The Art of Superhero Names: Part III

Overused Words
Some themes just work so well they turn up over and over and over again.


All Fired Up.  Some comic book writers are arsonists waiting to happen.
  • Black Flame
  • Blackfire
  • Blaze
  • Bonfire
  • Fire
  • Fire Jade
  • Firebird
  • Firebrand
  • Firebug
  • Fire-Eater
  • Firefist
  • Firefly
  • Firehawk
  • Firehawk
  • Firelord
  • Firestar
  • Firestorm
  • Flamebird
  • Flamesplasher
  • Nightfire
  • Pyro
  • Spitfire
  • Sunfire
  • Wildfire

Dark side of the Moon.  You wanna know where you're going, Alice?!
  • Doctor Moon
  • Dragon of the Moon
  • Moon Knight
  • Moonboy
  • Moonstar
  • Moonstone
  • Tribe of the Moon*

The Night Life.  This is when I wear my sunglasses.
  • Doctor Midnight
  • Doctor Mid-Nite
  • Legion of Night*
  • Night Force*
  • Night Girl
  • Night Shift*
  • Nightblade
  • Nightcrawler
  • Nightfall
  • Nightfire
  • Nighthawk
  • Nightmaster
  • Nightside
  • Nightslayer
  • Nightwing

Lucky Stars.  Make a wish!
  • All-Star Squadron*
  • Battlestar
  • Blackstarr
  • Darkstar
  • Darkstars*
  • Dawnstar
  • Evil Star
  • Firestar
  • Moonstar
  • Proudstar
  • Red Star
  • Shatterstar
  • Star Boy
  • Star Masters*
  • Starbolt
  • Starbreaker
  • Stargirl
  • Starjammers*
  • Starman
  • Starro
  • Warstar
  • Young All-Stars*

Death Wish.  "Comic books" sure have a morbid fascination, don't they?
  • Abattoir
  • Deadline
  • Deadman
  • Deadpool
  • Deadshot
  • Deadzone
  • Death
  • Death Squad*
  • Deathbird
  • Deathbolt
  • Death-Doll
  • Deathlok
  • Deathstroke the Terminator
  • Death-Throws*
  • Deathurge
  • Deathweb*
  • Electrocutioner
  • Fatality
  • Killer Croc
  • Killer Elite*
  • Killer Shrike
  • Killraven
  • Manslaughter
  • Oblivion
  • Red Death
  • Suicide Squad*
  • Thanatos
  • Thanos
  • X-Cutioner


Weapons and War
Psychologists could probably read a lot into the fact that there are so many characters in comicdom with their basis in weaponry and destruction.  Especially given the relative paucity of characters named after pieces of dinnerware.


The Edge.  Cuts like a knife..
  • Axeman 
  • Battleax 
  • Blade
  • Captain Cutlass 
  • Desert Sword*
  • Katana 
  • Machete
  • Nightblade 
  • Sickle 
  • Silversword 
  • Slash 
  • Swordsman

Ballistics.  I've got you in my sights..
  • Ammo
  • Arsenal 
  • Ballistic 
  • Bullet
  • Bullseye
  • Cannon 
  • Cannonball
  • Crossfire
  • Haunted Tank 
  • Human Cannonball
  • Kaliber
  • Living Laser
  • Loose Cannon
  • Paintball
  • Red Torpedo 
  • Rocket Red #7 
  • Rocket Red Brigade*
  • Shard
  • Shrapnel 
  • Sidearm 
  • Torpedo 

Leftovers.
  • Boomerang
  • Claw 
  • Javelin 
  • Klaw
  • SHIELD*
  • Slipknot 
  • Stick
  • Weapon X 

Destruction.  War is hell.
  • Abaddon the Destroyer 
  • Air Raid
  • Airstryke 
  • Battlestar
  • Blitzkrieg
  • Bloodsport 
  • Carnage
  • Damage 
  • Destruction 
  • Doomsday 
  • Fallout 
  • Havok
  • Holocaust
  • Invasion 
  • Knockout 
  • Major Victory 
  • Massacre 
  • Onslaught
  • Overthrow 
  • War
  • War Machine
  • Warbird 
  • Warstar
  • Warwolves*

Personnel.
  • Adversary
  • Americommando 
  • Codename: Assassin 
  • Creature Commandos*
  • Ice Cream Soldier 
  • Invaders*
  • Legion
  • Major Force 
  • Patriot
  • Seven Soldiers of Victory*
  • Soviet Super Soldiers*
  • Uncle Sam
  • Union Jack 
  • Unknown Soldier 
  • Warlord 
  • Wind Warrior



Fun with Language
Everyone likes to think they're witty.  Just look at the rest of this page that actually screams out "Hey, I'm a huge geek!"  But comic book writers are sometimes the biggest nerds of all.


