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Kali Krew Presents: A Character by Any Other Name

You’re in your reading zone all snuggled down to crack that book, hit play, or press start. You are ready for a good story. And you’re getting one. But, that name keeps tickling the edges of your mind.

Sometimes it’s an amazingly awesome name that totally fits the character or the character themselves lift that name to something legendary. Aaaaand, sometimes the name is so bad it makes you do a double take. Makes you kind of wonder if you’re pronouncing it in your head the way the creator intended it. But no matter what you try that is the name of that character from now on.

Below is the Kali Krew’s list of names from fiction of all kinds – the good and the huuuh? Obviously a bad name does not automatically make the story bad it’s just that the names made us scratch our heads a bit.

This list suggested by Eliza

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Ash Williams from The Evil Dead

Chosen by Gracie

“One of the instances where a name is kind of bland but the character itself has made the name iconic.” – Gracie

Bill the Galactic Hero from Bill the Galactic Hero by Harry Harrison

Chosen by Bill

Brrienne of Tarth from Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Chosen by Eliza

Captain Desiree Quicho from Afro Puffs are the Antennae of the Universe by Zig Zag Claybourne

Chosen by Brian

The Comedian from The Watchmen

Chosen by Bill

Darth Vader from Star Wars

Chosen by Olly

Everyone from Legend of Condor by Jin Yong

Chosen by Brian

“The series I’m currently reading (and loving!), Legend of Condor Heroes by Jin Yong, is a Chinese martial arts fantasy classic. It’s filled with great names.

Just one example:

Cyclone Mei, the antagonist that everyone is scared of due to her heretical kung-fu technique known as Nine Yin Skeleton Claw, is regularly referred to by the nickname Twice Foul Dark Wind, which she shared with her dead husband, Hurricane Chen, whom she is trying to avenge. Both are also known by the names Copper Corpse and Iron Corpse.” – Brian

Merricat from We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Chosen by Gracie

“I loved the name Merricat so much that it inspired my screen name of GracieKat.” – Gracie

Check out GracieKat’s Focus on the Frightful: We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Nada from They Live

Chosen by Olly

Snake Plissken from Escape from New York

Chosen by Shawn

Movie cover for Escape from New York

Check out JB Rockwell’s Bad Movie Mayhem: Escape from New York

Zafira (aka The Hunter aka The Huntress) from We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

Chosen by Eliza


Anakin Skywalker from Star Wars

Chosen by Olly

Dr. Manhattan from The Watchmen

Chosen by Bill

Grey Worm from Game of Thrones

Chosen by Eliza

Jar Jar Binks from Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace

Chosen by Eliza

Jet Stream Sam from Metal Gear Solid Rising: Revengeance

Chosen by Gracie

Princess Shitara from The Lotus and the Gathering Storm by W. Dale Jordan

Chosen by Eliza

“Pro tip. Never create a character name that starts with a four letter swearword.” – Eliza

Check out Eliza’s review of The Lotus and the Gathering Storm

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What are some names that caught your attention in whatever way – good, bad or wtf?

Published inTop Ten Tuesday

One Comment

  1. Hiro Protagonist – ‘Snow Crash’
    Phineous Fogg – ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’
    Sherlock Holmes
    Captain Ahab
    Long John Silver
    Ebeneezer Scrooge

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