Nov 06 2011

Ideas About How to Name a Superhero

Published by at 8:19 pm under Character Development,Character Names

First, I’d like to reiterate that superhero names generally don’t matter very much and probably won’t mean the difference between getting published and getting rejected. That said, if you can’t come up with a superhero name or a team name, here are some possible sources of inspiration.


1. Something thematically and/or symbolically appropriate. For example, “Captain America” is more interesting than “Shield Throwing Man,” because the America and military angles matter more to his story than the details of his superpowers. Alternately, Oracle can’t actually predict the future, but her name sort of makes sense because her main role is providing information and assistance. There are also a bevy of characters named after mythological or literary references (e.g. Ozymandias is acutely aware of human limitations/mortality, which also happens to be the main theme of the poem Ozymandias). Please note that you can either gloss over the symbolism or skip over it — e.g. Watchmen and Breaking Bad spent less than a minute discussing where “Ozymandias” and “Heisenberg” came from.

2. An emotional impression. Some characters have names that evoke the right emotions, but aren’t related to the characters’ powers. Some heroic examples include Wonder Woman and the Martian Manhunter, as opposed to villainous examples like Venom and Carnage.


3. Something in the character’s origin story. For example, Green Lantern is named after the source of his powers (and his organization). Batman is named after a bat even though his powers aren’t actually bat-related. (Unless bats are secretly master ninja-scientist-detectives. That’d go a long way to explaining how the bats trapped in my attic have survived this long, actually).


4. The character’s goal. This is more common in team names (e.g. the Avengers or any name with Guardians in it), but names like The Punisher or The Question make it pretty clear what the characters want to accomplish.  


5. The character’s personality and/or distinguishing traits, particularly mental ones. For example, Rorschach is mentally unstable, unpredictable and a psychiatric case. The Taxman Must Die has a mutant alligator named Agent Orange that is helpful and (probably) safe for humans.


6. A name which sounds like it might actually be a given name (e.g. Sylar, Heisenberg, Neo, etc). There might also be some symbolism to the name picked (e.g. Sylar naming himself after a watch company or an unusually volatile chemist naming himself after the German god of uncertainty*). Vaguely realistic names help adult readers take the character seriously and make for more natural dialogue. In particular, if the character has to be intimidating at any point, a name like “The Punisher” would be a serious liability — a name which tries too hard to be badass is probably goofy.

*And also a brilliant teacher/scientist who involved himself in shady business. In addition to his work on Nazi Germany’s nuclear program, Dr. Heisenberg once murdered a rival with his Nobel prize — true story.

6.1. A name which actually is a given name (e.g. Luke Cage or Hex Abrams).


7. Something based on the character’s superpowers (e.g. the Human Torch) AS A LAST RESORT. Names like this strike me as a red flag that the character is not very interesting. If the most interesting thing about the character really is his/her superpowers, I’d recommend going back to the drawing board and thinking about things like personality, goals/motivations, theme, and whatever else distinguishes your character from characters with similar superpowers.

7.1. If you post below for help coming up with a name for a superhero, please give us more to work with than just the character’s superpowers. What does the character have going on besides superpowers? Personality? Interesting goals/motivations? Anything which would help distinguish this character from superheroes with a similar power-set?

751 responses so far

751 Responses to “Ideas About How to Name a Superhero”

  1. Grenacon 06 Nov 2011 at 8:42 pm

    I have too many characters, so I’m most likely throwing away the alt names because of 6.

  2. B. McKenzieon 06 Nov 2011 at 11:19 pm

    It’s one possibility. If you were inclined to, you might be able to handle alternate names by introducing them gradually and patiently. For example, I think X-Men generally does a pretty good incorporating code-names and given names for many characters without unduly confusing people. (If I could use the First Class movie as an example, I think it was something like halfway through the movie before the code-names were first introduced).

  3. Damzoon 07 Nov 2011 at 2:55 pm

    is there an article about naming books or comicbooks.

  4. ShyVioletson 11 Nov 2011 at 9:47 pm

    B.Mac, your comment about the bats in your attic was super funny. On a more serious note, bats carry rabies so you might want to call an exterminator to get them out of there. The treatment for rabies is several rounds of very unpleasant shots so steer clear of those thing. o.O

  5. B. McKenzieon 11 Nov 2011 at 11:06 pm

    Heh, thanks, but I was just making up the bats. (One of my landladies used to have them–they’re very annoying).

  6. ShyVioletson 12 Nov 2011 at 5:45 am

    My grandparents got a bat stuck in their house once and everyone was freaking out because we didn’t want it to bite the dog. It was kinda scary at the time but its kind of funny now.

  7. B. McKenzieon 14 Nov 2011 at 8:01 am

    I’m glad to hear that it worked out okay. Rabies is quite serious.

  8. ShyVioletson 14 Nov 2011 at 5:06 pm

    We were able to catch the bat and release it back into the wild with no harm to human or dog and minimal trauma to the bat.

  9. Indigoon 14 Nov 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Minimal trauma? *raises eyebrow* lol 😉

  10. Indigoon 14 Nov 2011 at 11:11 pm

    Still having trouble coming up with a name for my spider-themed hero…he also has the ability to drain plasma from other people through skin contact, but I don’t necessarily want to name him based on his powers-wouldn’t want to be cliche 😉 Also I’d prefer to stay away from spider-themed names. Maybe I should work on developing his personality more…

  11. Wingson 14 Nov 2011 at 11:42 pm

    Added personality is always a plus. 😉

    – Wings

  12. ShyVioletson 15 Nov 2011 at 6:36 am

    @ Indigo
    Yes, minimal trauma.
    You could go with something like Touch since he has the ability to drain plasma through skin contact but defiantly work on the personality.

  13. Indigoon 15 Nov 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Yup, personality/background/character traits are a work in progress for this character…I’m not used to writing male characters but I found the articles by B.Mac on said topic to be very helpful.

    Something like Touch…hmm I kinda like the sound of that idea 🙂

  14. Mykoson 23 Nov 2011 at 1:23 am

    I am currently writing a young adult superhero novel, wherein A group of 13-15 year olds are chosen for a testing of a device that enhances small genetic mutations such as webbed feet or a high level of vision.

    I have 7 characters I am yet to name. (their superhero name that is)

    1. Someone who can absorb and use electricity as well as discharge it in a blast – Male

    2. Someone who can strengthen their skin to some kind of bulletproof material, as well as increased strength – Male

    3. Someone who is completely immune to the effects of heat, and as an effect, can set themselves on fire and project it. – Female

    4. Incredible sight, which is put towards x-ray vision, telescopic vision, enhanced reflexes, and a gaze that can hurt someone on eye contact – male or female (not sure yet)

    5. The ability to absorb liquid, expand and grow in strength accordingly – Male

    6. Starting with webbed feet, then growing to have the ability to breathe underwater, detract sharp fins and swim super fast. – Female

    7.The ability to have elasticity and being able to morph body parts like t1000 or carnage. – Male and Villain

    Tell me what you think of the ideas or any names please. Thankyou

  15. ShyVioletson 23 Nov 2011 at 6:52 am

    1) Jules, Voltage, Current, Static, Light Storm, Circuit
    2) Bulletproof, Shield, Armor
    3) Heat Wave, Heat, Fire Wall, Flash Burn, Wild Fire, Blaze
    4) Eagle Eye, Scope, Vision, Sight,
    5) Sponge
    6) Mermaid, Tsunami, Tidal Wave, Rouge Wave, Shark,
    7) Morph, Dr. Stretch, Dr. Elasticity/Malleability (sorry these are kind of bad and non threatening)

  16. Mykoson 23 Nov 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Thanks heaps Shyviolets, I appreciate your ideas

  17. ShyVioletson 23 Nov 2011 at 10:37 pm

    I’m not great with names so I’m glad these helped 😀

  18. LA Writeron 28 Nov 2011 at 10:57 pm

    What I try to do is think of of pun names. Pretty I try to find a word and twist it around to where it fits. For example, I have a character named Dopplegang which of course comes from the word doppleganger. The name is based off of the fact that he has a three split personality, and each side has a different power. So he’s a like a gang of superheores wrapped into one. The personalities are utilized to make people think that there may be three clones running around as well.

    Normally I use names that describe the powers of the person. But for some of my heroes (and villains) I use their actual names. Some have none because they’re too serious to be bothered with one. One has no code name because she actually isn’t a main superhero, plus she has no real interest in being a big-time hero anyways. One character uses his name to actually make the statement that he is an open book (he is a demon, and in my story, demons are thought to be too secluded to be trusted).

  19. Indigoon 29 Nov 2011 at 12:10 am

    Hey, not sure if you still needed name ideas, but I love coming up with names, so here’s my list:

    1. Voltage and Circuit sound cool, certainly a refreshment from names like Electro or Living Lightning! 😉

    2. Dermis, Skin, Shell?

    3. Crimson, Ash, Matchstick

    4. Gaze, Ocular, (I like Scope also)

    5. Soak, Saturate, Porous? (I don’t know, none of those really sound like names)

    6. Fynn, Scales, Splash

    7. Shifter, or simply Stretch? (Why am I suddenly thinking of Stretch Armstrong? Hey! What about Armstrong?)

    Hope this helps 🙂

  20. A.R. Williamson 30 Nov 2011 at 1:27 pm


    I found your site through a Twitter post. I’m interested in doing some superhero e-books next year. The main worry I have though, is not necessarily coming up with a name, but in checking to make sure that name isn’t copyrighted or trademarked.

    Do you know of any sites that may list a ton of superheroes that have already been invented, so that I won’t have to worry about accidental duplication of a name?

    Thanks for any advice you can give on this matter.

  21. B. McKenzieon 30 Nov 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Hello, ARW. Here are some thoughts there:

    1) I generally wouldn’t recommend worrying much about copyright concerns unless the character concepts are so similar and/or share such a unique name that they could be confused. Anyway, I’m not a lawyer, so do whatever you’re comfortable with there.

    2) If you type the character’s name into ComicVine and don’t get a response, I would assume that the character’s name has probably never been used by a comic book company that is large enough to sue you. Alternately, you can type the name into Google–if the character doesn’t have a page on Wikipedia or ComicVine in the top 10 or 20 results, you’re probably clear there.*

    *Minor exception: If the term is generally used in other context (e.g. “Agent Orange” or “Steel” or “Slate” or “BlueTooth”) then I would recommend focusing on ComicVine and/or Googling something more specific like agent orange comics or agent orange superhero or agent orange supervillain or agent orange character or whatever.

    3) Marvel and DC are generally pretty aggressive about defending their characters, particularly their major characters. With other publishers, I think the odds of getting sued are considerably lower (unless you stumbled upon a really distinctive name that is already taken, like Savage Dragon or Hellboy).

  22. Grenacon 20 Jan 2012 at 6:25 pm

    How does the name “Blue Streak” sound for a superhero? The MC’s friend gives it to her because of the lock of blue hair she has. Coincidentally, it kinda fits with her speed power :B

  23. Marquison 20 Jan 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Sounds pretty good, what’s the characters personality like.

  24. YoungAuthoron 20 Jan 2012 at 7:20 pm

    if her costume isn’t significantly blue, than it doesn’t work. other than that, its ounds great!

  25. Grenacon 20 Jan 2012 at 7:37 pm

    @Marquis: She’s a person who likes to keep to herself. But she’s barely in her first stages, so she might develop differently over time.

    @YA: I haven’t even gotten that far yet, but I’ll keep that in mind C:

  26. YoungAuthoron 20 Jan 2012 at 8:00 pm

    jusy some suggestions (dont use them if you don’t like them)

    try using like Cobalt or Sapphire in place of blue.

  27. Marquison 20 Jan 2012 at 8:09 pm

    What about blue rush or if speeds the case name her velocity it sounds fast and like it would be the name of a girl. Velocity Blue….maybe

  28. Grenacon 20 Jan 2012 at 8:17 pm

    But I’m trying to avoid coming up names based on their powers :C (It’s actually really hard xD )I’m trying to follow B. Mac’s advice on that. Blue Streak is because of her hair, she has one lock of it dyed blue. The fact that “streak” somewhat goes with her power was accidental.

  29. Marquison 20 Jan 2012 at 8:23 pm

    O ok wat if u called her cyan. It sounds cool and cyan is a shade of blue

  30. B. McKenzieon 20 Jan 2012 at 9:20 pm

    I like Blue Rush. I think the Blue makes the visual more interesting. Plus, in conversation, the character can just be referred to as Rush, and I think that will feel pretty natural.

  31. Grenacon 20 Jan 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Ohhh, as opposed to just a synonym for speed, derp. Went to the other extreme there. Marquis’ idea it is \o/ I should hire you as my chara namer and pay you in gum 8D

  32. Marquison 20 Jan 2012 at 10:42 pm

    The new trident layers??!! Of course you can pay me in gum!!!
    Glad to help

  33. Comicbookguy117on 21 Jan 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Hey I’ve got a problem that I hope you guys can help with. I’n my own comic book universe, I’ve got five definitive and distinct classes, or types, of characters. But I need six. So recently I developed an idea involving aliens. Now the people in my universe are into labeling, this way they know who/what type of character they are dealing with. For example people who utilize advanced technology are called Artificials.

    So I’d like to have a story involving aliens, but have no idea what to call them. Possiblities include Foreigners, Refugees, Immigrants, Settlers, Outsiders or simply Aliens. What do you guys think? Any more suggestions?

  34. Anonymouson 21 Jan 2012 at 4:07 pm

    What do you guys think of the name blitzkrieg for a superfast superhero?

  35. B. McKenzieon 21 Jan 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Of those, I like Outsiders and Aliens best. Another possibility is a variation on extraterrestrial (Extras, Exos, ETs, et cetera).

  36. Comicbookguy117on 21 Jan 2012 at 9:24 pm

    As always, thanks B.Mac.

    I think I like Extras and Exos. I’ll think it about though. Wouldn’t wanna settle on a name you know? Does anyone else have any suggestions?

  37. B. Macon 22 Jan 2012 at 3:57 am

    “What do you guys think of the name Blitzkrieg for a superfast hero?” If the story’s otherwise publishable, I don’t see this getting in the way of the story getting published. However, the publisher may ask you to change the name before it goes to print because Marvel already has a character named Blitzkreig.

  38. Marquison 22 Jan 2012 at 7:38 am

    What about ETB’s extraterrestrial being, Far Landers, or just give them a cool sounding name like thetas or Other Worlders

  39. Anonymouson 22 Jan 2012 at 11:04 am

    As far as the name blitzkrieg goes, do you think a publisher would want his name changed even though he’s significantly different from marvel’s blitzkrieg? For example, he cannot control electricity. I know that blitzkrieg means lightning war, I picked it because his catchphrase was “I’m fast as lightning” (I was 8 when I came up with it), and he is part German (his great grandfather was a Nazi)

  40. Anonymouson 22 Jan 2012 at 11:42 am

    Also, can anybody think of a name for these two heroes? The older brother can fly and unleash blasts of spiritual energy from his hands, and the younger brother can manipulate fire (although for the younger brother, I don’t want his name to be something like pyre, inferno, or anything with heat in the name)

  41. B. Macon 22 Jan 2012 at 2:01 pm

    As a variation on Marquis’ Other Worlders, you can also consider Outlander.

  42. B. McKenzieon 22 Jan 2012 at 2:14 pm

    “As far as the name Blitzkrieg goes, do you think a publisher would want his name changed even though he’s significantly different from Marvel’s Blitzkrieg? For example, he cannot control electricity. I know that blitzkrieg means lightning war, I picked it because his catchphrase was “I’m fast as lightning” (I was 8 when I came up with it), and he is part German (his great grandfather was a Nazi).”

    I’d like to preface this by saying that my speculation is absolutely irrelevant because there’s no way for me to know what your publisher would do. However, if I were making the decision, I’d sign off on publishing the story if it were otherwise publishable, but I’d ask you to change the name because Marvel/Disney is very aggressive about defending its characters. Defending a lawsuit is very, very expensive–at least thousands of dollars–and it’d be much easier/cheaper to change the name than fight a lawsuit. Also, there’s some chance (a good chance, I think, but I’m not a lawyer) that you’d lose to Marvel’s lawyers.

    PS: Legal issues aside, I think the name sounds very, umm, American. I think most Germans are quite embarrassed/ashamed of that period of their history and, if he is actually a mainstream German (rather than, say, a Nazi sympathizer), that name might feel out of place. (If you’re really committed to the name, I’d recommend having another character give it to the German over his objections).

  43. Anonymouson 22 Jan 2012 at 2:19 pm

    He didn’t actually pick the name. One of his teammates suggested it, because of his German/Nazi heritage, and the nickname caught on in the local news, and it stuck with him

  44. Anonymouson 22 Jan 2012 at 2:28 pm

    And he isn’t a Nazi sympathizer, he just sees no point in denying his heritage

  45. Anonymouson 22 Jan 2012 at 2:34 pm

    If not blitzkrieg, then what name would you suggest??

  46. B. McKenzieon 22 Jan 2012 at 2:44 pm

    “And he isn’t a Nazi sympathizer, he just sees no point in denying his heritage…” I think he’s making a very unusual choice here, which is okay assuming it’s intentional on your part. If I may speculate, I think most Germans tend to approach their history very, very differently than he is (ich glaube, ohnehin). I think the typical person would react more along the lines of a Chicagoan superhero getting named after Al Capone because he’s the only Chicagoan his team had heard of. If a character got named after Al Capone (or anything related to WWII Germany) without it being a point of conflict, it may be a bit confusing unless you’re trying to show something unusual about the character.

    “He just sees no point in denying his heritage.” If a team leader suggested a name based on an unsavory piece of history for an American or Russian (e.g. the Trail of Tears and the gulags), I think it’d be very distinctive if he just shrugged it off as part of his heritage, especially if he/she were the only character getting slighted like this. I feel that the way he’s looking at this makes him sound non-German.

    “If not Blitzkrieg, then what name would you suggest?” I don’t know anything about the character besides his superpowers and his German heritage. It’s be hard for me to say. Could you please tell me more about his…

    –Other key traits?
    –Anything notable about his origin story? (How’d he get his powers?)
    –Anything notable about his goals? (Are his goals at all different than the average superhero’s goals?)
    –Is there an emotional impression that would fit this character well?

  47. Anonymouson 22 Jan 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Personality- he is stubborn, hard headed, and very argumentative. He acts stupid, but he is actually very smart. This is so he will have a card up his sleeve.
    Key traits- he is very loud and obnoxious, and he is quick to get on other peoples nerves
    Origin story- the amnesiac known as Brandon bullock was a POW at a prison camp on the planet Abyss, where he was tortured and injected with drugs, which resulted in him gaining his powers.
    Goals- he is searching for anyone or anything that can give him answers about his past life.

  48. Wolfdude131on 22 Jan 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Wait… how would he know his nazi/german heritage if he is an amnesiac?

  49. Anonymouson 22 Jan 2012 at 4:23 pm

    He doesn’t. But his sister does

  50. Wolfdude131on 22 Jan 2012 at 5:19 pm

    so… why does it matter that he has amnesia when he can just ask his sister where he came from?

    wolverine would not be such an interesting amnesiac if he could easily find someone who could tell him about his past.

  51. Anonymouson 22 Jan 2012 at 5:31 pm

    His sister gets killed

  52. Comicbookguy117on 22 Jan 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Hey guys, still trying to figure out a name for the class of extra-terrestrial characters that inhabit my universe. I came across a decent possiblity and wanted to gather opinions. If you guys don’t mind. The word and potential label for all extra-terrestrials in my universe is Pilgrims. Not sure how I feel, though.

  53. L05T 80Yon 22 Jan 2012 at 9:06 pm

    i can’t decide which sounds better: Dead, or Mask. Help!!!

  54. Danion 22 Jan 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Hey Comic Book guy, Pilgrims bring to mind people dressed in black and white – not aliens. I would pass on that name. Maybe something to do with space? The Cosmos? The Nebulons? No idea but not Pilgrims.

  55. Comicbookguy117on 23 Jan 2012 at 7:43 am

    Yeah…I’m just at a loss I think. But I’ll keep looking. Thanks Dani.

  56. Marquison 23 Jan 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Comicbookguy, is the name for the aliens for a certain species of aliens or for aliens as a whole. Maybe you should have a few species of aliens and then name them seperately.

  57. YoungAuthoron 23 Jan 2012 at 2:48 pm

    So i have a character with the powers of genrating ice and fire as well as flight. i have him named as “Icy Hot” so he could be possibly teased. however, i would like some other suggestions. Costume is half white, half red.

  58. Indigoon 23 Jan 2012 at 9:55 pm

    FireFrost!! I have always loved the sound of that name. Feel free to use it 😉

  59. YoungAuthoron 23 Jan 2012 at 10:17 pm

    firefrost. you are a genius

  60. L05T 80Yon 24 Jan 2012 at 11:16 am

    I can’t think of a name for my powersuit/cyborg character in my story. The character has flight and advanced sight and hearing, and can fire beams of plasma energy from his hands (this helps him when flying). He’s like a government official that mentors young ones with ‘enhanced DNA’ and disapproves of the main character, who is out for revenge at any cost. Any name ideas?

  61. Anonymouson 24 Jan 2012 at 11:17 am

    Lost Boy, what are some characteristics separating your protagonist from, say, Iron Man or War Machine?

  62. L05T 80Yon 24 Jan 2012 at 1:04 pm

    he’s supported by the millitary, he didn”t build a suit, instead he vollunteered for an proven-to-work process with genetics and nano technolgy, he has a child, and he’s heavily supported by the government and the civilians, and he is also a teacher and father figure for superhuman children.

  63. L05T 80Yon 24 Jan 2012 at 1:13 pm

    hes more a superman character with metals bits

  64. Comicbookguy117on 24 Jan 2012 at 1:53 pm

    “Yeah…I’m just at a loss I think. But I’ll keep looking. Thanks Dani.”

    Hey guys, just wanted to tell you I figured out my problem. Instead of going with aliens, I’vve come up with an even better idea I like even more. Which is a race of subterrainian beings. So It’s cool.

  65. Levion 25 Jan 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Hi, I’m writing a graphic novel, and I just did a scan on comic vine, and found that several of my character’s names have been previously used in a handful of minor characters (I’m talking like 2 to 20 appearances each), many of which are from Marvel or DC. Most of them are not anything remotely like what I have in mind, but I thought I’d ask: How far will these companies go concerning legal action with this sort of ting?

  66. Indigoon 25 Jan 2012 at 4:54 pm

    You’re welcome! Glad you like it! 🙂

  67. YoungAuthoron 25 Jan 2012 at 4:56 pm

    @Indigo, feel free to comment on my forum and input more great ideas

  68. B. McKenzieon 25 Jan 2012 at 7:24 pm

    “How far will these companies go concerning legal action with this sort of thing?” I can’t offer any remotely satisfying answer there. I cannot predict whether you’ll receive a cease-and-desist letter or how your publisher would choose to respond, and have no experience with legal decision-making. That said, I would intuit that this issue is not likely to scare publishers away from a story that is otherwise publishable, because a name can be changed relatively easily. Please see #1.1 here.

  69. A.R. Williamson 26 Jan 2012 at 11:37 am

    Thanks for your response on the questions I asked earlier.

  70. B. McKenzieon 26 Jan 2012 at 7:39 pm

    You’re welcome.

  71. Grenacon 16 Feb 2012 at 8:58 pm

    I have a character I need an alias for. His name is Sean and he hasn’t any powers whatsoever, he uses mundane weapons instead. He’s a pretty friendly type of guy, very energetic and impulsive. He’s a “hero” because he feels it is his duty to do so and he loves his job.

  72. Davidon 17 Feb 2012 at 2:56 pm

    I want to know if anyone knows any cool names for a secret order of mages?

  73. davidon 06 Mar 2012 at 3:49 pm

    I was thinking of creating another “Hulk-like” character called “Absalom”–maybe created from either the subconscious mind of the Hulk himself, or maybe aliens abduct Banner and they get a sample of his blood, thus creating him that way.

  74. liessdalizon 14 Mar 2012 at 4:45 am

    hey, I’m a high school students… can someone suggest me a name for a guy who is extremly fast but please I don’t want any “lightning” in it? thanks 🙂

  75. Pungoon 15 Mar 2012 at 2:30 pm

    For my hero, I really need a name. He has skills that are amazing but not superhuman.

    I don’t have a clue on where to start with this.

  76. M. Happenstanceon 15 Mar 2012 at 4:52 pm

    What kind of superpowers? The standard flying-brick set, enhanced senses, some type of elemental control, a psychic set…There’s a lot of options.

  77. Pungoon 15 Mar 2012 at 5:46 pm

    His “powers include 25 mph max speed, bench press 450 lbs, hold breath for 15 minutes, etc.

    They are not inhuman, but still impressive.

  78. NeonFractionon 17 Mar 2012 at 4:22 pm

    I think it’s also important to consider who names the superhero on the story. The media? His enemies? Does the person come up with his own name? A nerdy character might be fine naming himself ‘Lightning Killzone’ but a more serious character will want something more subdued.

  79. The Black Ostrichon 31 Mar 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Is Night Zero a good name for a superhero? He’s a combination of Batman and Kickass (though a more competent fighter than the latter and less than a millionth of the prior’s resources). He wears a domino mask and a Kevlar vest, and carries homemade smoke bombs and a collapsible baton in a sling on his back. I thought of Night Zero because he operates mostly at “Night” and has black attire, and “Zero” due to him being elusive and not leaving trace after thwarting criminal activities.

  80. Carl Shinyamaon 31 Mar 2012 at 5:34 pm

    @ Black Ostrich:

    Not really.

  81. YoungAuthoron 01 Apr 2012 at 6:14 am

    @Black Ostrich- try Nightshade, Dark Shadow?

  82. The Black Ostrichon 02 Apr 2012 at 7:55 pm

    @YoungAuthor- I actually like those names better, thanks. Night Zero was just one of those names that sounded better in my head and I even didn’t think much of it when I wrote it down, I just thought I’d get a second opinion before I completely scrapped it. @Carl Shinyama- Also thanks for the insight (albeit very blunt).

  83. Carl Shinyamaon 02 Apr 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Hehe. My apologies. I meant to expand on that some time after I posted that, but completely forgot to.

    I just thought it could be a lot more fresher.

  84. The Black Ostrichon 02 Apr 2012 at 10:00 pm

    I knew you weren’t being a cynical d**k, and I don’t think you needed to elaborate that much more on why it was stale. That story’s on the back burner for now in favor of a new project anyway (maybe when I’m stuck on this one I’ll have a more unique alias). I guess the original reason I came up with Night Zero is because Google came up with no results (which I now know is not the best reason to come up with a name). It just seems like whenever I come up with a name I think is badass it’s taken. But, cest la vie.

  85. Nightwireon 03 Apr 2012 at 12:00 am

    What do you think of an assassin with mastery over poison being called the Tarantula? It adds a touch of irony, because tarantulas look scary but relatively harmless, while my villain looks like a congenial and unassuming old man, but he is actually a nasty, cruel and venomous person.

  86. B. McKenzieon 03 Apr 2012 at 12:11 am

    It sounds workable, Nightwire.

  87. Nightwireon 03 Apr 2012 at 1:39 am

    Thanks. 🙂

    Oh, and I have one more question:

    Karen, one of my characters, becomes a vigilante by way of repurposing an old, battered and rusty suit of armor into a hydraulic exoskeleton.

    Is the Crimson Knight a workable alias for her? I still think it was too generic.

  88. B. McKenzieon 03 Apr 2012 at 3:03 am

    “Is the Crimson Knight a workable alias for her?” I don’t know if this is the most efficient use of your time. Please see #1 here.

  89. Nightwireon 03 Apr 2012 at 3:10 am

    Heh, I’m just wondering about it. I have already worked out everything else: personality, backstory, abilities, etc. I always save the name for last.

  90. DanBrayon 01 May 2012 at 8:30 pm

    I am working on a novel where 5 characters (17-23) band together to form a team, each having powers of their own. I am terrible with names, so i am hoping someone could please help me.

    1. Nuclear Absorption/Manipulation to create bulletproof skin and superhuman strength (Male)
    2. General Pyrokinesis (Male/Female – Unsure)
    3. Enhanced Agility, Armed Gauntlets and Fireproof Cloak (Male)
    4. Darkness/Shadow Manipulation (Male – I have previously thought of DarkBlade)
    5. Flight, Speed, Plasmic Construct Creation and Manipulation (Male)

  91. B. McKenzieon 01 May 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Hello, DB. I’d recommend reading the above article if you haven’t already. Naming the characters based on their superpowers strikes me as one of the least promising options.

  92. DanBrayon 03 May 2012 at 12:53 am

    Thanks B.Mac, will take that into account

  93. YoungWriteron 10 May 2012 at 7:19 pm

    I’m struggling to find an alias name for my character – Ashley. She has the ability to manipulate water and ice (elemental control). She’s a decent fighter, skilled in hand-to-hand combat, loves sport (especially anything to do with water and ice – surfing, skiing, snowboarding), is a fiddler (has the need to touch everything), quiet (can be seen as socially awkward) and loyal.

    I came up with Blue Crush, not sure if it fits her though.

  94. YellowJujuon 16 May 2012 at 8:32 am

    Hi, I’m writing a superhero novel about a telekinetic and I wanted to name him Quaestio (latin for question or a mission to investigate a criminal matter). Is this a decent name?

  95. B. McKenzieon 16 May 2012 at 9:24 am

    “Quaestio (Latin for question or a mission to investigate a criminal matter)…” My concerns would be that it’d be very hard for most readers to pronounce and the Latin would be completely lost on them and might seem pretentious. Could you come up with an equivalent English word or perhaps a foreign word which is known to more English-speakers? At the very least, Quaestor would be the person who actually carried out Roman criminal investigations. That could be bastardized and/or shortened into Questor, Quester, Query, Quest, or Inquest.

  96. YellowJujuon 16 May 2012 at 6:16 pm

    thanks for the advice, i get what you’re saying. I’ll keep thinking :/

  97. JacobMcNon 19 May 2012 at 7:48 pm

    I’m writing a story about 4 superheros that posses the powers of the 4 elements, Earth, Fire, Air, and water. I’m a little worried this is over used due to Avatar and other heros that use these powers. I’m having a lot of troubles with names too. I have Hell Hound for the Fire hero and Wind Braker for the Air hero. Both are males. I need names for the two females of earth and water.

  98. YellowJujuon 21 May 2012 at 9:06 pm

    For my telekinetic, how about Cerebrum?

  99. B. McKenzieon 21 May 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Cerebrum’s okay. I’d also recommend looking at related words (e.g. Cerebral, Cerebellar, etc).

  100. Edgukatoron 23 May 2012 at 7:16 am

    OK, I’ve got a similar problem to someone above regarding

    I am currently drafting a story set in a fictional California mega-city. The central character doesn’t seem to be a problem, but the secondary characters I had planned (Osprey and Makeshift, so far) are apparently small-time characters in some publication or another.

    I know there are limitations to copyrighting names (this is why there are two different Captain Marvel’s, for example, but DC can’t publish a comic called Captain Marvel), but how far does that go?

  101. B. McKenzieon 23 May 2012 at 11:13 am

    I don’t think you need to worry about your characters sharing names with minor characters. Your publisher might ask you to change the names later, but prospective publishers would not turn down an otherwise publishable submission over that because it’s relatively easy to change a name. Just worry about making your story otherwise publishable and the publisher will sort out the legal issues.

  102. Richard S.on 25 May 2012 at 11:46 am

    Ok, so I have a character whose power is control over gravity. I am trying to think of some scientific names for him, and I thought the name singularity sounded interesting (for those who don’t know, in physics a singularity is the center if a black hole, where the gravitational forces are close to infinite). However, I am not sure if the name is too long or complex for a main character. Any thoughts?

  103. B. McKenzieon 01 Jun 2012 at 5:53 am

    I like Singularity, although it’s long enough that it might help to have an abbreviated form available for conversation (e.g. Timothy –> Tim or Captain America –> Cap’n or Captain). Maybe Single? (In addition to the scientific usage, “singularity” is a synonym for “singleness”).

  104. Mackenzieon 04 Jun 2012 at 4:54 pm

    I’m having a bit of trouble naming a female superhero. She’s not a true superhero in the sense that she has mutated genetics but she was trained so thoroughly that she can appear as one. She’s basically a ninja assassin but every name I think of just makes me think……Bleh.

  105. Carl Shinyamaon 04 Jun 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Mackenzie, you might want to refer to the guide above. If your character has any of the above suggestions, it should give you a good sense of direction.

    You say that she’s basically a ninja assassin. Well, does she have a goal? If so, what is it? You say that she’s trained very hard. Is there something in her background that might suggest a name for her? Or… Does she have a theme that sets her apart from other ninja assassins?

  106. Sonearageon 14 Jun 2012 at 9:41 am

    Now, you were talking about how it kind of wasn’t a great idea to name a Superhero after their powers so now I’m ever so slightly worried about calling my hero Inferno. What are your thoughts?

  107. Riveron 15 Jun 2012 at 2:14 pm

    I’ve got five superheros and no idea of what to name them–so I was hoping for some help?

    Brooklyn: an apathetic telekinetic with the ability to project his thoughts and to briefly control another’s actions–as long as he can make eye contact and he isn’t distracted. He’s brilliant, but he doesn’t ever share what is going on in his head–much to the annoyance of the others.

    Jade: a chipper woman with the ability to lift anything up to the weight of a heavy truck(not a semi, though, an actual truck) and some healing abilities, though it takes time and energy to use that ability. She can come across as a bit annoying due to her perpetually happy demeanor, but she’s smart.

    Salem: a shape shifter who can take on any form, human or animal, for the span of thirty minutes, before he needs to recharge. He’s quiet, but not because he’s shy–he just doesn’t see the point in saying more than he needs to say. When he does talk, though, people listen.

    Monroe: she can teleport herself from place to place and can teleport objects, but she has to be able to clearly picture where she wants to go or she risks getting stuck in a wall. She’s also got prophetic abilities, but she doesn’t have any control over her visions, which are usually chaotic flashes of images, smells, and sounds. She’s calm, and fairly laid back–I consider her to be the most ‘normal’ of the entire group.

    Donna: she has the ability to manipulate force fields, though it takes up energy, and can tap into a pocket space by opening up an inverted force field. Opening and closing it takes time and energy. She’s fairly hot tempered, impossibly stubborn, and tends to fly off the handle at any insults made towards her.

  108. aharrison 16 Jun 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Monroe: Blink
    Brooklyn: Headcase

  109. Hotrod198on 22 Jun 2012 at 1:20 am

    I need some help. My character is a 17-18 year old teenager who gets bitten by a mutant snake (think sort of spiderman, but the whole how and why it happens is different) Basically, he gains the speed and speedy reflexes of a snake, increased strength, a powerful bite and dislocatable jaw, and a special spit which contains poison/acid.

    Now, I need a name for the guy. I’ve been thinking hard about this and I’m still unsure. The original names I came up with were Viper or Cobra but to me, they sounded to sinister. then, I thought of Snakeman but that just sounded bland and silly. So basically, I need ideas on a name. Has to be snake-related of course, otherwise it ebcomes pointless.

  110. YoungAuthoron 22 Jun 2012 at 11:31 am

    @Hotrod198- You could use the color of his costume and a less sinister type of snake. It’s gonna be hard b/c snakes are usually considered evil. good luck! 😀

  111. YoungAuthoron 22 Jun 2012 at 11:42 am

    I could use some suggestions for these two superheroes.

    Kevin Hartline- currently Black Dragon- He is stubborn, cocky and arrogant, laid-back, persuasive, and a leader. He can fly, has superstrength (on the level of like superman), and he can breathe excessive amounts fire.

    Roxanne Lopez- hotheaded, cocky, serious, fair, walks around like she has a chip on her shoulder, also a leader. She has the wings of an angel, superstrength, and can make weapons out of fire.

  112. Anonymouson 23 Jun 2012 at 8:45 am

    Well, for my guy, how about Python? It’s not as sinister sounding…

    And Black Dragon sounds alright for your guy. For Roxanne, maybe something like… Cynder or… Red Angel? Flare Angel? Perhaps even Arch Angel

  113. YoungAuthoron 23 Jun 2012 at 10:01 am

    Thank you for the suggestions 🙂

  114. YoungAuthoron 23 Jun 2012 at 10:06 am

    and python is good, maybe anaconda? (little female, check out other smake names)

  115. Riveron 23 Jun 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Oooh, I like Blink. I may just use that one. I’m not so sure about Headcase–maybe behind his back, yes, but probably not as his actual name.


  116. Janon 24 Jun 2012 at 8:42 pm

    I could use some suggestions, critique, and/or revision help with my names:

    -Cassandra’s Apprentice- In Greek mythology, Cassandra was cursed with the ability to see the future but have no one believe her. Daniella, my superhero, can see the future but cannot tell people straight out what will happen (eg; she can see a tornado in Kansas and warn her boyfriend not to visit Kansas in three days time, but she can’t tell him what is in Kansas or why). She’s a typical nice-girl persona but, for obvious reasons, doesn’t do much fighting. Is her name okay?
    -Brielle Brandaway–a girl wired with electromagnetic impulses, allowing her to put up force fields, shoot blasts, and anticipate things a yuctosecond before they happen.
    -Illumina’s name refers to the fact that she has light powers and, when using them, gives off a glow. However, she is a very bright, cheerful, and strong character anyway, so is her name justified?
    -Lucien– A man who can use and manipulate sound energy to do all sorts of cool stuff.
    -Karolina– A woman who can change her density.

  117. Lexion 24 Jun 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Something to do with snakes rather then the name of a snake might work better, such as Snakemaker.

  118. Hotrod198on 25 Jun 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Well… I’ve still been thinking and so far, i’ve now got:

    Serpentine, Scales, The Fang, The Constrictor, The Hiss and the Snake 😛 So, any of these sound good? If not, I’m going to go with Python.

  119. Opehliaon 25 Jun 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Scales seems the least villainous of all of them.

  120. YoungAuthoron 25 Jun 2012 at 4:19 pm

    how about just “Fang”?

  121. Opehliaon 25 Jun 2012 at 6:33 pm

    @ Jan- Give us more details. What are their main weapons? Temperament? How and Why, if that is especially significant, especially with Karolina; it could be hard having someone named ‘Density Changing Girl’ on the team.

  122. Janon 25 Jun 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Brielle- A wealthy heiress/orphan, though her father was alive until she turned nineteen. Controls electromagnetism (well, -control- is a relative word) has a very short temper and has violent tendencies when she’s angry, and in a rather stark personality change, also enjoys makeup and shopping. She likes it when people listen to her and tries to set examples. Curses a lot.
    Lucien- He knows he’s handsome, and is arrogant, but once someone gets to him, he often becomes so close with them he would die for them. He can manipulate sound energy and make barriers, blasts, temporary deafness, and fly (on a sort of hovering pad).

  123. YoungAuthoron 25 Jun 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Metalhead is a Magneto like character who can manipulate metal as well as fly. Any better name suggestions? Please?

  124. Hotrod198on 26 Jun 2012 at 12:55 am

    Okay, I’ll go with Fang and see how I go.

    Hmmm insteea of Metalhead, perhaps: Polarise or Polariser? Magnesion? Metatack?

  125. aharrison 26 Jun 2012 at 8:42 pm

    @Hotrod How about Quetzalcoatl or just Quetzal (the feathered serpent of Aztec myth)

    @ Jan Maybe EMP or E-M Force for Brielle. Maybe … Pitch Perfect for Lucien?

    @ YoungAuthor I don’t know how fast he flies Subsonic/Transonic/Hypersonic Steel? I like Transonic Steel best myself, but it only works if he can fly about Mach 1 or so.

  126. Janon 26 Jun 2012 at 9:34 pm

    @ Aharris- EMP sounds good, thanks!
    @ Young Author- Man-etic? (just put the dash for contrast, doesn’t really matter if it’s there.

  127. Caroline S.on 26 Jun 2012 at 9:50 pm

    I think I feel apprehensive about whether I am writing characters with their genders completely clear. It just occurred to me that I have Star Woman instead of Star, Legion Man instead of Legionnaire, Snake Girl instead of Snake, etc. is this a problem when it’s for almost every character, but not all?

  128. aharrison 27 Jun 2012 at 6:25 am

    Ok, I’ve got one. Caitlan Reardon is a superhumanly stubborn woman who manipulates electricity. She can shoot it in the standard energy blast and manipulate and control electronic devices. I’ve been calling her Livewire forever, but DC already has one. She’s actually an alcoholic, but her stubborness allows her to resist the urge quite easily. However, if she decides she’s going to take that first drink … look out! And, don’t you dare think you’re going to stop her once she gets started. She’s been taken down by being tricked into that first drink. Otherwise, she’s got a bit of an Irish temper and enjoys classical music and restoring antiques in her spare time.

  129. Janon 27 Jun 2012 at 7:05 am

    Shortcircuit? Electrocutia? Sorry, not feeling too creative today. [Case in point] I just named a character after my cat.

  130. YoungAuthoron 27 Jun 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Is Metallic a good name for a magneto-like superhero?

  131. Janon 28 Jun 2012 at 8:57 am

    Its kind of obvious, and if the only character trait she has so far is ‘Magneto-like’, then I would suggest you try to develop her more, not to be rude or anything, though.

  132. YoungAuthoron 28 Jun 2012 at 7:53 pm

    “He” is already developed and no offense taken and “magento-like” describes “his” powers. He’s arrogant to the max, protective, lofty, vengeful, intellegent, sneaky, corrupt, possesive, stubborn, argumentative, and easily angered.

  133. Maxon 02 Jul 2012 at 7:51 pm

    I have 3 heroes, that I have names for, but i want another opinion on them.

    I have Mendeleev, who can take apart and reassemble matter. He got this power in a lab experiment, partly caused by cyberess. He has an elderly mother who he is very protective of, and didn’t want to be a superhero in case it endangered her.
    Cyberess, who can talk to computers, and half of her brain is a computer. She can acces the internet through her headband that she wears. She is slightly socially awkward. Also, she got her powers because on nanobots released into her while her mom was pregnant with her. She is the daughter of software billionaires.
    Legend, who can make you relive your memories, but he has to touch you, unless he is wearing his special helmet. He also is very strong, and fast, but not quite super strength (think captain america.) He is an orphan, because his dad was murdered, and his mom committed suicide, so his self confidence is kind of low. But he is a leader, and very likeable.

  134. Red Rocketon 03 Jul 2012 at 7:38 pm

    My hero has the ability to use the electric pulses in his brain to create force fields by sending the pulses down his arms and out through his fingertips (weaving together to create the force fields). He is cautious after a mistake that brought danger to his friends and peers, but acknowledges his role as a defender of those in trouble (so he’s a responsible guy). He is also pretty inexperienced in the area of his powers and strategy. He takes his ideas as they come. I was thinking a name like The Shield or Defense (not just due to his powers, but because he protects people). I’m open to ideas.

