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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.
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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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  • Mörðr Valgarðsson, one of the few people in The Icelandic Sagas who come across as unambiguously "evil".
  • Mordred, Morgause, and Morgan le Fay from the legend of King Arthur.
  • 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 Taran Wanderer 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 from David Clement-Davies' novel 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 atrophication 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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    Live-Action TV 
  • Mr. Morden, agent of the Shadows in Babylon 5.
  • Morticia Addams, whose entire family parodied horror tropes.
  • Mordecai Sahmbi, the Big Bad of Time Trax.
  • Doctor Who has Morbius, the Morpho, Morgus, the Morlox, Morgaine... Arguably, with some slightly different spelling, Mawdryn.
  • Morgause and Mordred from Merlin, just like in the legend. And... Morgana after her Face–Heel Turn.
  • The War of the Worlds TV series retconned the Martians into Mor-Taxans from the planet Mor-Tax (and later, Morthren from the planet Morthrai.)
  • Lexx offers Mort, who wants to reanimate the severed head of his unrequited love by attaching parts harvested from corpses—and if necessary, the living.
  • Throughout Angel, the ruthless Lilah Morgan is the most-featured representative of demonic law firm Wolfram & Hart.
  • Power Rangers Mystic Force had the Morlocks and their general, Morticon, as ongoing villains.
  • Dark Knight, a "re-imaginded update" of Ivanhoe (with Robin Hood and Camelot thrown in) had a black-hat wizard called Mordour as one of the antagonists.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • Mordac, the Preventer of Information Services in Dilbert

    Tabletop Games 
  • 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.

    Theatre 
  • 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.

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

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  • World of Warcraft has several examples:
    • Murlocs
    • Morbent Fel, a malevolent warlock
    • Mor'ladim, an undead elite soldier
    • Moroes, second boss of Karazhan
    • Morpaz, dragon boss in Sunken Temple
    • Morgrinn Crackfang, a Pandarian champion
  • Mabinogi has Morgant, also known as Dark Lord, who is both The Dragon and has yet to be defeated in the mainstream storyline; both times you actually fight him the dialogue suggests he let you win, although Tarlach does manage to knock him out temporarily in a cutscene.
  • Guild Wars 2 prominently features Mordremoth, the Elder Dragon of the Maguuma Jungle, in its first expansion Heart of Thorns.
  • Morrigan Aensland, from Darkstalkers.
  • The evil wizard Mordack from King's Quest V.
  • Mordavia in Quest for Glory.
  • In the Interactive Fiction game Delusions, Morrodox is a sentient computer virus who likens himself to AIDS. (Subversion: he demonstrates the ability to Grow Beyond His Programming.)
  • General Donald "Devil Rebirth" Morden from the Metal Slug games.
  • Pokémon Gold and Silver Gym Leader Morty subverts this. His name alludes to the fact that he uses ghost types, but he's a really nice and easygoing guy, if a tad cocky.
  • The reptilian queen Morag was the main antagonist of the original Neverwinter Nights.
  • Morte, from the video game (and parallel animated adaptation) Sands of Destruction. Among her other nicknames are "Lady Death" and the "Scarlet Plague".
  • Mordin Solus from Mass Effect 2. Sure, he may be a scientist primarily, but he's also a highly trained and extremely efficient killer, and he's not afraid to tell you so.
    • Do not sleep with Morinth. Should you choose to ignore this warning, you should make sure your life insurance and will are up to date.
  • The Morton family in Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare.
  • Overlord II has Mortis, who controls the life and death of Minions. He's even got a cloak and scythe to make him look like a tiny little Grim Reaper.
  • Morty Maxwell of the Super Solvers series.
  • Morcubus, Prince of Monsters, from the MySims series.
  • Mortimer McMire from the Commander Keen series, who has tried to destroy the Earth (Invasion of the Vorticons), the galaxy (Goodbye Galaxy), and the universe (if the Universe is Toast trilogy had been made, that is...)
  • Mordekaiser from League of Legends.
  • Mort the undertaker in The Curse of Monkey Island — though he's a Harmless Villain (if that) with exploitable superstition. He eventually helps you once Murray threatens to curse him with the inability to "find socks that match."
  • The initial villain in Tales of Vesperia is called Mordio. However, this is subverted when it turns out that "Mordio" is an imposter and the real Mordio is one of your party members.
  • The .hack franchise has evil AIs Morganna and Morti.
  • Mors Westford from A Game of Thrones: Genesis is a Night's Watchman feared by friend and foe alike. His nickname? The Butcher.
  • Darth Mortis, a Sith Lord in Star Wars: The Old Republic.
  • Mors Gotha is the Final Boss of Ultima Underworld II, and your Evil Counterpart.
  • Morta in Yume100. He has an overwhelmingly (and rather chillingly) positive opinion on death, viewing it as a reward bestowed upon people who have made it far in life.
  • Morton Koopa, Jr. of Super Mario Bros. fame.
  • Archfiend Mortamor, the Big Bad of Dragon Quest VI.
  • Moribund Kadaver from Skeleton Krew.
  • Dungeons Of Dredmor's Big Bad, the Dark Lord Dredmor. Does the name make you feel more dread, or make you dread your impending death?
  • Planescape: Torment has Morte, a floating skull.

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  • The variation mar- appears in the English "nightmare" and the French equivalent "cauchemar", the German word "Nachtmahr" (old German for "nightmare", though "Albtraum" is used nowadays), and in Esperanto "kosxmaro". It's thought to come from proto-Indo-European, which means this trope is some four thousand years old.
  • Subverted with Christian Morgenstern, who is a funny poet.


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