Bad superhero names

With thanks to reader PCFDPGrey for passing it along, I thought you might enjoy this list of "Top 20 Worst Superhero Names". A sample, which for my money HAS to be number 1:

It's a pretty funny list, but I was curious if there were other options that would have been better. For instance, I think "The Human Torch" is actually a pretty cool name. So in no particular order, here are some other options to consider:

  • Paste-Pot Pete
  • Brother Power the Geek
  • Arm Fall Off Boy
  • The Whizzer

What would you put on the list, and if you feel particularly motivated, how would you rank the all-time worst names in comic book history?

21 Responses to Bad superhero names

  1. TheNate says:

    Wait … don’t we all eat matter in some form? I mean, I don’t eat plasma, but I get my daily servings of gases, liquids, and solids. I pass those too, but that’s besides the point.

  2. X-stacy says:

    Er, am I blind today, or is there no link to the list?

  3. Mr.MikeK says:

    I gotta know. If matter eater lad eats stone and rock, does he crap bricks?

  4. TheNate says:

    Worst ever has to be Negasonic Teenage Warhead:

    That’s why you don’t let teenagers choose their own names.

  5. Laridian says:


    (2)X-stacy, I had to google for “top 20 worst superhero names” and got it that way. The list could be better; it describes the name “Magneto” as fear-inspiring, but a magneto is an electrical generator used in lawnmowers.

    Why is Power Man ripped for a lame name, but Power Girl isn’t mentioned?

    Superhero names tend to be lame anyway – it’s just hard to find good ones out there. On the plus side, you can name a hero almost anything and get away with it as a result (in City of Heroes or a tabletop game, for instance). Apathy Lad and Ennui Girl to the non-rescue!

  6. Laridian says:

    Out of curiosity, I looked up the etymology of “whizz” because while the Whizzer is Golden Age, I was curious about the urinary connotation. Turns out that “whizz” meaning to take a leak dates at least as far back as 1929, so even during the Golden Age, the Whizzer’s name would’ve been good for a few laughs.

  7. Myro says:

    I Googled the article up here:

    Meltdown, Firecracker, Boomer, Time Bomb. Basically all of Tabitha Smith’s names that weren’t Boom-Boom (which is just fun to say).

  8. Myro says:

    Laridian (5): Apathy Lad would be an awesome hero!

    Captain Amazing: Come, Apathy Lad! We must foil those bank robbers.
    Apathy Lad: Yeah, yeah. Whatever.

  9. Jeff Hebert says:

    Sorry about that folks, this is why I shouldn’t post on Football Sundays. I’ve added the link, which as Myro discovered was on VirtualFunZone.

  10. Blue Blazer says:

    I object to a lot of the characters being on their list. Nightcrawler is a cool-ass name, for instance. They need to do more homework, methinks. There is a plethora of horribly-named characters out there.

  11. I agree with Blue Blazer. As far as “top worst” lists, the list itself is a Top 20 Fail.

  12. ajw says:

    hey jeff could you draw this guy for my prize?
    another comic im hoping of making

  13. Jeff Hebert says:

    ajw, what happened to the Japanese Oni guy you wanted? Is this vulture guy a replacement? I only owe you one prize, right?

  14. Wesley Belk says:

    There are much worse superhero names than what was on this list. And what are you going to call yourself if you can create “firework”-like energy, and your a teenage girl, besides Jubilee? Which I hate they weren’t able to do more with her, I always liked her… Anyway, back on topic, seriously they didn’t dig very hard to find the “worst” names. But just like in my own tabletop rpg experience, we end up finding a nickname through the adventures, but usually we just call ourselves by our alter-ego’s names! lol!

  15. Sean Murphy says:

    I got a chuckle (at the writer’s expense) out of the fact that in the entry on “Captain ______” he/she lists several captains that actually held the rank of captain when they gained their names as examples of characters that are dumb for using the term when they are not in the military…

    I also laughed at the writer for complaining about names that reflect powers in the same article that he/she complained about names that don’t reflect powers…

    By the way, my superhero name is going to be “Ellipsis Lad”…

  16. PCFDPGrey says:

    Now, Nightcrawler is my all-time favorite hero and he always will be. However, you do have to admit that he IS named after an Earthworm. That’s pretty lame. Although I suppose it could have been worse. He could have been named “Captain Bamf”, or “Bamf Boy”, or “The Brimstone Kid”. So I suppose I could live with it.

  17. I think that most super heroes have names to do with there powers, wich is sometimes disturbing, because if you have some power related to genders, you would get a he/she man, or woman, I am not quite sure how that would end, but whatever it would be, it would not be appitizing!!!

  18. Me again, I thought long and hard about a bad superhero name, and I think its kinda impossable for me, because any name would turn in his surroundings. If he or she thought of some name for a hero it would do. Like the indestructable urinator, EWW!!!, Right, but if you think about the name, and forget the meaning……BAM!!! You would come up with a hero.

  19. I know, i have been on this for two times, but it is so fun to give opinions. I mean, what if you had a female dog as a superhero, there would be cus words all around madogalice!!! “Its a bird!!!, Its a plane!!!, NO, its the unstopable —- !!!!!!!!!!!” Or if it is a body morpher, it would be the —-Changer!!! Or if he could pee from a long distance, The Great —–er!!!

  20. Hunter says:

    A bit close to the under side don’t you think?

  21. ajw says:

    yeah sorry i hadnt got a reply just go with the oni