  135. B. McKenzieon 03 Jul 2012 at 8:15 pm

    “I think I feel apprehensive about whether I am writing characters with their genders completely clear. It just occurred to me that I have Star Woman instead of Star, Legion Man instead of Legionnaire, Snake Girl instead of Snake, etc. is this a problem when it’s for almost every character, but not all?” Personally, I’m not a fan of [Modifier] Man/Woman/Girl/Boy/Lad/Lass, unless you’re going for a really old-school feel. It implies to me that the character’s gender is one of the most important things about him/her. If that’s the case, I’d recommend fleshing out the character’s personality and distinguishing traits more. If you really wanted to work the character’s gender into a name, I’d recommend using a noun with a particular connotation (e.g. Siren or Angel) or something where readers could guess with some degree of confidence (e.g. Marauder or Hellion).

    Also, readers might be able to guess a gender from a name because male and female superhero/villain names tend to emphasize different attributes. For example, an explicitly cerebral name (e.g. Doctor or Professor ______) is probably male. Most female geniuses don’t incorporate intelligence into their names (see the Invisible Woman or She-Hulk, etc).

  136. Riveron 05 Jul 2012 at 6:44 pm

    @Red Rocket
    What about Defender?

  137. Stainedon 06 Jul 2012 at 7:43 pm

    I just found this site when googling how to write a superhero novel and I have to admit, I’m very impressed so far. 🙂 The information all looks very good, though I don’t know a whole lot about superheroes to start with.

    I’ve been toying with the idea of a superhero for a while. My character is a 16-17 year old girl who gets psychic powers, though I’m still trying to figure out how. She’s trying to ignore them and pretend nothing ever happened, but then she comes across a crime-in-progress; a robbery of sorts. She covers her face, not wanting to be the ‘freak with the powers, and stops the robber. A reporter asks he what her name is, but she says she’s the Psychic off the top of her head and runs away. The next day, the story made the front page of the news paper, but the reporter renamed her Psi and called her a hero, beginning her change from ordinary girl to superhero.

    But is Psi really a good name? I’ve tried renaming her probably a dozen times, but Psi is the only one that sticks. But I don’t want it to be stupid or something. I want her to be a good superhero, not a Mary Sue.

  138. B. McKenzieon 06 Jul 2012 at 7:47 pm

    I think Psi is straightforward. It definitely wouldn’t scare me away from the manuscript.

    I like the reporter’s reaction. Is the reporter a recurring character?

    So… Psi gets involved in this first robbery and it sounds like she’s more or less forced to act. What prompts her to make the leap to actually start looking for trouble?

  139. Stainedon 06 Jul 2012 at 10:36 pm

    The reporter might be, but I’m not sure. I was thinking he would be one who writes the stories that put her in a positive light in the beginning while people aren’t sure what to think of Psi.

    Of course she had a choice. She could have walked away, no questions asked, but she a ‘if someone gets hurt and I didn’t even try to help, I’d always regret it’ moments. And it’s a series of things that get her started. The fact that, in a world where super-powered people rarely become heroes, or even openly use thier powers, she can actually make a difference; her best friend and brother pushing her to do something; her father’s insistance (a feeling shared by many) that anyone with powers will only abuse them; and the introduction of the book’s main villan.

  140. Finvisibleon 06 Jul 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Well I am creating a female character with a power of invisibility. But I just can’t think of a name. Can someone help?

  141. B. McKenzieon 07 Jul 2012 at 4:11 am

    “Well I am creating a female character with a power of invisibility. But I just can’t think of a name. Can someone help?” I’d generally recommend going with something about the character besides their superpowers–please see the article above. For example, Batman is a name which doesn’t have anything to do with the character’s superpowers, but is thematically appropriate. Wonder Woman and Beast are more about making an emotional impression than about telling us what the character’s superpowers are like. Depending on which themes might fit the character, something like [Unusual Modifier] [Ghost/Synonym for Ghost] might work.

  142. Red Rocketon 07 Jul 2012 at 9:27 am

    Thanks, River. I would really like the defense aspect in the name, and that was a good one. I’ll add it to my list, but I can still add more. Any other suggestions? Anybody?

  143. Riveron 07 Jul 2012 at 12:55 pm

    @ Red Rocket
    Not a problem!
    Now, I posted it once before but I’m still at a loss for their names, with the exception of Monroe, thanks to aharris, who is now Blink. But the rest of the characters are nameless. So, here’s their characters, with a little more about him, and hopefully someone can help me!
    Brooklyn: an apathetic telekinetic with the ability to project his thoughts and to briefly control another’s actions–as long as he can make eye contact and he isn’t distracted. He’s brilliant, but he doesn’t ever share what is going on in his head–much to the annoyance of the others. He’s absolutely brutal with his observations, and tends to either make people angry when he speaks, or make them cry. He doesn’t do people well, and the only one who’s able to really stand up to him is the main character.
    Jade: a chipper woman with the ability to lift anything up to the weight of a heavy truck(not a semi, though, an actual truck) and some healing abilities, though it takes time and energy to use that ability. She can come across as a bit annoying due to her perpetually happy demeanor, but she’s smart. She tends to bring in stray animals every which way–which was actually how she met Salem, funnily enough–and has to help when she can.
    Salem: a shape shifter who can take on any form, human or animal, for the span of thirty minutes, before he needs to recharge. He’s quiet, but not because he’s shy–he just doesn’t see the point in saying more than he needs to say. When he does talk, though, people listen. He’s also mildly awkward around women, who always seem to find the need to mother him to the point of smothering him.
    Donna: she has the ability to manipulate force fields, though it takes up energy, and can tap into a pocket space by opening up an inverted force field. Opening and closing it takes time and energy, but not as much as it used to. She’s fairly hot tempered, impossibly stubborn, and tends to fly off the handle at any insults made towards her. She also is a practical joker, and finds it vastly amusing to catch people in force fields when they’re in a hurry.

  144. Red Rocketon 07 Jul 2012 at 6:11 pm

    @ River

    Figure I might be able to repay the favor. I’m still speculating about the others, but I thought a good name for Donna might be Barricade or Blockade (personally, I think Barricade sounds a bit more feminine). For Salem, how about Shadow, Mirror, or Mime? Stay tuned in case I have any other ideas.

  145. Riveron 07 Jul 2012 at 6:50 pm

    @ Red Rocket

    I like Barricade, a lot. And I like the idea of Shadow for Salem. Thanks!

  146. Hotrod198on 08 Jul 2012 at 7:59 am

    For my hero, he has the abilities to teleprot anywhere he can as long as he knows teh place or can visually see it whether by TV or photo. He also wears a suit which enhances his strength, duarbility, reflexes and intensity of his teleportation. WHAT I would like is any suggestions to the name for him. At the moment, his superhero name is Shift. Other names I have thought of have been Jumper, The Shifter and Shift-Man. Personally, I like Shift as it is but I would like your opinion as well.

  147. ehrichon 08 Jul 2012 at 9:47 am

    @hotrod198… they made a movie about that premise not too long ago called “jumper” its the exact same ability. yes the suit part is different but the premise is still the same. i would try to make some changes before deciding on a name ATM

  148. Red Rocketon 08 Jul 2012 at 12:49 pm

    @ River
    Not a problem!

  149. Hotrod198on 08 Jul 2012 at 5:32 pm

    @ehrich Yeah, I remember Jumper but really, the only thing similar to the movie is the fact he needs to see where he needs to teleport to, that’s all. The actual story is quite different from Jumper. I personally don’t think changes are needed but I’ll look over my notes and see if anything pops up.

  150. Riveron 08 Jul 2012 at 7:00 pm

    I actually really like Shift, myself. Jumper makes me think of the movie, and The Shifter makes me think of a shape shifter, rather than a teleporter.

  151. Secret Colorson 15 Jul 2012 at 2:48 am

    @B. McKenzie

    I found this name… It is perfect for invisibility! It is “Miss Appear”

  152. Secret Colorson 15 Jul 2012 at 2:48 am

    It means if you put it together, it means invisible!

  153. Riveron 15 Jul 2012 at 7:42 am

    @Secret Colors
    Oh wow–that’s really creative. I like that.

  154. YellowJujuon 15 Jul 2012 at 9:35 am

    Sorry to burst your bubble Secret Colors, Miss Appear is Sandy’s superhero name in SpongeBob. I don’t know if this means its copyrighted, but it’s definitely taken.

  155. Maxon 16 Jul 2012 at 5:15 pm

    I have 3 heroes, that I have names for, but i want another opinion on them.
    I have Mendeleev, who can take apart and reassemble matter. He got this power in a lab experiment, partly caused by cyberess. He has an elderly mother who he is very protective of, and didn’t want to be a superhero in case it endangered her.
    Cyberess, who can talk to computers, and half of her brain is a computer. She can acces the internet through her headband that she wears. She is slightly socially awkward. Also, she got her powers because on nanobots released into her while her mom was pregnant with her. She is the daughter of software billionaires.
    Legend, who can make you relive your memories, but he has to touch you, unless he is wearing his special helmet. He also is very strong, and fast, but not quite super strength (think captain america.) He is an orphan, because his dad was murdered, and his mom committed suicide, so his self confidence is kind of low. But he is a leader, and very likeable.

  156. B. McKenzieon 16 Jul 2012 at 5:28 pm

    “Legend, who can make you relive your memories, but he has to touch you…” This superpower might be limited in utility. If you find that you’re having trouble giving him ways to contribute, I’d recommend giving him an additional psychic ability (perhaps telekinesis). I like the name, though.

    I think Mendeleev is an interesting name, although I’d recommend changing the spelling slightly to Mendelev because I think English speakers could pronounce it more naturally.

    I’m not a huge fan of the name “Cyberess,” in part because “ess” strikes me as sort of awkward here. Maybe “Cyberus?”

  157. Maxon 16 Jul 2012 at 5:33 pm

    thanks. mendeleev is the name of the guy who invented the periodic table. cyber-whatever was the hardest to come up with a name for

  158. Red Rocketon 19 Jul 2012 at 8:15 pm

    I thought up Sentinel. How do you guys think that fits my character? (description above)

  159. B. McKenzieon 20 Jul 2012 at 2:19 am

    “Mendeleev is the name of the guy who invented the periodic table.” Yeah. I’ve also seen DM’s name romanized as Mendelev and (more rarely) Mendelyev and Mendeleef.

  160. matthewon 20 Jul 2012 at 7:47 am

    Keith Miller was a child when his mom died in a car accident and his dad had moved to New York City with him all was calm until He worked at his office until when he Became a super hero named Big 8 standing against justice alone when his dad died near home when a meteor hit its way toward Earth AND THEN THE SHOEPUNISHER KILLED ME

  161. Tessaon 22 Jul 2012 at 10:16 pm

    While it costs publishers and authors to defend against a lawsuit, it costs money to sue (even moreso when you have the fancy lawyers the big name companies keep around). They aren’t going to do it unnecessarily- especially if they know they won’t win. Many names cannot be trademarked that easily. They have to be distinctive. There’s a reason characters are named Magik (<– funky misspelling), Starfire (<–two words), Darkseid (<–double points!), and of course Magneto (<– completely made up).

    Unusual, distinctive, and original sounding names are more easily trade marked. Real, everyday words as names is generally permissable even if someone has used it before as long as we're not talking A-list or B-list (a throwaway character that's been in 2-20 issues as in the example cited in a comment above should definitely be fine especially if the character hasn't been seen in decades). If your character concept and powers are especially different this becomes even less of an issue, possibly with even B-list generic-real-word-named celebrities.

    A long time ago I was on this site and someone had created a hero named Static, but the guy's powers had nothing to do with electricity. I don't actually remember what powers he had but I believe it was either psychic or some sort of biological control… It was odd and unexpected. (B. Mac, if you happen to remember what the powers were and wanted to edit my comment to reflect the truth here, I'd appreciate it.) Even brands can have the same name with words like "Comet" without someone being sued if they're in different industries and have distinct logos.

    Of course you could take a page out of their book and try their methods of ensuring originality. If you go this route, stick to combining two words (Burnout, Cyberburn) or making up or altering words with prefixes or suffixes (Hydrix – it's late and I'm done thinking. Besides you get the idea) or maybe even foreign words that are easily recognizable to your preferred audience.

    Anyway, at the writing stage this really isn't worth stressing about. At the end of the day what's in a name? The publisher's legal department gets paid to be up on all that trademark/copyright nonsense. If there is a genuine risk of sue-age they will let you know the name needs to be changed. No one drops a good novel at that stage for something that can be fixed with Microsoft's "Replace All" function. Out of Sam, Dean, and John Winchester's names, only one of theirs is the one the creator originally chose.

    Disclaimer: This should be taken as writing advice, not legal device. I am not a lawyer. I am familiar with how some of this stuff works due to online research, and was lucky enough to come accross on article on superhero names, copyrights/trademarks, and some of the general rules. And no, I have no idea where I found it. I can only be so helpful. XD

    Sorry it's so long.

  162. Anonymouson 22 Jul 2012 at 10:24 pm

    I’m so bad at these. I can make common names all day long.

    The only codename that I am sort of proud of is the one I chose for my southern belle/party girl character with electric powers. I named her White Lightning after moonshine.

    One I’m having a lot of trouble with is for my team leader character. Her powers are super strength, but she can’t fly or jump extremely high, so she’s not exactly The Flying Brick. Mostly she’s just extremely brave and dedicated (and has a personal backstory with a major villain).

    Her real name is Natalia Sokolof, and she looks the kind of girl you’d expect to cry over a broken nail. Long blonde hair, brown eyes, young and fairly attractive. When I draw her, I look to pole vaulters and female wrestlers(actual wrestling, not WWE) for her physique.

    I want her name to be based on her personality or an impression. She’s got an odd sense of justice. Most of the time, she can be kind of a Captain America. Do the right thing because it’s right, not for glory. However, with one specific villain (an ex-girlfriend and ex-team member) her emotions get in the way and she doesn’t make the best decisions. She also isn’t very good at determining how far she can push her team mates. She forgets their limits and can sometimes put them in danger.

    Costume is black and leather. Think Pris from Blade Runner. May or may not have a red scarf. I’m torn. I think it would get in the way, but she would wear it as an alternative to a cape.

  163. Tessaon 22 Jul 2012 at 10:34 pm

    I messed up. The sentence “Out of Sam, Dean, and John Winchester’s names, only one of theirs is the one the creator originally chose” should probably say “Out of Sam, Dean, and John Winchester’s names in the hit show Supernatural, only one of theirs is the one the creator originally chose” for all those poor people who are not familiar with the show.

  164. B. McKenzieon 22 Jul 2012 at 10:58 pm

    First, I definitely agree that potential legal issues with character names will not scare away prospective publishers, because names can be changed relatively easily. I think that’s the most important point here–too many authors panic when they’re writing a story and waste time worrying about potential lawsuits.

    That said, I’d like to take issue with this: “While it costs publishers and authors to defend against a lawsuit, it costs money to sue (even moreso when you have the fancy lawyers the big name companies keep around). They aren’t going to do it unnecessarily-especially if they know they won’t win.” For example, Marvel and DC demanded that the name of Superhero Happy Hour be changed. According to SHH writer Dan Taylor: “The decision to change the title [to Hero Happy Hour] was brought upon by the fact that we received a letter from the trademark counsel to ‘the two big comic book companies’ claiming that they are the joint owners of the trademark ‘SUPER HEROES’ and variations thereof.” (Note that this only applies to titles, not in-story use of the word “superhero”).

    If DC Comics and Marvel are willing to threaten legal action over the word “superhero” in titles, my uninformed and cynical opinion is that a lawsuit over a superhero name (say, Static) is not out of the question. That doesn’t mean you need to preemptively change the name, but don’t be stunned if your publisher asks you to change it. From your publisher’s perspective, the prospects of spending tens of thousands of dollars fighting a legal battle over the name of a relatively minor character might look so unappealing that it would change the name even if it were certain that it would win the lawsuit. Personally, I think it’d be unwise for a company to risk spending tens of thousands in legal expenses for a potential legal victory which would make virtually no impact in the bottom line. (Unless the author is a bestseller and/or sales projections are really high–then the calculation is different).

  165. Mynaon 23 Jul 2012 at 6:31 am

    Ohhh dear. Static was mine. xDD He had powers that could wipe out peoples’ senses like hearing and sight, hence “static,” and some forcefield control. Regardless, if someone was to throw a fit over it I’d change it. Like some other commentors said, the name isn’t that important, it won’t change the overall plot or atmosphere of a series.

    …if a name did change the entire plot I’d be a little concerned.

  166. B. McKenzieon 23 Jul 2012 at 1:46 pm

    “…if a name did change the entire plot I’d be a little concerned.” I don’t think it’d change the plot, but I would be annoyed if my publisher asked me to change Agent Orange. Less annoyed than I probably would have been a year or two ago–I’ve been thinking about referring to the character mostly by his first name rather than his last/super name (a la Avengers) to give his dialogue a more natural feel.

  167. YoungAuthoron 23 Jul 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Hi, I’m still having trouble with naming my character with the ability to manipulate metallic objects. I have the name Titan in place right now but I’m welcome to all suggestions because I feel like it could be MUCH better. He wears a silver metallic armor and a helmet. He is goal-driven, mischievious, serious, arrogant and stubborn.

  168. FroYoSunshineon 24 Jul 2012 at 10:54 pm

    I’d just like to say that number seven is kind of wrong. The idea of a superhero name is that it’s what the public knows you as. So if you were to keep your identity a secret, like Batman, Spider-Man, etc, the public would only know you for your powers. Personality wouldn’t matter. However, if your identity was known to the public (like in Fantastic Four) then the whole demeaning-superpower-based-name thing would come into play. So consider your character’s situation before you think of their name.

  169. B. McKenzieon 24 Jul 2012 at 11:35 pm

    “I’d just like to say that number seven is kind of wrong. The idea of a superhero name is that it’s what the public knows you as. So if you were to keep your identity a secret, like Batman, Spider-Man, etc, the public would only know you for your powers.” If the character is developed well-enough to have something going on besides his superpowers, I think it’d be believable if the media* and/or hero* used a name centered on something besides the powers.

    It doesn’t seem to have been an issue for Batman, Green Lantern, Wolverine, Captain America, Flash, Venom, Mystique, Carnage, Rorschach, the Punisher, the Question, the Comedian, probably Dr. Manhattan, Ozymandias, Wonder Woman, Mr. Incredible, probably Spider-Man, etc. Your character(s) show off distinctive personality traits (and maybe a thematically-fitting costume) in their first major appearance, right? That would probably give journalists enough room to come up with something thematic.

    *In most of the superhero stories I’ve seen, the superhero’s name comes either from the media, the hero, or another protagonist (the team or a friend).

  170. Jimmy Tyleron 25 Jul 2012 at 5:46 am

    I have a pair of superpowered (mostly pyrokinesis with minor, difficult-to-use psychic abilities) twin brothers (one is a clear-cut hero and the other walks the line between anti-hero and anti-villain) whose superhero names are Kindling and Cremation. I chose Kindling for the heroic character because he is a protector, setting sticks alight to make something warm. Cremation, the morally grey character, is obsessed with showing off the true darkness that exists within others and bringing everyone down to the same, transparent, level–“ashes to ashes, dust to dust.” Kindling is creation, Cremation is destruction. Do these names make sense?

  171. DAnderson 26 Jul 2012 at 10:36 am

    Hey guys,
    I haven’t been on the this site for awhile because of Uni but now I’m stuck on name for a hero who can fly and has the power of pyrokinesis.

    I am really stuck. The best that I could come up with was Firebird.

    Any help will be appreciated!

  172. Maxon 29 Jul 2012 at 8:47 pm

    i think im going to give my matter manipulation character the name Khimik which means chemist in russian, and the character is, you guessed it, russian

  173. Notsureon 04 Aug 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Hi 🙂
    I’m trying to name my superhero (obviously). I have a few requirements and I was wondering if anyone had any ideas?

    1) Nobody actually knows anything about the superhero when they’re in superher form, therefore the name has to be unisex.

    2)It has to be the sort of name a group of primary aged kids could come up with, but that also sounds impressive.

    3)The real person is a female, called Alexa, who lives in a poor suburb and is in yr eleven at high school.

    4)The superhero is generally a hand to hand combat fighter

    5)The Superhero basically hunts down wrongdoers and punishes them

    6) Alexa is smart, funny, shy and possibly has it a bit rough at home

    Thanks 🙂

  174. Tashaon 06 Aug 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I’m trying to create my own superhero, but i’m struggling a little

  175. Edgukatoron 06 Aug 2012 at 5:47 pm


    I’ve taught creative writing for some time, and one way I help my students generate ideas is to called putting in filters. The problem is not that we have no ideas, the problem is that we have too many choices, so if we can limit our choices we find it easier to create more specific ideas.

    Try this. Eight simple choices:

    Right or Left
    Short or Tall
    Outside or Inside
    Hard or Soft
    Wind, rain or sunshine
    Up or Down
    Give or Take
    Fat or Thin

    If you can’t choose, flip a coin. Choose as quickly as possible and try not to connect it to other ideas.

    Now, take your eight choices and put them together. If something seems to obvious, find a different way to connect your choices. Right or left handed, for example, are very obvious, and not necessarily interesting, so find a way to connect them something else.

  176. Hotrod198on 07 Aug 2012 at 1:09 am

    Does anyone know a good name idea for a superhero who can turn into water and such? Think Sandman, but without the sand and more of the water 😛

  177. Edgukatoron 07 Aug 2012 at 1:43 am

    Hydroman? Wait… already a Spiderman villain.

    How about Cascade?

  178. mythos manon 07 Aug 2012 at 3:46 am

    what do you think about Personar, sonar, sound powers and citizen saviour?

  179. B. McKenzieon 07 Aug 2012 at 6:22 am

    “I’ve taught creative writing for some time, and one way I help my students generate ideas is to called putting in filters. The problem is not that we have no ideas, the problem is that we have too many choices, so if we can limit our choices we find it easier to create more specific ideas.

    Try this. Eight simple choices:
    Right or Left
    Short or Tall
    Outside or Inside
    Hard or Soft
    Wind, rain or sunshine
    Up or Down
    Give or Take
    Fat or Thin”

    Hmm, very interesting. What do your students usually do with right/left besides right-brained/left-brained or conservative/liberal?

  180. Aj of Earthon 07 Aug 2012 at 7:16 am


    In the hero/scifi fiction I’m writing none of the characters, powered or otherwise, use any sort of code name. And with the exception of a *single* instance of mask-wearing (in fact only referrenced by another character rather than “shown” in-story) there are no costumes either.
    Not because I think anything less of those components or don’t enjoy them in other stories/comics I read, but because they don’t necessarily fit with the atmosphere/feeling of what I’m writing.

    I suppose my point is that not all heroes (or villains) need to be code-named in order to be, well, super. And that the writer should decide if it’s in-line with the feel of their work first before wrapping around the axle over what to name who.

    Y’dig? 😉

  181. Edgukatoron 07 Aug 2012 at 8:38 am

    “Hmm, very interesting. What do your students usually do with right/left besides right-brained/left-brained or conservative/liberal?”

    I change the choices every time, so I can’t remember if I’ve used that before, but there are all sorts of ways to interpret it. It’s a technique I stole from improv theatre where you have to justify anything people throw at you. The mind is adept at incorporating all sorts of things if you let it.

    Just brainstorming ideas here – limps with left / right leg, a scar on one side of the face, got his/her powers when they went through the left door instead of the right door, doesn’t come from the US because s/he’s used to driving on the left side of the road (or vice versa if you’re in another country), suffers from a compulsion to only walk on the left /right hand side of the footpath, works for a delivery company that insists it’s drivers only take right hand turns, wears a ring on the left hand – hence married, an ear-ring in the left / right ear (at one point I remember schoolyard rules that wearing an earring in the right ear was a sign of ones sexual preference, a stupid as that is)…

    And because there are no rules, you can play with homonyms – always thinks s/he’s right, left something important behind, insists on being right on time every time, always feels left out…

    The idea is not to impose rules – the writer is still free to change anything as s/he pleases – but to kickstart the process. I’ve seen it create some interesting ideas: a student who had the words ‘silent’ and ‘angry’ created a serial killer who would sew his victims’ lips together (he insisted it was based on me); a student who got muscular and fat created an ex-athlete who had ‘let himself go’…

  182. B. Macon 07 Aug 2012 at 8:52 am

    “an ear-ring in the left / right ear (at one point I remember schoolyard rules that wearing an earring in the right ear was a sign of ones sexual preference, a stupid as that is)…” In one of my journalism classes, we were told to be VERY careful about digitally rotating photographs–one litigant successfully sued a newspaper because the paper flipped a photograph, which unwittingly called his sexuality into question and thereby caused demonstrable damage to his reputation.

  183. aharrison 07 Aug 2012 at 8:57 am

    For me, here are some tools I’ve used:

    My husband is an RPG gaming junkie and a comic book junkie. So we have tons of that stuff around the house with lots of random role tables. I roll and jot notes until something clicks. I also have an old tarot card deck with a book that has lots of really general notes, and I do the same thing – flip and jot notes until something clicks. I also never throw out my old notes (yes, lots of binders, folders and notebooks on shelves). So, I can go and dig out old sets of notes from back as far as high school and college and maybe dig out some old snippet that now suddenly clicks with something new I just came up with yesterday.


    It takes a while to build up a base of ideas and takes discipline, but if you just go prepared to write down neat ideas as you have them rather than trying to always come up with them on command, it takes a little of the stress and pressure off of you when you do sit down to really work.

  184. Edgukatoron 07 Aug 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Actually, B.Mac, this is something I might be able to write up for your site, if you’re interested. There are a couple of tricks I stole from theater and improv that I use to help flesh out characters and stories if I’m ever stuck. Would you be interested if I sent you an article proposal on these?

  185. B. McKenzieon 07 Aug 2012 at 5:30 pm

    I’d definitely be interested.

  186. Gnomeon 14 Aug 2012 at 2:43 pm

    to Youngauthor: If you have not already decided on a name for the Titan hero, i recommend Titanium Titan.

  187. LyDiAnon 15 Aug 2012 at 5:40 am

    i’m trying to write a superhero story but i think my names are incredibly cliché. help plz?

    so I have five main characters:

    1. she shoots white lasers from her hands, has wings and a wears white. She’s sweet, kind, beautiful and loves animals as well as shopping and self manicures. So far, her pseudonym is Angel and real name Jenny Gabriel

    2. he reads minds, and controls the shadows as well as being able to put people to sleep, send them spiralling into darkness, basically play on their weaknesses when he gets inside their head. He’s quiet and artistic and yes, kind of creepy. Real name: Carter Hayes, pseudonym: Sleep Stalker.

    3. he has ice powers. he’s kind of a snob and the leader of the heroes and extremely rich. real name: Chet Ashton, pseudonym: Frostbite

    4. he is a cyborg and rides a motor bike. He’s charming and pretty much every girl on the planet has a crush on him. He loves music and writes lyrics which he sings himself in his band. Real name: Blake Ryder, pseudonym: Heavy Metal

    5. she is the latest addition to the team and at first she really doesn’t want to join. She controls the wind and can levitate herself and other things/people as well as take the air out of someone’s lungs or pump more in there. she get’s motion sickness and is a little bit of a pushover but has a temper. real name: Melody Diadem. Pseudonym: Swift.

    can anyone think of some less cliché pseudonyms? plz?

  188. Hotrod198on 15 Aug 2012 at 5:56 am


    1. Angel is decent for this one. I would keep it, its not too cliche IMO.

    2. Hmm how about… Nightmare? Eclipse? Night Shadow?

    3. Frostbite was actually a character I had created before xD I personally like Frostbite, especially if he has that snobby attitude. Personally, I’d keep Frostbite. But, if youwant more suggestions, then…. Subzero? Arctic Knight?

    4. What actual powers does he have? Advanced Strength? Speed? High intelligence? Either way, Heavy Metal would be alright, unless his powers are something else. I don’t really have any suggestions here.

    5. I like the idea she gets motion sickness yet she can levitate. That’s a very good thing which can limit her power usage. Anways, maybe Tempest? Typhoon? Gust? Swift isn’t a bad name either though IMO.

  189. B. McKenzieon 15 Aug 2012 at 10:37 am

    1. I would recommend changing Angel’s name (because it has already been used so many times) and, more importantly, her personality.

    2. I like Eclipse and Nightmare, although Nightmare itself might be too generic. I think Dusk and Fen cover the same ground but are a bit less common.

    3. Naming the rich guy Chet Ashton strikes me as too on-the-nose. I’d recommend something a bit more subtle. For last names, I think Ellis/Ellison and Davenport and Arlington would work. Maybe Mandeville if you’re into something more exotic. For first names, maybe something like Edgar or Arthur.

    4. A biker named Ryder… this could probably be more subtle. For example, could I recommend something equestrian like Knight instead?

    5. Diadem strikes me as really unusual. I’m having trouble envisioning it as an actual name. Crown might work better. As for Swift, it feels pretty generic–given her personality, I’d recommend going with something based on storms. Perhaps Tempest.

  190. C_C_Son 15 Aug 2012 at 5:57 pm

    My character has mirror related powers, so would the name “Tcelfer” (as in Reflect backwards) work? Or does the way it’s spelt make it hard to pronounce?

  191. B. McKenzieon 15 Aug 2012 at 6:23 pm

    CCS, I feel like “Tcelfer” would be very hard to pronounce. One possibility would be some sort of palindromic name? (It’s the same if the letters are mirrored). For example, Otto or Renner.

  192. Hobbeson 15 Aug 2012 at 6:36 pm

    What about Lucent, celfer?

  193. C_C_Son 15 Aug 2012 at 6:39 pm

    It would be the super hero name…. Aaand she’s female, but I get your point


  194. LyDiAnon 16 Aug 2012 at 12:40 am

    @ Hotrod198
    thanks, I really love Nightmare (how the heck did I skip that and find Sleep Stalker first?!?) and Eclipse, i think a short name would be better given his personality. I also love Tempest, it’s just… perfect!
    i think i’ll keep Frostbite and Heavy Metal, thank you again 😀

    @B. McKenzie
    Yeah, I guess Angel isn’t exactly an original name ^-^” I’m definitely gonna chance that but I can’t change her personality cuz she is half angel and well, I like my angels to be angelic…
    Ooh, Dusk is a pretty interesting name too but I kind of already have a girl called Dusk. But I love Fen… hm… Fen or Eclipse?!? so hard to choose…
    I think I will change Chet’s last name, it does sound a bit… meh… I quite like Ellison, thanks 😀
    Knight, yes, just… yes! XD
    Ok, i will change Melody’s last name and yeah, I’m going with Tempest c:

    thank you both for the help, I really needed it -.-“!

  195. LyDiAnon 16 Aug 2012 at 1:00 am

    is Celestiana an ok name instead of Angel?

  196. Edgukatoron 16 Aug 2012 at 3:53 am

    @Lydian – Celestiana certainly carries the meaning, but the suffix sounds a little forced. What about just Celeste? I did a search and it doesn’t seem to have been overused

  197. B. McKenzieon 16 Aug 2012 at 5:15 am

    I think Celeste, Celes, or Celestial would probably sound more natural in conversation.

  198. Ragged Boyon 16 Aug 2012 at 6:00 am

    “She’s sweet, kind, beautiful and loves animals”

    Lydian, I agree that there doesn’t seem to be anything strikingly fresh or original about Jenny’s personality. Angels could be sweet and loving, but we’ve already seen that. Conversely, they can also be very just or rigidly moral. Maybe she loves animals and/or people so much she would be willing to die for them? Kill for them? Maybe she could be controlling because she doesn’t want her comrades to put themselves in danger positions. Perhaps she’s naive and give her trust to easily? I’d recommend giving her a flaw that would make her more dynamic. Additionally, I’d suggest switching sweet or kind to something that’s not so similar and drop beautiful altogether.

  199. Ragged Boyon 16 Aug 2012 at 7:02 am

    Hey C_C_S,

    I don’t really have any suggestions for names offhand. However, I do have a tip that I like to use when naming superheroes. Remember that a hero can be named after their persona and/or mode of operation as well as their powers. For example, the name Batman tells you more about his methods that his abilities. He’s cunning and stealthy with a knack for intimidation. My character has enhanced physicality but is also a maverick when in costume. Therefore, I chose Volition to cover both his powers and an aspect of his super persona.

    Maybe you could try working her character into her name.

  200. LyDiAnon 16 Aug 2012 at 10:52 am

    @Edgukator- I guess your right, the suffix is kinda forced… but I have a friend called Celeste and well… I dunno, it would feel kind of strange… like calling a hero Skye because it’s an alternate spelling of sky… dunno if that makes sense to u but anyway, thank you 🙂

    @B. McKenzie – as said above, I’m probably not gonna use Celeste and Celestial was the word I was trying to change but Celes is interesting… what about just Celestia? thank you again

    @Ragged Boy – haha, too true. what if i made her very violent? (e.g. she loves to blow stuff up in battle)

  201. Ragged Boyon 16 Aug 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Um, you could probably do that but that may make it difficult to make her likable. Also, I don’t think that would give her team a positive reception from the public. Unless this is what is intended. Haha. Maybe something more subtle that can make her dynamic without getting extreme. Maybe she can be ruthless or unforgiving to people that cross her or her friends?

  202. Green Manon 17 Aug 2012 at 10:24 pm

    We’re writing a graphic novel where the story is based on a superhero battling with environmental issues. We’ve been having trouble creating a name for him the main character as we would like to get away from “The Green Man” as the word green is quite cliched. It begins with a council meeting headed by mother nature with significant creatures from the forest representing its wildlife, endangered species and surrounding environment like the pawi, the ocelot and Papa Bois. They present different heirlooms representing different qualities of strength, wisdom, determination and fearlessness, which were used in creating the green man. The items are all placed on the table and and Mother Nature calls him into existence issuing his role and bestowing his name. In essence Mother Nature says: “Your name is Green man. You have been bestowed with the powers to save this polluted earth. You know what needs to be done. Time will reveal all things to you. Go now, the earth is in desperate need of your help!” He learns of his powers over time having the ability to manipulate the elements, appear and disappear to different locations in times of emergency, communicate with both humans and animals educating and correcting the public on environmental issues. His character is known and there is no hidden identity, only one portrayal. He is humble, approachable, clever yet able to be authoritative when justice calls adapting a bigger, stronger, appearance when fighting and smaller appearance when not in fight-mode. He will sacrifice everything for the good of the environment.

    Any name suggestions that do NOT include the words eco, green or man would be hightly appreciated 🙂 Thanks in advance.

  203. YellowJujuon 17 Aug 2012 at 11:57 pm

    The EcoGreen Man!!!

    Just kidding…how bout something along the lines of Rejuvenation? Or that might be too long for you :/

  204. B. McKenzieon 18 Aug 2012 at 12:36 am

    I suppose you could do something related to life, light, earth, or a prefix/suffix related to one of those (e.g. bio/vit, luc/lux/phot, terr/geo, etc).

  205. Gorgonon 18 Aug 2012 at 7:03 am

    Hey I need a superhero name for my character he can leap through Space and time, create portals and can use space as a weapon. He is a nerdy teenager who nobody likes until he was hit with a ray in a museum and his DNA mutated. He doesn’t take things seriously. Can you help me?

  206. Edgukatoron 18 Aug 2012 at 7:27 am

    @ Green Man – Like the concept, and “The Green Man” figure has a long mythological history (which you may or may not know). I say this because the mythical aspect may be your answer here. Frey from Norse mythology is connected to the myth, as is Puck from Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. There’s also a Roman God Sylvanus you may want to look into.

    @ Gorgon – I hear this and immediately thought of Slipstream with regards to his powers, but the word “slip” jumps out at me for his personality as well. The kind of guy who tries to slip away unnoticed, perhaps?

  207. Samon 18 Aug 2012 at 11:46 am

    I have a character in desperate need of a good name. Pretty much he’s a young vigilantie in high school with no powers at all. He lives in Chicago and is part of a middle class family. His origin story was that his dad’s business was going under and he posed as a “Hero” who was really just an illegal bounty hunter who caught crooks for cash. The motive to do so came from him believing that his father was going to commit suicide.

    Although he started as a bounty hunter, he later became a vigilantie after his father was admitted into psychiatric care. His mask has a six sided shape on it, that looks a bit like a diamond. This was also the logo to his father’s failed company. The mask is Rorschach-esque except with holes for the eyes and the mask is black while the shape is red. His costume is a black coat over a blood red shirt, and with black and white striped pants. He also wears a beanie hat (when he plans on fighting) and a classy D’orsay (yes, i did get that from google) when he just plans on talking.

    He also has a little communications beed in his ear so he can talk to his friend, who helps him on most of his jobs/adventures. Although it is a bit of a cliche, I am careful not to make him a tech geek that can build anything.

    My hero also has a couple utilities stashed in the inside of his coat. Eggs filled with glass, a deodorant can and duct tape. He may have more, but I need a name for him first.

  208. Gorgonon 18 Aug 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Hey thanks for the advice. I also need a name and personality for my new superhero. He can run at supersonic speeds, create sonic booms and tornados and can run up walls and across water but I’m having trouble coming up with it. If you can, please tell me.

  209. Green Manon 18 Aug 2012 at 5:35 pm

    @YellowJuju – I actually considered that but I find that its more laid back I can’t really see people yelling “Rejuvenation we need you!”. I think it suits a more serene persona. What do you think?

    @B. McKenzie – Cool ideas 🙂 Brainstorming with them.

    @Edgukator – I love the mythical references. Hadn’t considered that at all. Would create nice symbolism and I love double meaning and below the surface characters. However the age group we are dealing with might not be able to get the referencing. Awesome idea though.

    So far we’ve come up with Earth Avenger, Sergeant Sustaino, Invigore (from invigorate) and The Incredible Sustaino.

    What do you guys think? Thanks a lot for the input btw 🙂

  210. YellowJujuon 18 Aug 2012 at 6:14 pm

    @Green Man
    I get what you mean. Maybe Rejuvenator?

  211. Green Manon 18 Aug 2012 at 6:26 pm

    @YellowJuju – Yep we’re on the same brain wave. lol. What do you think about the others?

  212. YellowJujuon 18 Aug 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Out of those, I like Invigore the most. Earth Avenger the least.

  213. Janon 21 Aug 2012 at 6:52 am

    Any name ideas for a scientist whose powers are suspension of pain? All I came up with is Painless, so far. He hates not planning things out but his biggest problem is being mortally wounded and not realising it (‘Nick. Nick! You’re on fire!’ ‘Oh.’) Also, do you think he needs another power?

  214. Hotrod198on 21 Aug 2012 at 7:08 am

    Hmmmm maybe… Adrenaline? Morphine? Spur? Not sure really….

    Well he probably would not need another power. However, if you plan on making him fight, you may want him to have at least some sort of weapon so he can do damage. For example, giving him a sword could be good, or maybe even a gun with different modifications.

  215. Ragged Boyon 21 Aug 2012 at 7:49 am

    I like that your character’s powers have a natural limitation and can easily be an advantage and disadvantage. Does he not feel pain at all or can he choose when to block it out? That said depending on the type of science he does he could use that as his equipment. I don’t really know much about the setting of your story so it’s hard to decide if he needs more powers. Do other people have powers in the story? How strong are they?

  216. Janon 21 Aug 2012 at 8:48 am

    @ Hotrod198: I don’t really want to give him a sword since it seems decidedly old-fashioned considering that he’s a scientist, and I’m not sure about a gun. It seems hard to portray in battle for me.

    @ Ragged Boy:It’s a superhero team novel and everyone else has some sort of offensive power; electromagnetism control, ice and snow, super strength, sonic beams, etc. He doesn’t feel pain at all.

  217. Ragged Boyon 21 Aug 2012 at 9:44 am

    Ah. Well you could have him be a well-trained, non-super and equip him with science. That has a lot of potential for interesting scene work. Or if you’d like you could give him some generic abilities so that he can keep up i.e. increased endurance and reflexes. What type of power do you think he would suit his role?

  218. scarletton 25 Aug 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Hey guys. I am creating an anime/manga in which a group of mutants are abandoned by their mother and forced to fight other mutants to the death. To get out of this, they go to search for their mom. Along the way, they fight crime. I need a hero name for the MC. His real name is Ty Starwind. He has electric blue hair and purple eyes. His skin is pale and he has pointed ears. He is feirce, protective, reckless, paranoid, loyal, and a vegan. This is because he can communicate with and morph into animals.

  219. Scarecrowon 25 Aug 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Hmmm going to list out a few names that might work Scarlett. Hope this helps. Just one question, how can you be both reckless and paranoid?

    Hydra, Ruse, Romulus/Remus, Lychan, some animal name, Doolittle, Morph, Changeling… I’m out… not as many as I’d hoped. 😛

  220. scarletton 25 Aug 2012 at 5:39 pm

    I love them all! So hard to choose! Also, by paranoid I mean he dosen’t really trust anyoe because of the spies sent to bring him back to the areana. And by reckless I mean that he readily jumps into fight without thinking of the consequences.

  221. Aneesh Chopraon 26 Aug 2012 at 9:11 am

    Well i am making a normal hero with no powers… like kick-ass!!! I don’t know what to name it.I thought i’d name it battle star but it didn’t match the costume at all. the costume is purple and red like the colors in magneto’s costume

  222. scarletton 26 Aug 2012 at 12:40 pm

    What Weapon does he use? What is his personality? What are his goals and motivations? I need to know more about him in order to sugest a fitting name.

  223. LanternGreenon 26 Aug 2012 at 1:21 pm

    You could also change the colors of his costume to like yellow and blue or red and orange

  224. Janon 28 Aug 2012 at 7:05 pm

    @ Ragged Boy: I’m not quite sure what power would fit his personality…do you think being able to control metal as opposed to magnetism would be too stupid? (there’s already an electromagnetic controller, so)

  225. Gorgonon 04 Sep 2012 at 9:16 am

    I’ve made 2 new superheroes: Dart Frog and Fire Mine. Dart Frog has venomous claws, long sticky tongue, wall-climbing, acidic touch, ultimate leap and is semi-aquatic. Fire Mine can throw explosive fire balls, has pyrokinesis and is immune to fire and radioactivity. What do you think about these? Are they good?

  226. Gorgonon 04 Sep 2012 at 9:19 am

    Actually, can you think of a better name for Fire Mine? His personality is casual; he doesn’t really give a damn if the world is going to end and he invents fun ways to beat villains.

  227. YoungAuthoron 04 Sep 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Firestorm?Heat Ray? Pyro? Hothead? Firestrike? Flare? Sunspot? Volcanic? those are the names that come off the top of my head

  228. scarletton 04 Sep 2012 at 3:51 pm

    I like Flare because it seems to fit with the inventive side of him.

  229. Gorgonon 05 Sep 2012 at 9:03 am

    What do you think about Dart Frog? He is basically Toad but is a lot cooler .

  230. B. McKenzieon 05 Sep 2012 at 10:34 am

    I’d recommend working more on DF’s personality, Gorgon. Please see 7.1 above.

  231. scarletton 05 Sep 2012 at 2:47 pm

    I have a demon Hero, Adrian Kane, who can control the elements. He is arrogant, athletic, Vain, and dedicated. He prefers to solve problems with his fists, not his words. What would be a good superhero name for him?

  232. YoungAuthoron 05 Sep 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Something latin maybe??? Elementi? Elementor? Controllist? this is hard hahha I can’t think of anything good, sorry

  233. Emily M.on 05 Sep 2012 at 9:57 pm

    I’d lean more towards a name that suggests his conceited nature than his powers. The character’s personality and motivations should never take backseat to his/her superpowers. B. Mac can correct me if I’m wrong.

