26 Especially Egregious Examples of Comic Book Characters Falling Victim to the Dreaded “Name-as-Destiny” Syndrome
Imagine if people in the real world were more like our favorite comic book characters. Anyone with a generic, all-American surname consisting of a maximum of two syllables (Kent, Wayne, Jordan, Parker) would obviously be a superhero in disguise, just as you wouldn’t want to take your eye off someone who just happened to be named Kilroy McMurderson. Doubly so, if there’s a “Baron” in front of his name.
‘Tis true, the comic creators can sometimes get a little cute with the colorful names for their heroes and villains. And who can blame them? You try coming up with hundreds of distinctive names for your characters and not be tempted to have a bit of fun once in a while.
Below are 26 comic book characters whose contrived names have produced plenty of smiles and groans among comic fans over the years. Your mission: match the names of these characters with their descriptions on the right.
|1. Bend, Angelo
2. Bivolo, Roy G.
3. Century, Turner D.
4. Dahl, Mary
5. Day, Julian
6. Fortune, Amos
7. Fries, Victor
8. Frost, Crystal
9. Fugate, Temple
10. Kane, Harry
11. Knight, Natalia
12. Kril, Pyreus
13. Larvan, Bertam
14. Lawrence, Elizabeth “Libby” Belle
15. Morrow, Thomas Oscar
16. Nah, Jo
17. Nefaria, Count Luchino
18. Nygma, Edward
19. O’Jeneus, Mikron
20. Porter, Telford
21. Quimby, Ira
22. Quinzel, Harleen
23. Taurens, William
24. Thomas, Thomas N.
25. Tweed, Dumfree and Deever
26. Zard, William Asmodeus
|a. criminal mastermind obsessed with games of chance and laws of probability
b. Daredevil villain turned into a “man-bull” by a strange serum
c. the Clock King, master of timepieces and split-second planning
d. an unhinged psychiatrist who falls for the Joker’s charms
e. villainous speedster who tussled with the Two-Gun Kid back in the Old West days
f. criminal twins that bear an uncanny resemblance to a pair of Lewis Carroll characters
g. astronomer whose skin is drained of all color, leaving her sensitive to daylight
h. small-time crook who learns magic and illusion-casting to further his criminal ends
i. Wonder Woman villain who uses a special triangular device to warp time and space
j. scientist-turned-villain who uses his cryogenics to freeze the world that stole his wife
k. Flash villain who uses specially made glasses that allow him to project solid beams of rainbow-colored light
l. chemistry teacher who develops explosive super-powers after being charged with atomic energy
m. Xandarian native who would serve Galactus as the herald known as Firelord
n. scientist who lashes out at all men after an accident left her the ability to project cold and suck heat from her victims
o. criminal obsessed with the calendar, basing his crimes on the seasons, holidays, etc.
p. a small-time crook whose exposure to a strange beam grants him super-intelligence
q. WWII heroine who drew her powers from the Liberty Bell
r. evil robotics genius whose special TV set allows him to see into the future
s. the Riddler, one of Batman’s most persistent foes
t. actress-turned-kidnapper with a rare medical condition that traps her adult mind in the body of a very young girl
u. villain obsessed with returning society to the social mores of the year 1900
v. a diminutive inventor with the ability to turn almost anything into weaponry
w. a mutant with the power to “vanish” at will
x. wealthy Italian artistocrat who turned to crime to increase his wealth and power
y. one of the Atom’s earlier foes, the Bug-Eyed Bandit
z. superhero who gained his powers after being swallowed up by a space-faring “ultra-energy beast”
1. (i) 2. (k; think of ROYGBIV, the acronym students use to remember the order of colors in a rainbow) 3. (u) 4. (t) 5. (o; his first name is a nod to the Julian calendar) 6. (a) 7. (j) 8. (n) 9. (c; the name is a play on “tempus fugit,” Latin for “time flies”) 10. (e) 11. (g) 12. (m; “pyreus” is derived from the same Latin word for fire that gives us “pyromania”) 13. (y) 14. (q) 15. (r) 16. (z; after the Biblical Jonah who was swallowed by a whale) 17. (x) 18. (s) 19. (v) 20. 21. (p; “IQ,” get it?) 22. (d) 23. (b; “Taurens” of course deriving from Taurus, the sign of the bull) 24. (l) 25. (f) 26. (h)