Puns.  These are always in bad taste.
  • Acro-Bat
  • Alpha Centurion
  • Angar the Screamer
  • Bad Samaritan
  • Bert Day
  • Blood Pack*
  • Brute Force*
  • Century, Turner D.
  • ClanDestine*
  • Derangers*
  • Doctor Tyme
  • Electrocutioner
  • Fantastic Force*
  • Force of July
  • Frightful Four*
  • Headmaster Mind
  • Inhumans*
  • KGBeast
  • Know Man
  • Liberty Belle
  • Madame Ovary
  • Mandroid
  • Mister E
  • Psimon
  • Silent Knight
  • Sub-Mariner
  • T.O. Morrow
  • The Dark Knight
  • U-foes*
  • U-Man
  • Warwolves*
  • X-Humed*
  • X-Patriots*
  • X-Terminators*

Inventive Spelling.  The only thing worse than puns are those who don't even try to make a decent one.
  • AIM*
  • Airstryke
  • A-Mortal
  • Anarky
  • Ani-Mator
  • Blastaar
  • Blok
  • Bloodwynd
  • Broot
  • Congorilla
  • D'spayre
  • Havok
  • Hellrazer
  • InterC.E.P.T.*
  • Kadaver
  • Kaliber
  • Klaw
  • Kobra
  • Krater
  • Kritter
  • Kubik
  • Kurse
  • Maggott
  • Magik
  • Marrina
  • Mekanique
  • Merlyn
  • Prysm
  • Risque
  • Shado
  • Sleez
  • Solarr
  • Sparx
  • Strike Force Kobra*
  • Stryfe
  • Synch
  • Syonide
  • Takion
  • Tigorr
  • Wylde
  • Wyynde
  • X-Cutioner
  • Xero
  • Zenturion

Compound words.  Sometimes a couple words just sound cool together.  After that, you just need to come up with something in latex.
  • Battlestar
  • Blackfire
  • Blackguard
  • Blackstarr
  • Bloodscream
  • Bloodstone
  • Bloodwynd
  • Bushmaster
  • Bushwacker
  • Clayface
  • Darklight
  • Dawnstar
  • Deadshot
  • Deathbird
  • Deathbolt
  • Deathlok
  • Deathurge
  • Deathweb*
  • Dreadknight
  • Dreamqueen
  • Firebird
  • Firebrand
  • Firefist
  • Firehawk
  • Firestar
  • Firestorm
  • Flamebird
  • Flamesplasher
  • Gamesmaster
  • Hardrock
  • Hellcat
  • Hellstorm
  • Killraven
  • Lightmaster
  • Lightray
  • Mindancer
  • Mindboggler
  • Mindgrabber Kid
  • Moonstar
  • Moonstone
  • Nightblade
  • Nightfire
  • Nighthawk
  • Nightside
  • Nightslayer
  • Nightwing
  • Proudstar
  • Psylocke
  • Razorsharp
  • Shadowcat
  • Shadowdragon
  • Shatterfist
  • Shatterstar
  • Skyhawk
  • Spymaster
  • Starbolt
  • Starbreaker
  • Sunburst
  • Sunfire
  • Thunderhead
  • Thunderiders*
  • Timeshadow
  • Warbird
  • Warstar
  • Woodgod

Random names.  This is what happens when you use your random super hero name generator.
  • Atomic Knight
  • Atomic Skull
  • Beta Ray Bill
  • Death-Doll
  • Evil Star
  • Fire Jade
  • Folding Circle*
  • Haunted Tank
  • Ice Cream Soldier
  • Radiation Roy

Expressions.  Almost as bad as the puns.
  • Abra Kadabra
  • Bird-Brain
  • Bloody Mary
  • Captains of Industry*
  • Cloak & Dagger
  • Easy Company*
  • Fallen Angels*
  • Femme Fatales*
  • Freedom Fighters*
  • Generation X*
  • Joe Public
  • Lab Rats*
  • Major Disaster
  • Night Shift*
  • Rogues' Gallery*
  • Scare Tactics*
  • Silent Majority
  • Two-Face
  • Typhoid Mary
  • Uncle Sam
  • Unknown Soldier
  • Wrecking Crew*
  • X-Factor*


Made-up Names
This is perhaps formula writing at its worst.