    With that being said, as far as names go, maybe something like Hubris, Show-off, or Braggart?

  234. J Harrisonon 06 Sep 2012 at 2:18 am

    I’m working on a superhero team and am fairly happy with all of my character’s codenames except one:

    He’s the protege of a scientist who developed equipment that gives the wearer ESP. The scientist was killed and the protege uses this equipment to solve crimes. As the scientist previously wore the suit, he is also capable of speaking to the scientist’s “ghost”; a sort of psychic copy of the scientist’s mind. Personality-wise, this guy is very cool, efficient and focused on his work. He’s the smartest member of the team and sort of casually aware of this without being arrogant.

    I’d like to avoid using the suffix “-Man” and have been trying to incorporate “Psi” or “psionic” into the alias.

  235. B. McKenzieon 06 Sep 2012 at 3:17 am

    “I’d lean more towards a name that suggests his conceited nature than his powers. The character’s personality and motivations should never take backseat to his/her superpowers. B. Mac can correct me if I’m wrong.” I like the idea of going with something more driven by personality (or perhaps something with an emotional impact applicable to the story), but I think a name based on ego might raise red flags about likability. If a character were egotistical because he were brilliant, I think it might be preferable to give him a name which suggests brilliance over one which suggests ego. (Or perhaps a name which is pretentious and somehow related to brilliance, like Luminaire, but not so out there that he’s been set up as unlikable).

  236. ColdWindon 06 Sep 2012 at 3:40 pm

    “I’d lean more towards a name that suggests his conceited nature than his powers. The character’s personality and motivations should never take backseat to his/her superpowers. B. Mac can correct me if I’m wrong.

    With that being said, as far as names go, maybe something like Hubris, Show-off, or Braggart?”

    I agree with this competely. Well for the most part.

    With that being said, as far as names go, maybe something like Hubris, Show-off, or Braggart?”

    but this? One shouldn’t go this far to incorparate personality into a code name. no offense but this made me laugh

  237. B. Macon 06 Sep 2012 at 5:07 pm

    “One shouldn’t go this far to incorparate personality into a code name.” I love the idea of incorporating personality, but I’d recommend doing it in a more subtle way. E.g. Rorschach is crazy and unpredictable. Tempest has a more wild and angry vibe than, say, Gale or perhaps Storm would. Havoc, Wolverine, and the Martian Manhunter do a pretty good job establishing what the characters are like without compromising their seriousness or likability. In contrast, my concern with Hubris/Showoff/Braggart is that they tell too much and imply too little. I think RB’s “Showtime” is a much smoother example of a name which implies/suggests that the character is a gloryhound but doesn’t force it. Additionally, “Showtime” doesn’t reduce the character to a negative personality trait–reducing a character to his ego is probably not the best way to help readers take him seriously.

  238. Emily M.on 06 Sep 2012 at 7:15 pm

    “In contrast, my concern with Hubris/Showoff/Braggart are that they tell too much and imply too little.” Yeah, I’m TERRIBLE at coming up with names. My process of creating names consists of searching and finding synonyms for certain words. Which is probably why a lot of my character’s names are too vague or too straightforward/gimmicky.
    Subtle is not my middle name.

  239. B. McKenzieon 06 Sep 2012 at 7:20 pm

    “Yeah, I’m TERRIBLE at coming up with names. My process of creating names consists of searching and finding synonyms for certain words.” Ah, that’s okay. I also struggle with names.

  240. Emily M.on 06 Sep 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Would the name Wayfarer work for a character with an easygoing, compassionate, exuberant, but flighty personality?

  241. ColdWindon 06 Sep 2012 at 8:46 pm

    We all struggle with names. Thats why we come here 🙂

  242. J Harrisonon 07 Sep 2012 at 2:23 am

    @scarlett: I would definitely go with a name that focuses on your character’s demonic nature. Something that references Hell or some similar domain. (Niflheim, Tartarus, pretty much every ancient religion has one.) Maybe something like The Tartarian. Or if they’re arrogant and vain, then maybe they’d have a grandiose name with the suffix “-Man” or “Lord” or something similar. Something like Elemental Lord.

    @Emily M.: Wayfarer brings to mind a wiser, gentler character – someone who has travelled far and seen much. I’d suggest names but without your character’s background or powers, I don’t think I’d be much help. That said, an exuberant and flighty character would be suggested by a shorter name, maybe with one or two syllables. It needs to be more dynamic.

  243. scarletton 08 Sep 2012 at 4:56 am

    I need a name for another character in my book. His real name is Sam Kane. He has very limited powers, but they are as follows:
    Shorting out electronics.
    Creating a protective field of electricity around himself.
    fires electricty from his hands.
    wisecracker (Like Spiderman)
    Walks the fine line between good and evil.
    I was thinking something like outburst, but if you have any other sugestions, feel free to share.

  244. scarletton 08 Sep 2012 at 5:20 am

    Maybe if I replaced Superspeed woth underwater breathing, I could call him Eel.

  245. Emily M.on 08 Sep 2012 at 9:56 am

    “Maybe if I replaced Superspeed woth underwater breathing, I could call him Eel.”
    I really like the power combination of electricity and water.
    However, if you gave him electricity-based powers, you run the risk of short-circuiting if water touches him. It’s a dangerous combination, but for some reason it’s intriguing.

  246. Anonymouson 10 Sep 2012 at 12:57 pm


  247. Kelseyon 11 Sep 2012 at 7:05 pm

    This is sooo confusing my superhero has three powers and they all tie in together but i need a name for her!!!!! i need to what a good name is for: shape shifter, Reads minds, can walk through anything!!!

  248. Kelseyon 11 Sep 2012 at 7:16 pm


  249. Kelseyon 11 Sep 2012 at 7:29 pm

    never mind got a name it is……… not telling dont want it stolen!!!! 🙂

  250. Karaon 12 Sep 2012 at 5:10 pm

    I have a superhero with the power of invisibility,ice powers and super strength.What do I name him:›

  251. B. McKenzieon 12 Sep 2012 at 5:27 pm

    I’d recommend reading the article, Kara. Thanks.

  252. Abra Kadabrson 17 Sep 2012 at 5:31 pm

    What should I name a superhero that has no actual super powers, but he is a boxer that fights crime at night?

  253. Dr. Vo Spaderon 18 Sep 2012 at 12:31 pm

    The Fist(s) of Justice, The Midnigt Vigilante, The Vigilante of (insert city name), The Gloved Avenger, Strong, Clash, Scrapper, Wrangler (basically synonym’s of fight), The Rage of (insert city name), The Retaliator, etc.

  254. Abra Kadabraon 18 Sep 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Thanks! Wrangler sounds really good because he is from Austin, Texas.

  255. Benon 18 Sep 2012 at 8:05 pm

    So I need a good name for this anti-hero. She is a teenage girl who is descended from Pandora who in my world is the daughter of the devil. Her ancestry includes murderers rapists and assassins but her mother for some reason managed to partially fight her inner devil(mom has bipolar disorder) and her father is a man descended from the angels. She can fly around but with no wing. Can make any weapon out of fire, and can control fire. I don’t want her costume to be too over the top so can i have a suggestion for costumes? For name i was thinking Styx or Pandora(evil women from greek mythology) but those are already taken. Anybody have any other ideas? Also do you like the character

  256. Dr. Vo Spaderon 19 Sep 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Your anti-hero could wear a black trenchcoat over black pants (possibly jeans) and a dark red shirt (long sleeved). On the back of the trenchcoat could be symbol related to her name, perhaps. As for the names, I could only come up with a few. The Woman was one. Simplistic. The Lady Fire. Madame (city name). Miss Vesuvian/Vesuvius. (Vesuvian fire was difficult to put out.) Difficult character to name, but yes, she sounds like-worthy.

  257. Dr. Vo Spaderon 19 Sep 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Question of my own: I have a character with the freezing ability. You know – ice creation, freezing things, ice spikes…the like. He has a sort of arrogant attitude, he isn’t happy with the idea of somebody over him (he thinks he’s too powerful), and he’s too quick to resort to violence. As well, his ability forces the city and surrounding areas 20 degrees below its normal temp. I wanted something more original than “frost” or “freeze guy”, but came up blank. Outfit ideas would be very much appreciated too!

  258. Dragondevilon 20 Sep 2012 at 4:55 am

    @Dr. Vo Spader
    Ice and Arrogance! Pretty much like Sub-zero(one of my favs from mortal kombat)~ 🙂

    “As well, his ability forces the city and surrounding areas 20 degrees below its normal temp…” Thats pretty COOl! But how does that work?

    Well my suggs on names:
    *Icicle /Icicle-man
    *Snow-leopard( 😛 )
    *Arctic Man
    *Blue Death
    *Blue Flame


    About the costume:
    What About Blue with White?
    Ice gloves and Ice Boots !With a Blue Skull as an Insignia!
    Hair can be blue!

    Watcha think?
    Hope it helped!

  259. Benon 20 Sep 2012 at 8:38 pm

    how about freezing point or Celcius or something like that. Sounds cold to me. How about WindChill?

  260. Benon 20 Sep 2012 at 8:39 pm

    or how about glacier(i got that name at my school for wearing a thick hoodie in 100+ weather lol)

  261. Dragondevilon 21 Sep 2012 at 3:41 am

    I like Glacier~ ^_^

  262. Dr. Vo Spaderon 21 Sep 2012 at 6:49 am

    Glacier is good! I also like polar and using the word chill…may combine some words. Also liked the blue skull idea, which would work well for his group. Thanks for the suggestions!

  263. talia eyeon 21 Sep 2012 at 12:39 pm

    haker. he gets ino computer with his mind

  264. talia eyeon 21 Sep 2012 at 12:41 pm

    by the way if i read a comic and see a character wth tat name and power i will hunt down the writer

  265. B. McKenzieon 21 Sep 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Sorry, Talia, but Image’s Michael Talbot got there first… in 1993.

  266. d3stin3d writ3ron 22 Sep 2012 at 9:50 am

    O.k, so I am working on a anti-hero type character. A series of events led him to be a depressing, dark, and pretty much suicidal character. He is quick to anger and very borderline. I would like to figure out a name that would probably fit but does not sound to cheesy since this is a dark character and story. Profile about Him:

    Name: Ethan White

    Age: Somewhere around 16-17 though that may change because of the difficulty of writing a school scenario for me at least.

    Powers: If he has any it would be pretty much just increased strength, reflexes, sight , etc. pretty much like a super soldier which is how he got the powers anyway.

    Origins: At a young age his real parents were killed and he was kidnapped and taken by a secret group who are trying to create and army. The event was so traumatic that he erased it from his mind. This made it easier for the group to plant fake memories into his brain. He was one of the first subjects to live through the experimentation and training. Basically someone who plays an important part in Ethan being who he is now grew sympathetic and took Ethan and deserted the group.

    That is about it. So can you see where I am going with this? I would like a dark and gritty character and I want to ground it in as much realism as possible though as you can see a few sci-fi elements in it. The story is still very much in the early stages but I hope to make it a well developed story. Anything will help.

  267. Agnion 22 Sep 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Hello everyone. I am new here.
    I am writing a superhero novel in which i have named the hero as ‘Human’ as he is just a normal human being and does not have any superpower. He has high intelligence and mastery over many fighting styles ( kung fu, karate, boxing etc.). The name also represents the humanity which is decreasing in people.
    Is it sounding okay? If not please suggest something.

  268. SuperZeroon 23 Sep 2012 at 5:48 am

    I have an antihero who has superstrength, agility, and teleportation. He can also fire phsycic energy blasts from his hands. He is effeminate, reckless, and a jokester. He gets his powers from a magical ring. So, my question is: What is a better superhero name for this character: Blink, or Wisp?

  269. Dragondevilon 23 Sep 2012 at 8:23 am

    “I am writing a superhero novel in which i have named the hero as ‘Human’ as he is just a normal human being and does not have any superpower…”

    #I dont find ‘Human’ all that super-heroic…
    Why would anyone go around calling himself ‘Human’ ,in a world full of Humans?
    (Titling the STORY ‘Human’…may seem meaningful….)

    “What is a better superhero name for this character: Blink, or Wisp?”
    *For a teleporter…a quirky name(according to me) would be some word related to the way he/she teleports:
    For example:
    *Teleporters who teleport in a smoke-like way(example:NightCrawler) Maybe naming it Shadow or Smoke may sound suitable.
    *If your character disintegrates,then: Wisp
    *Or without any-effect:Blink

    ^_^ hope it helps…

  270. B. McKenzieon 23 Sep 2012 at 1:25 pm

    “Why would anyone go around calling himself ‘Human’ ,in a world full of Humans?” Agreed… I think there are ordinary names which would convey this more effectively. In The Taxman Must Die, I tentatively have the media dubbing a vigilante The Guy Next Door (shortened to “Guy” in conversation).

  271. YellowJujuon 23 Sep 2012 at 9:26 pm

    I’m having a tough time coming up with a name for the robotic hero in my book. It has no real super powers (think Batman) and no personality (it’s just a machine). People in the story think that the hero is human, so robot-esque names aren’t an option. I didn’t want a real distinct costume on it (just a hoodie and some pants put on the robot). I would love ANY name suggestions, or any suggestions for that matter. Thanks!

  272. B. McKenzieon 23 Sep 2012 at 9:57 pm

    If the robot is attempting to appear human, I’d recommend a regular first name and a somewhat distinct last name* or a regular first name and a regular surname. His costume is a hooded sweatshirt and pants, so I’m not sure a conventional superhero name would fit the character and its situation.

    *E.g. Hale. Did you catch the HAL reference? (If another character suspects that he intentionally chose the name because of 2001: A Space Odyssey, he could protest that Hale was the name of a Revolutionary War martyr).

  273. Agnion 24 Sep 2012 at 12:58 am

    Thanks Dragondevil and B. McKenzie. Another name I am thinking is ‘Blaze’. He does not have any superpower related to fire. It is just symbolic representation of the fire burning inside the hearts of people against crime. How is it? Is there any superhero named ‘Blaze’ already?

  274. Cassieon 24 Sep 2012 at 4:22 am

    I’m trying to write a comic but I can’t seem to come up with a good name. Her name in real life is Scarlett Jones. She is absolutely invincible except for when she falls in love. She also has any power that she can think of. I can’t decide of she will have red or brown hair but her costume is green. She is also very beautiful. For some reason, when I think of her I think of snakes. She has a goal of meking the world a better place, but the what she wants more that anything is fall in love woth someone who will love her unconditionally and not just for her looks. She wants someone who won’t hit on her the first time that he meets her. Please help.

  275. Anonymouson 24 Sep 2012 at 5:34 am

    Cassie, your character is way too overpowered and generally Mary-sue like. I would definatley limit her and flesh out her personality more. Give her flaws.

  276. B. McKenzieon 24 Sep 2012 at 10:53 am

    Cassie, I’d recommend going back to the drawing board on the character’s power setup. “Absolutely invincible except [CONDITION]…” will likely lead to a lot of very uninteresting fights–see Superman beating up on random thugs, for example. Without any challenge, the fights probably won’t be very suspenseful. Additionally, I think tying her superpowers into her romantic situation so explicitly will feel very heavy-handed. I’d recommend checking out Hunger Games for an example where romance influenced the plot/action in a much more natural way.

    “She has a goal of making the world a better place, but what she wants more that anything is to fall in love with someone who will love her unconditionally and not just for her looks.” These are both sort of generic–generally I’d recommend giving characters goals which are more distinct from what other characters in other stories have. However, the two goals here MIGHT be interesting if there were substantial conflict between the two. For example, what if the only person she’s ever met that loves her unconditionally were a supervillain or somebody else definitely not making the world a better place?

    “I can’t decide if she will have red or brown hair.” I wouldn’t recommend spending more than 10 seconds on this. Get out a coin.

    I’d second Agni’s concerns about the character’s personality. What are some things she’d do that 90%+ of superheroes wouldn’t do? Does she ever do anything remotely objectionable? (If not, I suspect she probably won’t feel very three-dimensional).

  277. d3stin3d writ3ron 24 Sep 2012 at 3:19 pm

    On my last post I forgot to mention that my character is obsessed with innocence and purity and good. It pretty much is the only thing that keeps him sane enough to move on and not commit suicide.

  278. Cassieon 24 Sep 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Sorry I didnkt give that much description. She doesn’t have any memory of her life before she came to our planet. What I mean by love is in her point of view, you can love anyone. She gets too clingy and it interferes with her helping people. She is terrible at controlling her temper and will take out her anger on almost anyone around her. She has a strange connection with all types of animals. She feels safe with them. She despises humans because of the way they treat eachother and the planet. Her “weakness” when she thinks that she loves someone is that she thinks she Is worth nothing and her powers won’t work at all. It’s not really a romance comic but that is a detail that I think plays a pretty important role in this character’s personality and why she acts the way that she does

  279. Cassieon 24 Sep 2012 at 7:30 pm

    I reread my first comment and it did seem like I wanted focus the story line on the romance, although I really wasn’t. That is the one thing that I actually don’t want to do. I actually like the idea of her finding the perfect guy and then having them both realize that they are on opposite sides. But, I also don’t really want to focus on that because even I think that it would be kind of boring to make/read a comic about a superhero in love with a super villain. They always end up the same, unless I changed it ;). I wanted her to be very powerful because in the story line, she has so much power that she doesn’t know how to deal with it. Her real weakness is her own mind. This “love” thing is basically just eating away at her self-esteem, causing her powers to first bubble up and go out of control, and then she would just lose them all together until she pulls herself back together. Basically, she is an unstable power source that could be both extremely beneficial, or extremely harmful to the people. Also, i was really wondering about her hair not just for how it looks ( that would just be dumb and a waste of time), what I really want is for the color to say something about her personality. I think that I am going to go with red.

  280. B. McKenzieon 24 Sep 2012 at 8:04 pm

    “She doesn’t have any memory of her life before she came to our planet.” Hmm. Making her a nonhuman would likely limit audience interest in her love-life. It sounds like she’s more or less human in most every way, unless I’m missing something (e.g. besides her superpowers, is there anything unusual about how she thinks or acts that would obviously make this character come across as not human?). Her disconnect with humans over how they treat the environment might be enough there.

    If the main reason she needs to be an alien is to explain where her superpowers come from, I’d recommend making her a human and working in some other origin story. (E.g. I think a Poison Ivy-style setup–a human environmentalist–might be more cost-effective and more conducive to maintaining interest in any romances involving the character).

  281. Agnion 24 Sep 2012 at 8:47 pm

    @B. McKenzie.
    You did not reply my post. Help me. I am searching for a name for my hero. Its difficult to name a superhero which does not have any superpower.

  282. Warmachineon 25 Sep 2012 at 12:18 am

    I have a superhero who has just gone through a re-imagining, and she’s trying to craft a heroic identity for herself, so she can distance herself from a real name that has lots of baggage tied to it when she is performing heroics. Her given name is Angel, and she’s a psychic. Previously, she got involved with some pretty seedy groups, and has been associated with acts of terrorism and ‘super-villainy,’ but had been trying to change her life before being badly injured and inflicted with amnesia. She remembers almost nothing of her life prior to waking up in a smoking crater.

    She can be impulsive at times, but always tries to do the right thing. The main manifestations of her powers are telekinetic swords formed of pure mental energy, and a healing factor that allows her to recover from even grievous wounds. She’s mind over matter personified. I’ve been wanting to mess around with something prefixed by Psy-, but I can’t think of anything particularly good. Someone suggested Psyren, but that doesn’t really speak to her traits, since she doesn’t do much luring, and uses her powers more to enhance and manipulate physical things, rather than minds.

    ‘Amnesia’ also crossed my mind, but it has a similar problem as Psyren where it doesn’t really represent what she does, only her state of being.

  283. Agnion 25 Sep 2012 at 1:10 am

    Someone has asked for names for superfast characters. How about ‘Cheetah’ or ‘Photon’. Cheetah is the fastest animal and photon is a elementary particle moving with the speed of light.

  284. Dragondevilon 25 Sep 2012 at 1:15 am

    I agree its difficult to name a non-powered hero,but maybe I can help you out if you give me a brief origin story of the character.
    #Example : Punisher is a non-powered hero whose main role is revenge.So,i think the name suits him and It also tells about his goals (killing /mass murdering Villains)

  285. Agnion 25 Sep 2012 at 1:58 am

    Okay. I am giving a brief description of my hero. My hero is a 20 year old boy. He is very intelligent and studies mechanical engineering. He is a serious person due to a horrible incident of his childhood which still haunts him. At the same time he is very kind and helpful and very popular among his friends. He hates crimes and criminals. But he never thinks of becoming a crime fighter. But once circumstances lead him to be a masked crime fighter, he never looks back. He does not have any superpower. He uses his mastery over different fighting style and some simple devices made by himself using his engineering knowledge. I want to make the character a bit dark. So the name should be thematic. Right now i am thinking the name as ‘Blaze’ as it represents the fire burning inside people’s hearts against crime.

  286. B. McKenzieon 25 Sep 2012 at 2:58 am

    “Right now i am thinking the name as ‘Blaze’ as it represents the fire burning inside people’s hearts against crime.” Initial impression: the reasoning behind his name sounds sort of flamboyantly poetic. Does it actually fit the character, an engineer?

  287. Dragondevilon 25 Sep 2012 at 3:08 am

    I think Blaze was used b Human torch as one of his aliases(I am not sure),but even if not,I think it could be misleading.

    Are you giving it an Indian setting?

  288. Agnion 25 Sep 2012 at 3:18 am

    Yeah. I am giving Indian setting. Please suggest some names.

  289. Dragondevilon 25 Sep 2012 at 3:57 am

    Ok~If your story has an Indian setting then I dont see why you should not go with Hindi names….

    Just some sugg:

    *Sholay(I like this one)
    *Yamdoot(This matches with the personality that the hero has)
    *Parchaai/Shadow (I like this one too)

    If you did not like them,Then some English ones:

    *Bullet(If he uses guns)
    *Firearms(If =guns)

    Hope it Helps..^_^

  290. Agnion 25 Sep 2012 at 4:24 am

    Thanks Dragondevil. I like the name ‘Sher’ and ‘parchhai’.

  291. Dragondevilon 25 Sep 2012 at 4:35 am

    If you are going for a English name….you can even mix them up.
    Example: ShadowTiger

    I am glad It helped you~

  292. d3stin3d writ3ron 25 Sep 2012 at 3:18 pm

    You guys did not respond to my two post either. I would like to know what superhero name I could call him that might fit for my dark character. Please reply thanks.

  293. Dr. Vo Spaderon 25 Sep 2012 at 3:34 pm

    …I thought of Bleak, and Mordant. Aside from that, he’s a difficult guy to name. Unless you use Grim or the Nihilist.

  294. d3stin3d writ3ron 25 Sep 2012 at 4:03 pm

    If that was meant for me then I really like Nihilist. He really has an extreme cynical mood over things. OF course I still need to fix up the story tremendously I think that might work because I plan on just really having him on the brink of despair. I intend to bring him down so far that the only possible redemption is death. Thanks for that.

  295. Cassieon 26 Sep 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Well,I was actually thinking that she us human she just doesn’t know it. She traveled the galaxy trying to find her parents. She was in a terrible accident (I’m not sure whst it is yet) that lands her back on Earth. She doesn’t know what happened and she doesn’t know that she is human. She can shapeshift so she doesn’t know what her original form is.

  296. Dr. Vo Spaderon 26 Sep 2012 at 3:59 pm

    …Personally, I think this sounds pretty good! Especially the shapeshift confusion.

    @Any and everyone,
    …I’ve got a character who is not invincible but, for lack of better term, bulletproof (with restrictions!). I’ve given him a troubled past – divorced after years of marriage, his brother disappeared some time before the story starts, and his only relationship is with his sixteen year old daughter. So basically, he’s a broken man before the leader of my story’s group finds him. For these things, I’ve named him Wayfarer. I like the name, but I was looking for some feedback in case it doesn’t seem to work.

  297. comicbookguy117on 26 Sep 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Hey everyone it’s been a while. I’ve been working on my comic book universe virtually non-stop and playing the CRAP out of Borderlands 2, so between the two of them I barely got enough time to sleep. Ok, that’s an exaggeration but you get the idea.

    Anyway, I’ve got this character whose codename is difficult to discern. The idea is that this is a character of magical origin. And that because of one gigantic mistake which left a young boy dead, he was imprisoned by the boy’s vengeful father, in a magical mannequin. I’ve tried for several days to pinpoint a name that would capture the emprisoned feel of the character. This is not a nice guy being basically forced to do good in order to get his real body back someday. So tonight my brother pointed out a word that may be the closest I’m gonna get to a cool-sounding codename that has not been seen a million times over. He suggested Hutch, which is defined as a pen or enclosed coop for small animals. I think it’s cool, definately better then anything I’ve been finding lately. But I’m not a hundred percent sold on it yet. I’d like some feedback before coming to a conclusion. So what do you all think?

  298. Equinoxon 26 Sep 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Hey comicbookguy what about Cooper?Pinfold?Bind?Con Fine?Restrict? I don’t know I can come up with more but these are just adjectives. Cooper, was a play on with the word Coop.
    I don’t if this helped.

  299. comicbookguy117on 27 Sep 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Thank you for the input and your time. However I have looked over those words in the past but didn’t feel that they were intimidatingly mysterious enough for this character. Much appreciated Equinox.

  300. B. McKenzieon 27 Sep 2012 at 6:17 pm

    I like Hutch. Alternately, for a bastardized version of the British “gaol*”, you could try Gowler or Gaole or Gaoler.

    *Pronounced “jail.”

    Another approach would be a name based on guilt (e.g. the surname Culpers) rather than prison/confinement.

  301. Maswell.on 29 Sep 2012 at 2:12 pm


    I’m having trouble naming a Superhero, would you be able to help?


    -He has Metal Plates in his hands, that, due to a chemical reaction, can do certain things. He learns to control them, and the things it can do are Laser Beaming, Anti-Gravity on the Body, Fire, Incredible Strength Ropes & Also allows him to cling to surfaces lined with metal.

    -He uses weapons such as Metal Bo Staffs, Duel Sai Knives & Duel Hanbo Sticks.

    Thanks for the help


  302. B. McKenzieon 29 Sep 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Please see #7.1 above, Maswell.

  303. Anonymouson 30 Sep 2012 at 1:46 pm

    what is a good name for a superhero with blood manipulating powers?

  304. B. McKenzieon 30 Sep 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Please see #7.1 above.

  305. comicbookguyon 01 Oct 2012 at 8:12 am

    Anonymous, I had that same issue. I created a character who became capable of telekinetically manipulating her blood. I had a time trying to find/create a codename that was suitable for her. Ultimate I named her Gore. So I understand your problem and can oly advise you to do what I did. Use an internet dictionary/thesaurus and look up words for blood, violence and entrails. Something might just click.

  306. Maxon 01 Oct 2012 at 1:08 pm

    anonymous, 7.1 says not to use just the powers. but, i do have a good name. hemogoblin

  307. Anonymouson 01 Oct 2012 at 7:29 pm

    i think i might settle on the name [deleted] after hours of searching google and comic vine. i have about 10 chapters done but no one to run it by…i love the advice on this website but i am not familiar with this site though and if it has a section to post stories or chapters or whatever to help me get going without anyone stealing my idea i would love to post my book on here!

  308. B. McKenzieon 01 Oct 2012 at 7:36 pm

    I’d recommend against posting more than a few chapters online (if your goal is to get it published eventually). After you’ve posted 1-2 chapters online, you should have a pretty good idea who’s interested in reading more. I would recommend exchanging emails with them–it’s more discreet and doesn’t count as having “published” the book already. (Prospective publishers might be concerned if a substantial chunk of the story were available to Google searches).

  309. Anonymouson 01 Oct 2012 at 7:40 pm

    okay thank you for the advice you guys here are awesome! =D

  310. Anonymouson 01 Oct 2012 at 7:53 pm

    is there any way i can remove the comment where i said the name for my blood character? i am a bit paranoid someone might take it XD

  311. B. McKenzieon 01 Oct 2012 at 9:33 pm


  312. Anonymouson 02 Oct 2012 at 12:25 am

    thank you so much!

  313. Livon 04 Oct 2012 at 8:18 pm

    I have a character who can clone herself multiple times and can even make temporary copies of objects (and a few times other people, but with great effort). She came from a very wealthy family but was treated inhumanely her entire life. I was thinking of naming her Mirage [Copycat was taken 🙁 ] but if anyone has any better ideas i am completely open to suggestions! 🙂

  314. Livon 04 Oct 2012 at 8:25 pm

    OH! and i left out something huge! in my story the villains are actually the good-guys and the superheroes are corrupt (its kind of a corrupt-government-funded league of “superheroes”) and in this case my character is a villain. (i am sorry that it is so confusing!) so the point is my character needs a villainous name

  315. YellowJujuon 04 Oct 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Liv, wouldn’t that mean that your corrupt heroes are actually villains and your villains are heroes?

  316. B. McKenzieon 05 Oct 2012 at 2:50 am

    “Liv, wouldn’t that mean that your corrupt heroes are actually villains and your villains are heroes?” I think Liv’s explanation makes sense to me. It’s a villain-as-protagonist story (like Dr. Horrible). Although there is a discrepancy between superheroes acting less heroically than the villains, I think most readers would understand the discrepancy (“oh, they’re called superheroes because people in this world THINK they’re superheroes and not because they actually act like heroes”).

  317. YellowJujuon 05 Oct 2012 at 6:46 am

    Oh ok I understand now. Sorta like Megamind (in a way).

  318. bobthepegasuson 06 Oct 2012 at 7:59 am

    i have four characters that need to be figured out.
    the first is a girl named Jessika, and she can control lightning, as she’s Thor’s daughter. Tony Stark taught her to fight at a young age, so she’s really good, and she grew up with Steve Rogers, (long story), so she’s noble, self sacrificing, and brave. her emotions and past are very hard to find out, so i was thinking of naming her The Puzzle, or Jigsaw. but then i realized i hated those names, so i need new ones.
    the second is her sister, Venus, who is a year younger and has the same powers. her past is pretty easy to figure out, because it was deemed safe that she stay on Asgard, so she’s a princess. ive got no idea f for her name.
    the third is Black Widow and Daredevil’s son, Lukas Murdock. he’s more like his father, because of his overdeveloped senses and a need to do good. he acts sorta like a balance beam for his twin, James, who, like mother like son, is an amazing spy and feels the need to throw someone out the window. i was thinking of Murdock for him? or maybe something to go with Tarantula, his brother’s name?
    the fourth and final character is named Toni Stark, the original Stark’s daughter. she doesn’t have a very good relationship with her dad, so for her name i wanted to pick something way different. her nickname is Scarlett, so i was thinking Scarlett Fever, because no way in heck was Toni going to use her dad’s name as he alias, but any other name would be fine. I asked my friend, cause Toni’s based of her, and she said she’d think about it, which pretty much means keep looking, so any help would be wonderful.

  319. B. McKenzieon 06 Oct 2012 at 8:06 am

    Sorry, BTP. For professional reasons, I can’t work with fan-fiction. Let me know if you ever need help with original content.

  320. Stephen Carnaggioon 09 Oct 2012 at 9:09 am

    In regards to 7.1, I have a character who came across an item that gave him super powers, and he is in a slightly self-aware state that he’s like “I want to be a super hero” and makes up a super hero identity which is named after his powers. It’s a silly and generic name, but that’s because he’s a bit of a bumbling newbie. Is this acceptable if the story is about him getting used to this role he has chosen for himself but may not necessarily be the right man for the job?

  321. B. McKenzieon 09 Oct 2012 at 12:02 pm

    “It’s a silly and generic name, but that’s because he’s a bit of a bumbling newbie. Is this acceptable if the story is about him getting used to this role he has chosen for himself but may not necessarily be the right man for the job?” That makes sense to me (although it might help to have another character point out that it’s not a very sharp name to help make it clear to readers that this is Stylistic Suck rather than unintentionally weak writing). If the character eventually becomes the right man for the job, he might revisit the name (perhaps changing or discarding it).

  322. Benon 10 Oct 2012 at 4:15 pm

    What should i name this character? So basically he is a 35 year old spec ops soldier who when his teamtries to bust a drug cartel holed up inside an incan temPle he is killed giving his team time to get away. An incan jaguar god takes pity on him and uses the mortal body as his host. The god intendin to take the body and not the personality but the charactet was so stubborn he managed to stay in control. However he always has the god’s voice in his head telling hin to give up introl and become incredible powerful. His name is Samuel Corver. He has all the abilities of a soldier a jaguar and an incan warrior. He fights with a pistol and two tomahawks. His costume is an incan chestplate with miltary cargo pants and military boots. I wanted his name to be eclipse but i dont kno if that sounds right. What about ocelot. Tell me if it sounds like a good character and what his name should be

  323. jeffon 10 Oct 2012 at 10:54 pm

    How about “Midnight Echo” for a new batman sidekick!!! If you look up echolocation you’ll see what I mean.

  324. jeffon 10 Oct 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Or just “Echo” would be fine

  325. Maxon 11 Oct 2012 at 6:15 am

    Ben, the dude sounds awesome.what about just jaguar as a name

  326. Magnesiumon 11 Oct 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Anyone still on? yes, no?

  327. Magnesiumon 11 Oct 2012 at 5:12 pm

    …so… I guess I can come up with a hero or villain, anyone wanna help?

  328. Magnesiumon 11 Oct 2012 at 5:13 pm

    I was kinda hoping to make them no god-mod, but then again i once made a god modded hero i once fell in love with called “Ultimos”

  329. Magnesiumon 11 Oct 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Ohh! I got one, he’s inspired by Doctor who (Maybe a little to much)
    Name: Unknown
    Alias: Doc
    Personality: confusing, pops out of nowhere, and thinks out loud about things and people get angry when they don’t know what he’s talking about, and comcial
    Hair: brown
    Eyes: Yellow
    Abilities: He has an IQ of 345
    Appearance: Great hair, trench coat such as a spaghetti western, cargo jeans, and black dress shoes
    Origin: It is unknown, this is because he’s an amnesiac but he was experimented on by sub-terrainian creatures, he also has a old pocket watch that is the only link to his past

  330. Benon 11 Oct 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Hey can anyone suggest another name for my earlier post. Help me out here BMac. The name Jaguar is taken about ten million times and Ocelot sounds kinda weird. The god who takes hist in his body controls earthquakes, nightime, wind, and jaguars. Any help here? What aboyt NightWind? I dunno. Please help me out

  331. Benon 11 Oct 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Ooooh! How about I call him Jaguar Knight(an elite warrior class in aztec culture) but for short and in convsrsationg he’ll go by Jags and Jagger even tho he hates it?

  332. Comicbookguy117on 11 Oct 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Magnesium, your idea does aound a little too much like Doctor Who. But it is a recent and fresh idea. I usually spend weeks on developing a character. You’d be hard pressed to come up with something that is TOTALLY original. I know I’ve tried. But go with the idea if you like it. Think about things like why he pops up out of nowehere or doesn’t seem to have an understanding of tact. Any information you can gather on your character may help differeniate him from Doctor Who or anyone else he may be similar to.

    But i love that you brought this to our attention, because I find myself in a similar, yet purposeful, boat. You see I’m current creating/developing a story that involves a group of five magic-using teenage superheroes. I intend to make the five of them an homage to the teen titans animated characters. And I having a bit of trouble with one of them. I realize that in order to help, you guys need more information. But be warned, I may have trouble getting my ideas about magic and/or conceptual ideas across. So if I confuse anyone, let me know and I’ll try to explain myself better. Ok so here it goes…

    In the comic book universe I’ve been developing for years, magic has existed right along science since the beginning. Magic is not this mysterious ethreal force. Instead it is approached and handled just as science is. It is a way of understanding the universe. It is experimented with and those that practice it must study and be knowledgeable of what they’re doing or risk failure or worse. And as of right now, there are only two ways to utilize magic in my universe. The main number of magic users utilize the object channeling discipline of magic. This means that they must harness their magic through a tangible object in order to use their magic. For example I could have a person harness their magic through a fragmentation grenade and instead of the normal explosion, their magic could produce a simple implosion or perhaps an explosion of blue energy that absorbs heat rather then produces it. But the effects of the users magic is limited by the users magic energy/willpower and by the object itself. Yes the harnessed magic is capable of producing spectacular effects, but nothing too unbelieveable. The fragmentation couldn’t explode into a swarm of locusts for example.

    The only other way to use magic belongs to only a handful of people across the globe. Realistically, this means about 20,000 people worldwide. Anyway, they are capable of utilizing what’s become known as rift magic. This is because these people are capable of harnessing their magic through another dimension entirely. This dimension is highly reactive with these individuals, sometimes connecting with them subconsciously. These individuals are capable of summoning creatures from this dimension. Most of these magic users can summon various types of creatures each with their own strengths and weaknesses. However some are only capable of summoning one animal. These creatures are able to be altered by thier summoners in order to prepare them for what they are being summoned for. The other summoners must work with what they get. Rarer still are the individuals who can use this type of magic to merge this dimension with ours for various effects including teleportation and encasement of their enemies.

    So, you guys still with me? With all that said and done, I can finally get to my question. The group I am developing, I would very much like to pay homage to the animated teen titans. So I am having trouble with my homage to Beast Boy. There are several reasons for this. First and for most I am trying NOT to have a member of this group capable of rift magic. So he cannot summon extra-dimensional animals. I would like to incorporate the animal motif somehow however. My only alternative is to homage his fanboy-like personality and not his powers. Which I am prepared to do. My own attempts to satisfy this problem have to many possiblilites. Including having him channel his magic through an artifact of somekind and giving him powers based on the Chinese zodiac. You know, each month he’d have a different power. I like this idea, but I’m just not sure it would work very well. Also, most any other idea I consider seems to be too similar to either Vixen or Beast Boy himself. Another question I have is simply this: am I trying to do something wrong/impossible? And is there any other way to pay homage to Beast Boy’s animal powers or his wildcard role on the team that I’m just not grasping?

    That was longer than I thought it’d be. Sorry guys. Just had to vent I guess.

  333. B. McKenzieon 12 Oct 2012 at 9:03 am

    “Magic is not this mysterious ethereal force. Instead it is approached and handled just as science is.” Hmm. If magic and science are treated similarly, do you need both? What is the advantage of having both?

    “I intend to make the five of them an homage to [another series]”—When you’re pitching your story to publishers, I’d highly recommend selling your proposal in terms of what makes it unique and interesting rather than limiting it in the reader’s eyes by comparing it to some other work which he/she may not like (or may not have heard of). I would not recommend mentioning another series without immediately making it clear what your angle is (how you would approach it differently in characters, plot, or anything else important). In particular, I’d be careful about the word “homage”–it cues me that the story and/or author are creatively restrained.

    Okay… in your world, magic is a studied discipline rather than a mysterious, ethereal force. Is this an important distinction? How does it make the story more interesting or substantially alter the plot compared to, say, a story where magic is mainly mysterious or ethereal? (As I’ve probably noted before, please see Bitter Seeds and the Amulet of Samarkand for examples of stories where the details of the magical systems really did have a substantial impact on the plot and characters).

    “I would very much like to pay homage to the animated teen titans. So I am having trouble with my homage to Beast Boy. Also, most any other idea I consider seems to be too similar to either Vixen or Beast Boy himself. Another question I have is simply this: am I trying to do something wrong/impossible? And is there any other way to pay homage to Beast Boy’s animal powers or his wildcard role on the team that I’m just not grasping?” In 99% of cases*, copying superpowers does not raise rip-off concerns. If the character is developed in substantially different ways (e.g. personality/distinguishing traits, motivations/goals/obstacles, conflicts/relationships, voice, etc.), it wouldn’t matter whether the character’s superpowers were similar to Beast Boy’s. (If I could use an example from my own work, I would say that Agent Orange doesn’t come across as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles rip-off even though he’s a mutant reptile with similar capabilities/superpowers). I think the question is whether your character actually is substantially different in other ways. Describing the character as an “homage” does not fill me with confidence.

    *Main exception: if the power is so distinct that it is readily associated with a particular superhero. For example, giving a character the ability to sling webs will surely bring Spider-Man to mind, whereas giving somebody the ability to turn into various animals will probably not (by itself) bring Beast Boy to mind.

  334. Comicbookguy117on 12 Oct 2012 at 10:34 am

    “If magic and science are treated similarly, do you need both? What is the advantage of having both?”
    Yes I need both magic and science in my universe. These forces are there to help my characters understand their universe. What magic can’t decipher science can and vise versa. Scientists and Occultists sometimes compete to crack something first. They may even cooperate on a certain project. But for the most part, they coexist peacefully, each providing their understanding of the universe. This of course has led to wars in the past. And their world is just as chaotic as ours.

    “Okay… in your world, magic is a studied discipline rather than a mysterious, ethereal force. Is this an important distinction? How does it make the story more interesting or substantially alter the plot compared to, say, a story where magic is mainly mysterious or ethereal?”
    The distinction is hard for me to verbalize. It is a studied discipline, like studying how to slipt an atom. It isn’t innately known, you have to learn. The more a magic user knows about an object or spefic spell, the easier it becomes to manipulate the object or produce the spell. Again I may not be explaining this very well, but I’m certainly trying my best. A magic user cannot toss out a fire spell if they have no understanding of the properties of fire. They have to know how to achieve a spell before doing it.

    “Describing the character as an “homage” does not fill me with confidence.”
    B.Mac, I fully intend to differeniate my characters from their individual inspirations. I merely mentioned the word homage so that you others trying to help me would understand what I’m trying to achieve with this characters powers. So, COULD I do something like he has an amulet that gives him the abilities of various animals without changing his physical form?

  335. B. McKenzieon 12 Oct 2012 at 11:16 am

    “I merely mentioned the word homage so that you others trying to help me would understand what I’m trying to achieve with this characters powers. So, COULD I do something like he has an amulet that gives him the abilities of various animals without changing his physical form?” That strikes me as workable.

  336. Comicbookguy117on 12 Oct 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Ok, thanks. But do you or anyone have any suggestions or any other ideas I could pursue in order to homage beaset boy’s shapeshifting capabilities? I’m just curious.

  337. B. McKenzieon 13 Oct 2012 at 6:18 am

    Perhaps powers themed with a particular animal (e.g. maybe a necklace of lion teeth imbues him with lion-like attributes like resilience or superior hunting skills or questionable hygiene or whatever). But I don’t think superpower selection matters all that much. I think your time would be better spent making your work substantially different from the source material. I think prospective readers would be more interested in an author’s original work than in his variation of somebody else’s work.

    PS: The copyright issues could be substantial–e.g. a judge struck down a work based on J.D. Salinger’s characters as copyright infringement. The NYT paraphrased a legal expert on the issue here: “In examining questions of fair use of copyrighted work, courts have looked at whether a new work transforms the original in a significant way, Ms. Jenkins said, citing a Supreme Court ruling that a legitimate work must add ‘something new, with a further purpose or different character, altering the first with new expression, meaning or message.'”

