plays for a living, but, unlike several other members of his family, he hasn't committed actual murders.

  • The first enemy the Toa Metru of BIONICLE went up against was the Morbuzakh, a Matoran-kidnapping plant.



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  • In fact, the word for death-related things starting with "mor/mar" is not exclusive to Latin. It came from Proto-Indo-European, meaning the trope is more than four thousand years old. Cognates in other ancient dead languages are Hittite "meerzi" ("vanish"), Old Persian "martiya" ("mortal man"), Sanskrit "marati" ("die"), and Old Irish "mar" ("dead"). Personal name examples include Mara, the Big Bad of Buddhism, and the Morrigan, goddesses of war in Celtic Mythology. And yes, Mortimer, as well; it came from a place in France called "Mortemer", which means "dead pond".
  • From the same Proto-Indo-European root as "mors" is "mare", the word for an evil spirit. While it is obsolete in modern English, it still survives in words like "nightmare" (rooted in the belief that the spirit likes to haunt humans at night, causing their, well, nightmares) and cognates in other Germanic languages like the Dutch "nachtmerrie" and German "Nachtmahr" (though "Albtraum" is more commonly used these days). Oh, since it came from PIE, non-Germanic languages have it, too: Serbo-Croatian "noćna mora", Albanian "merë" ("fear"), etc.