"O" K?  Add an "O" and you're a superhero!
  • Amazo 
  • Anthro 
  • Bizarro 
  • Chemistro
  • Chemo 
  • Despero 
  • Doctor Spectro 
  • Eclipso 
  • Electro
  • Extrano 
  • Helio
  • Magneto
  • Mentallo
  • Mento 
  • Mesmero
  • Metamorpho 
  • Mondo
  • Mysterio
  • Sinestro 
  • Starro 
  • Techno
  • Villo, the World's Vilest Villain 
  • Vulko

A, baby!  Add an "A" and you're probably a superheroine!
  • Allura 
  • Arcanna
  • Coagula 
  • Demonia 
  • Falcona
  • Infectia
  • Necromina 
  • Nervosa 
  • Nocturna 
  • Pyra 
  • Reptillia
  • Satana
  • Spectra 
  • Stompa 
  • Strata 
  • Tigra 
  • Titania

OS.  Add variation on the "O" concept.
  • Chronos
  • Doctor Stratos
  • Great Gambonnos
  • Khoryphos
  • Nebiros 
  • Phastos
  • Thanos
  • Thanatos

Get your name ON.  Variation #2
  • Arkon
  • Auron 
  • Colonel Computron 
  • Cyclotron 
  • Gravitonon 
  • Hydron
  • Hyperion
  • Metron 
  • Nekron
  • Neron 
  • Pyron 
  • Reactron 
  • Sargon 
  • Trathlon
  • Triton
  • Ultron

X-rated.  More of the same.
  • Carapax 
  • Dubbilex 
  • Garguax 
  • Kordax 
  • Neutrax 
  • Protex 
  • Terrax
  • Tronix 
  • Vartox 
  • Videx 
  • Viroxx 
  • Xax 
  • Zzzax

Irregular "AR" words.  Another variation.
  • Angar the Screamer
  • Blastaar
  • Hussar
  • Lonar 
  • Oggar 
  • Savitar 
  • Solovar 
  • Templar 
  • Xviar 

Add and "O" and you're a superhero!
  • Annihilus
  • Azmodus 
  • Brutacus
  • Doctor Demonicus
  • Dominus
  • Fluxus 
  • Galactus
  • General Immortus 
  • Immortus
  • Maximus
  • Morbius
  • Numinus
  • Phobius
  • Plasmus 
  • Primus 
  • Proteus
  • Proteus 
  • Rhombus 
  • Scarabus 
  • Timberius
  • Validus 


Teams
How do you convey that you have a super team?  The following groups use team words.


Teamsters.  Union rules.
  • Alliance of Evil*
  • All-Star Squadron*
  • All-Winners Squad*
  • Assembly of Evil*
  • Batroc’s Brigade*
  • Brotherhood*
  • Brotherhood of Evil*
  • Brotherhood of Evil Mutants*
  • Chain Gang*
  • Commission*
  • Crazy Gang*
  • Crime Syndicate*
  • Death Squad*
  • Emissaries of Evil*
  • Genosha’s Press Gang*
  • Green Lantern Corps*
  • Hellfire Club*
  • Injustice Gang*
  • Injustice League*
  • Justice Legion A*
  • Justice Society*
  • L.E.G.I.O.N.*
  • League of Assassins*
  • Legion of Doom*
  • Legion of Super-Heroes*
  • Legion of Super-Villains*
  • Mutant Liberation Front*
  • Nightwing Restorations, Ltd.*
  • Power Pack*
  • Rough Bunch*
  • Split-Second Squad*
  • Squadron Supreme*
  • Suicide Squad*
  • Team America*
  • Thor Corps*
  • Xenobrood*

Forcing the issue.  Easily the most over-used word from the above lists.
  • Brute Force*
  • China Force*
  • Earth Force*
  • Fantastic Force*
  • Femforce*
  • Force*
  • Force 4*
  • Force of Nature*
  • Force Works*
  • Freedom Force*
  • Mutant Force*
  • Night Force*
  • People’s Defense Force*
  • Primal Force*
  • Rotor Force*
  • Strike Force Kobra*
  • X-Force*

Opposites attract?  At a loss for an original bad guy group?  Just spin them into the opposite.
  • Justice League*
  • Legion of Super-Heroes*
  • Blue Trinity*
  • Alpha Flight
  • Injustice League*
  • Legion of Super-Villains*
  • Red Trinity*
  • Beta Flight*
  • Gamma Flight*
  • Omega Flight*





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