  338. Comicbookguy117on 13 Oct 2012 at 7:16 am

    Ok B.Mac I hear ya loud and clear. I’ll work on the character a little more. Though I’m still not sure what I’d like to do with his powers, but I seem to be trying to come up with something. You know, the cogs are turning. Thanks B.Mac.

  339. Benon 13 Oct 2012 at 3:14 pm

    What should i name this character? So basically he is a 35 year old spec ops soldier who when his teamtries to bust a drug cartel holed up inside an incan temPle he is killed giving his team time to get away. An incan jaguar god takes pity on him and uses the mortal body as his host. The god intendin to take the body and not the personality but the charactet was so stubborn he managed to stay in control. However he always has the god’s voice in his head telling hin to give up introl and become incredible powerful. His name is Samuel Corver. He has all the abilities of a soldier a jaguar and an incan warrior. He fights with a pistol and two tomahawks. His costume is an incan chestplate with miltary cargo pants and military boots. I wanted his name to be eclipse but i dont kno if that sounds right. What about ocelot. Tell me if it sounds like a good character and what his name should be. Should I call him jaguar but just jags in conversation?

  340. YellowJujuon 14 Oct 2012 at 9:07 am

    The villain in my book is a man who his whole life suffered from some disease that made him weak and would slowly kill him. He had to take drugs in order to stay alive. Once he got older, he merged a machine into himself that would keep the disease at bay. His goal is to take over the city and make a machine that will spread his disease to people in the city so people will know his pain.

    He is bald, he has green-tinted skin (side effect of disease), and he has machine parts all over his body. He wears a brown overcoat and brown pants but no shirt.

    I’ve been calling him Geargon, but I’ve only been using that as a placeholder. I don’t like the name very much. Any name suggestions or any suggestions about this character?

  341. Benon 14 Oct 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Just call him Gears or Green Gear sometimes we get to complicated. Can you answer my question

  342. B. McKenzieon 14 Oct 2012 at 4:42 pm

    I would definitely recommend against Ocelot. I think Jaguar fits the Incan warrior theme better. Another possibility would be Curaca (an Incan warlord/vassal), but I think Jaguar is more English-friendly. Given the religious and afterlife elements, Camaquen (spirit of the dead) could also work, although maybe Anglicizing the spelling a bit.

    I suppose Jaguar could be shortened to Jag in conversation, but a name as short and easily pronounceable as Jaguar could probably be used conversationally (e.g. like Batman or Flash).

  343. YellowJujuon 14 Oct 2012 at 4:45 pm

    I like Jaguar!

  344. YellowJujuon 14 Oct 2012 at 4:53 pm

    And Ben, I feel like those names aren’t serious enough for what I’m going for.

  345. B. McKenzieon 14 Oct 2012 at 5:47 pm

    “The villain in my book is a man who his whole life suffered from some disease that made him weak and would slowly kill him. He had to take drugs in order to stay alive. Once he got older, he merged a machine into himself that would keep the disease at bay. His goal is to take over the city and make a machine that will spread his disease to people in the city so people will know his pain.” At the risk of being overly literal, I think an invented surname like Symalgi, Symalgia, Symalge or Symal (based on the Greek roots “sym” and “algi”–“shared pain”) would work. The name also looks/sounds strange, which I think would be thematically appropriate for a character who is cut off from the rest of the world by this pain that only he feels.

  346. Benon 14 Oct 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Symalgi sounds fricking awesome. I think thats prettybeats. Hey B Mac is there anyway i could do Jaguar cuz its taken by like 8 other characters that all have their own page on comicvine and wikipedia. I plan to try and get this charcacter published so would it be ok if a bunch of minor characters are already named it or is it still a no-no?

  347. YellowJujuon 14 Oct 2012 at 7:53 pm

    I really like Symalgi! Thanks!

  348. B. McKenzieon 14 Oct 2012 at 8:23 pm

    “Is there any way I could do Jaguar, because it’s taken by like 8 other characters that all have their own page on Comic Vine and Wikipedia.” I think you could submit a manuscript or script with Jaguar as the name. Publishers may ask you to change the name, but they wouldn’t reject you on that basis (because changing a name is minor in the grand scheme of things).

    “I really like Symalgi! Thanks!” You’re welcome.

  349. YellowJujuon 14 Oct 2012 at 10:29 pm

    The “i” at the end kept making me thing of Blood Nofski from Green Hornet so I changed it to Symalgin. Vincent Symalgin.

  350. B. McKenzieon 14 Oct 2012 at 11:01 pm

    I love “Symalgin.” It sounds a lot more like a real name than the ones I came up with.

  351. Comicbookguy117on 15 Oct 2012 at 9:15 am

    Apologizies B.Mac, but I wasn’t entirely sure where to post this question. So if this is the wrong area, please redirect me later. Thank you. Anyway, we all love “Marvel’s Avengers”. And, perhaps just as equally, all the lead-up movies. Hear’s my question though. In a completely new comic book universe, can a creator START with something lik “Marvel’s Avengers”? Are the lead-up movies absolutely needed? Just curious, would like your thoughts and anyone else who wants to toss in there two cents is welocome to.

  352. B. Macon 15 Oct 2012 at 10:55 am

    You could start a comic or movie with a small team of superheroes. For example, Umbrella Academy started out with 7 main members, Dynamo 5 had 5, and Incredibles had 4 or 5 (depending on whether you count Frozone’s bit role). For a new team, I’d recommend 2-4 (maybe 5) members to start with*, but I think the characterization in UA was exceptional enough that it worked despite having more.

    *I would recommend being very gradual with any additional teammates.

  353. Einstein's brainon 17 Oct 2012 at 10:36 am

    I have an idea for a superhero from Mars who avenges his planet as a race of reptilian beings set for to it. He looks like a human but he has a different feature. But I don’t know what feature he should have. Do you have any ideas?

  354. Chrisyon 18 Oct 2012 at 7:14 pm

    My characters name is Darryl Steele
    He is a professional hockey player
    And he stops athletes from taking drugs
    Some of his powers are a drug freezer, drug reflector, and drug magnet
    He got his powers by getting a concussion and had an allergic reaction to the medicine

    This is 4 a school project so it needs 2 b original and creative

    Thanks 4 ur help

  355. YellowJujuon 18 Oct 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Must have been some allergic reaction! Haha

  356. B. McKenzieon 18 Oct 2012 at 10:09 pm

    “This is for a school project so it needs to be original and creative. Thanks for your help.” What sort of help are you looking for?

  357. Cartoongirl908on 20 Oct 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Her name is Jackie Adams (can’t come up with a good last name)

    Her personality is she is a tomboy (rock star kind of too) self-worthy, never dwells on her hate and sorrow only a little. And scare the crap out of villains because of her powers (it’s funny to her kuz she’s like 14 now and they are older than her)(also just for the costumes personality…she hates tights), and hard to get her pissed off (unless you make it easy)

    Her goals are to be seen and very well known, and get lots of respect.

    Her start is she was abused young. Sold for lab experiments. Some scientist tested medians (like vaccines) that were thought not useful. All other test forgotten but one triggered all the other ones and she got her powers.
    At first she new 2 and was some ones sidekick. Then later after she finds out about her other ones, she becomes the new hero and becomes friends with another Super Hero.(other one died)

    Her powers are control gravity (she can stick to cars up to high speeds on two feet , fly, eat any acid (or hit by lightning) and be perfectly fine, shoot lasers out of her eyes ,and her bones are as hard as diamonds, strong (but not super strong and she doesn’t look muscular) and live forever and never age. (after the event on her origin story)

    But I have no idea what her Super Hero name should be.

  358. YellowJujuon 20 Oct 2012 at 10:51 pm

    So she has the power to eat acid? I don’t think that power could be used wry creatively. A power like super strength (for example) can be used in a wide variety of ways. I can only think of one thing she could use her power. Eating acid.

  359. YellowJujuon 20 Oct 2012 at 10:51 pm

    very, not wry

  360. Nayanon 20 Oct 2012 at 11:22 pm


    I think you are giving your too much power. Specially immortality.

  361. Nayanon 20 Oct 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Sorry. I miswrote. It should be-

    I think you are giving your character too much power.

  362. Cartoongirl908on 20 Oct 2012 at 11:26 pm

    @YellowJuju and Nayan okay I’ll take out those two. Is that okay?

  363. Cartoongirl908on 20 Oct 2012 at 11:50 pm

    Also I apologize because I have so many ideas (I hand many more for her) but some times I don’t know how to limit myself some times. But no acid eating and no morality.

  364. B. McKenzieon 20 Oct 2012 at 11:59 pm

    “Her goals are to be seen and be very well known, and gets lot of respect.” Is the audience meant to sympathize with this goal? It seems pretty superficial. It might help if she transitions into a deeper and/or more altruistic and/or more heartfelt goal at some point. I would recommend checking out Booster Gold’s Justice League episode, The Greatest Story Never Told, for an interesting take on that.

    “Her goals are to be seen and be very well known, and gets lot of respect… at first she new 2 [I don’t understand–please clarify] and was someone’s sidekick.” If her goal is respect and she’s got a rock star sort of personality, it might be more believable if she goes solo rather than sign up as somebody’s sidekick. (She might be more interesting sort of working alongside somebody in an informal capacity than as a second-fiddle… plus, if she’s in over her head, I could see why another hero might be concerned for her well-being and/or that she’s going to blow a major case he/she is working on).

    I would recommend proofreading more aggressively.

    Her powers strike me as sort of random. Controlling gravity and flying go together really nicely (and strength is generic enough that it goes with pretty much everything), but I don’t think her resistance to electricity/acid and laser eyebeams fit in as well.

  365. Cartoongirl908on 21 Oct 2012 at 12:36 am

    She wants to respected because In her past she was abused young like at age 5. Her parents would hit her and bang her head on a window and yell “STOP CRYING YOU STUIPD BRAT”. At school the teacher would always forget to call out her name.

    She wants to be well known because Well the first hero was a show off. like as soon as Jackie was about to something heroic the hero will push her aside and have all the attion. the news crew went to him and never jackie. he was nice her. (then sadly died) the second one will come later and they both hate the idea of ‘side kick’ but like more like team. Ill tell about more people another time.

    Oh forget about the rockstar personality. I put there by mistake.
    But can Jackie carry two guns to replace laser eye vision?

    If yes great. If no I’m fine with it.

    Anyways I still need a super hero name for Jackie. Can you help me?

  366. Einstien's brainon 21 Oct 2012 at 1:03 am

    Excuse me, but can someone please respond to my comment? I really need this idea.

  367. edgukatoron 21 Oct 2012 at 6:34 am

    “I have an idea for a superhero from Mars who avenges his planet as a race of reptilian beings set for to it. He looks like a human but he has a different feature. But I don’t know what feature he should have. Do you have any ideas?”

    Hi Brain…

    I’m a little confused by your first sentence – were the Martians reptilian or were they killed by reptilians?

    As for the feature that distinguishes him, I suggest you need more than the feature – you need the entire civilisation. It’s sort of the same thing with a lot of fantasy / sci-fi, where the race becomes a vaguely disguised human race with different features – German with a wrinkled forehead, Jamaicans that look like anteaters with donkey ears, small British villages with big furry feet.

    Mars itself should give you some clues. How did they survive on Mars? How did they survive the cold? How much water is available? Maybe he’s hairier than most people? People in colder climates tend to be fairer than people in hot countries, so maybe this is pushed to the extreme (pure white hair, very light coloured irises)?

  368. Meggieon 27 Oct 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Hey does anyone have any ideas, Im not really good at coming up with any superhero for my characters so I’ll like to hear any suggestions if you have any
    -Aislinn/Aislynn Gunner: Controls Darkness, has pain and fear inducement powers but she is not a villian. Distrustful and catious because of her past. Grew up in a strict controlling enviroment until she ran away when she was 14 because she accidently used her powers on another person. Strong and independent. Good at controlling darkness.
    -Ryder Gambler:Leader and has excellent tracking abilties. Enhanced senses, abilities, strenght, etc. Enhanced marksmanship. Hes southern and is funny and warm but can also be arrogant, stubborn and cocky, etc.
    -Blake/or something I don’t know: Hes a cryokinesis. Hes from a rich and high up family. Definitely white collar. Lives with his dad. Hes cold and sarcastic and posh. Very handsome but reserved. Deep down he is very loyal and (I know cliche but for lack of a better term) has a heart of gold.

    Okay thanks, please write suggestions if you have any.

  369. Meggieon 27 Oct 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Okay sorry spelling mistakes.
    *superhero names.
    and the whole mess where the apostrophes are missing from the I’ms.

  370. B. McKenzieon 27 Oct 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Meggie, what’s the situation that brought together these characters? (Except for maybe Ryder, they don’t strike me as the sort to readily decide to become superheroes–if there’s something unusual going on that causes them to become superheroes, I think that would probably affect the naming).

  371. Infernoxon 28 Oct 2012 at 6:10 am

    For Blake, what about Frostbite?

  372. Benon 30 Oct 2012 at 10:45 am

    So I have this character who is kinda batshit crazy. See his origin story is that he is a helicopter pilot and is transporting a synthetic element to a military base in the atlantic ocean but what happens is a fellow helicopter pilot sabotages the plane because he hates the guy so the helicopter crashes. He manages to jump out in time but he swims to the sinking ship in time to try and open an emergency supplies kit but instead he opens the synthetic element container. The element was designed to bond and organism and a natural element together so it bonds him to the water. The element swarms all over him and it leads to him blacking out and drowning. However he doesn’t die because of his immunity to water now that he is bonded with it. He is stuck at the bottom of the ocean for months unable to reach the surface because of his injuries and unable to drown or be crushed by the pressure when he eventually heals up. He swims to the surface and to a small island. He meets the native tribal people who call him Seahawk because of his time in the air and power over water. Eventually a storm hits the island killing all except him because of his immunity. He slowly goes insane and gets back to land as a mercenary. THe only thing is… I hate his origin story and i have no idea what other poets to give him.Please help me B. Mac!!!!!

  373. Benon 30 Oct 2012 at 10:45 am

    sorry powers not poets lol

  374. B. McKenzieon 30 Oct 2012 at 11:30 am

    Hello, Ben. Some thoughts and suggestions:

    –“He manages to jump out [of a crashing helicopter] in time…” Hmm. Is he a good pilot? If so, I think it’d be more survivable for him to try ditching the helicopter (e.g. a controlled crash into the water so that he can swim away before the helicopter sinks with him in it). Another possibility would be changing the helicopter into a plane and giving him a parachute.

    –“He swims to the sinking ship [helicopter] in time to try and open an emergency supplies kit…” I’d recommend changing this a bit. Maybe the synthetic element container is forced open by the impact of the crash.

    –“Eventually a storm hits the island, killing all except him…” I’d recommend working on this. These sound like throwaway characters with little impact on the plot.

  375. Benon 30 Oct 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Thanks those are some good ideas I seriously like them. Im changing the island into uninhabited so he goes insane by his time in solitaire. Also the sabotaged I was talking about was a bomb placed on the rotor. THere really is no recovering from that. Thanks for the suggestions but do you have any ideas for a costume or powers. I was thinking of a really laid-back costume, because his personality doesn’t seem like the one that would chose bright flashy spandex .

  376. B. McKenzieon 30 Oct 2012 at 1:26 pm

    “I was talking about a bomb on the rotor.” Hmm… Does it sound believable that the saboteur in question knows how to make a bomb? This sounds pretty intense for a workplace vendetta. A more subtle form of sabotage might be easier to believe.

  377. Benon 30 Oct 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Good point. I’ll expand on him so that they’re both on active duty in the middle east. The saboteur could be a turned prisoner of war who obtains a bomb from a terrorist meant to crash the helicopter in a place where the element can be collected and used by the terrorist but the main character notices and puts it in the water and swims away before the helicopter explodes. Does that sound good? Also please advice me on a costume and other possible powers.

  378. Dr. Vo Spaderon 30 Oct 2012 at 1:45 pm

    …You could always go the trench-coat route for a costume. If you wanted it to look more heroic, a symbol could always be added too. One of the opera/emotion masks may contribute to the batshit crazy feel.
    …For powers, a near invisibility ability would seem pretty close to a water theme, I think. (By invisibility I mean a Predator-esque type thing.)

  379. B. McKenzieon 30 Oct 2012 at 3:21 pm

    “Good point. I’ll expand on him so that they’re both on active duty in the middle east. The saboteur could be a turned prisoner of war who obtains a bomb from a terrorist meant to crash the helicopter…” Hmm, okay. I think that sounds somewhat believable.

    What would you think about going without a costume for this character? He’s sort of crazy, right? Maybe he doesn’t care about protecting his alternate identity? Or maybe it’s something like a pilot’s helmet (or any sort of mask) over grungy street clothes?

    As for the superpower selection, I wouldn’t worry about it. In most cases, it matters even less than the costume does. If you’re satisfied with the character’s personality and distinguishing traits, I’d recommend writing chapters.

  380. aidanon 30 Oct 2012 at 5:11 pm

    how does frostbite-hydra sound for a guy

  381. B. Macon 30 Oct 2012 at 7:59 pm

    “How does Frostbite-Hydra sound for a guy?” My impression is that it’s a bit awkward and a bit more convoluted than it needs to be (because the two words don’t strike me as fitting together all that well).

  382. bookfanatic99on 01 Nov 2012 at 5:09 pm

    do you think it would be bad to have a girl as a main character, since guys usually only read books where the main character is a guy too.

  383. Dr. Vo Spaderon 01 Nov 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Nah, whichever works best for your story is the best approach. (My opinion) Honestly, as a male, I’ve found many female protagonists a better fit for the story than a guy would’ve been. The Mistborn series is an excellent example, I think. Which brings up a question of my own~

    @B. Mac,
    Is there an IMDb like site for books that you know of?

  384. B. McKenzieon 01 Nov 2012 at 7:03 pm

    “Do you think it would be bad to have a girl as a main character, since guys usually only read books where the main character is a guy too?” Assuming the character is not stereotypically girly, I don’t think a female protagonist would scare away many prospective male readers*. For example, I think Hunger Games worked for a lot of guys (e.g. its moviergoers were ~40% male), largely because the main character spent much more time doing things most guys find interesting (e.g. destroying a dictatorship, surviving a series of deathmatches, etc) rather than on things more likely to come up on CW (e.g. shopping, clothes, teen drama, low-stakes social squabbles**, etc).

    *A caveat: I’ve never worked with children’s books. Younger readers may react differently.

    **E.g. I think most guys would much read about a lady dealing with high-stakes social issues like how to avoid getting outed as a spy or rebel rather than low-stakes social issues like how to deal with a jealous rival sabotaging her campaign for Homecoming Queen or Class President. Moreover, I don’t think most guys would be all that interested in low-stakes social issues even if they involved male characters. “Guy trying to do something helluva dangerous and/or important” strikes me as a more enticing starting point than “Guy trying to get elected Homecoming King.”

  385. B. McKenzieon 01 Nov 2012 at 7:07 pm

    “Is there an IMDb like site for books that you know of?” Hmm, could you please clarify? The main purpose of IMDB is listing the various roles of different actors, right? What would an IMDB for books do?

  386. Dr. Vo Spaderon 01 Nov 2012 at 7:20 pm

    I meant for ratings and reviews, really. I find that Amazon’s (the only other site with reviews that I can think of right now) can be pretty innacurate alot of times.

    P.S., As soon as I get my Kindle back, I’m buying your book!

  387. B. McKenzieon 01 Nov 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Hmm. There are a few crowd-publishing book sites that try to identify promising upcoming projects with reader ratings. I’ve heard of Unbound and Crowdscribed but am not really familiar with the processes there. Also, I think they specialize in nonfiction.

    Thanks for buying the book (eventually!). Also, if you’re interested, Amazon lets you read your ebook purchases on your computer.

  388. Nayanon 01 Nov 2012 at 8:23 pm

    I dont have a problem with girl protagonists if they do not act like Bella Swan or the characters of ‘Sex and the City’.

  389. B. McKenzieon 01 Nov 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Twilight and Sex and the City were actually EXACTLY the two worst-case scenarios I was thinking of. Uncanny!

    I have an article on red flags for female characters by male authors here. My main problem with female characters is when they do things that wouldn’t be very interesting for male characters, either (e.g. watching as other characters do interesting things).

  390. Nayanon 02 Nov 2012 at 12:10 am

    tThe main problem is that these type of novels/movies become successful. I dont know why. Are there more female readers/audience than male?

  391. B. McKenzieon 02 Nov 2012 at 3:42 am

    “Are there more female readers/audience than male?” For U.S. novels, generally yes (although the extent depends on the genre). Women also make up a majority of American television viewers (especially outside of sports and news)*. Men are better represented in nonfiction and pretty much anything online. Trends may vary in other countries.

    But these are just general trends. ~10,000 willing customers are enough for a novel to be modestly successful, so it’s not a huge problem if you’re aiming at a demographic with less than half of the market.

  392. ImagineerThaton 04 Nov 2012 at 12:01 am

    I need help coming up with a superhero name, so if anyone can help me, that would be great! I would also appreciate any other constructive criticism people have to offer.

    Cassidy (Cassie) Sutton
    25 years old
    Art dealer working her way to becoming a curator
    Plans on marrying her brilliant surgeon boyfriend, having kids, the white picket fence, etc, while still working. Has always had fairly unrealistic expectations of the world around her. Goal eventually becomes to be free to live her own life without others controlling it, and to try to make up for all the horrible things she’s always ignored
    Living in San Francisco

    Open minded
    Overly competitive

    Talented traceuse (parkour girl), known for soaring through the city
    Former champion gymnast (quit after she failed to make the olympic team because they knew that, while talented and fearless, she wasn’t a hard worker and relied too much on her own confidence to help her win)
    Fast runner
    Can control her own gravity, slowing down her falls, making jumps from building to building that should be improbable, etc
    Very god at improvising and using her powers in unique ways

    Dating a well known surgeon who is secretly experimenting on her without her knowledge. Likes to think of herself as a good person because she’ll happily go to VIP charity parties and is currently going through a vegetarian phase but ignores the fact that the city she lives in has a high crime rate and homeless population. She prefers not to think about these things because she wants to pretend they don’t exist.
    Her boyfriend, who is obsessed with constantly “improving” her, injects her with what is initially supposed to just be a treatment to create a perfect sense of balance. He does this without gaining any permission at all because he knows she would refuse. During this time, he also proposes and begins controlling her more and more, demanding she move in with him, keeping her away from other friends.
    One night, walking home in the dark, Cassie witnesses a murder and although she’s trained as a martial artist, chooses to ignore it because she doesn’t want to admit that this sort of thing really happens. This is similar to when she was a teenager and her younger sister was raped and Cassie chose to brush off her sister’s story because she didn’t want to believe it was true. However, the murder sees Cassie and decides to go after her since she saw what happened. She takes off running and manages to get away because of her newfound powers.
    Cassie tries to break things off with her boyfriend, but he kidnaps her and continues to “improve” her, enhancing her cerebellum, vestibular system, and even lightening her entire skeletal system (like a bird’s). Gravity doesn’t go away completely by any stretch of the imagination, but she can manipulate it, at least when it applies to her. She can’t slow someone else’s fall or anything like that. Manages to escape. Discovers that the murderer she witnessed is the same man who raped her little sister all those years ago, and goes out to right her wrongs.
    Comes out of the process far more jaded. Has to hide from her now ex boyfriend who’s now searching for her, suffers PTSD from her experiences in the lab, while still trying to keep her idealism and “turn the other cheek” attitude. Has very high moments and very low moments and has had her hopes for her future dashed, the privilege she was so used to now gone.

  393. Infernoxon 04 Nov 2012 at 5:48 am

    So I have an antihero speedster in my short story, and I was wondering if anyone could help me pick a name. His real name is Dante Jameson. He lives in a run down, crime ridden city in California, and he is African American. His parents were cops who were killed in the line of duty, so he always strives to do the right thing and live up to his father’s expectations. He is stubborn, reckless, determind, and brave. The two names I have in mind are Blur and Jet, but if you have any other suggestions, please let me know. P.S. One of his teamates comes up with the name.

  394. Meggieon 05 Nov 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Hey thanks to Infernox and B. McKenzie for commenting. To B. McKenzie, yeah I agree they are not extremely willing to become superheroes, they are sort of forced into it. It’s like they have to choose to either become part of a team of superheores or be hunted down by the big bad. At first they just do it to get a handle on their powers and to live in a safe area while their training but they soon like helping people. And FYI, Aislynn doesn’t use her powers as much, she usually uses a weapon or darkness blasts.
    And to Infernox, thanks I like Frostbite, mostly because Blakes is Sarcastic and if you think about it it sort of goes with the name. Also for your Dante character, I like the name Blur and Jet, they sound good. But just throwing out suggestions what about Velocity (if he likes physics, jk) or quickster (sounds like trickster), quicksilver, spry (just because it sounds cool) and that’s it. Those were just suggestions but I like your other two.

  395. Yodog1234on 07 Nov 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Could someone please help me choose a name. His name is Raymond Walker, His origin is he was a stuntman for big action movies but never got any credit, so he decided to become a daredevil to gain publicity. His first stunt was jumping out of an aero plane, falling through rings of fire and landing in a pool. But he jumped to early and fell through a cloud with hail and ice in it. To get fixed up he goes to the hospital and its discovered he also has aviary flu from a swooping bird that scratched him. With not enough money, his girlfriend tells a crime boss she can break him into any bank vault, and if he gives her enough money for hospital treatment she’ll work for him. After a year of working for this man she comes home and tells Raymond that she shot someone and now the police are after her. They decide to move and Raymond decides to train at a gym to get himself to his peak physical condition to protect her. One night a crime boss comes and Raymond has to protect her. After saving he decides that he will protect more people and becomes a crime fighter.
    He uses gadgets and weapons like shrunken, miniature tracking devices with an electric shock built into them and a bamboo staff filled with granite. He’s kind of like a black widow type superhero in that he isn’t super powered but is an amazing fighter. Lived in New York City but moved to Chicago.

  396. Dr. Vo Spaderon 08 Nov 2012 at 8:16 am

    Chicago Fire. No? Alright, let’s see…

    Guardian, Paladin, and Watchdog are the first that come to mind. You could also use more abstract names: Visitor, Nightburst, Midnight, Brannan, Sierra, etc. Ghost is less…unique but it could work. Hope these help!

  397. Benon 08 Nov 2012 at 9:53 pm

    So I have two characters.

    1- He was working in black operations with the military for 7 years when after being forced to kill his comrade under duress, he quits/kicked out for failing psyche evaluation. Afterwards he goes to living in a really remote area in the Rockies. He lives off the land and becomes proficient with a bow and other hunting options. 2 years after that a former teammate comes to his house in the middle of the forest. He attempts to kill him but instead he beats the would-be assassin to death. He is drawn out of isolation to find that he is being hunted. He wears a beat up hunting jacket/hoodie, a t-shirt, jeans, and boots. He carries a bow and two long bowie knives and an tomahawk. I was thinking Maverick since the only character with that name is now called Agent Zero. Any tips or criticisms?

    2-When Christopher Columbus came to the new world he brought back 500 slaves to the new world. One is sold to an English general as part of a treaty who rapes her repeatedly. She finds out she is pregnant and runaway. She raises the boy who learns who to pick pocket and rob to get by. One day the boy robs the wrong nobleman and barely escapes alive. While a citywide manhunt begins the mother slips the boy onto a boat as a stowaway. He escapes the city and lands in Venezuala at the spanish settlement of _______.
    He runs out and lives in the wild for a while until he is mauled by a jaguar. He is found by an old indian who takes him to his village. The boy is trained into a warrior for the Jaguar Knights an aztec warrior class who has gone underground after their empire was conquered. He soon becomes their main field operative and becomes a one man wrecking crew against the spanish. His costume is a green hood with two swords on his back, a bow, and two flintlock pistols. He wears long green robes strapped together in the middle.

  398. Benon 08 Nov 2012 at 9:54 pm

    I’m sorry if those suck i have had such writer’s block recently. Any tips for sparking imagination

  399. YellowJujuon 09 Nov 2012 at 12:07 am

    I don’t have much advice on the characters, but I do for I imagination!
    Watch movies/ read (but don’t copy)
    Find a quiet place and think (shower and bed are where I get most of my plotting done)
    Write short stories (related to your story, or not) until you think of something
    Read SN’s article on writers block for some better tips! Good luck getting through it!

  400. B. McKenzieon 09 Nov 2012 at 5:49 am

    I’d recommend checking out this article on how to beat writer’s block and the rest of the Writer’s Block category, Ben.

  401. Dr. Vo Spaderon 09 Nov 2012 at 9:09 am

    So my friend is working on her novel, and she has a minor problem. The only time the characters ever see a particular bad guy is when his alias appears on screen after a hack. (Occasionally they notice it when reviewing the programs.) That name, though, is T3CHN0 K1NG. It seems kind of awkward writing “We need to find T3CHN0 K1NG’s” or placing it in the general writing. Is this a valid concern?


    On another note, would the BIRD sound too generic for my protagonist? I was thinking the media gives it after footage is taken of him propelling through the city.

  402. B. Macon 09 Nov 2012 at 11:12 am

    “That name, though, is T3CHN0 K1NG. It seems kind of awkward writing “We need to find T3CHN0 K1NG’s” or placing it in the general writing. Is this a valid concern?” I would strongly recommend having other characters and the narrator refer to him as Techno King.

  403. B. Macon 09 Nov 2012 at 11:13 am

    Would the Bird sound too generic? Yeah, it feels pretty generic. Might help to pick a particular type of bird (e.g. Osprey) or some other word associated with birds.

  404. Dr. Vo Spaderon 09 Nov 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Okay, thanks! I’ll get that along. May have a good bird for my guy too.

  405. acharaon 10 Nov 2012 at 12:25 pm

    If you were trying to write a more ‘serious’, and perhaps more… realistic? approach to the superhero genre, would it be okay to completely leave off any codenames or superhero names? Do you think that giving the main characters in a darker superhero story might make it harder to take seriously?

  406. B. McKenzieon 10 Nov 2012 at 4:43 pm

    “If you were trying to write a more ‘serious’, and perhaps more… realistic? approach to the superhero genre, would it be okay to completely leave off any codenames or superhero names?” Sounds promising to me. Definitely doable. For example, all of Heroes’ characters had either a regular given name (e.g. Peter Petrelli) or a Gatsby-style adopted name (e.g. Sylar).

  407. Benon 11 Nov 2012 at 4:53 pm

    I don’t know where to put this so ill put it here. I need a motive for being a hero in my book. So after the character gets revenge on people from his past he has nothing to do. I want him to be a dark anti hero so what is a good motive for my character. It is the one called Jaguar I wrote about a while back.

  408. B. McKenzieon 11 Nov 2012 at 8:02 pm

    “I need a motive for being a hero in my book. So after the character gets revenge on people from his past he has nothing to do.” Perhaps he wants to be the justice for other people that he didn’t have himself?

  409. Nayanon 12 Nov 2012 at 2:48 am

    I have not been able to come up with a name for my superhero. He is dark, mysterious and non-powered. I wanted to name him as ‘Stranger’ but it has been already used. Please some suggestions. What about ‘Intruder’.

  410. YellowJujuon 12 Nov 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Intruder sounds like a villains name. You didn’t really give enough information to really narrow down a certain name, because you could really use any sort of name. For example, “dark, mysterious and non-powered” also applies to Batman and he has a very different name then what you’re thinking for your character. Good luck!

  411. Benon 15 Nov 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Do you think it would be interesting to make a god likr character whose in a short miniseries in which his struggles arent against foes but trying to escape being worshipped and recognized everywhere and just try and make himself more human

  412. Yodog1234on 18 Nov 2012 at 12:31 pm

    I am trying to make a superhero team but can’t think of names for it or most characters. Could someone please help.
    No1-midnight (I have his name thanks to Dr Vo. Spader) he has gone through intense physical training as a way to protect his girlfriend.
    No2-a man who’s skin is made of diamond so it’s virtually un breakable, his hands can also turn into daggers. He was spy who was being a scientest to gain info when he spilt chemicals on himself and gained his powers
    No3-a woman who can teleport herself anywhere. She was born with them
    No4-a man who can create metal and control machines with his mind. He was about to die in an explosion when he was transported through a portal and the portal reacted to his DNA and gave him powers.
    No5- a woman who can make small changes to reality e.g making the floor of a building disappear like it was never there. Her powers were given to her after she went hiking and found a man dying where he said to her “these powers have been passed down through the ages, use them wisely” she decided she would become superhero and pass her powers on when it was time.
    No.6-a man who can make copies of himself at will (like Loki) but they can all fight. The copies fade away after half an hour. He is the twin of hero 3 and was also born with these powers (their father been in the chemical warfare business.
    They protect the earth and are like the justice league and avengers, they come together when needed.

  413. Benon 18 Nov 2012 at 4:00 pm

    A lot of your characters origins sound very cliche, Yodog especially the “passing down of powers” look up green lantern(hal jordan) for that one and the spilt chemicals one is mr.freeze. Also elaborate more on how these characters came to these circumstances. like how was a guy dying conveniently right next to teleporter and how a father being in chemical warfare turned two kids in to super powered people. Explain more and provide personality traits and I may be able to help!

  414. Yodog1234on 19 Nov 2012 at 2:46 am

    I’m kind of desperate for a new storyline and I got a bit excited with new powers coming to mind, I’ll try to come up with a more detailed explanation. Thanks for the feed back

  415. Benon 19 Nov 2012 at 7:12 pm

    K your welcome I really like the powers tho. There not cliche.

  416. J Harrisonon 02 Dec 2012 at 5:27 am

    I’ve come up with a team of eight superheroes, but I’m struggling to come up with an actual team name for them. The superheroes are:

    Grim/Dani Malone: A young woman who can become invisible after accidentally bonding with a piece of alien technology, she lives on an estate and uses her powers to intimidate criminals.

    Solar Soldier/Gwen Verne: The leader of the team, a former Royal Marine who was given augmentations that allow her to fly freely through space, as well as absorb solar energy to give her super-strength.

    Rocket-Man/Adam Hardy: A celebrity superhero with super-speed, he is the oldest and longest-serving superhero on the team, fighting crime internationally. He is concerned about his legacy.

    Doctor Psionic/Jamal Patanjali: A scientist who helped design an device that gives him ESP. He inherited it from the device’s creator after he was killed and now uses it to solve crime.

    Medicine/Ryoko Katsuragi: A young woman who underwent an experimental procedure to place nanomachines in her bloodstream that would constantly repair her body, making her immortal.

    Blue Eyes/Kate Anderson: A paraplegic hacker with technology that allows her to “communicate” with electronic devices. She largely provides the team with behind-the-scenes support.

    Violence/Mickey Flint: A young former criminal with the power to make things spontaneously combust, he was put in prison by Grim and was given early release in order to work with the team.

    Ariel/Callum Gallagher: A young man who is, unknowingly, an alien war machine. Beneath his skin, he has a diamond-hard form and has several abilities, the first one to appear being weather manipulation.

    The idea was to come up with a British superhero team that would stand up alongside the typical Marvel and DC superheroes. (Not ironic or satirical like The Authority or Watchmen.) They all have different origins but are connected by a large-scale event that happened years earlier. In this universe, 10% of the Earth’s population were decimated by an alien force in one day, and then the aliens disappeared. No one knows why, but they left behind myriad alien technologies that are used to explain the different characters’ abilities.

    The team itself was formed by a private agency and designed to be the first line of defence against further alien attacks. (Ariel’s existence is the initial catalyst for the team’s creation, though he ends up joining the team.)

    I want the name to tap into some of Britain’s rich history, without using words like “British” or “Royal”. I did try and go down the route of Arthurian mythology, knighthood and chivalry but found myself coming up with names like The Round Table or The Order. (Boo on Marvel for taking the name Excalibur.)

    Your help would be hugely appreciated.

  417. Anonymouson 02 Dec 2012 at 11:49 am

    I’m still trying to work out at team name for a group of animal-human hybrids. The individual superheroes each have names already, (most relating to their animal/origin) but I can’t for the life of me figure out a team name.

    I’ve also got a character who’s an ex-Olympic discus thrower, and the only current hero I can compare him to right now is the Bat-Man. He doesn’t believe in killing, but he sticks to that belief more than Batman. His discus is the source of his power. Right now, I’m calling him Olympus Discus, but I think that is WAY too explanatory, and the citizens of Aharor (Where it takes place) would have to be complete idiots not to get a hint of his alter ego with a name like that. Olympus was suggested, but I’m not a big fan of the name.

  418. B. McKenzieon 02 Dec 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Hermes was the Greek god of athletics. That might be more subtle. According to Greek mythology, Pelops founded the Olympic Games, although I’d recommend adapting that to something like Pelos or Palos here.

  419. B. McKenzieon 02 Dec 2012 at 1:18 pm

    JH, I’d recommend going with a title which focuses on a more interesting distinctive trait than Britishness. For example, if it was founded in the wake of attacks which left hundreds of millions of people dead, it would make a lot of sense if the organization were darker, more urgent and/or more desperate than most superhero teams. One possibility would be a name which combined darkness and power/authority (e.g. Black Crown or Broken Scepter or Voodoo Throne or Crimson Spear). You might be able to incorporate desperation and/or British resolve by with a name tied to a historical event like the Spanish Armada or the Blitz (e.g. the Tilbury Project or Operation Gravelines).

  420. J Harrisonon 02 Dec 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Yes, you’re absolutely right to point out that the Britishness should not be the focal point of the group name. And again you’re right that this group is born in a world with this dreadful undercurrent running through it.

    I think a group that is presented as a more stoic, introverted group than, say, The Avengers or Justice League would work. Maybe something like The Black Guard or Black Order? Named so because they dress in some degree of black to mourn the immense loss of life.

    I do really like Black Crown as a name, purely because I can imagine a cover image with each member’s silhouette forming the prongs of a crown. Also, it does suggest that this group has an ultimate authority.

    Thanks for the advice, B. McKenzie.

  421. The Sahelon 05 Dec 2012 at 9:11 pm

    I have a team of superheroes but I’m struggling to name them. They are all in their late teens at the start. Most of my ideas have been cliched or boring so if anyone has any suggestions I’d be thrilled. They are:

    Freddie Marsh: Immune to very high temperatures and is able to control fire. (He can’t create fire himself but he can manipulate and control something already burning) Both his parents had the same powers and died when he was young. His foster family is kind but he can’t relate to them. He’s highly intelligent but sullen, moody and a loner.

    Delilah Haugen: She can manipulate and change the state of water (usually using vapor in the air) like Freddie she can’t create water but she can manipulate it. She can also (sort of) fly. Her parents are scientists working on chemically enhanced “levitating water” (It would take a while to explain) and Delilah fell into a tank of it. She survived but it caused chunks of her hair to fall out and turned patches of it blue and gave Delilah her powers. She’s bubbly and energetic and a bit immature. She’s also prone to jealousy.

    Eileen Blake: Like her mother she was born telekinetic powers. However through training she realized she wasn’t moving objects with her mind, rather she was moving the air around them. She can use this to levitate herself for brief periods of time. Her mother is extremely uptight and tries to suppress their powers. She’s rebellious, temperamental and aggressive but she has a sense of humor and is very loyal and kind to close friends.

    Evan Barrow: Evan was born into a monastic order of people who worshiped the earth. He can significantly speed the growth process of plants and move the ground. He came to disagree with their methods and lifestyle and disowned and left his family in search of a better way to use his powers. He’s kind and gentle but socially awkward and clueless about many social norms as well as technology.

  422. N Hallon 09 Dec 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Trying to come up with a name for a sidekick…. Have you heard of Nightwing? I’m doing this project in Art and we’re supposed to come up w/ our own superhero and I decided I wanted to make a sidekick for Nightwing. The kid’s got no superpowers, just his skills and i want to make the name complimentary to Nightwing, kind of like Batman and Robin go together well. I was thinking something like Blackbird, but the more I said it out loud, the less cool it sounded, think you could help?

  423. Dr. Vo Spaderon 09 Dec 2012 at 3:17 pm

    I thought Nightwing WAS a sidekick? Also, Blackbird was the female Green Arrow. Nightwing was inspired by a deli, so restaurant centered names aren’t out of the question.

    Or perhaps Darkbird?

  424. Dr. Vo Spaderon 09 Dec 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Ack. Female Hawkman, not Green Arrow.

  425. Anonymouson 09 Dec 2012 at 3:47 pm

    I’m having trouble coming up with a name for a minion of a Mind reading, time controlling archer called “Niger Sagitta” (which is Latin for Black Arrow). The minion thinks that Niger is his father, and is actualy a pretty nice guy, he was just sort of raised by Neger to think that right is wrong and wrong is right.

  426. Anonymouson 09 Dec 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Since you’re going for normal words in different languages, how about ‘Souleve Mal’, It’s French for ‘raised wrong”, since that’s clearly true in this kids case. =D

  427. N Hallon 09 Dec 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Dr. Vo Spader, Nightwing inspired by a deli… what? and i thought the female Hawkman was Hawkgirl, not Blackbird.

  428. Dr. Vo Spaderon 09 Dec 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Blackbird was a Hawkman partner, I believe. She isn’t Hawkgirl. And before Nigthwing became a vigilante he worked at a deli called “Nightwing”. 🙂

  429. Anonymouson 09 Dec 2012 at 10:54 pm

    What do you think of the name Nitrosabre for a super fast hero that uses swords?

  430. M. Happenstanceon 10 Dec 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Pretty sure it’s an available name. Personally, though, I don’t immediately associate it with superspeed. How does the “nitro” bit tie into the character?

  431. Anonymouson 10 Dec 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Nitro, as in nitrous

  432. M. Happenstanceon 10 Dec 2012 at 11:21 pm

    As in…containing nitrogen? I know you’re going for a cool-sounding scientific prefix, but I’m not certain that “nitro” is the best choice here.

  433. Anonymouson 10 Dec 2012 at 11:29 pm

    As in nitrous oxide. Nos. You know, the stuff used in street racing to boost an engine’s power output.

  434. M. Happenstanceon 11 Dec 2012 at 12:08 am

    And the lightbulb goes on. It definitely makes more sense with that added information. Is this something that your readers (or people in general) are familiar with? It’s a solid name, but if that particular bit of trivia isn’t common knowledge, then the reference will fly over the heads of more oblivious readers such as myself.

  435. Anonymouson 11 Dec 2012 at 12:50 am

    I thought it was common knowledge

  436. edgukatoron 11 Dec 2012 at 4:09 am

    I understood it.

    The beat of the name sounds a little off to me (NItroSABer drops on the fourth syllable – and seems a bit long for a name) – is it just me?


    Sabre itself may be OK. Due to fencing, it has the association with speed, and best I can tell there hasn’t been a major comic using this name. There was an NHL project with Stan Lee with a character called saber, but it fell through…

  437. B. McKenzieon 11 Dec 2012 at 6:14 am

    I like Saber/Sabre–I think it has a more sober tone than Nitrosaber.

  438. M. Happenstanceon 11 Dec 2012 at 10:28 am

    The choice of Nitrosabre vs. Sabre vs. Saber might depend on the overall tone of the story. Can you give us some context for the name?

  439. Anonymouson 11 Dec 2012 at 10:41 am

    I like Sabre. Thinking about it, Nitroblade or Nitrosabre makes it sound more sci fi, but she is a magically powered hero.

