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Awesome Name Ideas for Superheroes

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Every hero deserves a great name!

Every hero deserves a great name!

Amazing Superhero Names Wanted for Those Who Come When Police Need a Little Help

Naming a hero or heroine can be more complicated than you might think. Names for heroes need to inspire regular folks to be their best selves. It can be really tough to create a hero (even a flawed one) and even tougher to name one. This list of hero names is dedicated to those who come when the police need just a little bit of help or for when they can't get there in time.

The name suggestions below can be used for heroes in various settings, from comics and movies to TV shows, novels, and short stories. Use the examples below as inspiration to come up with your own awesome superhero name!

Batman is an iconic superhero, loved by many!

Batman is an iconic superhero, loved by many!

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

Plateau

Hydroxia

Delay

Oolong

Dust

Hertz

Micro

Grudge

Autumn Knight

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 for Coming Up With Cool Hero Names

  • It's better to come up with a complete origin and background story 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 character is deep enough for your audience to relate to.
  • 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 your audience may lose interest. They are still heroes, after all.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an awesome female hero.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an awesome female hero.

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

Indigo

Ace of Spades

Dreamer

Hemlock

Knives

Battalion

Chai

White Pearl

Clutch

Odessa

Rubicon (Ruby for short)

Dynamo

Ember

Foxfire

Sparks

Why A Hero Has the Name That They Have

  • Pit Stop: a race car technician who was horribly burned when a sabotaged car couldn't stop in time
  • Retro: she always felt like she was born in the wrong time period (the 70's are so cool!)
  • Wizard of Odds: this name was given to our hero back during World War II as he was able to somehow overcome situations definitely not stacked in his favor

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

Spider-Man is a favorite superhero for many.

Spider-Man is a favorite superhero for many.

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

American Eagle

Promo

Hyrax

Garrison

Dig

Commonwealth

Crunch

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

— Ra's al Ghul, Batman Begins

Make Your Superhero Interesting

You should always try to give your heroes some vulnerabilities. If a villain can defeat (or even kill) your hero, it makes them seem far more realistic to your audience. One reason I was never that interested in Superman was that 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 there will be very little conflict. A cool hero name doesn't mean much if there is never any risk to your hero's life.

Superhero Names for Girls

Trixie

Lady Knight

Silver Cat

Inamorata

Elegant Angel

Sassy

Stardust

Pandora

Tryst

More Tips for Coming Up With an Awesome 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 superhero 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.

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.

Superhero Names for Guys

King Hawk

Tensor

Gentleman X

Blue Titan

Sapient

Counterpunch

Photalgia

Mr. Robot

Iron Side

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

— Brandon Sanderson

Sometimes, the Hero Becomes the Villain

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 a little criticism from the press, and the thoughts will come; they may start out as a whisper, but the thoughts will come. "Why do I bust my butt to do good when no one appreciates it?"

Recognizable Superhero Names

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

© 2017 Don

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