Friday, February 5, 2010

Funniest MC names

Sorry, it's Friday. Trying to wrap up at the office early so I can head home.

I thought it might be fun to post some of the funniest/strangest/yuckiest main character names you've run across in your reading. I probably put more emphasis on names than most (my MC's name for my WIP has gone through at least 3-4 name changes already, all without documentation at the courthouse). It's interesting to see what names some authors have chosen for their characters.

Probably the one that sticks out most for me is name of the main character in Raymond E. Feist's Magician:


Yeah, me too. Granted, that was just his birth name, and he got some other names later on (a la Gandalf/Mithrandir/etc.), but still, really? Pug? I kept imagining he had a dog face while I was reading the first time. (Still a great book, though. Not bashing the novel as a whole, by any means.)

Um, also, pretty much any DC comic book hero. As iconic as Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter, and Green Lantern are--sorry, Marvel comic book names are soooo much cooler. (As a general rule, anyway. Captain Marvel is an anomaly, for sure, although a very intriguing character in the early 2000s.)

Any fun, interesting, or downright annoying names you've encountered for main characters in your books?

And Happy Friday to all!


  1. Ugh! There you go again, making me think too hard too early in the day! I'll be back with some good ones (I hope). :-)

  2. I'm glad you're on the West Coast, it's always late in the day when you post.

    Hm... um, Katniss from THE HUNGER GAMES was a little hard for me to get used to at first. I just read a GLBT bildungsroman and the MC's name is Dade. Oo, oo, how about Nobody Owens?! Okay, I got nothing else. Epic fail.

  3. Yeah, I'm not waking up at 3 AM to beat Tina or Kelly or whoever else that's a contender for the First Commenter prize. 5 AM for the gym is rough enough for me. :)

    Nobody Owens sounds pretty craptacular for an MC name. What's the context?

  4. THE GRAVEYARD BOOK. Remarkable and quick read.