  440. M. Happenstanceon 11 Dec 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Sabre has fantastic connotations while Nitrosabre has more of a sci-fi feel. Since your hero has magic-based powers, Sabre seems to be the most logical choice.

  441. Anonymouson 12 Dec 2012 at 4:16 pm

    I am in desperate need of a name. My character Max is a graffitti artist in Chicago who wants more than anything to be famous. He spay paints a police station one day and is chased by cops. He ducks into an alley and finds a paintbrush. He uses it, and the painting comes to life. He learns that the brush is magic. Soon after, his dad gets laid off and his family begins to run out of money. He uses the brush to rob banks, and his family becomes rich. However, he summons a drawing of a person, and it warns him that his evil deeds have caused a crack in the underworld to widen. Now, a group of three demons are resurfacing on Earth. Max calls 911 to warn the authorities, but they think he is crazy and commit him to a mental institution in NYC. There, he meets other patients who have powers, and they help him escape and form a team to stop the demons. His personality is:

  442. Dr. Vo Spaderon 12 Dec 2012 at 4:56 pm

    You had me at graffiti. Graffito and Graff are both singular forms of the word I think. Another possibility is the names of differ styles of graffitti (tag, roller, wildstyle, etc.). “Graffitti” also has Greek and Roman origins, so you could play on that.

  443. ZuEraon 27 Dec 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Okay, I’m in the midst of planning for a graphic novel involving superheroes. I don’t know why, but I’m having a ton of trouble creating names for these guys and I desperately need to get a move on. Thus far, I’ve been calling them simply by their powers and I don’t want it to become habit.

    1.) Female – she is determined and noble, but also quite skittish and often gets temperamental. She’s quite clumsy as well. I thought it would be interesting to give her super-strength as a power, since usually it’s guys who have that. Beyond her super-human strength, she carries a gigantic sword as a weapon. If her appearance makes a difference, she’s tall, pale, thin, and has red (orange) hair. As far as costume, I’m thinking something along the lines of red with a metallic gold accent.

    2.) Male – he has a positive disposition, is funny, and also at times is sarcastic. He can be on the cocky side, but for the most part his character focuses on humor with underlying tones of insecurities. His power is super-speed. I had considered simply calling him “Speed”, because it has a nice ring to it, although it is a little plain. He has dark raven hair and blue eyes. His costume thus far is a white body suit with light blue arrows that spread about his body. I worry about copyright issues with his costume as the popular show Avatar: The Last Airbender has a main character with blue arrows (although this was the last thing on my mind when creating him)

    3.) Male – He is definitely a lady’s man, and tends to be a bit cocky and stubborn at times. However, he is also extremely respectful of authority. This is where the back-story is important: he had just finished with his military training and was overseas, when there was an incident with another soldier that got him kicked out of the military. In spite of these happenings, he still has the training, which is why he is both cocky and respectful. For his powers, I decided to make him almost like a cyborg, with weapons built into his body. Appearance: African-American, green eyes, black hair, muscular build. As far as costume, I’ve pretty much decided on something armor-esque, metallic.

    4.) Female – I struggle with her personality more than anyone, but this is what I have so far (suggestions in this realm are welcome): she is kind and loving, but not necessarily shy. She works more to solve problems passively, rather than fighting through them. For this reason, being a superhero is somewhat of a challenge to her, but also makes her of value so that rash decisions are not made. Her ability is to draw energy from the Earth, sun and moon and exert it in powerful bursts. For her appearance, she has blonde hair and blue eyes. Her costume is a simple white leotard with a metallic gold band that lines the top. She wears gold bands on her arms and ankles as well.

    5.) Male – he can come off as somewhat bitter, and is more of a loner than anything else. Beneath his hard exterior, however, he is a deep thinker with practical opinions. He has the power of shape-shifting into different animals. For his costume I’m thinking a gray bodysuit with blue accents and indentations that resemble gills. In addition, he has a logo on his chest.

    *Just a note, all of these characters are teenagers between the ages of 15-18. I could REALLY use some help in finding names for them. I hope that this was enough information to create something.

  444. B. McKenzieon 27 Dec 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Hello, Zuera. I’d recommend moving forward with placeholder names. Good names will come to you as you write the story. One major challenge I’d have suggesting names for you is that I don’t know all that much about the style of the story, or your personal preferences, etc. Also, my names are generally awful. E.g. the first two things that came to mind when I thought of a lady’s man that’s respectful of authority were Rooster (because roosters set the schedule/time and are, umm, not shy about their fondness for chickens) and Marauder because, well, Marauders have got a whole lotta love.

  445. ZuEraon 28 Dec 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Actually, I think I like the name Marauder (: I had no idea what that was, but I did a quick google search (and I hope I’m not missing some other meaning to the word that would embarrass me), and it seemed kinda fitting. “Rooster” would be a clever name for sure, but doesn’t have much to do with his powers which I feel is somewhat important. As for the others, I’ll continue as you suggested and hope that something comes to me. Thanks for the help!

  446. Superguy99on 01 Jan 2013 at 12:52 pm

    I’m writing a story about a guy named Carter Daniels, an 18 year old kid who’s parents died the year before. (He never treated his parents with respect so he regrets that its one of his flaws.)

    When he was little his parents gave him a bracelet, this bracelet was made to suppress superhuman powers and it was made to fall of at any sign of danger. He is attacked and almost killed but the bracelet falls off and he gets his powers. He learns that his mom and dad were two of the most amazing superheroes in the world and he is recruited to the same team. Throughout the story he develops his abilities.

    The theme of the story is ‘Latin.’ Everybody on the team has a Latin name relatable to their powers.

    I was thinking Eximius (pronounced: Ex-Sim-Ee-Us)…. it means Super/Superb in latin….

  447. Superguy99on 01 Jan 2013 at 1:03 pm

    His powers are:
    -Flight: Speed of Sound (Or light if he tried hard enough)
    -Super Strength: Average Passenger Plane (With Struggle)
    -Super Speed: Speed of Sound (Or light if he tried hard enough)
    -Super Senses: Enhanced Smell, Hearing, Taste & Vision (X-Ray, Infrared, Microscopic & Telescopic)
    -Energy Absorption: Can absorb energy and use it to strengthen his powers.
    -Energy Blasts: Can blast balls or streams of multicolored energy from his hands (tires him out quickly)
    -Invulnerability: Bullets bounce off of him (As if being hit by a Nerf gun)
    -Chromakinesis (Manipulate colours): He can change the colour of any object he desires.


    His suit is:
    -Red and white full body suit with red cape. Blue highlights.
    -Mask (haven’t decided what type)

    -Needs to absorb energy occasionally

    -Always sees good in people…. never sees the bad.
    -Too nice

    Works for the ‘Daily Galaxy’ as a reporter and photographer for the ‘Superhero Section’

    ….. need new newspaper name too….

  448. B. McKenzieon 01 Jan 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Superguy, I think this has some structural issues. I’m seeing at least three instant-rejection issues (overly generic personality, superpower selection, and the originality issues with Superman). I’d recommend checking out what the best series introduced in the last 30 years have done with character development and nonaction.

  449. Superguy99on 01 Jan 2013 at 1:48 pm

    What do you mean by Superpower selection? Tone it down or take some out… or both?

  450. B. McKenzieon 01 Jan 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Right now, you have 7 superpowers (not counting supersenses–those are pretty much free). I’d recommend cutting down to 2-3. In particular, I think removing super-speed and/or super-strength will make the character’s fights a lot more promising. 1) This combination is too similar to Superman, and 2) If there is any way to dramatically challenge such a character without resorting to gimmicks, Superman’s writers haven’t found it, and not for lack of trying.

    The main character is an ersatz Superman working as a reporter for The Daily Galaxy. If I published this as an editor, we would lose (and would deserve to lose) the ensuing lawsuit, and I’d probably lose my job. I think the character and plot need substantial conceptual work. I’d recommend dramatically shaking things up in some way particular to your writing style and story. For example, I drew on some elements of Superman for The Taxman Must Die’s Agent Orange–e.g. he’s an American non-human, but I think he has much more of a personality and interesting conflicts with his teammates, and the character is different enough from Superman to minimize the risk of a lawsuit.

  451. Superguy99on 01 Jan 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Alright, thank you for your input. I’ll work on that.

  452. S Haleon 01 Jan 2013 at 7:18 pm

    I’ve written a novel about Batman and Robin and some of their adventures and I’m wondering how I might go about publishing it. I’m not sure what do do since it contains copyrighted characters, I don’t know if I need permission and if so from whom. Any ideas?

  453. B. McKenzieon 02 Jan 2013 at 6:21 am

    Unless you’ve been specifically contracted to write a book about Batman, it is unpublishable, sorry. DC/WB/Ballantine/Del Ray Books don’t read unsolicited submissions on Batman–when they need authors for their licenses (especially their top licenses), they’ll find you rather than the other way around.

    If this is something you’re REALLY interested in, I’d recommend checking out what the credentials of their other licensed writers were at the time they started writing Batman novels. In most cases, they got themselves noticed by writing either best-selling or medium-selling books elsewhere. For example, Michael Reaves wrote a slew of novels (mostly fantasy and detective) and animated work on series including Batman: The Animated Series and Batman Beyond before he did Batman’s Fear Itself and Infinite Mirror novels. Stephen-Elliot Altman wrote several novels and a few graphic novels before he started doing Batman novels.

  454. Andrewon 10 Jan 2013 at 7:18 am

    Any ideas for a heroine whose powers are healing, immunity to poison/sickness, and self-resurrection (weaknesses: dismemberment, getting destroyed w/ fire/radiation/electricity past a certain point)? Personality: A curious, impulsive person, somewhat paranoid. She operates in a team of 4, not having trouble w/ the others.

  455. Andrewon 10 Jan 2013 at 7:25 am

    Sry, “not having trouble w/ the others” means I’m not having trouble w/ their superhero names.

  456. B. McKenzieon 10 Jan 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Andrew, the least awful possibility coming to me is Monitor–first, it ties into paranoia nicely. Second, the USS Monitor was probably the most famous ironclad, which could be tied into her invulnerability (if this historical note wouldn’t fit into the story smoothly, I think the monitor-watchfulness angle would be sufficient). For a mythological angle, I think Cerberus or Argus would work (exceptionally perceptive/vigilant, hard to kill).

  457. brookfire888on 10 Jan 2013 at 7:14 pm

    My main character, a female superhero, doesn’t have any powers (think Batman) but her skill set is sneaking around and thievery. What do you think of the name Silhouette?

  458. Andrew C.on 10 Jan 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Yeah, obviously I needa rethink her superpowers. That’s another column though.

    The extra “C” at the end of my name this time is there because I think there was another Andrew commenting. Not sure though.

    “Monitor”…yeah, it’s the least awful, given what I have so far. I was going to say “Re-Herald” or something–feel free to make fun.

    Re-Monitor? (if no, consider that grounds to send giant spiders after me or similar).

  459. B. McKenzieon 10 Jan 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Brookfire, I think Silhouette is effective. Personally, I’m a bit more in favor of names which imply something about the character’s personality, but as far as names about the character’s capabilities go, Silhouette works well.

  460. B. McKenzieon 10 Jan 2013 at 9:45 pm

    If you add a prefix to monitor, I’d recommend making it one word without a hyphen (e.g. Remonitor, Cemonitor, etc). I definitely wouldn’t make fun of you for a name like this, though I feel that names like this (which use more or less common sounds but look strange/exotic) are probably better-suited for characters that would benefit from a particularly unusual name (e.g. the character belongs to a fantasy or sci-fi race and is set apart from humans*).

    *E.g. the two main characters in The Taxman Must Die are Gary Smith and Gain Orange and it probably won’t be hard for readers to remember which is a human accountant and which is a paramilitary mutant alligator.

  461. Andrew C.on 10 Jan 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Thanks, that gave me an idea.

    Her powers are healing, immunity, non-lethal poison, and dissolving things she touches in a certain way. She is curious, impulsive, and somewhat paranoid, and functions as the team’s spy. Does the name Reagent work? Are there any names that are probably better?

    P.S.–“Feel free to make fun” was my (lame & uncalled-for) idea of comedy.

  462. Jalen Son 17 Jan 2013 at 3:28 pm

    So, I have a character who is a vigilante. No powers. Uses guns, knives, his fists, whatever it takes. He’s a shut-in for the most part, doesn’t do much aside from his vigilante business and work at a comic shop (irony. sweet irony)
    He wears a black body suit that covers his entire body, which has red lining tracing certain angles on his suit. The character and story is under the current tentative title of The Hood, but as a hero name, I don’t like it, it’s too simple.
    More about him:
    Quiet, calculating, snarky, totally petrified of females, can be rude, can be harsh, valiant, good sense of justice and truth, but also ruthless.
    He has no family left, he lives alone in an apartment. His father was “the Hood” before him, and his grandfather as well.

    Name ideas???

  463. B. Macon 17 Jan 2013 at 4:32 pm

    “Quiet, calculating, snarky, totally petrified of females, can be rude, can be harsh, valiant, good sense of justice and truth, but also ruthless.” Hmm. Can you think of some things he might do or say that 90%+ of superheroes wouldn’t say or do in the same situation? (In particular, will he sound like other snarky characters, i.e. virtually every 15-25 year old superhero currently on the market?)

    “The character and story is under the current tentative title of The Hood, but as a hero name, I don’t like it.” I agree that changing it would be best–between the Marvel character and TV show with the same name*, I think it’d make your life harder than necessary. Also, from a reader’s perspective, I’d really want a title which was distinctive enough that your book would rank #1 on a Google search for its title. It’s unlikely you’d beat the Marvel character any time soon. (Point of reference: it took me 6 months to beat Time Magazine on a search for “superhero nation” because they had an article of that title).

    It might help to add a modifier, maybe something that creates an unusual contrast with Hood (e.g. the Steel Hood) and/or creates an interesting contrast.

    *My mistake. The TV show in question is The Cape, not The Hood.

  464. Jalen Son 18 Jan 2013 at 5:21 pm

    So, come up with a personality trait that makes him unique?

    I didn’t realize there were superheroes already named that until very recently, that’s why I’m changing it 😛
    So, I guess I’m looking for suggestions.

  465. B. McKenzieon 18 Jan 2013 at 6:09 pm

    “Come up with a personality trait that makes him unique?” That would be a great start, though preferably a unique combination of traits. For example, we’ve seen (too) many brilliant but socially awkward scientists, but Tony Stark was a very refreshing twist: he had an extremely outgoing and confident personality and his main flaw was a lack of restraint. In my own The Taxman Must Die, some of my unique combination of traits were jingoistic-scholarly-eccentric (Agent Orange), methodical-awkward-mundane (Gary), and ruthless-compassionate-brilliant (Jacob Mallow).

  466. Jalen Son 18 Jan 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Ok thanks!!

    Any suggestions on naming?

  467. B. McKenzieon 18 Jan 2013 at 6:29 pm

    “Any suggestions on naming?”

    I have not had very much success coming up with names for other people. Generally, authors can come up with something that fits their style and story better than a stranger that knows only a bit about the story can. You can use The Hood as a placeholder and something better will come to you eventually.

  468. no nameon 23 Jan 2013 at 6:33 pm

    The leader of the group (a male) who had killed his wife do to the mind control of his villain, has only the power to locate any object and talk through his thoughts with others. had lost his ability to walk in the military before getting his powers. he is mildly insane do to the loss of his wife at his own hands. he is a vigilantly to the police because the mind controlling villain made sure that they would know that the hero killed her. his villain did this because he saw potential in the hero to become a villain but when he took the side of his late mentor the villain knew he had to stop the hero. the hero was beginning to develop more powers and learn how to use them but the villain brain washed him of this knowledge before making him kill his wife, the reason the villain did not take this last power away too was because his mentor had set up a mental wall protecting this ability and the villain didn’t want the hero dead because he was his father and couldn’t bare to kill or hire a hit man to kill his son.

  469. grrron 23 Jan 2013 at 6:35 pm

    The leader of the group (a male) who had killed his wife do to the mind control of his villain, has only the power to locate any object and talk through his thoughts with others. had lost his ability to walk in the military before getting his powers. he is mildly insane do to the loss of his wife at his own hands. he is a vigilantly to the police because the mind controlling villain made sure that they would know that the hero killed her. his villain did this because he saw potential in the hero to become a villain but when he took the side of his late mentor the villain knew he had to stop the hero. the hero was beginning to develop more powers and learn how to use them but the villain brain washed him of this knowledge before making him kill his wife, the reason the villain did not take this last power away too was because his mentor had set up a mental wall protecting this ability and the villain didn’t want the hero dead because he was his father and couldn’t bare to kill or hire a hit man to kill his son.

  470. JA Davison 26 Jan 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Loving this site. Great articles!

    I’m currently plotting an idea for a comic. It started off because I essentially wanted to do my version of a Spider-Man comic. Time marched on and ideas flowed and I came up with a nifty origin about a young boy who was abducted by a super villain who was brainwashing young children who were just developing their powers and creating a supervillain army he would lease out for a price to other super criminals. Anywho, I realized this would be a troubling experience and so the character became a different person from who I wanted him to be.

    So I decided to keep him the way he is and create the character I started out to make.

    I have a loose origin: Cameron Shaw is a sixteen year old African American who comes from a family of good social and financial standing. Unknown to Cameron, the man who raised him isn’t his biological father. His biological father is a superhero who is killed at the beginning of the story. The source that gives him his power (I’m thinking alien but am undecided.) transfers to his sole descendent, Cameron. He is granted all of his father’s powers including increased strength and speed, flight and the ability to channel kinetic energy into blasts.

    My issue is coming up with a name. I was thinking “Legacy” but that seems too simply and also was apparently used by Captain Marvel at one point.

    I want Cameron’s personality to contrast that of Ryan, my abducted character’s. Ryan is socially awkward, angry and quick tempered but has a strong confidence. Although he was forced to do bad things, he isn’t a bad person. He has loads of experience with his powers.

    Cameron is very personable and level-headed. Good student. However, he is often unsure of himself and has a hard time coming into his own as a hero.

    Any suggestions?

  471. B. McKenzieon 26 Jan 2013 at 11:03 pm

    “I was thinking ‘Legacy’ but that seems too simple and also was apparently used by Captain Marvel at one point.” If you were satisfied with the name, I think it’d be okay for a submission. (If the story were otherwise publishable, the absolute worst-case scenario is that the publisher would ask you to rename the character, and I’m not even sure they’d ask for a rename for a one-time alias of a relatively minor character). However, it sounds like you’re not in love with the name. For a slightly more complex take on the same theme, maybe Scion (literally, a son/daughter of a notable descendant). Scion was used by a series which got cancelled in 2004, so you should be clear there.

    “I came up with a nifty origin about a young boy who was abducted by a super villain who was brainwashing young children who were just developing their powers and creating a supervillain army he would lease out for a price to other super criminals.” This is a pretty convoluted way of getting money… It might help to give the villain another goal (perhaps something more substantial than a desire for money). For example, maybe he sees himself as an Abraham-like figure and wants to use his children to ensure that he will always have a legacy (generations of the most powerful beings shaped in his image). This motive would also help add something to Legacy’s name (and conflict between the two legacies in question).

    “Cameron is very personable and level-headed. Good student. However, he is often unsure of himself and has a hard time coming into his own as a hero.” What are some things that he would say/do that 99% of heroes wouldn’t do in the same situation? (If coming up with unusual decisions for the character proves very challenging, I’d recommend adjusting the plot and/or the character’s personality to help the character stand out more).

    “Ryan is socially awkward, angry and quick tempered but has a strong confidence.” What are some things this character would do/say that most other angry/hotheaded characters wouldn’t? (Is there more to this character than his temper?)

  472. JA Davison 27 Jan 2013 at 6:00 pm

    @B.McKenzie thanks! Appreciate the help!

    I have the character’s personalities fleshed out more in my head but have a hard time putting it into words. Need to do a character questionnaire or something. I like Scion.

    Again, thanks.

  473. JA Davison 27 Jan 2013 at 6:39 pm

    I believe so.

  474. girlpoweron 27 Jan 2013 at 7:33 pm

    I am trying to create a female superhero and I have most of her background down, it’s just that I can not think of a name:
    Her real name is Fallon Kruze and she is the youngest of five older brothers. Her parents were mineralogists and Her mother found a very rare metal on accident and he inhaled it and ended up killing her. before she died she gave birth to Fallon. at first there were no signs, but as she grew older, the metal started sticking out of her skin and she started being able to control things with her mind. she is now 17 and at school she is a nerd/nobody. So what would be a good superhero name? i have no ideas.
    please help

  475. youngoneon 27 Jan 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Does the medal cover her skin or just stick out in some places

  476. youngoneon 27 Jan 2013 at 7:46 pm

    And is it out all the time or what

  477. R.O.S IIIon 27 Jan 2013 at 9:05 pm

    maybe Chrome if she has a silver surfer look.

  478. youngoneon 28 Jan 2013 at 6:02 am

    Does she have help controlling her powers by like a mentor or something

  479. cocoon 28 Jan 2013 at 6:03 am

    Does she have help controlling her powers by like a mentor or something

  480. cocoaon 28 Jan 2013 at 7:53 am

    Or if you are mitalic may work

  481. superauthoron 28 Jan 2013 at 7:55 am

    I would prefer The Discovery

  482. girlpoweron 30 Jan 2013 at 7:23 pm

    #youngone she does have metal sticking out and it is all the time she does not have a mentor.

  483. girlpoweron 30 Jan 2013 at 7:26 pm

    i do like Chrome. that sounds pretty awesome.

  484. girlpoweron 31 Jan 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Chrome has already been used apparently so any other options?
    B. Mac if your out there help me out please!!!

  485. B. McKenzieon 31 Jan 2013 at 10:36 pm

    My names are conspicuously weak. Here are some of the ones that come to mind:

    Incidentally, these are minerals.

  486. Amberon 03 Feb 2013 at 2:55 pm

    I need help coming up with a name for my superhero. She has purple fur everywhere, black hair, a tail, and yellow eyes. She can wall-crawl and has agility. Does anyone have any ideas for a name for her?

  487. Anonymouson 03 Feb 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Please read the article, Amber.

  488. Justinon 06 Feb 2013 at 7:16 am

    Can anybody give me some ideas for the name of a alien/dog with these powers: Shape Shifting, Increased speed, endurance, and olfactory senses?

  489. Ruthon 07 Feb 2013 at 10:19 am

    I am 15 and am working on a project peice for a competition; in which I have to design a superhero character and explain how his powers would work scientifically through nanotechnology. The only problem is I can’t think of a name for him!

    Since the competition doesn’t ask for a background story on the superhero character I cannot name him after his personality or life story etc because he doesnt have one!
    He basically controls electricity with the use of shields (I don’t want to go into detail on how that works scientifically or else I’ll be typing for hours)
    I want to name him something cool and origional after his power or his shields but I dont want to name him something cheezy like ‘lightning man’ or ‘electro lad’.

    Please help point me in the right direction asap it would be much appreciated!!! D:


  490. B. McKenzieon 07 Feb 2013 at 7:30 pm

    “Since the competition doesn’t ask for a background story on the superhero character I cannot name him after his personality or life story etc because he doesnt have one!” I’m not sure what the competition is like, but if the editors there are similar to professional editors evaluating submissions for publication, the lack of a personality is a much bigger issue than the character’s name. I’d recommend starting with the personality. Maybe he has some trait connected to the nanotechnology theme, like a Sherlock-esque appreciation for small details and/or an inability to let minor grievances go?

  491. j.goodwinon 08 Feb 2013 at 1:14 pm

    i have two ideas for two seperate stories the first is a more light hearted on about a teenage cancer patient who we will call Z and he gains the ability of flight somehow?? and it is about him trying to make a difference before he dies.

    The second one is set in Africa and the main character is called Brady Zenawi the son of a twisted African warlord and a white missionary. After being taken from his mother at the age of 7 by a group of mercenary’s who work for his father (which he doesn’t know yet) to work in the diamond mines just outside cape town at the age of 18 he discovers a strange glowing diamond deep in the mine which dissolves into his hand when he picks it up. This diamond gives him the abilities similar to colossus from x men and Alex mercers ability to morph his hands into blades. but instead of being able to cover his body in steel at will he can cover it in a living crystalline material which makes him bullet proof and gives him super strength. he escapes the mines to track down his father and put an end to his his operation. I decided to give the main character the alias Blood diamond.

    my question is which one should i pursue first and what do you think.

  492. j.goodwinon 08 Feb 2013 at 1:17 pm

    also how do u think Z should gain his powers and what can he do to make a difference

  493. Dr. Vo Spaderon 08 Feb 2013 at 1:28 pm

    With Z, I think you could use the”nothing to lose, let’s use an experimental medicine” route. Or perhaps something a little more supernatural. And personally, I prefer the second it one.

  494. einstein's brainon 09 Feb 2013 at 8:53 am

    hi I haven’t been on for ages. I have thought of a new super villain but I don’t know what to call him. He is themed on nuclear/ futuristic but I can’t think of an intimidating name. his superpowers are super strength, intellect, acidic blood/spit, mutations and regeneration. please help!

    Thanks in advance 😀

  495. einstein's brainon 09 Feb 2013 at 11:02 am

    oh and another one. he is a superhero/ super villain called Conman. he is normally a thief, but he can help depending on the pay. his superpowers is the ability to change the dimensions of space (so he can flip the world upside down and run/jump easily across buildings). he can also travel through portals and slow down things. but I don’t know what his real name should be, how he got his powers and his back story. if you can help me with Conman and the other ones I would be really happy!!!!

    😀 🙂 😛

  496. einstein's brainon 10 Feb 2013 at 3:20 am

    please please please will someone answer my questions?

    🙁 :0 >:(

  497. B. McKenzieon 10 Feb 2013 at 3:40 am

    Einstein’s Brain… “If you post below for help coming up with a name for a character, please give us more to work with than just the character’s superpowers. What does the character have going on besides superpowers? Personality? Interesting goals/motivations? Anything which would help distinguish this character from superheroes with a similar power-set?”

  498. einstein's brainon 11 Feb 2013 at 9:21 am

    okay his Japanese mother was pregnant with him in the second world war but his father left her. But an American bomb dropped on the city, turning it into a nuclear wasteland. everyone died of disease but his mother just had time to give birth to him. he was adopted by an American looking for survivors. he was brought up in a normal way. but he was bullied by his classmates. at high school he discovered his powers and killed his bullies. he murdered his teachers, his adopters and several other people with his wanting to discover his father. he went insane and as sent to an asylum. he escaped after 20 years in prison. his motivation is to find and kill his father for abandoning his mother. is that good enough 😉

  499. NJHeroFanon 11 Feb 2013 at 9:27 pm

    @Einstein’s Brain: Just curious about the timeline here… based on the above if the villain was born during World War II, say 1945, that would make him age 18 in 1963 by the time he’s a senior in high school. Assuming he went into the asylum/prison at that point and escaped after 20 years he’d be 38 in 1983. Is 1983 going to be the starting point of your story, or any time afterwards? I’m curious as to how old the villain is going to be when he starts his reign of terror in search of the father who abandoned him. If his mother died shortly after giving birth to him and he was later adopted by an American, what clues would the villain now have about the biological father’s true identity? Did the American foster parents consider looking for the baby villain’s real parents, or was the future villain simply picked up randomly as a war orphan with the assumption that the parents were dead? I’m assuming the foster parents didn’t, because you have the villain killing them. It’s also reasonable that the villain’s biological father should be at least 18 years older than him and probably older, so he’s beginning to search for an elderly or aging man of at least 65 to 70 in 1983, if he’s still alive. If you start your story much later than 1983 the biological father and the villain are also that much older. By the time the villain finds his biological father the man may have died years ago, or perhaps he’s suffering from dementia or dying of advanced Alzheimer’s or leukemia or kidney failure in a nursing home or hospice.

    Since the villain has escaped from prison, however, he’s got some serious obstacles standing in his way. No college education (and no high school diploma either, as he killed everyone before graduation day), no job skills, no family, friends, or relatives to help him… since he’s been locked up for 20 years he’s likely to be that far behind sociologicaly and technologially, making him a bit of an anachronism. There is also going to be a massive manhunt by Federal authorities and legitmate super heroes who are all looking for him… the odds aren’t favorable for this villain from Chapter 1 (or whatever chapter he escapes from prison). A guy this dangerous, diagnosed criminally insane, with a proven history of killing anyone he perceives as a threat or who stands in his way just doesn’t seem to be destined to last long in any story, and some readers may not care to read about his quest to hunt down and kill his aging father. I’d think that the other super villains in this world (especially the smart ones like Dr. Doom, Lex Luthor, Kingpin, etc.) would try to put as much distance between themselves and your villain as possible – and they just might take him out anyway because they may need to!

    Maybe instead of a rage-driven prison break, the villain is found to be able to manage his psychosis with enough medication and therapy, so he’s cleared to be released with ongoing monitoring by a psychiatrist and a parole officer (as the crimes were committed when he was a teenager). The quest to find his father simply to ask “why” can then become more sympthetic as he struggles to find work, catch up in a world that left him behind, and pretty much everybody is going to shun him once they learn who he is.

    That may not answer your question, but maybe this could help you ground some more details into the story.

  500. Yodog1234on 14 Mar 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Ok so his power is that he can change the air density so he can make a wall or he can make the air thinner so it’s harder to breath. He’s also 17 years old, 14 at the time of his origins.
    His parents were reporters and went to report on the Fukishima explosion and invited their son along to stay in a hotel in the city while they were reporting in the day but spend time with him at night. The son snuck into the boot of the car they took and went with them to the site. At the site, they were kidnapped by a mad man who took them to his shed on the outskirts of the damaged area. They were kept there for half a year with other people such as a doctor, a radioligist, a chemist and a geologist. The boy’s parents grew sick and his mother died, his father was weak but alive. A while later the boy also grew sick but the doctor and the chemist (I think that’s who help make the cures for things, I don’t know) had come up with a cure. When the boy took it, it affected his genes and induced him into a coma. The kidnapper dumped him on the ground two k’s from the shed. A year later, he woke up and went looking for the shack, when he got there, everyone was dead. So he wandered the land until he was found by a detective who was looking for clues on the kidnapping. The boy told him everything he knew. The detective took him in as an adopted son. The boy was put into a school back in America and was fine until he tried to run out of school and the principal tried to stop him. The boy stopped the principal creating a barrier of air and then thinning the air out so the principal couldn’t catch his breath. He became a superhero because they’d been his idol when he was kidnapped because they were an escape from reality.
    I haven’t been great at coming up with original hero’s and origins so if I’m majorly stepping on someone’s ideas just tell me.

  501. Alan Mon 17 Mar 2013 at 1:03 am

    I need a name for an anti hero whose power is that of gravity manipulation. He was given these powers when on a space mission for NASA when he was sucked into a black hole. Being in a blackhole deposited him four years into the future, and replaced some of his body parts. He has a bright blue and dark red eye, all white spiky hair, about 6’2. When going through the black hole what felt like only four years in the real time actually was about 400 in the black hole. He was able to teach himself a various amount of skills and fighting techniques and perfect his bodily functions. Some of his powers include; being able to increase or decrease gravity fields, create miniture to galactic scale black holes and white holes (which he uses for a teleportation sot of travel), time manipulation, force field generation, etc. Being that he can create black holes and survive them gives him the ability of Chronolocking which in essense means exists outside of time and space, so if anything were to change in the past because of him he would know the difference and be able to tell the exact point when he changed something. His personality type is that of a vengance sort. His girlfriend, whom he was going to ask to marry him married his bestfriend and co pilot who was sick and could not make the mission. He doesn’t want his powers but he uses them to fight crime, and other super villains.

  502. Anonymouson 17 Mar 2013 at 9:48 pm

    I have a superhero, but i need help naming him. His powers are to adapt to his environment to survive (e.g. grows gills when under water, fire-proof skin when exposed to flame, no need for oxygen when in space. )

    P.S: wont know if it will help, but his name is Austin Kennedy.

  503. Anonymouson 18 Mar 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Austin found he had powers in a very difficult test in 8th grade. He got the lowest score in the whole grade and was made to retake the test. This time he got 100% in the test. He admitted that he didnt study for the test at all and completed the test faster than anyone else. He was then tested for his I.Q. and before the test his I.Q. was 67, and after the test it had doubled to 134. Today he seems invincible, but he cant survive things like an overload of nuclear energy or somthing like the surface of the sun. He can also obtain other peoples powers.

  504. grrron 24 Mar 2013 at 10:01 am

    I have trouble putting to much/not enough detail in many parts of my story, does anyone have any tips that may help me

  505. B. McKenzieon 24 Mar 2013 at 3:56 pm

    “I have trouble putting too much/not enough detail into many parts of my story. Does anyone have helpful tips?”

    1. As much as possible, use the details (e.g. setting, props, what characters are doing besides talking, narratorial asides & maybe historical notes, etc) to develop central aspects of the story (e.g. the main conflict, characters’ main goals, etc) and/or make useful emotional impacts. For example, I generally wouldn’t recommend mentioning how tall a building is because it tends to be sort of useless information, but in a few cases, it might add something interesting to a scene (e.g. if a character is climbing the building). In terms of what someone’s wearing, focus on what makes an impression. For example, in most cases, it’s more memorable and important if someone is wearing (say) a bulletproof vest or a business suit in a war-zone or a gun holster than a green ribbon or a red jacket.

    2. In most cases, I think beginning authors tend to spend too much time on unimportant visual details about a character. Instead of telling us everybody’s eye color (for example), I’d recommend only drawing in information like that if it makes an emotional impression and/or develops something useful about the character and/or advances the story in some way. For example, if the main character is a cop who is performing a traffic stop, mentioning what the other character’s eyes look like is 100% relevant because it helps show whether the guy pulled over is actually drunk or not.

  506. grrron 24 Mar 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Thank you for the advice, but in a part of my story the main character is looking for a rich girl, so do you think I should include how she is dressed when she is first found as a clue as to if it is her because if she is wearing expencive designer jeans that could be a clue since she is rich.

  507. B. McKenzieon 24 Mar 2013 at 5:04 pm

    If the most interesting thing about her is that she is rich, I’d recommend going back to the drawing board. E.g. it may help to focus more on something more memorable, like something she chooses and/or her personality rather than something she was probably born into. See Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne, for example. Their choices and personalities are more interesting than their demographics.

  508. grrron 24 Mar 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Well, about the only thing the main character knows about her is that she is in the same town he is presantly in,that she’s rich, and who the father is and where he is but she thinks her father is the rich Charles Manue and the character is searching for Emma for his friend her real father the doctor or Dr. Tuteur.

  509. B. McKenzieon 24 Mar 2013 at 6:24 pm

    I see… hopefully she gets some great opportunity to establish herself as interesting. Right now, it sounds like she could use some work there.

  510. grrron 25 Mar 2013 at 1:06 pm

    I have just finished my story then read it to find that the book is terrible and I want Terry but with a new story but I have no clue how to do that without it being terrible like the first one I wrote.

  511. B. McKenzieon 26 Mar 2013 at 7:25 am

    I wouldn’t worry much about the first book being very bad.

    1) It’s a first draft. Every first draft is awful, but gets better with rewriting.

    2) Your writing will get better with experience. Give yourself more time and practice.

    3) I’m not sure exactly what was terrible about the first book, but it sounds like the characters didn’t have much going on for a personality.

  512. grrron 26 Mar 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Yea well I’m only 12 so I have plenty of time to improve my book.

  513. wolfpackoflighton 27 Mar 2013 at 3:32 pm

    I would like suggestions for two of my characters. I have a group of six that can each transform into two forms that match their otherworldly enemies and they can each control their selected element when they are in their normal human form. When they are in there other forms they are called by the name of the creature they are but I have them knocked out of that form in a few fighting scenes and want them to be called by an elemental code name because they fear too many people recognizing them they are named as follows
    Fire-Raging Flames
    Lightning- Striking Thunder
    Light- Shining Light
    Darkness- Shadow Void
    they were meant to be cheesy but tough sounding and completely anonymous. but easily recognized by each
    any thoughts would be appreciated

  514. Dr. Vo Spaderon 27 Mar 2013 at 4:56 pm

    These guys would make for an amazing American-Indian strikeforce.

  515. B. McKenzieon 27 Mar 2013 at 6:16 pm

    “They were meant to sound cheesy…” Could I ask why you went for that approach?

  516. wolfpackoflighton 27 Mar 2013 at 6:22 pm

    since their whole reason is to keep people from trying to figure who the heroes are i figured it would make it easy for random bystanders to forget or at least prevent them from being able to narrow them down to just a few that might use those names

  517. B. McKenzieon 27 Mar 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Hmm. I’m not sure I see the advantage of deliberately cheesy names here, unless perhaps the characters are supposed to come across as goofy (e.g. like Austin Powers). I would think that any fake name would make it harder for bystanders to figure out who the superheroes are.

  518. wolfpackoflighton 28 Mar 2013 at 11:27 am

    yeah i guess i can see that, i think i was going for overly superficial because they are used in issuing commands in battle and a few times when they have to be present as humans. oh they are also teenagers if that might help anything

  519. Originality, Desperationon 28 Mar 2013 at 8:19 pm

    I really need a name for my hero, a grown woman (not the main character) who is extremely stubborn (but within reason. Sometimes.) and normally friendly enough but has a bit of a temper (especially when talking to this other hero who has a personality a lot like hers, they fight every time they’re together which is the focus of her character). She has electric powers that I want to have something to do with her name, some decently (but not overwhelmingly) abnormal strength, the ability to heal and heal others, and the ability to fly. She’s frank, doesn’t take crap from anybody, and is intensely physical.

    Please avoid the words girl/woman/electri(o)(a)/lightning, want something simple and cutting, bold, frank, and strong (but the strong part is NOT a focus).

  520. B. McKenzieon 28 Mar 2013 at 9:16 pm

    1) I feel like your list could be clearer. What do you mean by “I want something… strong (but the strong part is NOT a focus)?” Could you give an example of a bold name that is not very strong? Could you give an example of a frank name?
    1.1) When you say “simple and cutting,” you’re ruling out a longer name, right? Can an author cover the lightning theme, frankness, boldness and strength (and/or the strength non-focus) in one word? My suggestion would be that especially if you’re looking for a simple name, I’d recommend focusing on 1-2 key elements to the character rather than 4+.

    2) Instead of giving a list of 11 things you want to see or don’t want to see in the name, it may help to give examples of names you are impressed by. My first approach was to come up with something which actually met all 11 conditions, but the results were invariably super-1990s like Plasmastorm. Instead, I’d recommend something like Voltaic (mainly because it covers electricity and uses hard/cutting/disagreeable sounds which may be helpful given her combative personality), even though it definitely isn’t simple, doesn’t strike me as particularly frank, and may or may not be strong without a focus on the strong part.

    3) In general, the only person likely to create a name that will make the author happy is the author himself/herself (e.g. the author knows the story best, knows his/her style best, knows the character best, etc). That strikes me as especially likely in this case.

  521. Kirbyon 30 Mar 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Since Becky’s power is becoming a gas at will, I’m not sure what will make for a good hero name. Anything with Gas in it is probably out of the question, at least. She can whip up some decent winds with her ability, so I’m thinking that it might be a better idea to go with something relating to wind, like Ms. Whirlwind or Chicago Storm (she lives in the city).

  522. Kirbyon 30 Mar 2013 at 3:42 pm

    (Yeesh, forgot to include this.) She’s curious to a fault and observant, and she’s also the only real superhero in Chicago, and young and naive to boot. I think Upstart might be an idea for a name, too.

  523. B. McKenzieon 30 Mar 2013 at 9:07 pm

    I think the patronizing/dismissive element is interesting–“Upstart” sort of strikes me as a name that a journalist (or some other outsider) might give to a superhero he/she didn’t find very impressive. Who gives the character her name?

    If she’s the only Chicagoan and most superheroes are from New York or California, “Flyover” would be another very dismissive term for a Midwesterner (sort of like Lois Lane addressing Clark Kent as “Smallville”).

    As for Chicago Storm, I’d generally recommend using a location in the name if the character’s location helps develop the character (e.g. Martian Manhunter), creates a really interesting contrast (e.g. the Nantucket Ninja), or is somehow really relevant to plots and/or conflicts (e.g. “The Canadian” from a character who is super-suspicious of Canadians). Otherwise, I’d recommend leaving it out of her name.

    One other complication with Chicago Storm… in conversation, I imagine that characters would generally address her as just Storm (because “Chicago Storm” would probably be awkward in conversation). I’m not a lawyer, but I think your eventual publisher may suggest some alternative to addressing a wind-themed heroine as Storm. Marvel/Disney is REALLY protective of its characters…

  524. Kirbyon 31 Mar 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Yeah, after I came up with Upstart, I realized that it sounded pretty condescending. But Becky isn’t seen in a very positive light by a lot of the community, particularly by the higher ups in the CPD and the Tribune editorials (who give her the name). They’re very wary of her because of her pretty unimpressive power and how she lets criminals get away on a regular basis. I thought it might be an unusual move to name her that anyway without her protesting too much, to signify that she doesn’t care all that much about her public image and just wants to try and help while solving the main mystery of the story that’s driving her nuts.

  525. B. McKenzieon 31 Mar 2013 at 11:30 pm

    –I like that she doesn’t make a big deal of it. That strikes me as an unusual decision on her part, and one that I think makes her look more serious than someone who complains about a mildly unfriendly name. (My thinking: if a superhero gets rankled by an unfriendly newspaper, he/she has no prayer against criminals).

    –“Beck isn’t seen in a very positive light by a lot of the community, particularly by… the Tribune editorials.” I’m not a lawyer, but if you’re depicting a company in a negative light, I’d recommend using a fictional organization to avoid a lawsuit (e.g. the Daily Bugle)*. Alternately, if you wanted to use a real newspaper name but not get sued, I’d recommend the Chicago Daily News (which went under in 1978) or the Chicago Times (which got bought out in 1895). Fortunately, I think this change can be made in under 15 minutes (with your word processor’s Find-Replace tool).
    *Exception: Government organizations (e.g. CPD) are not eligible to sue for libel/defamation, so whatever you say about Chicago’s notoriously incompetent police department is legally clear.

    –I think it’s more dramatic that the media criticism of her sounds partly warranted (e.g. because she’s letting too many criminals escape).

  526. Qwertyon 01 Apr 2013 at 12:57 am

    What would be a good name for a character with vision abilities? (Not x-ray/heat vision.) She can look at a person and see their recent past and future; with training she can see farther into their past and future. In combat she can see a few moments into her opponent’s future and predict his next move, and always stay one step ahead of him. I wasn’t picturing this power as a telepathic thing, just strictly visual.

  527. Little Mouseon 01 Apr 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Hello! This is extremely helpful!! I’ve already given several of my characters names but am stumped to a few of them.

    1. A villain who looks frail and weak but who is extremely smart. -Male
    2. Can create Dark Plasma Ports (teleportation) and super strength. – Male
    3. Can control sounds like, noises, vibrations, music… etc. – Female

    Any help would be welcome to me 🙂

  528. Zachon 02 Apr 2013 at 9:59 am

    Little Mouse, what are the characters voices, backgrounds, and personalities like? That will help us get a better idea of what to include in the names we suggest.

