Superhero names!

Thanks to playing a whole lot of Saints Row the Third (and maybe a little to do with having seen the Dark Knight Rises three times already), I have an overwhelming urge to write a story involving superheroes. I have a basic plot sketched out – it would be light-hearted, humourous, while poking fun at superhero stereotypes. I was going to set it in 1950s New York – because everything bad happens to New York – but as I know nothing about New York, it’s being set in Vancouver instead.

The main character, Clara Butler, is a twenty-something woman who cooks and cleans the house of a wealthy entrepreneur, and secretly has super strength and can shoot blasts of energy. Donning a costume, she goes out and performs vigilante justice. She can’t fly and can’t afford a nice car, so she has to wait through traffic in order to get to the heists and she’s a woman, so she’s an awful driver. However, stealing all the credit for her work is another costumed hero, this one a man who ends up being praised by the public and police, because he’s always there when the cops show, after Clara has left. She’s bitter, and goes about trying to stop him from stealing her thunder. Plus some other stuff, but we’ll keep that on the DL in case I actually finish this WIP.

So my issue is this: How does one name superheroes without sounding too hokey? It’s got to have some degree of ridiculousness, because I do intend to mock stereotypical heroes, and it’s just not a good superhero without a dumb name.

Does anyone have any thoughts on names? I’m currently empty-handed, and would love to hear whatever insane suggestions you all can come up with.

6 thoughts on “Superhero names!

  1. I’m wondering about the same stuff. There’ll probably be a handful of characters in my series adopting superhero identities, or at the very least, nicknames to protect their families. My favorite idea so far is to have one completely miss the point. “Super Chase Darren”.

    1. It’s hard, eh? I’ve never had this much trouble naming something. Characters, whatever, imaginary countries, easy. But superheroes? Nah. I like the idea of them missing the point. Totally go way off track and make no sense. I’m also now hella intrigued by your stories. Are you going to try traditionally publishing them, or self-pub?

  2. you might want to check: brideofbigfoot[dot]wordpress[dot]com – you may also want to close your eyes and imagine rich superhero character names from the Yukon, or NWT… maybe i’m thinking of Dudley Do Right 🙂 The film stars Brendan Fraser as the cartoon’s title character. It was shot in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. i enjoyed the character names in this film…

  3. have you tried closing your eyes? the first thing you notice is a tense energy drain and possibly a feeling of relaxation, as your mind settles in the darkness… hopefully this darkness feels empty… relax it won’t be for long…

    i’m serious 😛
    i like your

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