Cool Villain Names - Being Bad Is so Much More Fun Than Being Good

Updated on December 1, 2017
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Cool Villain Names - Because We all Know That the Villain Is so Much Cooler Than the Hero

The name of a bad guy (or girl) may not say everything about them, but it definitely adds to the "cool factor" if you come up with a good one for them. Villains really get a bad rap, but those of us who create stories know that the hero would be nothing without someone (or some thing) for them to match wits against. In every story or movie script I work on I almost always focus on the villain first, and in some cases not even creating the hero or heroine until after I've come up with a good adversary for them. Naming my foil is always a top priority.

As you may have guessed this article will be useful to anyone wanting to come up with a good name for villains (whether appearing in a book, comic, movie, game or even song). I plan on adding to the list fairly often, so you can check back every once in a while and find new suggestions. Of course, there's no guarantee that a name won't be used by someone else, so you need to be sure to do a little research if you plan on trademarks or copyrights and such. Thank you for taking a look and I hope you find the lists below useful.

It All Comes Down To Point of View

Which one do you most often find yourself rooting for in the movies?

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Villainous Names For Both Guys Or Girls

 
 
 
Angel Slayer
Whitewash
Cyclone
Oblique
Red Saint
Vex
Discord
Inferno
Safari
Recluse
Moors Stalker
Ditch
Nashville Psycho
Optic Nerve
Blink
Shivers
Blackout
Patch Galactic
Buttons
Killer Criminal
Static
Rundown
Limerick
Drift
Dust
Snake
Mockingbird
Aberration
Frenzy
Whistler
Voodoo
Mutilator
Tempus
West End Bandit
Rampage
Venom
Genesis
Bedlam
Omega
Crimson
Felon
Glitch
Flux
Monster of Edbury Hill
Schism
Spasm
Miracle
Apex
Checkmate
Mudlark
Crypto
Flatline
Upgrade
Trace
Blue Collar Slayer
Pitfall
Imprint
Whip
Blitz
Misfit
Hex
Cascade
Wendigo
Malice
Spite
Blur
Death Angel
Night Caller
The Kingston Executioner
Brownout Strangler
Parallax
Longshot
Diamondback
Five States Maniac
Bloodline
Atomic
Burnout
Tempo
Lonely Heart
Austin Body Snatcher
Patches
Transonic
Pied Piper
Engineer
Overkill
Solstice
Old Lace
Surge
Avalanche
Pyro
Nocturne
Mimic
Grifter
Guilty Conscience
Red Cloud
Sabbath
Bipolar
Live Wire
Rewind
Crossfire
Standoff
Flood

Meet the Villain

I firmly believe that a story is only as good as the villain.

— Clive Barker

Tips On Naming Your Villain

  • Have an appropriate name that meshes with time period of your story. This won't be as important for super-villain like names, but real names of serial killers, spies, etc. will take some consideration.
  • A name that is easy to pronounce will be appreciated by your readers.
  • Take the genre of your story into account. A horror villain's name will be quite different from an adversary in an action flick.
  • Purposely misspelling your characters name is one way to make it different, but making it too different may be off putting to your audience.
  • Adversaries that are human and that have human names are common in stories, but thought still needs to go into choosing a good first name and good last name. A solid name for your villain (along with a well-written one) will make them unforgettable to your audience.

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Cool Villain Names For Guys

 
 
 
God of Mischief
The Axe Man
Stone Heart
John Doe
5th Gunman
Bronx
Pyro Thug
Doctor Lobotomy
Axis
Ogre of the Smokies
Quick Kill
Gambit
Flint
Shadow Atlas
Lockjaw
Icarus
Magnus
Paladin
Nimbus
North West Ripper
Vega
Ferryman
Tremor
Zeus
Plasmid
Demolition
Invictus
Terror Of Rayburn Lake
Hail
Corinthian
Zyrian
Number One
Alligator Man
Maverick
Warlock
Boxcar Nomad
Casanova
Mister Splinter
Flex
Jolly Roger
Metal Fang
Helios
Grendel
Sweater
Bronco Bill
Big Dig
Grinder
So Hard
Panama Red
Bushwhacker
Chicken on a Chain
Man With No Name
Hip to be Square
Troubadour
Alpha
The Regulator
Big Hit
Doctor Hell
Nightmare King
Well Spoken Monster
Badmash
Captain Splatter
 

If you have not been a villain at a certain point in time, you will never be a hero. And the day you are a hero, you may become a villain the next day.