  529. Deperate Originalityon 14 Apr 2013 at 11:12 am

    What do you think about a supervillain who is known to be psychotic and has some very minor elemental powers like ice, lightning, and fire and whose name is Mental, like Elemental but without the El, so that it also says that she’s a villain and completely insane? If I have that name, should I also give her telepathic powers?

  530. Deperate Originalityon 14 Apr 2013 at 11:15 am

    About my earlier question on a name for a character who has a short temper, electric powers, and clashes a lot with this other heros who has a similar personality (i.e. hotheaded and stubborn)… well, there’s this one name I like, but I heard it on Young Justice, so I can’t use it. I really like the name Impulse, and so far I’ve been calling her Pulse, but it’s just not quite right. Do you have any suggestions?

  531. Deperate Originalityon 14 Apr 2013 at 11:24 am

    There’s also this idea I’vee been toying with. I see a lot of heros with names that have invulnerable in them, and I was thinking of making a character who is humble and or traumatized and has invulnerability, but whose name is Vulnerable. Any thoughts?

    What do you think of a healing doctor named Pulse?

    I’ve also been thinking of having a superhero be a wooden puppet with control over plants whose name is Pinnocio. Do you think Disney would kick up a fuss? The movie is really old and I doubt Pinnocio has ever been used as a superhero before. And also, do you think it’s a good name? He was made by a girl with plant and electrical powers accidentally.

  532. B. McKenzieon 14 Apr 2013 at 12:12 pm

    I like the doctor named Pulse. It strikes me as subtly scientific and I think it’d be pretty easy to take the character seriously.

    I can’t speculate on what Disney would do, but in general, Disney/Marvel is very aggressive about protecting its copyrights, and would likely have a plausible copyright case. I suspect that you could come up with a more distinctive & superheroic name which raises fewer legal questions than “Pinocchio.” For example, maybe something based on “bark,” because bark is associated with both plants and woods (and is also tough enough that it wouldn’t be completely out of place for a superhero).

    “…humble and or traumatized and has invulnerability, but whose name is Vulnerable. Any thoughts?” I think that naming her Vulnerable will cue to readers that weakness/helplessness is her signature trait. In terms of making the character likable and interesting, I’m not sure this will turn out as intended. I’d recommend checking out, say, Batman and Wolverine — while not purely heroic (e.g. Batman’s traumas cause him to have major social problems), they are competent/active enough on the surface that they can still be taken seriously as superheroes. I’d recommend revising “Vulnerable” to make it easier to take her seriously.

    “Mental” for a psychotic elementalist… If you’re writing a comedy, I think it’d be okay. Is the character supposed to be frightening (i.e. a serious threat to the protagonists)? If so, one possibility would be something which sounds more like an actual name (e.g. Heroes’ Sylar or The Taxman Must Die’s Hex Abrams).

  533. gurlson 15 Apr 2013 at 2:06 pm

    How about these names and heroes:
    Italics: second wave
    Real Name: Brian Foster
    Age: 12
    Special Abilities: extreme intelligence (great memory), controls electricity, mind reader
    Appearance: glasses, pale skin, dark hair with bangs, gray eyes
    Real Name: Lani Ross
    Age: 12
    Special Abilities: to fly, blade wings
    Appearance: wavy blond hair, brown eyes, tanned skin
    Real Name: Steve Daniels
    Age: 12
    Special Abilities: heat vision, fire manipulation
    Appearance: red hair, freckles, green eyes
    Accessory: sunglasses
    Real Name: Mimi Deville
    Age: 12
    Special Abilities: mimic anyone’s voice or body
    Appearance: light brown skin, hazel eyes, shoulder-length brown hair
    Accessory: writing journal
    Real Name: Lyle Petersen
    Special Abilities:
    Appearance: braces, dark skin, short black hair
    Real Name: Nick Chambers
    Age: 12
    Special Abilities: lizard morphing, camoflague
    Appearance: pale skin, brown hair and eyes
    Real Name: Victor Vazzarelli
    Age: 12
    Special Abilities: plant manipulation and empathy
    Appearance: clump of reddish-brown hair
    Real Name: Spencer Swifton
    Special Abilities: super speed
    Appearance: blond with blue eyes
    Accessory: pedometer
    Real Name: Melanie Beats
    Age: 12
    Special Abilities: super-sonic voice, keen hearing
    Appearance: curly brown hair, olive skin, brown eyes
    Accessory: headphones
    Real Name: Jessica Kim
    Age: 12
    Special Abilities: freeze liquids and time
    Appearance: straight black hair, brown eyes, pale skin
    Accessory: Ice skates, special watch

  534. Katnipon 30 Apr 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Hi! Reading has really helped me. The only thing I’m stuck on is a group name for 6 teens. I have all the individual names. (Super and regular.)

    1. Ability to shoot/absorb shocking energy-female
    2. Ability to read minds,tell people what to do-female
    3. Ability to shoot fire/immune to heat-female
    4. Ability to freeze anything into ice-male
    5. Ability to control/produce water-male
    6. Ability to have super strength-male

    I would appreciate any help. Thanks! 🙂

  535. YoungAuthoron 01 May 2013 at 7:17 pm

    @Katnip. #3 Firestarter, Hothand, Flame, Torch, Afterburner
    #4 Arctic

  536. Katnipon 04 May 2013 at 6:27 am

    Ooh i like those! 🙂 thanks!

  537. Jake Vitelaon 04 May 2013 at 9:04 pm

    I’ve used some of these hero names for a while so it’s kind of hard to let go of them, but should I change these?

    Star Lass – A young woman with Aspergers and a strong urge to fight evil. Although very timid around people she spends little to no time with, she becomes very talkative around her friends and practices her social skills by trash talking her enemies. She has a good amount of space-themed powers: light/solar energy, teleportation, and can alter reality to an extent.

    Willpower – A carefree, energetic young man who is Star Lass’ boyfriend. He was the one who helped the once-reclusive Star become more confident during her adolescent years. He has the power to harness his will into physical energy and various other methods.

    Black Moon – A formerly naive youth, she went through a strenuous ordeal that changed her to become more aggressive in her superhero life. She has a variety of powers associated with the moon: control of others’ shadows, gravity manipulation, and elemental darkness.

    Queen Metal – A prodigy even as a teenager, she has talents in creating with technology. However, she’s a rather sour person who masks chronic depression. She has the power to control metal. Having lost an arm in a fight, uses a cybernetic one capable of, among other things, firing bullets.

    I might have established too little/too much, but this is all I could think up from the top of my head.

  538. Stuckon 10 May 2013 at 10:28 am

    Hey everyone,
    wondering if anyone can help me with a name for my superhero.
    Male – very athletic – power comes from a special golden ring – would be cool if the letter X was involved but doesnt have to be.
    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  539. Kirbyon 10 May 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Hm. We might need some more information on him in order to give some better ideas for names. Right now, I’m thinking Excel might work.

  540. Stuckon 13 May 2013 at 7:37 am

    He is a student/athlete by day and becomes a superhero by night. His school has a special ring that their students wear but his is much more powerful (still trying to figure out how the special powers are in his ring and not others). The school athletic teams all have the letter X in them because the school is Xavier – this is the reason for wanting an X in the name if possible. Excel is a great option! Thank you 🙂

  541. Stuckon 13 May 2013 at 7:42 am

    I guess Im leaning towards something that could be linked to athletics but also a strong name…if that makes sense haha 🙂 Any help is beyond appreciated 🙂 First time writing this style story 🙂

  542. Roye Okupeon 23 May 2013 at 7:36 am


    I have a super hero I am trying to name. The character is a young man who was not born a hero but had to learn to become one. His father was a scientist who left behind a prototype exoskeleton suit that grants the wearer super human abilities. Below is a brief on the character

    Name: Wale West
    Age: 22
    Height: 6’1
    Traits: Brash, Impatient, Over Confident, Selfless, Brave, Intellegent
    Super Powers: Super Strength, Flight, Ability to create and manipulate force and force fields

    For now all I have is “eXo” [short for exoskeleton]

    I also want to title it :

    EXO: Legend of the West

    Any ideas? or what do you think of mine? Not sure if I am confident with exo but let me know


  543. Jeffon 26 May 2013 at 10:38 am

    I have a character I need help naming. She is a woman in her early 20’s. Her real name is Tara Delisle (a combo of my 2 favorite voice actresses) and she has the power to control/make force fields, and is very confused (and kinda angry) because she was forced onto a super-heroine squad. Please help! 🙂

  544. NatashaTheSovieton 31 May 2013 at 8:33 pm

    How does she use her powers?
    Does she have anything special about her appearance?
    Has she got any distinguishing features that no one else on her superhero team has?

  545. Dagger_Dropon 02 Jun 2013 at 3:13 pm

    I’m working on a story specifically about a sidekick. His boss/partner is called Surge and has electric powers. The main character, named Alec Nichols, has no powers but uses his martial arts skill and some gadgetry with electric foundations (e.g batons with taser-like endings that combine into a staff). What would be a good name for him?

  546. Dagger_Dropon 02 Jun 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Oh, and he and Surge work primarily at night

  547. Jeffon 08 Jun 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Natasha the Soviet- She uses the force fields like an article on this website said- she smashes stuff in between them, uses it to fly, she creates a force field around stuff and moves it, etc. She doesn’t have anything really special about her apperance- except for the fact that she is really pretty, and never wears make-up or slutty clothes. The thing that distinguishes her from the rest of her team is always sees the best in people and puts hope in stuff she shouldn’t- she can never help herself from doing that. Also, she was kidnapped and her powers were forced upon her.

  548. Zinkaneon 09 Jun 2013 at 1:26 pm

    I’m writing a story about a school or institute where kids and teens are taught how to use their superpowers. Many years before, a group of people were test subjects to have enhanced abilities, but the test hadn’t worked and were then let go. Years later people with superpowers were discovered and the government opened the institute to control the people with superpowers and teach them to use them responsibly. Obviously, some people slipped under the radar and became “villains”. Some people became “super heroes” and fought the villains, so people know they exist. Anyway, I wanted to know any kind of names for my main characters. The people aren’t being trained to be super heroes but some just choose to be.The institute just gives everyone a “super-hero name” to students in case they get discovered, so I wanted your ideas for names- mostly code-name/super-hero sounding names.

    1. Matt Makiramay- He is a bit of a loner, but feels comfortable with his group of close friends. He can replicate other people’s abilities, but, at first, cannot control it so he can only use an ability when he is close to a person with it. He doesn’t want to hurt people, but, ironically, he has a “feral mind” that takes control over him when he gets too stressed or excited- like the hulk. His senses become heightened and he has extreme agility. He is 12 and doesn’t know if his parent are dead or not which becomes his main motivation in the plot.

    2. Pedro Sanchez- A technopath, he can control technology and is very adept with machines. Being Matt’s best friend, he is a foil to Matt. He is a “shoot first, think later” kind of guy who makes friends with everyone. Being a technopath, he makes his own “weapons”. Out of the trio, he is the “diversion” guy who’ll gladly provided a distraction just for the fun of it. Because of this, he is depicted as crazy or unstable.

    3. Allison Avery- She has extreme intelligence and extreme agility, making her a great ally in batttle. She keeps the group together, but constantly lives with the guilt of not telling Matt what happened to his parents, since her parents were involved with Matt’s parents. Witty and clever, she constantly toys with Matt and Pedro and her enemies, making her very hard to read.

    I want to know everyone’s ideas for names and/or character personalities.

    P.S. The story is told from Matt’s POV, so he doesn’t know everything about everyone.

  549. Jeffon 09 Jun 2013 at 6:09 pm

    What is the institute’s name?
    Do they give serious names, or funny/playful names?
    Also Allison should have ACTUAL super powers. Agility and intellect are fine and dandy, but anyone can possess those “powers.” Also, if the institute is for training kids with powers, why would Allison be there? Are her powers agility and intellect? (Also make sure she isn’t a generic super hero who easily whoops everyone’s a*s and rubs it in the guys’ faces. :D)

  550. Zinkaneon 09 Jun 2013 at 7:09 pm

    I’m not sure on the institute’s name. I was thinking maybe something to do with Charles Darwin, maybe, but I’m not sure. With Allison, I was thinking maybe she could be able to teleport short distances, like a few yards, and I think that would work well with her agility– like Nightcrawler almost. In terms of the names I was thinking something serious, but maybe one of them has a funny/playful name like you said; they have to have a sense of humor too, right? Allison isn’t a jerk and makes people feel bad, but I was thinking she just plays a lot of mind games with everyone, a trait that could easily be turned into a flaw of untrust if need be.

    Thanks for your input and I’ll take your thoughts into consideration.

  551. Jeffon 09 Jun 2013 at 9:32 pm

    I was thinking on names for all the characters- and I’m genuinely stumped! Although, for Pedro, since he seems like a cocky character who would want an overly awesome code name, maybe his super hero name could be your username, Zinkane! (Although I recommend changing the spelling to Zincane so it’s easier to tell how it is pronounced.) Best of luck with your project!!!

  552. Linnendilon 16 Jun 2013 at 11:05 pm

    I’d like some help with a superhero name, please. If possible, I would prefer not to have it end in “woman,” “girl,” etc.; that gets really old for me, really quickly.

    Name: Kendall Ethelinda Rowe
    Appearance: 5’4″; 110 pounds; small and slim; long, straight, chestnut hair; almond-shaped brown eyes; naturally pencil-thin brown eyebrows; heart-shaped face; high-ish cheekbones; thin (but not bony) arms and legs; small feet (UK size 4, US size 6.5)
    Age: 17
    Gender: Female
    History: Born and raised in Dublin, moved with family to New York right before freshman year in high school, met and liked one person all first freshman semester, she and said person became inseparable, person introduced her to two good friends of person, she liked them too, group of four best friends complete, now all four in junior year (other three may get powers of own in future books/stories, if any)
    Personality: Humble, shy, quiet, introverted, creative, bookworm, values honesty, values friends/family, values both groups’ safety, complete geek and secretly proud of it
    Country of origin: Ireland
    Place of residence: New York (Long Island?)
    Boyfriend: No
    Crush: No
    Abilities/Skills/Hobbies: Musician, artist, actress, good at imitating regional accents (best are generic British, Scottish, and American), straight-A student, amateur seamstress, amateur author
    Power(s): Chameleonic nature & danger intuition
    Other: Has three close friends to whom she’s extremely loyal; too shy to interact with just about anyone else (at beginning of story, at least)

    Thank you! 🙂

    P.S. I’ll likely be returning for assistance with names for Kendall’s three friends…as soon as I develop their entire existences.

  553. GirlWonderon 18 Jun 2013 at 7:45 pm

    I have a teenage female character that can manipulate sound to mimic people’s voices, identify people based on their voice, and unleash a screech for sonar/damage. I don’t want to use a typical name like ‘Music’, but I also want it to be something that you can say quickly (this is needed in the heat of battle). Any suggestions for a super name?

  554. GirlWonderon 18 Jun 2013 at 7:47 pm

    And Linnendil: Raptor, Whisper, Ghost, Nervestrike, or Reflex.

  555. Roye Okupeon 19 Jun 2013 at 7:53 am

    Hey Guys can someone help me out with my question above, I’ll repost it again below., please need some help and ideas:

    I have a super hero I am trying to name. The character is a young man who was not born a hero but had to learn to become one. His father was a scientist who left behind a prototype exoskeleton suit that grants the wearer super human abilities. Below is a brief on the character

    Name: Wale West
    Age: 22
    Height: 6’1
    Traits: Brash, Impatient, Over Confident, Selfless, Brave, Intelligent
    Super Powers: Above Normal Strength, Flight, Ability to create and manipulate force and force fields

    For now all I have is “eXo” [short for exoskeleton]

    I also want to title it :

    EXO: Legend of the West

    Any ideas? or what do you think of the name? Any other suggestions

    Thanks guys

  556. Stargirl32on 19 Jun 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Hello!!! I was hoping for a bit of assistance on the name for my character. While the article helped me a TON in figuring out a general name idea, I’m struggling with getting an exact name. My character is sound-powered, like sound waves, sonic powers, etc. I was really wanting to do a name involved with the Greek muses, because of their involvement with the arts. For example, I was considering the name ‘Musa’, but I’d rather not use it due to the show Winx Club having a sound-powered girl named Musa. Also considered the name Calliope, who was the head Muse, but it wasn’t very catchy. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!

  557. B. McKenzieon 20 Jun 2013 at 10:58 am

    Some thoughts, Roye:

    –The character’s personality sounds sort of generic (e.g. 99% of all superheroes are selfless and 99% of superhero guys younger than 25 are brash/impatient/overconfident). I’d recommend giving him at least 1-2 major decisions to distinguish him from most brash characters (i.e. have him do something which a character like Tony Stark wouldn’t have done in the same position) and coming up with at least one situation where his personality traits create major obstacles for him (e.g. Stark making his life more complicated by outing himself as Iron Man).

    –I’d recommend standardizing the capitalization on eXo to Exo.

    –“EXO: Legend of the West.” I feel this may be a mismatch for the genre? “Legend of the West” sounds a lot like a Western (or, combined with Exo, perhaps a Western in space). I’d recommend going with a title which gives prospective readers a better idea of what the story is like.

    –You probably don’t need to make any changes now, but there’s already a $50+ million superhero named Wally West and your eventual publisher will probably ask you to rename Wale West. (If this is a comic book rather than a novel, I would highly recommend changing the name before submitting — otherwise I think it can wait until you have a publisher).

  558. Blackscaron 20 Jun 2013 at 12:29 pm


    Personally, I think that Calliope is a wonderful name, but that may just be my opinion.

    May I suggest a sound-based name, such as Timbre? (It’s not quite a muse, I realize, so I apologize for that.)

    In simple terms, timbre is what makes a particular musical sound different from another, even when they have the same pitch and loudness. For instance, it is the difference between a guitar and a piano playing the same note at the same loudness. ((Taken from Wikipedia))

  559. GirlWonderon 20 Jun 2013 at 1:11 pm

    I have a teenage female character that can manipulate sound to mimic people’s voices, identify people based on their voice, and unleash a screech for sonar/damage. I don’t want to use a typical name like ‘Music’, but I also want it to be something that you can say quickly (this is needed in the heat of battle). Any suggestions for a super name?

  560. Stargirl32on 20 Jun 2013 at 8:00 pm

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!! I think the name Timbre is actually pretty cool, and that’s what her name will be. 🙂

  561. Jeffon 20 Jun 2013 at 8:28 pm

    I have a character I need help naming. She is a woman in her early 20′s. Her real name is Tara Delisle (a combo of my 2 favorite voice actresses) and she has the power to control/make force fields, and is very confused (and kinda angry) because she was forced onto a super-heroine squad. She uses the force fields like an article on this website said- she smashes stuff in between them, uses it to fly, she creates a force field around stuff and moves it, etc. She doesn’t have anything really special about her apperance- except for the fact that she is really pretty, and never wears make-up or slutty clothes. The thing that distinguishes her from the rest of her team is always never trusts anyone and trys to stay emotionally distant from everyone . Also, she was kidnapped and her powers were forced upon her. Thanks!

  562. B. McKenzieon 20 Jun 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Jeff, one of the main themes I’m noticing about TD is that she’s a reluctant hero and that there’s a significant contrast between what she wants (and how she acts) vs. what others expect of her (e.g. she’s on a team she doesn’t want to be on, she didn’t want superpowers, she chooses to dress less provocatively than one might expect given her attractiveness, etc). If this is correct, I think it’d be thematically helpful to have another character give her a name which misses the mark about her in some way.

    For example…
    –“Dr. Manhattan” (and his costume) help build distance between an extraordinarily strange/nonhuman character and the humans he’s working with.
    –“Beast” for a gentle scientist who happens to look like a monster.
    –A German or Japanese protagonist getting a name tied to WWII (e.g. Blitzkrieg or Kamikaze) from a character who does not understand why these would probably be offensive.
    –“War Machine” gets changed to “Iron Patriot” even though the character didn’t find War Machine offensive. (“Iron Patriot” played better with overseas focus groups).

  563. Roye Okupeon 21 Jun 2013 at 8:17 am

    @B. Mac,

    Thanks for the feedback it’s much appreciated. Couple of things

    1. As a stand alone, does the name “Exo” sound good for a superhero name and the title ? If not any suggestions from anybody? 🙂

    2. The name of the character is actually pronounced “Wah-Ley” West. I am from Africa and we pronounce “Wale” differently. This concept/story is based in Africa, Wale West is an African superhero.

    3. In terms of his personality his father created the exoskeleton suit as a weapon for the organization he works for (He is a scientist). After creating the suit he immediately regrets it because he knows its about to fall into wrong hands. He took the suit from the organization and hid it for his son before he was eventually killed by the organization (he anticipated this, and further modified the suit to only be worn by someone with his DNA (think spawn)). This allows only Wale to operate the suit. On the other hand Wale resents his farther (I can’t go into detail right now) and refuses to use the suit, until he eventually has no choice but to save people from the very organization that killed his farther as they are now using the original suit schematics his father designed to create other weapons. Wale does not want to be a hero, was not born a hero but he has to become one. Further more wearing the suit reminds him of his father who he hates, this creates a constant conflict for him in his mind on whether or not he wants to play the hero role.

    What do you think?

  564. Jeffon 21 Jun 2013 at 9:14 am

    @B. Mac,
    Thank you for the feedback! I will definitely have another character give TD her superhero name… The other two characters on the team are…. Interesting people and I can see them, giving her a super-name. Thanks again for the feedback!

  565. Comicmanon 21 Jun 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Hey. In my own comic universe I have a superhero who doesn’t have a name. He’s an alien who’s planet was destroyed by war. His powers are flight, invulnerability, super strength, enhanced vision, smell and hearing, enhanced speed, and energy blast like cyclops from x men. I have no name for him yet and I really need one. Anyone have ideas????

  566. Anon.on 22 Jun 2013 at 1:44 am

    I’d have to echo changing Wale West’s name because there’s actually a rather famous existing superhero called Wally West, the third Flash.

  567. B. McKenzieon 22 Jun 2013 at 4:20 am

    I like Exo as a superhero name, but if this is a novel*, I’d recommend against using just Exo as a title. Incorporating extra details (e.g. the mood of the work, anything significant about the plot, anything about the authorial style, something at stake for the main character, something interesting about the setting or premise, etc) would probably help sell your work to prospective readers. If I could brazenly draw from my own work, I think “The Taxman Must Die” is more interesting and does a better job introducing the work (a fish-out-of-water comedy about an IRS accountant transferred onto a superpowered SWAT team).

    *It’s pretty common for comic books to be named after the main character (or team). I would say these generally aren’t incredibly effective titles, but if a comic book’s cover is great, the title doesn’t matter as much for marketing purposes. In contrast, in a bookstore, novels are generally placed on their side so that prospective readers see the title first and will only see the cover if the title convinces them to pull out the book. With novels, I would say that the title is a lot more important.

    “I’d have to echo changing Wale West’s name because there’s actually a rather famous existing superhero called Wally West, the third Flash.” While I think a publisher may ask the author to change the character’s name, if the work is a novel, I don’t think the author needs to change the name preemptively (changing a name takes less than an hour or two, so this probably wouldn’t scare away a publisher from a project that was otherwise publishable). Also, I don’t think that the average novel editor would have heard of Wally West.

    That said, if we’re talking about a comic book, then I’d suggest preemptively changing the name because the average comic book editor (depending on country) probably has heard of Wally West. Flash sells 500,000+ copies per year, around as many as the standalone titles for Wolverine or Iron Man…

  568. Kryptonpowers99on 23 Jun 2013 at 5:56 am

    Don’t be fooled by my name, im not just a fanboy!!

    I began this story (ten chapters in) where there is a boy who’s parents were the worlds greatest superheroes: Titan and Khione. I gained the idea from the Kingdom come storyline wher (SPOILER ALERT!!!!!: Wonder woman Becomes pregnant with superman’s child) His mom was murdered while he was a child and his dad gave up his own powers. But now the new generation is rising and there are villains everywhere and they need a team. He puts together a team with Himself (Atlas, has super strength, speed, etc, flight, etc.), Kronos (Manipulator of time, space and energy) and Theia (Sorceress) i named them all after the greek titans but then as more people join and leave the team, that will change.

    I want it to be a series of ten books and he discovers new powers every step of the way. I want him to 14 in bk 1, 15 in bk 2, 16 in bk 3, etc. all the was up to twenty four or five.

    His parents were on a team called the olympians and they all han names of greek gods…. any suggestions that could help me? Was the name choosing process good.

  569. B. McKenzieon 23 Jun 2013 at 2:13 pm

    KP99, some thoughts and suggestions:
    1) I’d recommend proofreading more aggressively. When you’re submitting to publishers, this will help keep your submission alive longer. If the first page has 3+ typos, the reader will pass before page 2.

    2) “I want it to be a series of 10 books…” Hmm… If possible, it may be somewhat more publisher-friendly to pitch 1 book at a time, especially if you haven’t been published yet. Depending on the publisher, publishing a single book requires a commitment of more than $20,000 in expenses & labor. To consider a commitment of more than a few books, the publisher would have to be extremely impressed with the writer’s skills and probably the writer’s history of success. (Also, on your end, a 10-book project will probably take you 10-15 years after the first book is published, and it’ll probably take you at least 5 years to get the first book published… When you’re 25 or 30, it’s very possible you’d want to be working on something else).

    3) I’d suggest against using more than one exclamation mark at a time.

  570. someoneon 25 Jun 2013 at 10:09 pm

    I’ve been working on a superhero team of 5 .the first is the oldest and the leader The Green Volt he has green volts of electricity and duplication also he is 15 .the second is the youngest and the humor of the team I haven’t decided a name yet but his powers are shape shifting into only animals and creatures he can also talk to animals and creatures. the other team members I haven’t thought of yet but I know these two are boys and I want one more boy, two girls cant come up with anything. help?

  571. someoneon 25 Jun 2013 at 10:11 pm

    the shapeshifter who is the youngest is 13

  572. Mr. B.R.M.on 27 Jun 2013 at 9:04 pm

    For a kid who has made about over 300 characters, it’s not the easiest creating names for all of them. Sometimes I would just make up names like “Nodnarb” or “Roniam” because I’ve run out of ideas. Your advice really helped. Thanks

  573. A friendon 29 Jun 2013 at 7:07 pm

    I need help figuring out a name for fire super hero. Here is his stats:
    Powers: same as human torch
    Goals: to bring peace and defeat his watery nemesis
    Personality: kind(usually), attitude sometimes, cocky, stubborn, very sensitive things with family or friends.
    Weaknesses: Obviously water, no oxygen, and curiosity(always gets him in trouble).
    Please help me. I’m trying to write a script for a tv series a friend and I want to film. Plz help!

  574. A friendon 29 Jun 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Your welcome. After all, you guys did say to give plenty of information.

  575. A friendon 30 Jun 2013 at 10:05 am

    But can I get some help?

  576. A friendon 01 Jul 2013 at 7:24 am


  577. Proxie#0on 01 Jul 2013 at 5:56 pm

    I would say that you should focus more on the character than on his abilities, assuming, of course, that this is the depth of character you have at the moment. His goals are generic, but proven quite often to work. I’d try to get a semblance of a back-story going, in case you don’t already. This will help to define the WHY of his decisions to become a hero and HOW this puts him in conflict with the “bad guy.”

    I would also suggest making his personality more definite, and less so-so. For example, you could make it so that in certain situations (or with certain people) he does the same standard things, and with others he does different things.

    As for names…

    Sigil (Magical Background?)

    And I hope you don’t take any of this too harshly, just trying to contribute.

  578. Alexon 02 Jul 2013 at 12:24 pm

    I am considering an idea for a superhero who has telekinetic abilities, along with precognitive dreams. However, since his telekinetic abilities are not extremely strong (or, at least, not as strong as comic book powers often are), and neither is his physique, he has to rely on his intellect and willpower to more of a degree than most superhumans. A core belief of the character is that the human mind is the ultimate tool, and so the will to do something is more important than your perceived capabilities, enabling him to push himself beyond the breaking point of most with force of will alone (he is not physically strong or invulnerable any more than a normal human, and cannot stop bullets with telekinesis as they move too fast to focus on). Because of this I considered calling him “Willpower” but that didn’t feel right, and I am currently considering the name “Mentality”, because of the nod to both his powers and beliefs, as well as just the way it sounds. What does anyone else think?

  579. TheDoctoron 03 Jul 2013 at 11:54 am

    i think that you should use the name The Thought or Thought besides that everything sounds pretty good but add a backstory .

  580. That Guyon 03 Jul 2013 at 1:51 pm

    i have a hero but i don’t know if his name is already used it is Stone Golem or Golem

  581. Alexon 04 Jul 2013 at 2:56 am

    Thanks for the idea. I already have a backstory done, but I provided all the detail that I thought might help in deciding a name in the earlier post.

    And, That Guy, here is a link to the Marvel characters called “Golem”: none of them seem that well-known, so you should be okay.

  582. That Guyon 07 Jul 2013 at 12:14 pm


  583. That Guyon 07 Jul 2013 at 12:32 pm

    I am making a superhero team is anybody a good artist if so can you help me with drawing my team.

  584. LucaLunion 14 Jul 2013 at 12:19 am

    I’ve just been searching this entire list of comments for a superhero name that might fit with my character but with no success. I only have one character in need of a super name so can someone please help me out!
    Character Profile(ish):
    Gender: Male
    Real Name: Cobei Carogei (don’t ask, it’s in a different language)
    Powers: Peak-human strength at first but later gets hulk strength so that he can beat another superhero, an alien (to us) snake-like amphibian thing that wraps around his arm and latches on giving him control over it (can make it move, hit things, grab things, wrap around enemies to trap/kill them, wraps around objects to swing from (bit like Spider-Man(ish)))
    Personality: Cocky, can be evil, a bit childish, mature enough to know what is right and wrong, funny, becomes a supervillain later on out of revenge and hate
    Main costume colours: Black, red, maybe dark navy blue instead of black

    So yeah this is him^! If you think his profile is good leave that in comments too! Thanks!

  585. That Guyon 14 Jul 2013 at 8:21 pm

    awesome character profile you should use the name Amphibifreak

  586. Isabellaon 16 Jul 2013 at 12:56 pm

    First of all, LucaLuni, I love Corbei’s name! What language is that in?

    I think if he’s childish and funny, he might choose a ‘stupider’ name than some other heroes (like what That Guy said–name him Amphibifreak). He seems less likely to choose a name related to his goal or emotions and more likely to go for something goofy.

    But, you also said that he becomes a villain out of revenge and hate. Those two words stand out to me, so maybe something like that can become his name (I’m going to steal some names from my World of Warcraft characters to help you–Hate, Impulsive, Despicable, Spat, and Larrie. I like that. “Tremble before the all-powerful LARRIE!”)

    And maybe, if Corbei’s from another country, you could use one of those names (say, Hate) and translate to his native language. If it looks like people could pronounce it without much difficulty, use that as his name.

  587. LucaLunion 17 Jul 2013 at 8:24 am

    Thanks! Btw he’s from another planet similar to earth and the story is set on another planet. The language Corbei’s name is in is my own, Hankorian (but you’ll find much more about that when you find this comic at your local comic book store xD).
    I kinda wanted something a little darker than Amphibifreak though. It’s not completely comedy and is a little darker than Spider-Man.
    Thanks, Isabella, That Guy!

    PS: If you can come up with any more suggestions let me know. And the creature wrapped around him is a variant of another legendary monster (in Cobei’s world) called Kilia which translates to Kill. This is because the monster is ancient and the very first people named it that because it was the most devastating biological killing machine. I actually came up with a name for Cobei but I don’t think it’s good. I named him ‘The Kill’. (Btw Kill doesn’t sound original but bare in mind the monster was named by a civilisation that existed before the dinosaurs.)

  588. LucaLunion 17 Jul 2013 at 12:34 pm

    I’ve just been reading the comments on this page and I was so glad to see that no superhero ideas even related to that of mine 😀
    I’ve created a supehero team of 5 characters, some no-power, some power, that are set in a sci-fi universe. I’ve noticed a lot that most superheroes are set in modern-today sorts of times whereas mine is set completely Star Wars like sci-fi universe.
    Also I’ve noticed that most superheroes are set on Earth and are sometimes from another planet. Mine however are set far away from Earth (a few thousand lightyears) on a planet similar, but very different, to Earth (except my super team).
    These originalities are somewhat accidental and I didn’t think to make them original (I only just realised xD).
    I hope other people try to see the superhero world as I see it and try to come up with more unique superheroes that are enjoyable and fun to read/watch (I’m gonna make a film).
    One more thing that might interest people is setting your superhero in a Middle-Ages type time. It would be interesting to see a man flying over castles shooting lazer beams out of his eyes at the nearby goblin. xD

  589. Zinkaneon 18 Jul 2013 at 6:02 am

    I already have the names of my characters for my story but need help with coming up with a name for the institution where the people train. In case you want information as to the tone of the story, I was thinking of having a bit of lightheartedness to the characters (for the majority of them) like Rick Riordan but to emphasize the realism of the situations they are in and their world in general, I would add some darker moments to counteract the light side and have them react to their situations. I want to use the two opposing tones to allow the teams somewhat quirky and slightly comical process. Like Shawn Spencer in Psych, specifically the Mr. Yang episode. If anyone understands that reference.
    Below is a brief synopsis of the story’s background:

    About 107 years ago the government wanted to improve. They wanted to improve efficiency. The economy. Mechanics. Society. And us. “A better world needs a better host.” Volunteers were numerous, everyone wanting to become better. The tests began with simple, minor, improvements: higher fire resistance, cognitive improvement, etc. While the tests didn’t stop, and volunteers never dwindled, the results did. When supportive results became rare, funding was immediately stopped. The project was cancelled and swept under the carpet out of the books. 32 years later reports of “unexplainable phenomena” became common. Though no records of the experiments existed, everyone knew the cause. In order to prevent the inevitable appearance of “super” criminals, a government institution was founded to instruct people how to use their new-found abilities for good and fight off evil.

    Any and all help is very much appreciated.

  590. LucaLunion 18 Jul 2013 at 8:13 am

    Can someone please help with my superhero name!
    Btw, Zin, tell me the superhero names and I’ll be able to come up with a name for the institution they train at.

  591. Unknownon 18 Jul 2013 at 9:37 am

    For a government institution, how about this.
    It is the only idea I had, sorry its an acronym. feel free to ignore this if it is too corny.

  592. LucaLunion 18 Jul 2013 at 10:33 am

    How about S.H.E.R.O.S.


    This is if you dislike using the unoriginal HERO approach.

  593. Unknownon 18 Jul 2013 at 1:34 pm

    thats better than mine, but that acronym spells SPHROS not SHEROS.
    And that character, Cobei, I get he has super strength, but i got lost when the amphibian was mentioned. Please explane that to me a bit more.

  594. Zinkaneon 18 Jul 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Matt’s “code-name/superhero name” is Mak. I was thinking that his dad had been given the same name when he had attended the institution and, since children usually take on the parent’s persona after they die or disappear, he would just inherit the name.

    Ally’s name is Twitch. I’m not entirely sure about this one (help?), but it makes sense since she can teleport short distances– like she’s twitching through space.

    Pedro, bless his heart, was the hardest one to find a name for. I decided to call him SepaRAD*(separate in Spanish). I don’t think his name being in Spanish would be a problem since many know Spanish and the word is similar in Spanish and English. His name works due to his erratic and chaotic personality and combat style and because of Mexican heritage.

    *Officially, his name is “Separad”, but, being Pedro Sanchez, he turned it into “SepaRAD.”

    As for the name of the institute, I’m fine with it not being an acronym.I mean, seriously, how many of us actually remember what SHIELD stands for?

  595. LucaLunion 18 Jul 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Sorry I accidently missed out the ‘Experimental’ bit.
    And Cobei.. Well the amphibious thing is like a big long ribbony snake that wraps around his arm and latches onto his arm giving him control over it. Part of it isn’t wrapped around his arm so Cobei can control and move that around to grab onto people, choke them, swing from things etc.

  596. Unknownon 18 Jul 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Ok, for his power and the fact he turns evil, try “Brute”
    For the alien thing, you can try “Serpent” or “Snake”.
    You know, that alien sounds like a parasite. Is that what it is? If so, then you could try “Host”.

  597. Unknownon 18 Jul 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Ya, i know what you mean. On another note, your book idea sounds great. I’d like to hear more about it.

  598. Zinkaneon 19 Jul 2013 at 1:41 am

    I’d love to tell you more about my book. E-mail me if you want to know more.

    The offer stands for everyone else.


  599. LucaLunion 19 Jul 2013 at 8:53 am

    Can someone please help me!

  600. Unknownon 19 Jul 2013 at 10:27 am

    If those others didnt work, try “Basilisk”. A Basilisk is a legendary reptile reputed to be king of serpents and said to have the power to cause death with a single glance.

  601. Roadrunneron 21 Jul 2013 at 6:18 pm

    In my novel my superhero doesn’t choose her name herself, but gets named by the public and that’s what everyone will refer to her as.
    They won’t know anything about her personality, goals, ect. So do you think it would be okay if they named her after her superpowers without it being to cliché or should I try to find another way around this?
    I also might just have people not call her anything so she wouldn’t have a superhero name at all, opinions?


  602. Isabellaon 21 Jul 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Hey again, LucaLini! Do you need help with another hero, or are you still asking for help with Corbei’s name?

    Roadrunner, I haven’t seen that one used before (except in Fantastic Four-I think they only named one of them, though, and I forgot who). I like that idea, as long as the public can generally agree on one name (like, how certain fans of bands or TV shows are generally called Beatlemaniacs and Whovians, maybe a majority of the people call her, say, Alice).

    I would be careful naming her after her powers, because it was cool the first few times (Human Torch), but most of them are cheesy (Paste Pot Pete). If it’s clever and catchy and it just sticks (like naming her Nefarious Nancy, I guess), she might come to adapt the name Nefarious Nancy (but make it sound less stupid then my examples).

    And I think you should give her a name. If she generally isn’t known to the public because she doesn’t want to be or there isn’t that much known about her yet, I think people giving her a superhero name instead of calling her by her real name seems better.

    Hope I helped! 🙂

  603. B. McKenzieon 21 Jul 2013 at 7:11 pm

    “In my novel my superhero doesn’t choose her name herself, but gets named by the public and that’s what everyone will refer to her as. They won’t know anything about her personality, goals, ect. So do you think it would be okay if they named her after her superpowers without it being too cliché or should I try to find another way around this?” If you could find a way around it, that would probably be preferable. In her first public appearance, she showed more about herself than just her powers, right? (E.g. anything notable about how she used them, any hint of a personality, any highly unusual choices, anything visually unusual about her**, anything about the mood and/or emotional impact of her appearance*, etc). If the only notable thing about her first appearance is that she has superpowers, it might be worth revisiting the scene.

    *For example, a terrifying hero like Batman will probably get a much, much different name than a savior from on high, even if their powers are somewhat similar.

    **E.g. in The Taxman Must Die, I tentatively have one highly ordinary-looking superhero dubbed “The Guy Next Store” by the media after a frustrated police sketcher said how hard it was to get useful details out of witnesses.

  604. Roadrunneron 22 Jul 2013 at 10:51 am

    Isabella, yea she generally isn’t known by the public doing most of her “work” at night in hidden areas but the police have seen patterns so everyone knows there is someone out there and they also have a few eye witness reports to go off of so I think I will have them call her by a superhero name, thank you!

    B.Mac, You’re right, I haven’t actually gotten to her first public appearance scene yet but I will make sure to show some personality traits of hers when I do so hopefully I can come up with a better way to create her name, thanks for the advice!

  605. Lindabvairon 22 Jul 2013 at 5:49 pm

    So I have a slight problem. I have a character that I was going to be calling Mouse because she is not much of a fighter (think Cassie from Animorphs), but with The Movement out and that Mouse, I feel like I need to rename her.

    She has electricity powers, but she only really uses them for immediate self-defense, and sometimes not even that. She’s much more of a talk-it-out kind of person. She hasn’t refined her abilities that much, all she can do is get a metal item to hold a super-charged static charge and a do taser punch.

    Any ideas?

  606. Lindabvairon 22 Jul 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Wow, I didn’t explain the naming process well… Her name is mouse cause she doesn’t like to fight, she has brown-blonde hair, and she tends to stay in the background. When the team goes public, popular opinion is that she’s the token muggle, cause she almost never overtly shows her power. Most people don’t even know her codename, she’s just the “girl in every picture” and that’s the way she likes it.

  607. Isabellaon 23 Jul 2013 at 4:51 pm

    No problem, Roadrunner! Glad I could help! 🙂

    Lindabvair, I do like the name Mouse, but something about it doesn’t sound right. I think it sounds off because I think of something animal-related when it comes to her powers, so when you find out she controls electricity, Mouse seems a little weird.

    But her personality fits very well with the name, so I’m torn. It honestly comes down to your opinion and if you think it fits. I really think it does, but if you want it to connect more with her powers, then I would change it, but if you don’t, I’d keep it.

  608. triplechocolateon 24 Jul 2013 at 11:24 am

    Okay I’ve come up with 5 super villains and I think my names for them are quite good. But I need some other opinions.

    1) Mirror – he is called that because of his appearance and/or his origin. He is actually covered in the mirror material (he looks like the Silver Surfer), because a minor nuclear bomb merged the atoms of mirror material with the atoms of his body. His superpowers surprisingly don’t involve mimicking (is that how you spell it?), but are shape-shifting, merging into mirrors and absorbing mirrors to make himself bigger. He is also practically invisible.

    2) Grizzly – this is quite obvious why he is called that because he is a bipedal grizzly bear with opposable thumbs. He is super-strong, super-fast, super-agile and is a good fighter. His origins is that he is actually Agrieus, an Ancient Greek monster who was born by his mother and a bear (because Artemis made them do it).

    3) Hellfire – she is an Aztec girl permanently possessed by a fire demon. This happened when she was sacrificed in a volcano to a god. The second before death she was possessed by a fire demon, granting her superpowers. She is made out of fire, so she is immune to it. She can do all the typical fire things: fireballs, flamethrowers, fire tornados etc. She can also grow ridiculously tall.

    This is it for now! I’ll get back with Birdbrain and Charybdis. What do you think?

  609. Zinkaneon 25 Jul 2013 at 12:36 am

    @triplechocolate I think that your names are good, but should also reflect on the character’s personality. It isn’t too much of a problem since the names could portray a personality of the character. For example, Grizzly could be a rough character who is tough and a bit apathetic. If you understand that then you get what I’m saying. That’s just my two cents, though.


  610. triplechocolateon 25 Jul 2013 at 4:05 am

    okay thanks Zinkane. I suppose my names do reflect their personality/ background. Hellfire is a fire demon, who enjoys mischief and tricking people. Oh, that could be her new super-power! This is why she is called Hellfire. But i’m a bit stuck on Mirror. What could be his personality?

    4) Birdbrain – I think this is my best name so far because Birdbrain is literally a super-intelligent pigeon. He got his powers by biting a telephone wire. A deformity in his hippocampus sucked in the phone calls from every network in the world. He has super-intelligence and can speak any language, including animals. He also has telepathy, telekinesis and mind control, due to electricity mutating his brain. Out of all the names, I think i’m keeping this one.

