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Cool Hero Names - Because Someone Has to Keep the Bad Guys in Line

Updated on October 1, 2018
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Awesome Superhero Nicknames - Because Every Once In A While The Police Need A Little Help

Coming up with a good name for a hero or heroine is a little more complicated than at first it might appear. When naming a hero you usually want to come up with a name that inspires regular folks to be better than they are. Whenever I try to name a hero I've created it always seems to be harder than anticipated for that very reason. It's tough to create a hero (even a flawed one) and tougher still to name one.

This article's intention is to make the naming process a little easier, though it may still seem like pulling teeth. The suggestions below can be used for a wide variety of creative outlets from comics and movies to TV shows, novels and short stories. Although you can feel free to use any of the suggestions below, if you plan on trademarking or copyrighting them, do your research to make sure they are available. It might be more useful to use the suggestions below as inspiration, after all the easy way out is never the way most heroes take, wouldn't you agree?

Thanks for taking a look and be sure to check back every once in a while as I do plan to add to this article on a regular basis. I do hope you find it useful, and keep on using that imagination.

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Superhero Nicknames For Both Men and Women

 
 
 
Hubble
Crypto
Kicker’s Dream
Unity
Spectrum
Cyclone
Safeguard
Replay
Flux
Obsidian
Vesper
Nova
Riven
Titan
Psionic
Vermillion
Quiver
Intrinsic
Paragon
Cosmic
Arcanum
Glib
Parabola
Harbinger
Aphelion
Equinox
Progenitor
Equilibrium
Maelstrom
Genesis
Bellicose
Nexus
Axiom
Nebula
Cardinal
Winter
Trojan
Hurricane
Mustang
Blaze
Amaranth
Charger
Karma
Gambit
Speed Ball
Morph
Hellion
Hyperion
Coppertop
Kickstart
Roulette
Daze
Zoom
Mirage
Silhouette
Hallmark
Notch
Mondo
Crimson Hawk
Swoop
Agent Sweet
Rebound
Crackerjack
Horizon
Good Daze
Replenish
Trotter
Brumby
Standard Bred
Points
Citizen Prime
Purple Knight
Vandal
Jabberwocky
One World
Universal
Safety Net
Treasure
War Child
Variant
Spoiler

Meet the Hero

Great heroes need great sorrows and burdens, or half their greatness goes unnoticed. It is all part of the fairy tale.

— Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn

Tips On Coming Up With Good Names For Heroes

  • It's better to come up with a complete origin and background for your hero before naming them. Many superhero names often come out of a traumatic experience they've had.
  • Heroic nicknames don't always have to sound human as long as your creation has enough depth of character to where your audience can relate.
  • The type of costume you choose for your hero will heavily influence the name you give them. The name should somewhat match the mood of the costume.
  • Funny hero names are fine if you are creating a comedic hero; just don't make them too funny or demoralizing. They are still heroes after all.

Female Heroes To Look Up To

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Sticker
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Sticker | Source

Cool Hero Names For Girls

 
 
 
Moxie
Cinder
Honey Mead
Platinum
Essentia
Solander
Isabella Voodoo
Dream Girl
Astral
Starry
Empasm
Otari
Crash Holly
Vivid
Eden Wells
Rapture
Calliope
Kaleidoscope
Mercy
Euphoria
Soliloquy
Spitfire
Stiletto
Comet
Evanescent
Hyacinth
Serendipity
Wildcat
Raven
Neon
Bloom
Valentina
Lioness
Radius
Ashen Princess
Hoops
Heroine
Lady Divine
Andravida
Riptide
Pulse
Spin
West Coast
 
 

Odysseus inclines his head. "True. But fame is a strange thing. Some men gain glory after they die, while others fade. What is admired in one generation is abhorred in another." He spread his broad hands. "We cannot say who will survive the holocaust of memory. Who knows?" He smiles. "Perhaps one day even I will be famous. Perhaps more famous than you."

— Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes — Spider-Man
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes — Spider-Man | Source

Cool Hero Names For Guys

 
 
 
Colbat
Zyrian
Metal Wing
Magnus
Apex
Invictus
Brooklyn
Omicron
Gobo
Vendetta
Hiro
Pavilion
Sloom
Benediction
Velodrome
Longhorn
War Hawk
Monarch
Awesome Ed
Onyx
Heliotrope
Copper
Black Bean
Shadow
Lord of Disco
Dr. Cool
Sentry
Matador
Tomahawk
Bishop
Brick
Sledgehammer
Action Ace
The Workhorse
Footsteps
Demolition
Bronco
Hero
Budo
Head Chopper
Olympian
Pivot
Black Fish
Idol
Bam Bam
Freight Train
Long Haul
 

The training is nothing! The will is everything! The will to act.

— Ra's al Ghul, Batman Begins

Even The Best Heroes Can Die

You should always try to make your heroes with vulnerabilities. If a villain can defeat (or even kill) your hero, it makes them seem more realistic to your audience. One reason why I never got into Superman that much was because he couldn't be killed. If there's no risk to your character, the story can often be very dull. Remember that conflict equals story, and if your character has no weaknesses (either physical or mental), then they will be very little conflict.

Incredible Hero Names That Everyone Knows

 
 
 
Cleopatra
Rocky Balboa
Clarice Starling
Conan the Barbarian
Batman
Sherlock Holmes
Superman
Martin Luther King Jr.
Princess Leia Organa
Wolverine
Zorro
Mario
Spartacus
Hellboy
James Bond
The Tick
Indiana Jones
Mast Chief
Ellen Ripley
Leon S. Kennedy
Neil Armstrong
Iron Man
Wonder Woman
Spider-Man
Captain America
Hermione Granger
Tarzan
Peter Pan
Jack Sparrow
Harry Potter
Elvira
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Daenerys Targaryen
The Crow
Amelia Earhart
Thor
Harry Callahan
Link (from Zelda)
Daredevil
Catwoman
Marco Polo
Luke Skywalker
Moon Knight
Judge Dredd
Michonne (Walking Dead)
Spawn
The Flash
Dale Earnhardt

The Anti-Hero

Someone who is willing to break laws, destroy property and deliver swift and violent justice is always someone people can relate to - because most of us have thought about being able to do the very same things at some points in our lives.

Another Batch of Tips for Coming Up With A Cool Name For the Good Guy (Or Girl) In Your Story

  • Heroes don't have to be conventional. They can be strange, unusual or even temporary, but they must come from a place of truth and sincerity. The public rarely embraces a superficial hero.
  • If a name doesn't seem to fit adding a "The" in front of it can do wonders.
  • You can change the sexual lean of a word by adding a word that indicates either male or female (Captain, Miss, Sir, Madame, etc.).
  • Use caution when thinking about going outside the box when trying to come up with a name for your hero or heroine. Remember people need to relate to them to believe in them. Far out hero names are fine, but only if they fit the character and the story. Give your hero a name that is too ridiculous and your audience may root for the bad guy instead.

Vigilante Justice (Heroic Butt-Kicking Moments From the Big Screen)

The Vigilante - An Often Hated Hero

Coming up with an origin story and name for someone who metes out vigilante justice (when they are right in doing so) is so much easier than doing it for a masked superhero. Vigilantes are often the product of something terrible happening to them or to someone they love. They have no accidental powers, enormous amounts of money or technical prowess. While some may do good things, they don't go out of their way to inspire or change the world.

Their names are often their given birth names, as they don't necessarily have the desire to put on a costume and become a symbol for good. Their motivation is simple, pure and recognizable by all... revenge.

Where there are villains, there will be heroes. Just wait. They will come...

— Brandon Sanderson

Comic Book Heroes Who Went Bad (For A Short Time)

Staying on the path of the hero can be harder than you think, as it is much easier than most people realize to give in to anti-hero actions. In my opinion, it's even easier for a hero to become a villain because they already have the willpower to do things most other people won't. Add in some criticism that is sure to come from somewhere (such as the press) and the thoughts will come; they may start out as a whisper, but the thoughts will come.

© 2017 Don

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      4 months ago

      For a speedster!

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