— Carlos Ghosn
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Cool Villain Names For Girls

 
 
 
Anime Lady
Honeycomb
Woman In Red
Spellbinder
Nurse October
Patience
Black Bird
Kissing Princess
Misery
Absinthe
Huntress
Pandora
Blonde Phantom
Madame Hollow
Andromeda
Pixie
Banshee
Sadie
Freefall
Lady Abigail
Hellcat
Vanity
Abyss
Silhouette
Stiletto
Euphoria
Hope
Ecstasy
Aphrodite
Rain
Hail Mary
Eve
Swirl
Black Widows of Colorado
Wonderland
Sugarcane
Charms
Venus
Songbird
Psychotica
Manhunter
Karma
Spiral
Enchantress
Vixen
Nurse Worse
Deviation
Winter Hail
Perfect Poison
Eclipse
Playmate
Sway
Hellion
Plus 2
Nine
Undertow
Motion
Sniper Princess
Living Dead Girl
Wicked Moon
Acid Rain
Little Red
Superstition
Black Moon
Winter Jack
Mister Bull

Some people call me a terrorist, I consider myself a teacher.

— Mandarin, Iron Man 3

Awe-Inspiring Video Game Villains!

Bad guys from fighting games often annoy me the most because we only usually get a superficially short origin of the character. You can tell that a lot of thought went into creating how the villain looks, but because of the nature of such games, there is almost no time for their back story.

Awesome Villain Names That Everyone Knows

 
 
 
General Zod
Clubber Lang
Pennywise
Professor Moriarty
Biff Tannen (Back to the Future)
Bowser
Megatron
Joker
Norman Bates
Sandman
The Wicked Witch of the West
Lord Voldemort
Skeletor
Wilson Fisk (aka Kingpin)
The Cigarette Smoking Man
Syndrome (The Incredibles)
Hannibal Lecter
J.R. Ewing
Catwoman
Montgomery Burns
King Joffrey Baratheon
Verbal Kint (aka Keyser Soze)
Freddy Krueger
Ganon
Swamp Thing
Pazuzu (The Exorcist)
Doctor Doom
Cobra Commander
Count Dracula
Sub-Zero
Professor Chaos
Sauron
Captain Hook
The Terminator
Max Cady
The Grinch
Mr. Joshua (Lethal Weapon)
Stewie Griffin
Darth Vader
The Borg
Leatherface
Tony Montana
Serpentor
Tony Soprano
Rowdy Roddy Piper
Pinhead
Hit Girl
Magneto
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Thoughts About Anti-Heroes

An anti-hero is someone who does not have the traditional morals of a hero, but still manages to do good things, albeit there always seems to be lots of collateral damage. Characters like The Punisher, Dexter Morgan, Harry Callahan, and Paul Kersey are willing to kill the bad guys, but are probably just a hair away from becoming villains themselves.

More Tips On Coming Up With A Cool Name For Your Bad Guy (Or Girl)

  • It's usually unwise to use multiple names for your villain unless confusion is the name of the game, and be sure to use "known as names" in other countries as literal translations from a particular language for villains that are monsters.
  • Feel free to take inspiration from your favorite movie, comic or TV show. Even the title of one of these can be a pretty cool villain name. Is "Clockwork Orange" cool enough of a name for your villain? Yes, please!
  • Don't throw away name choices that you feel are not good enough, at least not at first; some of these names can grow on you after a while.

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The Origin Of Your Villain

A lot of writers and creators often overlook the origin story of their primary villain. This can be one of the biggest mistakes made, particularly if your bad guy has to make key decisions at some point.

For a character to make important, life changing decisions, they must have some kind of motivation, after all, it is our past that makes us all what we are today. It doesn't really matter if the person is good, evil or neutral; your readers will relate with them more if they know why they do what they do. It's up to you to reveal the details as your film, story or comic builds to the climax.

She had always found villains more exciting than heroes. They had ambition... passion. They made the stories happen. Villains didn't fear death. No, they wrapped themselves in death like suits of armor! As she inhaled the school's graveyard smell, Agatha felt her blood rush. For like all villains, death didn't scare her. It made her feel alive.

— Soman Chainani, The School for Good and Evil

Bad-To-The-Bone Movie Villains

© 2017 Don

Any ideas on what to call your bad guy (or girl)?

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      evilish girl 3 days ago

      i want evilish woman or girl

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      Stone Heart/Lonely heart 3 weeks ago

      Villains are better then Hero!!

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      The Anounymous 8 weeks ago

      Used This For one Of My High School Projects. A name I recommend is Alpha Static. A Hero Name is Anonymous Hacker. (I'm A Sucker For hacking.)

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      Stuart T. 3 months ago

      I don't consider Swamp Thing a villain, I think you've made a mistake on that one, and many people don't really consider vigilantes as villains (like Charles Bronson in Death Wish).

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      Thomas Finney 5 months ago

      Baron Gore, used that awhile back for a character in a story I was writing.

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