    5) Charybdis – This is one I’ve been working on recently, so i haven’t got much done. Her super-powers are ultimate suction. She can suck up anything (even light, like a black hole) and then blow it back it again with the force of a bullet train. I figured that Charybdis could change air temperature, stay underwater and in space for a long time. Charybdis is the name of an Ancient Greek monster who sucked up anything. But i haven’t worked on her superpower origins.

    What do you think of Charybdis? I think i should change her name.

  611. GreenWithAwesomeon 25 Jul 2013 at 1:03 pm

    *throws self in* I’ve been stalking this website for ages so I’m going to add my say…

    @triplechocolate (your name is awesome), I agree. Charybdis is a bit of a mouthful to say, not to mention that half of the population of the world will be unable to pronounce it correctly. I like how you related it to the Greek monster, but perhaps you should give your character a name that is less convoluted?

    I wouldn’t be able to suggest anything because my name-creation skills are worse than awful. Birdbrain is great though – it’s so ironic you’ve given it to an intelligent pigeon! Succint and memorable, which is the best combination.

    In regards to the other names for your characters, Mirror is a really boring. You’ve explained that he is like a mirror – it’s like calling a dog Dog, y’know? Same with Grizzly. Instead of being called Dog, it is now Labrador, because he is a labrador retriever. Taking what @Zinkane said, you can incorporate a character’s personality as well to create an alias for a superhero.

    Hellfire, I’m not so sure. It has a nice ring to it, but there are at least five other characters with the same name (ComicVine is your friend!). I’d change it if I were you.

    There ya’ go. Sorry if I was being harsh – just trying to provide some critique. GwA is out! *flaps away*

  612. LucaLunion 26 Jul 2013 at 8:11 am

    Sorry I’m on holiday at the moment so I’ve missed out on quite a lot of activity.
    Isabella, I still need help with Corbei’s name. I looked at the other ones but realised they are all Earth names. I need a translatable name that I can use (e.g, kill to kilia (btw the reason the words are pretty much the same is because in my stories, English came from Hankorian)).
    By the way, triplechocolate, Mirror and Birdbrain were awesome. 😀

  613. triplechocolateon 26 Jul 2013 at 11:05 am

    okay, I think I’ve worked it out.

    Grizzly – I liked Zinkane’s point. Grizzly has a tough attitude and is a bit apathetic. Plus this links in with his appearance. He looks a bit like the polar bear of The Golden Compass.

    Hellfire – I think I might change her name to Gehenna. Or does that sound stupid? Can you give some ideas?

    Birdbrain – Everybody likes him so far, so I’m keeping him.

    Charybdis – I’m going with GreenWithAwesome and saying it is a bit of a mouthful to say. I’m going with either Vortex or Void.

    And finally, I have Mirror. GreenWithAwesome: I know that you can’t think of any names, but what would you recommend? LucaLuni: What’s so good about Mirror? ;D

  614. triplechocolateon 26 Jul 2013 at 11:07 am

    Yeah that the semi-colon and the d were meant to be a winky smiley face

  615. LucaLunion 26 Jul 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Triplechocolate, I love Mirror’s powers! The ability to go almost invisible through the use of mirrors and merging into mirrors is exceptional! By the way I think you should remove the shape-shifting and just have merging into mirrors (shape-shifting doesn’t quite suit him, plus he feels more like a Silver Surfer in that he can go into his board/mirror).
    You should totally make it so not only can he hide in mirrors but can go through them like ‘Surfer!

  616. triplechocolateon 27 Jul 2013 at 5:01 am

    what you mean like going through one mirror and coming out another? I think that could work. Okay, i’ll get rid of the shapeshifting bit. what do you think about Mirror’s name though?

  617. GreenWithAwesomeon 27 Jul 2013 at 5:32 am

    @triplechocolate, I personally like Vortex over Void, as it rolls off the tongue easier. As for another name for Mirror, you may want to think of a personality first as it may help to find something suitable!

    I like Gehenna (although ’tis a bit hard to say five times over). Where does the name come from?

    ~ GwA

  618. LucaLunion 27 Jul 2013 at 7:58 am

    Mirror’s name is fine, just make sure it isn’t already used by DC and Marvel. If it is used by them, as long as the superhero is an old one that isn’t printed anymore, you can probably use it.
    For his power, I meant going into a mirror and coming out the other side. Y’know, like Silver Surfer falling through his board and standing upside down underneath it.
    For Hellfire/Gehenna, if most of your target audience (type of people reading your comics) know what Gehenna means (I don’t xD) then sure. If not then go back to Hellfire (as long as it isn’t used). To be honest Gehenna sounds like what would be her first name and Hellfire her super name.

  619. GreenWithAwesomeon 27 Jul 2013 at 9:05 am

    @triplechocolate @LucaLuni; Just used ComicVine, and it seems Mirror’s been taken by DC.

  620. triplechocolateon 27 Jul 2013 at 10:20 am

    Okay it seems that we have a problem. I’m going with LucaLuni and that she will be called Hellfire. (Gehenna is another word for hell, by the way)

    GreenWithAwesome, LucaLuni and Zinkane: can you try to think of a name for Mirror? Here is his personality and goals.

    He is actually not a bad guy. He is quite friendly and enjoys humour. he is only angry at mankind because he thinks they are greedy, selfish and obsessive. he doesn’t use the stolen money to terrorise others, but he destroys it. he only wants for mankind to become a better species.

    P.S. He can go through one mirror and come out another, as well as doing the Silver Surfer thing.

  621. B. McKenzieon 27 Jul 2013 at 12:56 pm

    “Just used ComicVine, and it seems Mirror’s been taken by DC.” I think that wouldn’t be a huge problem for a novel publisher considering a manuscript (#1.1 here).

    1. A publisher wouldn’t reject an otherwise publishable story because the character shared a name with a minor DC or Marvel character. The publisher may ask you to change the name but will not preemptively reject you because of something that could be changed in under an hour.

    2. A novel publisher might not care one way or the other about sharing a generic name with a minor DC character. It’s very unlikely that any of the people involved in a novel publisher’s acquisition committee (generally literati aged 30-50, mostly women) have heard of DC’s Mirror, or ComicVine for that matter. I suspect a comic book publisher would be more nervous about sharing a name with a minor Marvel or DC character than a novel publisher would be.

    2.1. Mirror is REALLY minor. He doesn’t even have his own Wikipedia page.

    3. If you’re satisfied with the name Mirror from a creative perspective, I wouldn’t recommend making any changes for legal reasons before submitting to a publisher. If there are copyright concerns, your eventual publisher will work those out with you. If you’d like to make a name change for creative reasons, I’d recommend holding off on that until the first draft of the manuscript is done.

    Personally, I feel comfortable submitting a comic with a main character named Agent Orange even though both Marvel and DC have characters named Agent Orange. If my eventual publisher has any concerns there I’d be willing to discuss it with them, but I can’t worry about it before then.

  622. GreenWithAwesomeon 28 Jul 2013 at 6:35 am

    @ B. McK; ah, I see… I thought it was a ‘DC/ MARVEL OWNS THAT CHANGE IT NAO’ kinda’ world. 😛

    @triplechocolate; Wow, he sounds quite deep and philosophical. XD If you wanted to change the name, maybe something related to his attitude would be cool. Or maybe some terms that are related to mirrors… or both!

    Mirror-related terms: Looking Glass? Lucid, from pellucid? Silkscreen? Convex? Concave? Mirror Image? Speculum (which is literally ‘mirror’ in Latin XD)? Spectrum? You could be ironic and go for something like Opaque or Obscure.

    Taking into account his personality: Lucent, from translucent (alright, not quite like a mirror, but it’s a pretty word)? Reflection?

    (Told you I was terrible :P)

    As for Hellfire, cool beans dude. Cool beans.


  623. triplechocolateon 28 Jul 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Wow, Speculum sounds great. thanks! You’re actually quite good at names. The Latin bit sort of reflects his deepness and strategy.
    Okay, so overall: Speculum, Grizzly, Hellfire, Birdbrain and Vortex.
    One final problem. If Speculum robs banks and then destroys the money, how does he get to the money, defeat guards and how does he destroy it?

  624. JayNotKayon 28 Jul 2013 at 3:51 pm

    I am writing a superhero book and I would like some opinions on some of the names for my superheroes/super villains. Here is what I have so far:

    Superhero name: Frost
    Powers: able to freeze anything and encase his physical body in a shield of flexible ice; coating his body in many layers will give the illusion of being made of ice. This ice coating grants him other abilities that only work while encased in the ice: limb regeneration, re-assembly if completely “shattered” and some others hat I have not come up with.

    Superhero name: Newton
    Powers: Able to manipulate gravitational fields giving him the ability to fly and levitate.

    Superhero name: Atom
    Powers: able to manipulate radioactivity on an atomic level giving him the power to increase or decrease the amount of radioactivity in the surrounding area.

    Superhero name: Blanch
    Powers: able to take control of three out of five of the human senses. Sight, hearing and touh. Her victims only see a bright light and hear a loud, high-pitch ringing in their ears and feel absolutely nothing, giving them disorientation.

    Superhero name: Surge (Main character)
    Powers: The nerves on his body overreact and produce high energy bolts of electricity, but in a concequence to this, he is only able to touch a speical element called cadamitium, which absorbs the electric charge emmited by his body. Everything he wears is infused with this. He can also emit massive amounts of invisible energy out of his eyes at will, burning anything he wished but not completely decimating it. Unable to come into physical contact with anyone but Black Force, his polar opposite.

    Supervillan name: Black Force
    Powers: Sucks the life out of every organic material she touches, disabiling physical contact with anyone but Surge.

    Supervillan name: Speed
    Powers: Able to ove at incredible speeds faster than The Flash, due to his over reactive metabolism, but as a consequence, he has to eat fatty foods constantly to keep from burning himself to death.

    Supervillan name: Nuero
    Powers: able to make and manipulate nerves in the spinal chord to feel immense pain and to make he victim her own living puppet.

    Supervillan name: Spit( I know, pretty boring. I need help with this one!)
    Power: Spit is highly acidic due to the regurgitation of hydrochloric acid in the stomach.

    Supervillan name: Trans
    Powers: able to teleport only where he has been in the flesh. Cannot teleport by looking at a picture. Has to have been there sometime in the past.

    I need your feedback! My first book! 😀

  625. JayNotKayon 28 Jul 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Sorry, I didin’t give you the defining traits of the super heroes/villains.

    Frost: Very stern but usually easy going. Keeps up to moral standards and does not vioalites a person’s space.

    Newton: The peacemaker, usually the one to break up fights.

    Atom: Usually very irratable and complains a lot about other people and his life, although it is going fine.

    Blanch: Thinks quickly and rarely analyzes the situation or gives herself time to think. Happy and content with her power.

    Surge: Does not mind about his power at first, but as time passes, he craves to be able to touh anything besides cadamitium. Becomes unhappy with himself and depressed.

    Black Force: Gets tricked by Nuero and is under her control withought knowing it. She is fine with her power and is not afraid to use it as defense or offense. Deep down she wishes she did not have her powers so that she can touch people again, but does not realize this yet.

    Speed: His calm and playful demeanor masks a sly and backstabbing core. Betrays Surge to Nuero and let’s her experiment on Surge for weeks. Good at combat and able to kill with only one hit at his full speed. Kills withought mercy. Does not kill if it is not necessary.

    Nuero: Will do anything to get ahold of Jason to show him as a clean energy source to America.

    Spit: Have not decided yet, any suggestions?

    Trans: Funny and calm but if money is involved, he will do anything.

  626. B. McKenzieon 28 Jul 2013 at 9:38 pm

    “ah, I see… I thought it was a ‘DC/ MARVEL OWNS THAT CHANGE IT NAO’ kinda’ world.” Your eventual novel publisher could ask you to change a name for copyright reasons, but generally I’d recommend making that change after you’ve discussed it with your publisher and not before.

    I’d recommend preemptively changing a name in the following cases:
    –The name is highly distinct and has already been taken, especially by a character who has generated millions of dollars in sales. If you were thinking about a character named “Hellboy,” I’d STRONGLY recommend renaming him before submitting. If you were thinking about something more generic, such as “Demon,” I wouldn’t recommend preemptively changing the name for copyright reasons, even though other publishers have probably used it before. (That said, you might want to change “Demon” for creative reasons — it isn’t that interesting. I’d recommend holding off on creative tweaks like this until you’ve finished a draft of the manuscript, though — until that point, pretty much every tweak is a distraction).

    –The name has been used by a major character or a character on a major team. For example, if a character has generated millions of dollars in sales, his name is probably off-limits even if it’s generic (e.g. “Blade” or “Beast”).

    –If you’re submitting to a comic publisher, I’d recommend being erring on the side of caution when it comes to somewhat minor comic book characters. The people evaluating a comic book proposal are far more likely to be familiar with them than the people who evaluate novel manuscripts are.

  627. triplechocolateon 29 Jul 2013 at 4:54 am

    Okay, this is just me talking but I think your names and superpowers need some work. The things I like is the Surge/ Black Force thing, where they are exact opposites of each other. I think the names should be the same. Like Negative and Positive. I also like Newton. His name is quite funny. Blanch’s superpowers are quite unique too.

    I don’t like Speed or Spit. Their names are terrible and their superpowers are a bit of a cliche. You should work on them.

    I’ll get back to you on these. I’m just watching X-men Origins: Wolverine!!!

  628. B. McKenzieon 29 Jul 2013 at 5:14 am

    Jay Not Kay, it may help to merge and/or delete some of these 10 characters, so that you have more time and space to develop each remaining character. Generally, I’d recommend having 3-4 (maybe 5) characters on a superhero team. That also tends to make action scenes a lot more effective.

  629. JayNotKayon 29 Jul 2013 at 11:42 am

    Thank you for giving me some advice triplechoclate and B. McKenzie. 😀 I think I should take out spit, he does sound a bit bland and unusual, but what could I replace as a name for speed, because my mind is going blank right now.

    Superhero team: Surge, Frost, Blanch, Newton and Atom.

    Supervillans to fight: Speed (name soon to be changed), Trans, Black Force, Nuero.

    Thank you for your feedback. I am open to ideas and would really appreciate comments on how I can do better so I could improve and also what I am doing well on so I can keep doing that well.

    Thank you triplechoclate and B. McKenzie. I am glad that you commented.

  630. JayNotKayon 29 Jul 2013 at 11:46 am


    X-MEN ROCKS!!!!

  631. JayNotKayon 29 Jul 2013 at 12:34 pm

    What about Comet in replacement for speed?

  632. GreenWithAwesomeon 29 Jul 2013 at 2:01 pm

    @triplechocolate; Wow, really? I literally shoved it into a translator! XD Glad you like it! Specs for short! 😛

    As for how he goes about robbing banks poor, that’s part of the plot you’d have to figure out for yourself. I could only give ideas. Modern banks usually have wall-high tinted/ reflective windows, so maybe he could do his mirror magic there?

    @B. McK; thanks for clearing that up!

    @JayNotKay; my opinion’s basically been said, but I’d like to add that Trans is not a name you’d want to give to your character. It has connotations you may not want to associate with him; I’d recommend something else. Is it from the word ‘transport’? You could go for something like… idk, Wormhole? Traverse? Flicker (depending on how he teleports, lol)?

    And I like Comet. That’s a good replacement.

  633. JayNotKayon 29 Jul 2013 at 3:47 pm

    I like Flicker. That sounds good and not bad at all. Yes, trans is short for transport. Pretty simple, I know. I was just thinking about Christmas for no absolute reason when Comet popped into my head. Lol XD

  634. triplechocolateon 30 Jul 2013 at 2:11 am

    Comet and Flicker does sound quite good but I’ve got some others.
    Rapid, Jet, Backstabber (?), Killforce, G-force, Jetforce etc.

    Yep, I’m terrible at names.

    @GreenWithAwesome – Thanks for that idea!

    … I can’t really think of anything to add.

  635. triplechocolateon 30 Jul 2013 at 2:14 am

    P.S. I couldn’t watch X-Men Origins because it wasn’t working. But I watched The Incredible Hulk instead!!!!!

  636. JayNotKayon 30 Jul 2013 at 8:39 am

    Thank you. The Incredible Hulk is ok for me, but I would rather watch The Wolverine.

  637. GreenWithAwesomeon 30 Jul 2013 at 9:44 am

    @triplechocolate, @JayNotKay; your welcome!

    While we’re on the subject, is the new Wolverine film good? My friends want to see it but I’m not so sure…

    Also Jetforce is cool. G-Force reminds me of that guinea pig film! 😛

  638. JayNotKayon 30 Jul 2013 at 10:09 am

    G-Force was one of the corniest films of all time in my opinion. Lol

  639. Blackscaron 30 Jul 2013 at 10:28 am

    Hey! After about a day of boring work, I’ve finished typing up the character profiles!

    Would someone mind taking a look at them, and tell me if their names suit their personalities?

    Here goes! I’m posting Alice, John, Charlotte, and Erik’s first! I’ll get to Dagmar and Oz later.

    ((WARNING: Long post ahead!))

    -Alice Brandt, age 15 – The easily frustrated daughter of the renowned slayer Celeste Brandt, Alice possesses an ‘I must kill ALL the vampires’ mindset. She loathes them with every fiber of her being, and would go to extreme lengths to hunt and kill one. She’s rather desperate to prove to herself that she can be a decent slayer; she forever agonizes over her mother being far better than she. Despite this, she and her mother have a decent relationship, and tend to get along rather well. Alice also has the tendency to snap at others, though she’ll usually offer a hasty and awkward apology once she realizes what she’s done. That doesn’t necessarily mean that people always forgive her, though!

    Her slightly irascible demeanor is partially due to frustration at her own shortcomings, and partially due to her impatient nature. Alice also has a slight ‘hero complex’, meaning that she wants to be a hero so, so badly. She often fantasizes about ridiculous scenarios, usually involving her taking down thirty vampires at once and saving all of her friends. This also means that she would jump into an argument concerning one of her friends to defend them, even if she knew her friend was wrong. However, Alice is not the type to start a physical confrontation with another human, and prefers verbal battles.

    She also has an affinity for ridiculous video games, particularly those of the horror genre. She can frequently be found quoting them, even in her sleep. (Yes, she’s a sleep-talker.) She also enjoys technology of any sort, and her laptop, which she also uses for gaming, is like her best friend.

    Alice has not yet synced with any weapon. However, her gloves seem to be able to sync with themselves, allowing her to use her element bonus in hand-to-hand combat. While this is a rare skill, this is not necessarily good; fighting a vampire without any weapon is suicide.


    John Grayson, age 15 1/2– The self-proclaimed ‘coolest coolkid who ever cooled’, John has an obsession with anything that would make him seem cool. His logic is: coolness = popularity, popularity = friends. He’s somewhat lonely on the inside, but masks this with sarcastic quips and ridiculous metaphors. He never seems to take anything seriously, though that doesn’t mean that he’s the ‘peppy, cheerful jokester’.

    People automatically assume he’s a delinquent, due to his attitude and total disregard for his schoolwork and duties as a slayer-in-training. They even say he constantly has a dangerous look in his eyes, though this is rarely, if ever, true. He’s not really excitable, but he will go up and introduce himself to people on occasion.
    John also has a penchant for swordplay, which he learned from his adoptive mother, Lacie Grayson, who felt it necessary to train her son to survive in a world full of bloodthirsty monsters. At about age three, his parents left for a mission and never returned. John never got to know him, so he doesn’t really care, nor does he sit and angst about it.

    He’s also rather protective of his sister, who was also adopted by Lacie, though she didn’t come into the picture until John was about ten. She’s about six months younger than John.

    Also, John enjoys cooking, and he’s actually quite good with young children. He tries to keep this under wraps, though, as he does have a reputation to uphold!
    John is usually not the type to defend others in arguments, and prefers not to get involved. This, however, does not apply to his sister. He’s very protective over her, and he actually does have quite a good reason to be.

    John has synced with a set of two katanas. (I have a reason for this! They’re light and enable faster speed than with a heavier sword; John has more of a lean, wiry build, so light weapons suit him better.)

    Charlotte Grayson, age 15 – Eloquent, snarky, yet somewhat forgetful, Charlotte is a speed-type vampire with an odd fondness for trashy romance novels, particularly those centering on werewolves. Lacie, the vampire woman who adopted both her and John, selected one of them at random to turn. (It was for an experiment that Lacie was conducting; she wanted to see how the two children would react to each other. She had been expecting Charlotte to hate and even abuse John – yes, she would have intervened if this happened – but the opposite was true. The two got along rather well, with John defending Charlotte physically against potential bullies, and Charlotte lying to any teacher or authority figure to save John’s reputation.

    (I should note that vampires are able to go out in the sunlight, though if they are exposed to it for more than a few hours at a time without shade of any sort, their skin will slowly begin to smolder, and after four hours they will catch on fire and burn to death. They can safely be inside with windows open, though they will be uncomfortable. Direct exposure is what harms them. Also, they’re rather lethargic on sunny days.) Also, John is aware that his adoptive sister is a vampire.

    Charlotte is quite a good liar, though sometimes she is so caught up in her web of prevarications that she mixes her own lies up. This usually does not end well for her.
    Tying into her skill at lying, Charlotte is also rather fond of gambling, particularly games involving cards. While she’s not yet old enough to participate in the big leagues, she has gotten involved with slightly smaller ones. She’s rather lucky, though her fortune only seems to apply to her games.

    She’s somewhat absent-minded, too. Sometimes she’ll be so wrapped up in her own thoughts that, if holding both a slice of bread and a DVD, she’ll put the DVD in the toaster and the bread in the DVD player, purely by accident.

    If she were to get into a fight, she would probably stick to rapier-sharp jabs and elaborate insults. She’s only about 5’0”; she knows she wouldn’t be able to hold her own in a fight.

    Charlotte has synced with a set of throwing knives, by the way, and they are long enough to use as regular daggers.
    (There is a reason why she’s in an academy for slayers, by the way.)


    -Erik Reinhardt, age 15 3/4 – The wealthy son of a councilman, Erik has quite the dramatic flair. A simple story about helping somebody find a lost pen will turn into a desperate battle against a malicious vampire who had mistaken the pen for their own. He’s haughty, jumps to conclusions even more quickly than Alice, and gets rather defensive very rapidly if accused of doing something wrong.

    Erik has a fondness for cheesy rom-coms, and uses things he’s seen the protagonists of said rom-coms do whenever he attempts to ask a girl out. He’s actually a total sweetheart when it comes to dates, though many of the people he’s fallen in love with have only wanted him for his father’s money. Of course, he blames himself, and has rather low self-esteem. Self-depreciating humor is something one would hear rather often from him.

    Erik is a loyal friend, however, and would always be there as a shoulder to cry on. Granted, he’d mutter death threats about the person who hurt his friend, and would probably go try to beat the crap out of said person as soon as he got the chance. He’s not one to waste time with arguments, and prefers physical fights. However, he is not the stereotypical ‘dumb brute’ type. He’s rather intelligent, and he does possess a rather advanced vocabulary, though not as extensive as Charlotte’s.

    He’s also very fond of firearms, and knows how to shoot three different types of rifles. He has been known to hunt for sport, though he’s had to set that aside in order to focus on being a slayer.

    He’s been known to do drastic things if he feels threatened; he’s more drastic than Alice, who at least only reserves that for vampire hunting. If someone joked that he couldn’t shoot to save his life, he’d whip his gun out and fire a few rounds right there.

    Rumors also say that he synced with a rifle that shoots pure bolts of lightning, but no one’s quite sure. (He has, though I’m still working out the details)

    Okay, done. Wow, that certainly was long!

    Thanks in advance!


  640. Blackscaron 30 Jul 2013 at 11:33 am

    Ugh, I accidentally posted this in the wrong section. I meant to post it in ‘How to Name Your Character – Superhero and Otherwise’.

    Sorry about that!


  641. triplechoclateon 30 Jul 2013 at 12:15 pm

    That is a long post!

    I haven’t seen G-Force yet. It did look quite corny.
    But I have gone on G-Force at Drayton Manor.

  642. JayNotKayon 30 Jul 2013 at 12:58 pm

    I had to watch G-Force with my mom on the Spanish channel. I didn’t understand a word of it, and the way they talked was hilarious.

  643. triplechocolateon 31 Jul 2013 at 3:05 am

    Has this got anything to do with superhero names?

  644. JayNotKayon 31 Jul 2013 at 9:44 am

    I have no idea.

  645. JayNotKayon 31 Jul 2013 at 9:55 am

    What about my team name? I am thinking about The Omega Force. Is that good?

  646. Isabellaon 31 Jul 2013 at 4:41 pm

    @JayNotKay, I think (think) that the Omega Force was used in some way by Marvel, so I might want to research that and see if it’s the name of a popular character/group/event. If it was used by them, but only for a small project or minor character/group, than you’re okay. But if it’s the name of a huge group or a major event, then I’d shy away from it and try something else. Even though it’s kind of generic, it’s like naming your character ‘Cyclops’ or ‘Poison Ivy’, because they’re both major characters and Marvel and DC will most definitely take action. But if it’s a minor character, you’d be a little safer, especially since most publishers probably won’t make the connection between your team name and the event (if I’m even right and someone/something is named Omega Force), even though a comic publisher may ask you to change.

  647. B. McKenzieon 31 Jul 2013 at 7:23 pm

    “What about my team name? I am thinking about The Omega Force. Is that good?” It’s fine as a placeholder. I’d recommend revisiting it when you’ve finished a draft of the story (e.g. maybe choose a more distinct name then — perhaps something with more personality?), but I would recommend holding off on minor story tweaks until then.

  648. Unknownon 01 Aug 2013 at 8:54 am

    Sorry to drop in, but I’m having trouble. I a long list of 34 superheros in my story, that plan to narrow down to 15 by the end. I have 11 characters down for the “survivor list”, but i’m having trouble with the last four spots. Yes, i know, character overload, and i have my story divided into 5 parts, so some of these characters are spread out through it, and are among the last group heroes in part 5. I have nine characters competing for a spot on that list. I’d be happy if anyone could give me their opinion on who i should keep, and who i should kill off.

    1. Stuart: Stuart has the ability, or curse, to incinerate what he touches. Very rarely will he touch something without it turning to dust after a few seconds. His power is extremely unstable, and he can’t control it very well personally, but he uses his power like he has had complete control over it when in combat. He is afraid of his power, and tries not to come in close contact with the other heroes, not wanting to hurt those close to him. Despite this, his girlfriend, Jessica (another hero), tries to get him to take more risks with his powers. Being afraid of his power, he doesn’t take many risks, but if he knows his friends are in trouble, he will do something that usually could cost him his life.

    2. Jessica: Jessica can create force fields. So, she is kind of cocky, and thinks she is unbeatable. She goes out of her way to be rude to everyone, with the sole exception of Stuart, who she likes, and tries to help him take risks. She will go out of her way to protect Stuart, even to the point to where she would leave all the other characters to die at the hands of the enemy.

    3. Ben: Ben is a confused, bisexual hero who has been with Travis (main protagonist) since the start. His power is to breath in no air environments, like in space, or underwater. He never had good self-esteem to start with, and now he is a water breather in an alien war. (Doesn’t really help his self-esteem issue.) He has a pet sea-otter named Champ, who has the power of invisibility, and Ben is rarely seen without him. In the past, Ben enjoyed that his friends would stand back and let him decide if he wanted to be gay or not, but the arrival of Jun, and Ashlee, (two other heroes), who end up competing for him, start to get to him. He finds their actions towards him to be irritating, and confusing, and he tries to avoid the two as much as possible, although he does like it when they flirt with him.

    4. Jun: Jun is a gay, Japanese boy, with a repulse like power. When he first joins the team, he speaks no English whatsoever, but later makes an effort to learn it so he can get closer to Ben. Jun likes Ben, and wants him to be gay so they can have a relationship. He will go out of his way to do anything that might make him closer to Ben. Despite his best attempts to flirt with Ben, Ben just sees him as a friend, and is unconformable when Jun tries to flirt with him, although Ben does admit that he like it when he does this.

    5. Ashlee: Ashlee has the power of light, and it suits her well. She keeps a happy, and positive attitude in even the darkest situations. She likes Ben, so she and Jun don’t get along well. Ben describes her as desperate for him, and stalker-ish. She is not above sabotaging Jun’s plan’s to get close to Ben, and plays innocent when he confronts her on the matter. She has had more success flirting with Ben than Jun, and sees this as a sign that Ben likes her more than Jun. Her attempts to flirt with Ben are described as sick and crazy, but Ben does admit that he likes it when she does this.

    6. Ransom: Ransom’s power is a mutation which gave him a dozen unretractable, constantly growing spines sticking out of his back, which prevent him from standing. Instead, he walks on his hands and feet like an animal. He gives off a frightening, beast-like appearance because of this, but his is a kind person. He is just a little crazy, and would rather have fun, not fight. He and his 3 siblings, 1 older sister and 2 younger brothers, were part of a successful experiment to re-create the Virus that gave the main characters their powers. He forms a friendship with Mason (the main protagonist’s younger brother) and the two become very close friends.

    7. Courtney: Ransom’s older sister, she has the power to create, and release limits on power. (Example: Doug is a hero who can teloport to anywhere on earth, but Courtney can make it so he can teloport to different planets, dementions, or through space and time.) She got her powers the same way her brother did, and is protective of her younger siblings, and trusts that Travis (the main protagonist) can keep the heroes safe from harm. She has a crush on Jason, and with both of them being overprotective, older siblings, they get along well, and are never seen in a bad mood when together.

    8. Jason: Jason can control ice, and has been one Travis’s (main protagonist) friends since the start. He has a sister, who can also control ice (Sara), who is 2 minuets younger than him, and he doesn’t let her forget it. Jason is very overprotective of Sara, and absolutely HATES Ronald (another hero, Sara’s husband, and Jason’s lifelong enemy). He and Ronald normally get into fights about the stupidest things, and Jason is always looking for a reason to beat him up. The fact that Ron and Sara have a son, (Trent) doesn’t thrill him, and he will go to extreme limits to make sure that Sara doesn’t get hurt in combat, but he is also secretly afraid to die because he doesn’t want to leave Sara alone with, “That careless, perverted fool (Ron).”

    9. Seth: Seth loves to have fun, and joke around. So he gets along with Ronald, who basically has the same attitude. His power is elasticity, and he can also dislocate, and relocate, brake and heal his bones instantly, without feeling any pain, making him extremely flexible, and able to bend, twist, and stretch his body into many shapes. He enjoys grossing his friends out with his power when there is no threat to him or his friends, but when the fate of the planet is at risk, he is a different person entirely. He will do whatever he can to help, doesn’t screw around around at all, and is an animal during combat. He always carries a set of katanas, that double as propellers when he spins his wrist, granting him the ability of flight

    BTW: Travis’s power is to transform himself, and whatever he touches into anything he wants.(Example: He can turn a stone into a gun, then the gun into water.) Is this a form of shape shifting, or is something else.?
    Well, that done. So, can anyone help me cut 5 of these characters?

  649. Kateon 01 Aug 2013 at 12:38 pm

    I just wanted to throw in another possible idea for naming your heroes. Maybe you could use something from mythology or history? For example, I have a character in my comic who can manipulate plant matter, so her name is Demetra, after the Greek goddess of plants Demeter. If you overuse this way of naming heroes it looks stupid, but it’s an option.

  650. LucaLunion 02 Aug 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Damnit, wizard.
    I just missed a TON of activity on here thanks to the wi-fi being awful at the hotel.
    @JayNotKay, I think ‘The Omega Team’ is a bit unoriginal and cliché. There have been a lot of teams and heroes with Greek letter names. I’d change the name to something else, despite whether it has been used by Marvel or DC.
    @Unknown (please use a name xD), I think you should drop Jason. Ice powers are a bit over-used. That’s the only drop by the way. I also think you should make Jun a little less gay, just for the fact that most people would rather not read about some dude flirting with another dude. That’s about it though.

    PS: I’m not homophobic, I just know that straight people don’t like it and if you want a wider audience, then at the very least, decrease the amount of gay references.

  651. Isabellaon 02 Aug 2013 at 4:30 pm

    @Unkown, I would drop Jason or Seth. The ice is generic and is very hard to do in a creative way, and Seth’s power sounds a little gross to me. It could also be hard to explain him breaking and healing his bones, especially if it’s told in his POV, and even though that power is cool, it could be hard to write. (But maybe that’s just me.)

    And I have to agree with @LucaLini. I have written a story about a gay guy (even though he tries to prove to his friends that he’s not gay by marrying a woman he’s known for a week), and you have to be careful. Jun can easily go from a reasonable gay person to a stereotypical homophobe, and I also think that having Ben bisexual can get a little confusing as well. I would read a few books about gay people and see how well the people handle it, because if you screw up, people will most definitely get offended.

  652. Unknownon 02 Aug 2013 at 6:54 pm

    LucaLuni & Isabella, Thanks for your help. I know what your are saying, and Jun isn’t going to be a stereotypical homosexual. Also, Jun, and Ashlee are minor characters, while Ben is a semi-major character. (Semi-major meaning he is an important character, but not as important as other some other characters. Does that make sense??) That, and Ben’s sexuality conflict comes into the plot rarely because Jun and Ashlee come into the story in part 4 of 5. The majority of his conflict comes in when he complains to Travis, and the other major characters about his problem. And i will try my best to keep Jun’s sexuality at a reasonable limit.
    Isabella, you said Seth’s power sounds a little gross to you, well, that is what i planned. Seth is also one of the last characters i put into my story, so he would is a minor character, and doesn’t come into the story that much other than to fight.
    So, Jason and Seth are out, but i still need two others. Any others?
    And if you have any other suggestions on Ben’s situation, or how i can help Jun be less gay, please let me know. In the meantime, I’ll try to come up with a different name.

  653. B. McKenzieon 02 Aug 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Stuart sounds like a workable concept. It’s not unheard of for a hero to be reluctant because of unreliable and/or unpopular superpowers, but I think you could execute your way to make the character concept sound original. That said, if you’re sold on having Stuart, I’d recommend deleting and/or merging at least one other character to make room for him. My initial impression is that 11+ protagonists would make for a pretty terrifying proposal (because of character development challenges and how hard it would be for a publisher to figure out how these characters fit into the story in minutes 1-3.

    If possible, I’d also recommend reworking his superpowers and/or capabilities so that he can offer something beyond a guy with an oxygen system. He doesn’t need to be a Superman, but I’d recommend giving him something which could be more easily incorporated into action scenes (perhaps a mainly noncombat role, if that’s more amenable). Also, I’d recommend making sure that all characters (regardless of orientation) get personalities out of romance.

    I’d recommend merging and/or deleting characters to buy more space/time for developing the original characters. It’s hard to tell without having a good grasp of your writing and the central plot of the story, but I think Stuart is the most promising here. The other 8… I’d recommend revising and/or removing them so that they contribute more and have a more three-dimensional personality. Ransom has an unexpected mix of personality traits, which could be interesting, though I’d recommend playing up his interactions with major characters and downplaying the family angle (unless they are extremely important to the story). In general, the larger a superhero team gets, the more challenging it is to come up with time/space for side-characters that only have interesting scenes with 1-2 of the teammates.

  654. Zinkaneon 02 Aug 2013 at 8:04 pm

    @Unknown I think that you should out Ashlee. I understand that she and Jun create a conflict for Ben, but if she dies then Jun is there for him– since Ben sort of liked her. After they become closer, they become a couple and any reader who was against or disagreed with his homosexuality would be able to empathize with Ben and Jun and maybe root for them. I agree with taking out Jason and Seth, their deaths would greatly impact the other characters and would serve as motivation for them, mainly Ronald and Sara. That’s three. With Jessica willing to sacrifice the lives of everyone else, it would make sense that it’s her fault everyone dies. By the way, how you describe her makes her sound more selfish than I think you want her to, but that’s exactly how she should be portrayed. In order for everyone to be emotionally damaged after the deaths, including Stuart, she has to die. Her death could be because of her love for Stuart, where she would sacrifice everyone else’s lives including her own. In this case she would be a hero seeing as she saved Stuart and the other survivors’ lives (at the cost of some others). Her death would show the growth she has made and would make the reader cherish an otherwise unlikable character. That’s four. Lastly, Courtney HAS to die. If she can place limits on everyone else’s powers, then, at least to me, she appears as a motherly type of figure– something like that. Her death will force the survivors to control their powers and truly understand to limit themselves, rather than have Courtney place a cap on them and let them go crazy. That’s five. This is all assuming that the characters all die at once in some sort of tragedy that is supposed to create an emotional conflict that ends the story and challenges them in the next part. Like how you feel at the end of episode 1 in The Walking Dead: The Game after either Doug or Carly dies. I hope you understand what I mean. Best of luck and I hope you end up publishing your story, I REALLY want to read it now.


  655. Unknownon 03 Aug 2013 at 7:44 am

    B. Mac, Ben has been more of a spy or scout to the team since i created him. I know his powers make him seem useless, and boring, but that is what i planned for him. His power is supposed to make him seem like he is not a threat to the enemy, thus, he tends to be ignored by the enemy. In my opinion, his power is so useless to the team, he fits in perfectly. (Does that make sense?) And when you say “playing up his (Ransom’s) interactions with major characters and downplaying the family angle (unless they are extremely important to the story).” what do you suggest i do for that? Do i just let him bond with the other major characters, and ditch his family? (With the exception of his twin brother Parks, who is also a hero who i have surviving. I forgot to mention that above!! CRAP!)
    Zinkane, you persuaded me to get rid of Jessica, but how do i kill a heroine who can create shields? Can you help me with that? And, you are right, Courtney is kind of a motherly figure among the Heroes, (Mainly because she has 3 younger brothers), and her power is only used when the main characters are facing a villein who is stronger than the 5 main characters, (A shape shifter (i think), a teloporter, an air Manipulator, Scott (above), and a guy with the power of accuracy) put together.
    Thank you everyone! If you guys want to know more about my characters, and help me improve on them, (I’m 19, not an experienced writer, so i know i need help developing characters) please let me know.

  656. B. McKenzieon 03 Aug 2013 at 8:15 am

    “Ben has been more of a spy or scout to the team since i created him. I know his powers make him seem useless, and boring, but that is what i planned for him… his power is so useless to the team, he fits in perfectly.” That’s an excellent argument for removing him, I think. Does your story actually benefit from a character who seems useless, boring, and has trouble contributing to the main plot?

    In general, I think it’d be ideal if characters are as versatile as possible, able to contribute to as many kinds of scenes as possible. In contrast, I would say that there are probably at least 10 other superpowers (e.g. enhanced agility or limited shapeshifting abilities) which would make for a more promising scout or spy that could contribute in other action scenes. As for non-action scenes, I think those mainly hinge on character personality and motivation/goals and voice. I don’t know what he’s got going on there, but if he’s intended as a useless character, I’m guessing his voice isn’t all that interesting, either.

    …”When you say “playing up his (Ransom’s) interactions with major characters and downplaying the family angle (unless they are extremely important to the story),” what do you suggest i do for that? Do i just let him bond with the other major characters, and ditch his family?” You have 11+ protagonists, right? I don’t think the story could work if each of these characters have even 1-2 side characters they interact with that few other characters interact with. That’d make for a cast of ~20-30 characters even before you get to the villains or any of the additional protagonists you are considering.

    Additionally, with a large cast of heroes, side-characters who interact mainly with one or two of the protagonists are generally unnecessary. If protagonist #11 can’t have interesting scenes and major interactions with several characters among protagonists 1-10 and needs additional side-characters beyond the first 10 protagonists, protagonist #11 is probably not a very good fit for the book and should be edited or (preferably) removed altogether. The same goes for protagonists 1-10. My thinking is that if you need more than 5 protagonists for a book, the first 5 are probably missing something (e.g. they don’t have enough opportunities and/or capability to do interesting scenes together). I’d recommend developing and fixing them before adding new characters.

  657. Zinkaneon 03 Aug 2013 at 4:10 pm

    @Unknown you could probably kill off Jessica, and the other characters, by having Courtney be part of the reason they died. Since Courtney places limits on their abilities, she doesn’t contribute a lot to the team. Going with B. Mac, she doesn’t seem too important of a character– her dying would be the death of the “mother” of their group and challenge their control. Maybe Courtney’s limits obstructed Jessica from knowing how to use her abilities on a much larger scale and she couldn’t protect everyone so some lived and some died. This is still all assuming that they all die at the same time in a chatastrophic event. Could you please elaborate on how they die? It would surely help.


  658. Unknownon 04 Aug 2013 at 6:47 am

    Zinkane, Sure. About a dozen Teazonians (Immortal horned aliens and the main antagonists of the story) use their advanced technology to rebuild themselves a deadly cyborg assassins in the last part of my series. Seeking revenge on what the Heroes did to the Teazonian Empire, they set out to earth to wipe them out. The majority of the Heroes got to beat the enemy, leaving the characters who can’t fight at their base. The heroes will be cut down, until 4 heroes remain standing. the rest are either dead, or critically injured.
    I think i know how i am going to make Courtney die. She will be critically wounded, and will use the last of her energy to release all limits on the powers of the 4 remaining heroes. (With these 4 being the major most characters, they already have mastered their powers, but not at the level she gives them, although they quickly learn to control it.) When she dies, she is unable to undo what she did to these 4 heroes, leaving their powers at the absolute highest level, so they can take down the remaining cyborgs. (Is that a good idea?)
    So if this is how the majority of the characters die, how does Jessica die here? I do not want to use anything close to the way Sue Storm died in “Rise of the Silver Surfer.) (In my opinion, that was complete B.S. Weapons can’t penetrate force fields.)

    B. Mac, Ben sees himself as useless to the team, although the others insist he is a true credit to the team. Plus, once the Heroes gain Teazonian battle armor, Ben becomes more of an asset during combat, and as a spy. The Heroes do prefer interact among them selves, although this is because the United Galactic Government System (U.G.G.S. Working name) fears them, and they are constantly trying to disband Travis’s Hero Initiative. The Heroes do have 6 allies who aren’t Heroes, but they do communicate with regularly. And another thing, (Sorry) All my characters are linked together by some sort of friendship, or family. (Example, Travis is friends with Doug, who is married to Kelsey, who is Dylan’s (Dylan is the Hero adviser for the U.G.G.S.) assistant, who grew up with Travis and Doug as children.) All my characters are like that, and i know i have some major problems with these characters. If it wouldn’t be too much trouble, may i post information on my major characters. I know their character concept is far from complete, and i need help from a pro. If you want, can you take a look at them, and tell me what i messed up on, and who i should fix?

  659. triplechocolateon 07 Aug 2013 at 9:48 am

    okay new plan. You know Vortex, the super villain who can suck anything into her mouth. Well, I think her powers are a bit confusing so i’m getting rid of her altogether. I switching her with a super villain

    She has no natural superpowers but she has robotic arms that can transform into guns. They shoot a liquid-type thing that mutates the person it hits – like mutagen. She can control the change in them to make them better or make them worse. She is actually quite a good person, but she is only a super villain because she owes Birdbrain a lot.

    She was dying of a disease which infected her hands and upper arms. If they fell off, she will die of blood loss. But her hands were replaced by robotic versions by Birdbrain during his stage when he was studying medicine (she was his only customer). But he sort of made her become a super villain by installing a weapon in her arms.

    Overall, she wishes that she wasn’t infected by the disease. She is kind and compassionate and the only reasons she stays a super villain is because she owes Birdbrain and she is scared of them. She is only needed because she is the only one in the team who resembles an actual human being.

  660. Mikeyon 07 Aug 2013 at 4:47 pm

    I had a concept for a blood manipulator that I’ve been calling Bloodline, but I’ve recently become dissatisfied with that name. Are there any other suggestions for a blood controller?

    Basically, he controls blood like a water manipulator controls water, and is capable of generating (or duplicating, I guess) limited quantities of his own blood for use in combat.

    Anyway, if anyone has any suggestions, they’d be greatly appreciated.

  661. B. McKenzieon 11 Aug 2013 at 1:38 am

    “I’ve been creating a gadgets character but he is mainly a stealthy archer. He is a rich inventor with a special bow he created… He is very sarcastic and funny.” I think differentiating the character from Green Arrow will help a lot.

  662. LucaLunion 11 Aug 2013 at 3:18 am

    @triplechocolate, Keep Vortex. No offense but I thought the other one was a bit crap.
    Vortex’s power is EXTREMELY OBVIOUS. It’s Kirby! (Which makes it awesome, too)
    You could have the other villain as well as Vortex but don’t replace her.

  663. triplechocolateon 11 Aug 2013 at 9:12 am

    I thought of something to add to Vortex’s powers, then. As well as sucking things in, she then turns into pure kinetic energy (the further it goes, the more destructive it gets (like Iron Man)) and blasts it out again. The only problem with this is that it takes some time to turn it into energy. What do you think?

  664. triplechocolateon 11 Aug 2013 at 9:16 am

    I think Arrow is a bit overused. How about something like Spur or Crossbow?

  665. triplechocolateon 11 Aug 2013 at 10:58 am

    Well I looked up arrow in the thesaurus and under it was spur. It also means to motivate someone, which could refer to his attitude towards that could get a reaction.

  666. Proxie#0on 11 Aug 2013 at 12:44 pm

    B. Mac, I have two questions. First of all, do you know any tips on writing in the horror genre, or otherwise have any idea on sites that specialize in said genre?

    And secondly, I hate to “self-advertise,” but my comment has fallen off of the recent comments side-bar, and I was hoping that you could approve the comment. It was directed at Blackscar, in regards to his post about his own factions. The thing keeping it from getting posted is, I think, is that I have two hyperlinks in it. They each go to a different image depicting what I believe Blackscar was going for with one of his character/creature designs.

    And as always, thank you for your help, and I hope you stick around.

  667. JayNotKayon 12 Aug 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Hi! I posted earlier and thank you to those who commented, it really helped. I think the term Omega was used in marvel for the other term, Omega Force Mutant or something relative to that. I have one question: What is a good name for an immortal super-villain that can heal and regenerate limbs at unimaginable rates? I am having a writer’s block problemo here.

  668. anonymouson 13 Aug 2013 at 7:35 am

    I have a shapeshifting superhero but his name is shifter I don’t know if that’s a good name for him can you help

  669. Green Dudeon 13 Aug 2013 at 4:18 pm

    you should either keep Shifter or go with Chameleon that sounds good too. Your choice. I hope I helped.

  670. triplechocolateon 14 Aug 2013 at 2:33 am

    Chameleon is the name of a major Marvel super villain. so probably not that.

  671. Haley :)on 16 Aug 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Me and a friend are writing a book and one character is a girl with invisibility powers her personality is very calm, and soothing, she is a very emotional type of person she is loving and caring as well. we cant think of a name we have our drawing down of what she looks like but cant come up with a name and a code name does anyone have any ideas ????? please help

  672. K.B.on 20 Aug 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Hi, I’m working on a novella series set in a semi-realistic universe (I.E., Vigilantes, Masked Villains – where heroes aren’t ‘super). It will be self published, beginning sometime next year.

    One of the supporting characters is currently named Silver Fox (Given to her by the media). I’ve been reading about trademarks and copyrights, and I think I have a handle on them. That being said, I’m not an avid comic book reader, so I was unaware that Silver Fox is a character in the Wolvering Universe until I did a google search for her name. Should I rename her? Her powers have nothing to do with her name. An alternative I have for her is Nyx (Greek God of shadows), but I’m not sure I want another Greek themed name (alongside Apollo) or that ‘Nyx’ has an interesting ring to it.

    I’m looking for a name to fit a mysterious, badass, and morally grey character.

  673. Comicfighteron 31 Aug 2013 at 3:49 pm

    K. B. you could call your character many things. If they’re a batman kinda person only going out at night and stealing all pictures taken of then you can get away with a lot. Not to give you a copyrighted idea but there is a video game character called Sly Cooper(a raccoon thief) his name fits but is also a joke because he’s very carefree and determined. But I digress. Your character seems like a person who would have a name from Japanese mythology or just a Japanese name. Ryuu is translated to dragon spirit for example. Hope this all helps

  674. Thalamuson 02 Sep 2013 at 11:41 am

    This isn’t exactly the place to put this question but, as anyone who has seen any of my previous comments may have guessed, I’m going to put it here anyway.
    I am working on an urban fantasy story at the moment, and was wondering about the honorific “Dark Lord”. It seems almost a cliché in fantasy, but I had an idea that it could be used in the world of my story not as any kind of moral indicator, but as a sign of power and influence, tied with fear and respect (I have a vague idea that the title could have been given to the character by an enemy, but then adopted by said character as a slightly backhanded response to the insult). The character himself would be a protagonist (the phrase “good guy” doesn’t really apply), and the idea mostly came about simply because I was thinking about what it would be like for a person to be given that kind of title from their perspective, and why you would embrace it.
    I just wondered what people thought of the idea and, more importantly, whether someone has thought of it already. If they have, I have no wish to steal the idea, so I would appreciate a warning.

  675. triplechocolateon 07 Sep 2013 at 5:56 am

    Okay I’m changing everything around. I am getting rid of all the supervillains except Speculum and Birdbrain and I am changing Birdbrain’s superpowers a bit. Now he cannot read other’s mind and can only mind control pigeons. Oh and they’re now superheroes.
    However, I have added two new superheroes: Queuejumper and one I haven’t thought of a name.
    Queuejumper I think is a good name because he has the natural ability of location swapping – swapping his location with another (in sight) or swapping two objects around. He is called Queuejumper because he originally used his superpowers to jump the queue for roller coasters and other rides.
    The other one has papyrokinesis. She can manipulate paper, create missiles, matter surf and create walls, Armour, weaponry etc. She can also travel through books (going through their story) and turn a written word into the actual object.
    But I don’t know a good idea for her name. Can you think of some? And what do you think of Queuejumper?

  676. NewtoThison 16 Sep 2013 at 2:41 pm

    I am making a short comic book for my husband for his birthday. He has no idea, so shhhh. . .

    To make sure he knows he is the character in the story, I want to name the character George, but I don’t think that sounds very heroic. He is a tower climber in real life, and will be in the story too. He is a determined yet sometimes goofy character. Always working harder than he should to make sure his family is well cared for. His super power is his ability to create an electromagnetic pulse or manipulate energy by absorption and expelling it. But his power turns out to be more harmful than helpful, so he stops using his powers until the villain in the story finds out about his power and tries to force him to use it by holding his wife and kids hostage and creating an unstable environment that will destroy them all and something else that I haven’t decided on yet.

    Long story short, does it make sense to stick with my husband’s actual name or to make it less obvious? Other name ideas are Gene, Liam Minor, Ivan, Alan, Alan Ace, Alan Archer and G Money as his super hero name.

  677. BMon 16 Sep 2013 at 3:43 pm

    “Long story short, does it make sense to stick with my husband’s actual name or to make it less obvious?” He’ll be able to guess it either way, because it’s a birthday present for him. (Also, the tower-climbing). One possibility would be actually using actual people in the story (e.g. instead of it just being a character named George, making it explicitly your George). E.g. if my girlfriend tried something as awesome as making me a comic book, she might make it explicitly about me and draw on in-jokes like how long I spend at the library (which is obviously a cover story for superheroics).

    For a superhero name, I like G Money. It’s a bit wacky.

  678. mydarlingneveron 18 Sep 2013 at 9:58 pm

    I need some serious help on names – I’m a lost cause for originality. I’ve got three main characters, one’s a hero, one’s a villain, and one is a hero-turned-villain.

    The Hero: has water-based powers, can basically manipulate it any way he wants and in any form he wants (i.e. ice, steam, liquid, even water in the air or really anywhere). He’s a distant, almost apathetic person who has a lot of feeling that he would rather bury. Was named by the public.

    The Villain: he is the classic arch nemesis of the hero and therefore has powers that directly conflict. Essentially, a pyrokinetic. He creates and controls fire in any way he pleases, and his personality matches very well. He’s feisty and actually has a lot of hidden anger, a little unstable if you please.

    The Hero-Turned-Villain: A really nice guy through and through, if it weren’t for a hidden fragment of his personality. It’s vindictive and absolutely ruthless; the perfect bad guy. His powers consist of super strength and regeneration, but in his ‘good state’ that strength, while still impressive, is greatly subdued, and his powers are more healing-oriented. The ‘bad’ side of him, when released, gives him monstrous strength and those healing powers actually become destructive (i.e. a touch can rip apart muscles and stop blood flow etc etc.). Can be a general, ambiguous name or something more villain-like.

    Ugh, I’ve been wringing my brain dry trying to think of something, but what little I’ve come up with sounds terrible :/ Even a small suggestion would help a lot!

  679. Elecon 20 Sep 2013 at 3:26 am

    I really like these ideas. They seem somewhat ‘original’ (i.e. I’ve never heard of them before, although I’m not entirely sure if they’ve never been done). I’m not exactly sure what the exact names could be, but I’ll jot down a few ideas I have.

    The Villain – you mentioned instability and fire, not a good combination. That’s good, cause he’s a villain :). Here’s a few ideas:

    Fire Storm (could be one word)
    Furnado (combination of furnace and tornado)

    Well, it looks like I ended up going into names after all :). Hope my ideas helped!

  680. mydarlingneveron 20 Sep 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Thank you for your suggestions! I especially like Wildfire – I like to interpret the ‘wild’ part as a tribute to his crazy 🙂

  681. RandomForLifeon 23 Sep 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Hey guys, I have 2 of my superhero characters for my team that i still cant work out appropriate names for-

    – first is a an spy but hides her identity as a artist. Shes intelligent, optimistic, slightly sarcastic, strong willed and often gets distracted by her ideas. She is the instigator/ leader for most of the things that happen to and within my team. Her powers are based on telepathy and telekinesis but i try to imagine them more as being able to feel ripples in water, to many ripples and the info gets muddled/ the water gets murky. Her style is vintage, boots and leather jackets with dresses and waist coats.

    – The other who have been calling Aries (but i’m just not sure) is studying massage therapy, loves natural healing and working with animals. Very outgoing, rather weird – (that girl that the guys want but couldn’t handle) funny and a bit of a joker/prankster. She has dream catcher tattoo on her left shoulder and multiple ear and facial piercings, wears a lot of black and red. Her powers again take another turn, she gains control over technology, at first her mp3 just switches songs- then it builds to being able to manipulate machinery.

    Everything about her is conflicting, at first she hates her powers and it take a long time for her to come to terms with them as they aren’t what she would have chosen for herself.

    Any input would be great!

  682. zaeionon 02 Oct 2013 at 7:42 pm

    what do you guys think of good superhero names also they are for a virtuel game

  683. Thalamuson 03 Oct 2013 at 6:30 am

    zaeion: Be more specific. Generic superhero names tend to be rubbish.

  684. Glamtronon 03 Oct 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Please i need help! What name would be appropriate for a hero who steals weapons and hardware to fight crime?(i once thought of dark saviour).. Thats one and.. There are different types of villains(or group of villains) with different powers..aside d normal that just steals one way(i dunno hw to put it bt i mean like assassins or sandman or villains that just wanna hurt people) or the other or vampires stuffs like that.. What sorta villains can i come up with for my heroa former assasin..weapons:blades.(he got the belief that the “gun” is a cursed weapon

  685. Doug M.on 06 Oct 2013 at 12:54 am

    I have a woman super-villain in my story, but I need a name for her. This character is derived from Medusa from Greek mythology. In the original story in Greek mythology Medusa is turned into a hideous monster with snakes for hair that will turn anybody that looks at her into stone as punishment for Medusa’s vanity because she had been very beautiful, but constantly bragging about hr beauty. My temptress villain is very beautiful and she does have snakes for hair and the power to hypnotize people. She will hypnotize wealthy men and use her poisonous snakes that she controls to kill her victim. I really don’t want to call her Medusa even though most people will have that name come to mind. She lives in the modern world and has her secret home in Miami, Florida. She also has the ability to disguise her snake hairs and make them appear as regular hairs. Any ideas for a name???

  686. DyreBetaon 12 Oct 2013 at 4:05 am

    Hi everyone, I’m making a book about a team of five super heroes. One is really fast and I need help with names. I thought of Race of Jet but I’m not sure.

  687. DyreBetaon 13 Oct 2013 at 11:20 am

    I also have another hero that can move things with his mind. He is the main hero out of the group. I thought of Mind, but that sound kind of weird.

  688. Thalamuson 13 Oct 2013 at 11:40 am

    DyreBeta: I would take the advice of the above article and not base the name on the powers.

  689. Evan Walkeron 15 Oct 2013 at 4:40 am

    I have an idea for a superhero that can control all electronics (i.e. He could control cars, control ATMs, control US Missile Command) remotely. He is 19, a college dropout, and a total genius. He’s totally new to the whole superhero thing, and is for now just trying to stop robberies and assaults. He is very laid back, and is still getting used to his powers. I think he is still just hanging out in his parent’s house, and is patrolling the streets at night. anonymously hack electronics of corrupt politicians/ businessman, criminals, bad people, etc. He gets media attention and becomes known as just “The Hacker”. Then maybe he starts just ruining the lives of people he doesn’t like by turning all their electronics against them. Then he would get reined by some sort of special government unit and recruited to work for them.

    What should his Superhero name be?

    What should his origin be? (maybe part machine)

  690. B. McKenzieon 15 Oct 2013 at 10:03 am

    “What should his superhero name be?” I would assume the name comes from the government unit, so I’d recommend something which reflects how they view him. For example, if they see him as a generally dangerous and unreliable teammate, perhaps something like Recluse (a loner, or an exceptionally poisonous type of spider, a reference a hacker might appreciate — without a spider, the web would be safe 🙂 ). I would not recommend something explicitly based on hacking or electronics.

    “control US Missile Command…” Strategic Command! It’s got more than just missiles. For example, lax dress regulations.

  691. Evan Walkeron 15 Oct 2013 at 10:28 am

    Haha, thanks Brian, I really like the spider idea. Is there any way I can give him a spider themed name without connecting him to Spiderman?

  692. B. McKenzieon 15 Oct 2013 at 12:14 pm

    “Is there any way I can give him a spider-themed name without connecting him to Spiderman?” Well, one possibility would be that it’s a name with a dual meaning (e.g. “Recluse” and “Black Widow” are types of spiders, but the spider probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the name). In general, I think readers would cut you a lot of slack here because the spider theme in your case is tied to a slang term for hackers rather than tied to the animal.

    Assuming that the character has a distinct personality and voice from Peter Parker/Spider-Man, it is very unlikely that an electronics specialist will strike readers as a potential ripoff of Spider-Man, regardless of his name. Likewise, I don’t think anyone would associate Black Widow with Spider-Man just because they have spider-themed names.

  693. Elecon 16 Oct 2013 at 1:38 am

    Your character sounds very interesting, Evan. I’ve just got one question; if he is a ‘total genius,’ then why did he drop out of college? Is it because he is lazy or something? If so, I would recommend working that into his personality (i.e. A Tony Stark-ish character might think that college is a waste of time, because he already knows everything, so he complains loudly about it, possibly develops a lazy streak, etc.). Just some ideas off the top of my head. Feel free to correct me if I interpreted your description/character wrong.

  694. Evan Walkeron 16 Oct 2013 at 4:21 am

    Elec, He dropped out of college because he felt there was nothing important to learn there, sort of like Steve Jobs. B. Mac, I think everyone in his unit will have an animal themed name, (i.e. maybe the commando guy would be named lion) and he will be spider. In the beginning he will be looked down on by the others but in time he will gain their trust and be very valued by them.

  695. Glamtronon 16 Oct 2013 at 8:22 am

    Goodmorning everyone.. Please i’m having trouble finding a name for my “lizard” superhero.. He comes from a small town that is exploited and oppressed by hired mercenaries.. They later captured young lads like him(he’s was 18 then) and took them to their secret basement on an island and did genetic engineering on them.. Giving them some animal traits. His was with that of a him regeneratin abilities as well as agility,leaping, reflexes. He later escaped 4rm d basement during a fire outbreak that kills the rest.. And was found floating on a piece of wood by a traveller. The important thing now is finding a name for him.. Feedback please

  696. Drew11on 16 Oct 2013 at 2:25 pm

    I am making a story about a hero that can move things with his mind. His back story is that he is a normal student and while in one of his classes, an experiment goes wrong and gives him and some of his friends special powers. His personality is somewhat out going and calling him names will never get him angry. He is athletic and enjoys being outside. Any name ideas?

  697. Drew11on 17 Oct 2013 at 5:08 am

    Glamtron, here are a few ideas, they aren’t very good but please consider them.

    Scales, Strike, Night crawler, and Rush.

    I hope these help.

  698. B. McKenzieon 17 Oct 2013 at 6:42 am

    “Night Crawler” might not be available…

  699. Glamtronon 18 Oct 2013 at 6:30 am

    Yeah.. They got me thinking in line.. I thought of Greenscales, scale-crawler, green-crawler, scale-man, aaah! I’m stil thinking but.. Wanna know how this sounds.. Thanks

  700. ekimmakon 20 Oct 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Trying to think of a name for a time travelling villain.

    He’s from a distant, and grim future, and seeks to change it. The catch is, due to lack of research, he’s not sure what caused it, so he thinks that if he kills everyone who might be involved, then he’ll eventually get the right person and change the future.

    He has a group of robots powered by the same thing his time travel is based on, called “Clockwound”, that he sends out to find people who could be responsible. When he meets the heroes, he picks them as “The second most likely cause of the future’s ruin”, and the easier option to erase.

    All I can come up with is ‘Paradox’, or ‘Detective Paradox’, but I get the feeling it’s probably taken.

  701. NatureWitchon 21 Oct 2013 at 2:17 am

    I think the yugioh movies villain was named Paradox, and had kinda the same cause, but I only watched the abridged version so I’m not certain. Even then it shouldn’t be a problem, but it is a just so you know kind of thing.

    Maybe soething based on the word Anachronism (“An anachronism, from the Greek ανά (ana: up, against, back, re-) and χρόνος (chronos: time), is a chronological inconsistency in some arrangement, especially a juxtaposition of person(s), events, objects, or customs from different periods of time. Often the item misplaced in time is an object, but it may be a verbal expression, a technology, a philosophical idea, a musical style, a material, a custom, or anything else associated with a particular period in time so that it is incorrect to place it outside its proper temporal domain.”) or something. Sure Anachronism is for describing fiction, but it still works.

  702. B. McKenzieon 21 Oct 2013 at 5:54 pm

    “The catch is, due to lack of research, he’s not sure what caused it, so he thinks that if he kills everyone who might be involved, then he’ll eventually get the right person and change the future.” I love this setup. Under the circumstances, he also has an excellent reason to take on a pseudonym (if anyone knew his given name, they might be able to erase him by killing his forebears or otherwise disrupting historical events).

    One element I like here is that it very smoothly sets up a conflict involving at least 3 parties: the villain (who’s trying to kill everybody necessary to avert the apocalypse), the heroes (who are trying to stop the villain AND presumably also avert the apocalypse), and whatever forces are at work that will cause the apocalypse.

    As for a name, I’d go for something which sounds somewhat threatening, ideally could pass as a title or a name, and perhaps has some sort of thematic meaning relevant to the character. I like the idea behind Anachronism, but it strikes me as a bit hard to pronounce. To make it a bit easier to work into conversation, it may help to do something like shorten it to Anach and perhaps add a prefix or suffix or otherwise make a minor adjustment (e.g. Banach or Lanach or Gannick or whatever). The other idea which came to mind was something based on “prolepsis” (an act or statement made in anticipation of something), but everything I came up with there sounded like a digestion medication (e.g. Proleptic).

  703. ekimmakon 21 Oct 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Yeah, would take some seriously extraneous circumstances to make heroes that are actively trying to cause the apocalypse.

    I was drifting towards the name Paradox because it fit him so well. His machines work in ways that shouldn’t be allowed, his goal is to alter the future when that’s what set him about this task, meaning that if he succeeds, he could end up wiping out all of reality, or at least himself, and his objective is so vague that it’ll be a stroke of luck if he can figure out how to stop it.

    But, I would not be surprised if it turned out that the name was already taken. Anachronite, Anachrono, or something along those lines sounds good (I can’t use mythology names, as I do have ties to the real Olympians and or mythological figures in the world backstory. Otherwise, I’d probably use Cronos)

  704. B. McKenzieon 21 Oct 2013 at 9:59 pm

    “I can’t use mythology names, as I do have ties to the real Olympians and or mythological figures in the world backstory. Otherwise, I’d probably use Cronos.” If you really want to use Cronus as a name for a non-mythological character, I don’t think it would be a problem that you have mythological characters in the story.

    1. First, MAYBE 10-20% of your readers will know that there is a mythological figure named Cronus, and I think they’d be smart enough to figure out that the guy going by the name Cronus is not an actual titan. For one thing, when we see Cronus in action, we’re probably going to see sci-fi equipment, right? That should pretty much be a dead giveaway that he’s not a mythological character. If you think there’s any room for confusion, you can have a character bring it up early on that he’s not actually a mythological character, despite his name.

    2. If you feel like Cronus is off-limits because of the mythological reference, perhaps a slight variation like Chrono. But not Chrunked. I’m not feeling Captain Chrunk either.

  705. ekimmakon 21 Oct 2013 at 11:57 pm

    Well, his Clockwound minions are loosely based on the Clockwork, from City of Heroes, and his initial jump back is technology he didn’t design or fully understand. After all, “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”, right?

    Then again, I can always use a short explanation to further develop characters. “Somehow, I doubt that the real Cronus would need a contraption like that to go back in time.” “He doesn’t look anything like my grandfather.” or stuff like that.

  706. Depth Chargeon 23 Oct 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Hey folks, if got a aqua lemurian enchanted toon teen 18 2 parent died sub accident missing sister please invent me something for sis toon ^_~ last name mckenzie too haha

  707. "X"on 23 Oct 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Is the name Patriot a good name for a super hero??

  708. B. McKenzieon 23 Oct 2013 at 6:40 pm

    “Is the name Patriot a good name for a superhero?” I think it would be more interesting with a modifier. For example, Iron Man 3 used “Iron Patriot.”

  709. B. McKenzieon 23 Oct 2013 at 6:41 pm

    “Hey folks, if got a aqua lemurian enchanted toon teen 18 2 parent died sub accident missing sister please invent me something for sis toon…” I’m not sure I understand. Could you please clarify?

  710. Depth Chargeon 24 Oct 2013 at 3:23 am

    Well on a holiday we went in a sub my name is max McKenzie and on a accident my parents died and my sister gone missing and someone saved me and noticed i have like aqua powers breathe under eater and such i need a good powerline for the sister like fire exc help 🙂

  711. Depth Chargeon 24 Oct 2013 at 3:24 am

    Eater “water”

  712. B. McKenzieon 25 Oct 2013 at 12:10 am

    Depth Charge, I’m having some language issues here. I don’t suppose you’d happen to be comfortable in Spanish or German?

  713. Depth chargeon 25 Oct 2013 at 2:16 am

    Am dutch so kinda failing grammer here just need a sister powerline i need some ideas on looks and such

  714. Isabellaon 28 Oct 2013 at 4:39 pm

    B. Mac, I just have a quick question about some copyright issues. I was looking at The Watchmen for some superhero name inspiration, and I kept finding myself drawn to Dr. Manhattan. Considering that neither of my characters are doctors, I was thinking of changing it to Mr. Manhattan instead, but would that be too similar to the original name? I don’t think it would be too big of an issue since Manhattan has been used for a few other superheroes (and the city), but Dr. Manhattan is a pretty popular character, and the last thing I need is to get sued by DC or Neil Gaiman.

  715. B. McKenzieon 28 Oct 2013 at 5:18 pm

    “I was thinking of changing it to Mr. Manhattan, but would that be too similar to the original name?” Some thoughts here:

    1. I don’t think the word “Manhattan” is off-limits, but I would recommend coming up with a variation more distinct from [Title] Manhattan because Dr. Manhattan is already a very well-known character. The Manhattan [Noun] might be more interesting than Mr. Manhattan.

    2. I’d only recommend using a location in a name if it adds useful information or is symbolically useful. For example, Martian Manhunter tells us more about the character than just Manhunter would have. Manhattan is pretty generic for a superhero story, so I’m guessing it won’t do as good a job differentiating/developing your character as it did for Dr. Manhattan. (In his case, it was a reference to the nuclear project, and that does not appear to be the case here).

    2.1. I wouldn’t recommend using Manhattan in a name unless the character is exceptionally Manhattan. (E.g. basically every protagonist in Captain America is American, but CA gets named Captain America because he’s VERY American). Personally, I can’t think of anything exceptionally positive about Manhattan, so I’m not very helpful here.

  716. checkmateon 05 Nov 2013 at 11:30 pm

    hey guys writing story about elementals, got a problem though. i need a name for a water elemental(generic powers) but i needs to sound right to go with: Blockhead (Earth), Pyra (Fire) and Swift (Air)

  717. Unknown, Damion, and Brendonon 06 Nov 2013 at 5:55 am

    Checkmate, try these.
    -Sea spray
    -Downpour (It is raining where I am)
    -Blue mist
    these are just suggestions from me, and two friends. feel free to not use these if they don’t work well for you.

  718. B. McKenzieon 06 Nov 2013 at 8:42 am

    Checkmate, I’d recommend reading the article. Especially this part: “If you post below for help coming up with a name for a superhero, please give us more to work with than just the character’s superpowers. What does the character have going on besides superpowers? Personality? Interesting goals/motivations? Anything which would help distinguish this character from superheroes with a similar power-set?”

  719. Chloe Williamson 13 Nov 2013 at 2:49 pm


    I am creating a whole host of Superheros. Some redesigns of real ones, some that are like sidekicks to existing ones and some completely new ones and I was wondering if you could give me tips on how to name/judge my naming of them.

    1)Casey James- Female- No powers, skilled in ninjitsu and can use the main Ninja weapons: Katanas, Sais, Bo staff and Nunchucks.
    16 Years old. Cold be made older. Half Japanese, used to live there which is where she learned he skills.
    I had only the name ‘Ninja’ which I didn’t think was very good, especially for the leader of her group.

    2)Nicholas Franco-Male-Gravitational control.
    Around the same age as Casey but again, could be made older. American/British.
    The name of this guy has had me stumped for months now.

    3)Atarah Navi-Female-Control over a Magic Sword, kind of like Torunn (I think that is what Thor’s daughter is called). The sword grants her powers of flight and magic and acts as a shield too.
    Same age again. From a mystical dimension (hence the weird name) where she is the Queens ward and one of the best warriors in the kingdom. There are three: Wisdom, Courage and Strength, she represents Courage.

    I’d love to know what you think and any ideas of how to name/make the names better! Thanks
    I had named Atarah Blade on account of her control over the Sword of Courage.

  720. Chloe Williamson 13 Nov 2013 at 2:50 pm

    By the way, these are purely for use in my stories or just as ideas for charaters if I ever need them, not for Comic publication.


  721. Kevin Holsingeron 14 Nov 2013 at 10:43 am

    Good afternoon, Ms. Williams.

    While superhero names isn’t my specialty…

    1. Casey James: you might try looking up names of legendary Japanese figures. The Wikipedia articles on ninjas and samurai have a few historical figures whose names you might be able to use.

    2. Nicholas Franco: looked up the origin for “gravity” in the dictionary. While I don’t think you’d want to call a character “gravitas”, one of the meanings for that word…”grave”…is simple enough.

    Enjoy your day.

  722. Clip-Clopon 14 Nov 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Chloe Williams,
    I think that the character who comes from another dimension and represents courage is a little too similar to the legend of Zelda. In those story lines, there are three people who hold a triforce: one of power, one of courage, and one of wisdom.

  723. Chloe Williamson 15 Nov 2013 at 12:06 pm

    I realized it was similar to Zelda, but I don’t intend to use it for publication so I didn’t think it mattered. It was just bugging me so much that I didn’t have a name.

    Thanks for your advice Kevin, I am currently debating on what name to give Casey: Shogun or Daimyo. I am still indecided about Nicholas but your advice is much appreciated!


  724. "X"on 17 Nov 2013 at 11:12 am

    I have a hero and he is archer hero like green arrow and hawk eye how can I separate him from them how can I make him unique?

  725. Victoria H.on 17 Nov 2013 at 12:27 pm

    My hero is named Terrestrial Dallas because she’s from outer space. Does her name make sense? Her powers are still pretty undecided. She does have Spy Skills and she works for the Government under the Alias of Agent Dallas or Dallas Maxwell. I planned for her to be almost indestructible, as in bullets bounce off of her. However, weapons such as Spears, Knives, and Swords, could easily harm her. She looks pretty young, around Twenty years old while she’s actually 28 years of age. She’s from a currently unnamed planet and is the soul survivor of her planet from an attack when she was younger, around twelve years of age. She was able to escape, just barely and is now wanted by her planets attackers, making her harm Earth without meaning to. So back to my earlier question, does her name make sense?

  726. Revolutionon 17 Nov 2013 at 1:21 pm

    (Victoria H.) I think that is a good idea that you have it’s very interesting but i think her name should be Like “Dallas X”, “Shadow”,”Terrestrial Dallas” is pretty cool to as in name wise. But, I think she should have like gun skill like Bishop off of X- men one her abilities could be Teleportation like Dead Pool, Night Crawler and also she can be very good at hand to hand combat. I would say she can change into people like Mystic yeah that would be cool.

    sorry for getting carried away I just hope this help you

  727. Victoria H.on 17 Nov 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Thanks for the help Revolution!
    I can’t name her Dallas x, since there is a Daniel X and I don’t want her to be thought of as a copy of him because she is not.
    Teleportation sounds like a good power for her. As a Spy she’d have good hand-to-hand combat skills, so that goes well with her. I would have her be able to shift forms, but again I don’t want her to be confused with being Like Daniel X.
    Thanks, Again, for your help! C:

  728. Revolutionon 17 Nov 2013 at 1:45 pm

    (“X”) Well being you have gadget her that use arrow you could have him make his own gadget like for example Batman doesn’t make his own gadget he get them from from “FOXX”. Also make him do thing that Green Arrow wouldn’t do and Hawk eyes wouldn’t do for example ” put him in a situation like a broken arm he fights with a broken arm” I never read about Green Arrow or Hawk Eyes been put in a position before make his villains more need to cause destruction and make the villain make him make decision that is hard for him to do

    – I hope I help if not ” B. McKenzie ” can help you I hoped I help you alot

  729. "X"on 17 Nov 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Thanks Revolution that was a lot of help

  730. B. McKenzieon 17 Nov 2013 at 9:47 pm

    “My hero is named Terrestrial Dallas because she’s from outer space. Does her name make sense?” Hmm… I feel “Terrestrial” might be a bit of a mouthful in conversation. Could I suggest shortening it to “Terra”?

    Unless there’s some interesting backstory to the name “Dallas,” I’d recommend something a bit more exotic. For example, maybe her birth name was something more stereotypically alien like “Da’Las” and one of her teammates encouraged her to try “Dallas” because it’s a bit easier to pronounce and/or because government systems have trouble handling special characters in names. 🙂 Alternately, perhaps she names herself after the city of Dallas because it plays some memorable role in her origin story — maybe that’s where she landed, so it is special to her.

    Alternately, if you’d be open to “Houston” rather than “Dallas,” NASA mission control is based out of Houston, so the word “Houston” comes up a LOT in NASA broadcasts. An alien listening to NASA broadcasts might guess that “Houston” is the center of human civilization*, or perhaps the most common human name, or maybe even the name of the planet.

    *E.g. check out your favorite astronaut movie. How often does it refer to any city besides Houston? E.g. Gravity mentions Lake Zurich** once and Houston at least 50 times.

    **Yeahhh, Lake Zurich.

  731. Kevin Holsingeron 18 Nov 2013 at 4:09 am

    Good morning, X.

    When I’m out of ideas on something, I review (since forming opinions on existing ideas is easier than coming up with original ones). Go to the Wikipedia pages for Green Arrow and Hawkeye, or the DC and Marvel wikis for those characters, and start writing down critiques of what you read. “I like this.” “I don’t like that.”

    Another method is to go through those same pages, and flip a coin every time you hit a description to see whether you should keep it (heads/yes. tails/no). Looking at Green Arrow’s Wikipedia page right now, here are some of my coin-flips…


    Try to rewrite the character so that it matches your coin-flips. And if it still seems too close to the original character (you don’t want to steal anybody’s ideas here), take the “yes” flips and re-flip them until your character is different enough from the original.

    Even if this isn’t the character you ultimately end up with, it’s a start.

    Enjoy your day.

  732. B. McKenzieon 18 Nov 2013 at 8:25 am

    I like this strategy a lot, Kevin, though hypothetically if you have a wealthy nonbusiness-woman that’s an outspoken conservative, she may bring Green Arrow to mind even though she’s the opposite of GA in some ways. I’d recommend going into the list of character traits and flipping on several of those as well. (Feel free to disregard any flips that would make the character less interesting).

  733. "X"on 18 Nov 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Thanks a lot but , I have suggestion my character traits are like Batman and Wolverine type character is that a bad thing or a good thing?

  734. B. McKenzieon 18 Nov 2013 at 6:00 pm

    “My character traits are like Batman and Wolverine type character is that a bad thing or a good thing?” If the character is so close that he could be confused for either character, that would be a problem.

  735. Kevin Holsingeron 19 Nov 2013 at 4:39 am

    Good morning, Mr. McKenzie.

    Wow, I didn’t even know you HAD a page on character traits. I’m reading this site article by article (I’m new here), and I only just got to page 2.

    Well, it’s nice to know there’s a writing site that isn’t just for beginning writers, since I’m way past that point but can still use advice.

    Enjoy your day.

  736. B. McKenzieon 19 Nov 2013 at 7:11 am

    Yeah, it’s a lot of articles. I think we’ve got 500 writing articles…

  737. Wolfgirlon 27 Nov 2013 at 4:50 pm

    I’m completely stuck on how to name my main bad guy. She is the main narrator. Her real name is Necessity “Nessie” Springfield. She was created in a lab and because of that she has catlike reflexes, cat ears, and retractable claws. She has red hair and green eyes. She has a tendency to come off as a delinquent but is really quite kind and prefers to follow the rules. So far I thinking The Sinister Jaguar as her super villain name, but it’s kind of a mouthful. Also she works for a big billionaire scientist who was the one who created her in the first place. Finally she is only the bad guy because she needs the money to support her adopted parents who also work for the billionaire guy.

  738. Glamtronon 29 Nov 2013 at 3:08 am

    Dunno if this will help.. I’m still having problems in naming my lizard guy..(i’m still thinking “green walker”but not sure i wanna use that).. But for your catgirl i’m thinkin… Uhmmm.. “Cat-claw” “claw” “lynx”.. Thats all i got now.

  739. B. McKenzieon 06 Dec 2013 at 6:27 pm

    “I’m still having problems in naming my lizard-themed hero. I’m still thinking ‘Green Walker’). I know pretty much nothing about the tone/mood of the work or the character or what you’re going for, but my outside take is that shortening it to “Walker” would probably sound better in conversation. However, if the tone is supposed to feel a bit outlandish, Green Walker might be more effective.

  740. Mynaon 07 Dec 2013 at 8:35 am

    Wolfgirl–you could try something that plays off of cat traits. The superhero name generator on Seventh Sanctum is awesome for stuff like this .

    You could also cut down Sinister Jaguar down to just Jaguar. It still creates the threatening feel but without being too long. Other options include variations of Paw, Claw, Panther, Fang, Tiger…

  741. Minkon 08 Dec 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Hey guys I could use some help and all that jazz.
    see my whole story is basically all about anti heroes, so no spandex, capes or code names for them.
    However I have a a whole group of secondary characters who are basicly the heros of anthour story and since im makeing them full blown supes I gott to get some names!

    The leader of this team is sam john darcy-at 25 he’s got flight as a super power, his personality is very sure of himself, a little bit cocky thank goodness he has a high intelligence to match.

    The lancer of the group I already have a name for and that is sea runner secret identity maxine Reynolds; she can change her body into warter and control it. She is quick to jump to conclusions, and thinks frist impression are gold.

    the big guy-is greg willson he had inhanced reflects, and is super strong, he’s a strong silent type, but when he dose talk your in for a verbal smack down.

    The smart guy- Vic Ferry who is just as smart as the leader is an empath, he has a dark edge to him, but a general lust for life.

    And finally the only other girl is Uno ‘U’ Jenson a girly who doesn’t love to get her hands dirty, she has the abilty to talk to animals and have them obey her. Shes the rich one, but tends to be a little bit nicer when she’s around her friends, she still can be a total jerk to them. She no push over thought and she’s hardly her parents little angel cuse their even more shallower then uno

  742. Minkon 08 Dec 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Oh and the color of their oufits are

    Sam john- green tights with brownish-orange wing designs on the back (althought he lacks real wings) the wing shapes are angelic. He also has a darkef grren belt with all his gadgets in them. He’s got the same brownish- orange color shades.

    Maxine-has a light artic blue turtle neck, short sleeved version. She has a tights on underthen that are a mossy green, a belt the color of ash. To finsh up two long armored gloves, boots and sunglass, one is colored artice blue the other mossy green

    Greg-has white armor clever with a bulid in armored shell that’s black and got white tron lines. He has red scarlet colored Texas style sun glasses.

    Vics got a red trench jacket underneath he is in a suit and tie, with dress pants his shades when he bothers to use them are rose colored

    Uno is wearing, a jade green top, with fish netting undertop, a pair of tights with rose patren gold, she also has a simler fur *mink* jacket thats golden in color. She has a gold framed shades, with a mint green insides

  743. Dr. Vo Spaderon 13 Dec 2013 at 3:21 pm

    FIRST OFF: My characters have undergone incredible changes, due to my time away from my writing. I’ve also come to the realization that I have ridiculously overpowered characters and therefore plot issues. My solution? Limit them severely. I don’t think it’s an overreaction – it’ll probably be a good setting for my characters to grow in. (Failure is actually possible now, some of them need this to bring about believable change.)

    My plan is to give the characters very small powers or none at all, to keep them closer to the vigilante category. I’m currently considering those two worlds and will decide on which I should set up with.

    NOW: I’ve run into a small problem in naming. The most important characters will have identical outfits. The names for the characters (given by the city’s people/news) will be inspired by said outfits. “Green-hood” is what I’m thinking will be the name of my main character. “Black-hood” and “Brown-hood” would two others.

    Do these sound like they’d work? Or do they sound horrible? “Brown-hood” to me sounds the worst, but I think it could be something that grows to be accepted/understood/liked(?) quickly.

    As always, thank-you for your input!

  744. Kirsten Songcalon 14 Dec 2013 at 12:43 am

    @ Dr. Vo Spader, Personally, I like the name Black-hood the best out of all three; I’m assuming that people would refer to them as “The Black-hood” and “The Green-Hood” like people say The Hulk rather than just Hulk. I’m not such a fan of the other two though, I think the names are too impersonal for the story’s most important characters and the main character himself/herself. Their names don’t say anything about them like power, personality, theme, mission, etc. or bring to mind any specific thing that would reflect what your character is like. Although since they’re named by in-story forces I suppose their names would be fine, but maybe the news people could be more sensationalist with their naming of your characters?

    I’d also like to ask you some questions about your story and its characters if that’s fine.

    How “realistic” do you plan for your story to be?
    Will your characters fight super-powered enemies?
    Considering their very small powers or lack of any powers can they plausibly defeat the threats they face?

    Have a good day Dr. Vo Spader!

  745. Cat of Darknesson 14 Dec 2013 at 10:51 am

    Dr. Vo Spader,

    I think Black-hood is probably the best. I don’t know about the other ones, though. Perhaps it would be best if their names didn’t all end with “hood”. But definitely don’t use Brown-hood; I can name something that it sounds like.

    This is just my opinion, so do what ever you want. You can also think of what your characters are like, and plan their names from there.

    Good luck!

    -Cat of Darkness

    P.S: You could also consider switching Brown-hood’s name to Dark-hood.

  746. Dr. Vo Spaderon 17 Dec 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Thank-you, everybody, and sorry for my late reply!

    I will probably end up using one “hood” related name. Unless of course something better fitting comes to mind. Working to change the others now…

    @ Kirsten,
    I’m really thinking that plausibility won’t be an issue. The villains in the story will be just as limited as heroes, although they will most likely have the upper hand in some way. If they are more powered, it won’t be by much.

    As far as a “realistic” setting, it’s going to stay pretty close to reality. Some parts will have to be more forgiving, I think, but its still being built.

    Again, thanks everybody!

  747. Carinon 08 Jan 2014 at 7:31 pm

    I need some help coming up with a name for a superhero that build homes and clothes instantly for those in need. Any ideas? Thanks!

  748. B. McKenzieon 08 Jan 2014 at 11:11 pm

    “I need some help coming up with a name for a superhero that build homes and clothes instantly for those in need.” If you’re thinking about writing a book for publication, I’d recommend naming the character based on something besides his/her superpowers. (Please read the article!)

    As for the powers, I’m guessing we’re not looking at a standard hero vs antagonist plotline. What did you have in mind for the main conflict? If the hero’s main objective is fighting against an abstract social problem, were you able to come up with an antagonist more interesting than a generically evil businessman or politician?

  749. Carinon 10 Jan 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Hi B.Mckenzie,
    Thank you. We are actually just trying to come up with a name and motto for my daughters school project.
    Thank you.

  750. BMon 11 Jan 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Hello, Carin. Some ideas that come to mind then would be “Constructor,” “Provider,” and “Sustainer.” Fortunately, whatever your daughter likes will work here — most English teachers grade creative writing mainly on writing mechanics and effort rather than creative considerations (e.g. how creative the student’s character names are).

    As for the motto, I’d recommend doing something that relates (at least a bit) to the substance of the story. For example, if the character does a lot of working helping other people build and maintain their own houses, something like “We can do it together!” or “Let’s do this!” comes to mind. Alternately, maybe she’d prefer to do a motto that’s a statement of values (e.g. maybe something like “Warmth, compassion, justice” or whatever else your daughter thinks is most important about the character.

    Best of luck with your daughter’s assignment! Please let me know if you have any other questions.

  751. B. McKenzieon 16 Feb 2014 at 1:44 pm

    I’ve disabled further comments on this article. I’m not taking any more questions on superhero names. Sorry for any inconvenience.

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