If anybody's been wondering how I came up with the names of my characters, well, here's where you'll find out.
If you want to know where my Pokémon's nicknames come from, I have a journal for that, too
Annie Belnades: As far as I can recall, the first name comes from "Annie", the hit play/movie
(I think there were a few other influences as well, but it's mostly the movie); the last name comes from Sypha Belnades,
from the Castlevania
series (and who is, in my fanon, actually Annie's ancestor).
Luther Belnades: The first name comes from Luther Heggs, protagonist of "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken".
("Atta boy, Luther!"
Sonja Belnades: The first name comes from Sonja
, a character from the Advance Wars
series whose most notable traits are her intelligence and ability to get more information on the battlefield than other CO's (specifically, Sonja's units have improved vision, especially when she uses her CO powers.)
Marcus Belnades: ...I have no clue... just that it probably wasn't Fire Emblem: The Blazing Sword
, as I think I came up with this character before seeing that game in Nintendo Power
. To tell the truth, I think I was just looking up names, and decided that I liked the name "Marcus".
Flora Belnades: The first name refers to the refrain of her theme song, "Rhymes and Reasons" by the Irish Rovers
(For the children and the flowers
are my sisters and my brothers / Their laughter and their loveliness would clear a cloudy day...). Flora from Disney's Sleeping Beauty
may also have been an inspiration.
Todd Belnades: The first name can be used as a synonym for "fox". I may also have been inspired by "The Fox & The Hound
", but I got the name primarily from a dictionary of names.
Rudy Belnades: The first name was originally "Ruby", referring to the Belnades siblings' orange fur, until I realized that "Ruby" was a feminine name and thus switched it to the more masculine "Rudy". (I was also listening to "Rudie Can't Fail
" by The Clash when I decided to make the switch.)
Cassandra Belnades: Despite all her flirtiness and cockiness, Cassandra knows a lot about her family history - a lot more than her siblings - and as the oldest sibling, she has to be the maternal figure for the others (seeing as they're orphans). This requires her to be wiser and more level-headed than she lets on. Having her share the same name as the Greek prophetess is meant to reflect that. (Sometimes I think that Sonja and Cassandra should have had their names swapped.) It's also possible that I named this character after a dog that my grandparents used to own.
Belnades' Lovers & Their Families
Lindsay Dawn: The first name is a tribute to Lindsay Hutchinson (a girl about my age who I was friends with when I was a small child, and suspect I may have had a bit of a crush on...) The surname is a corruption of "Bond" (as in "Bond. James Bond
Legault Dawn: The first name is taken from Legault
, an ex-Black Fang thief/assassin from Fire Emblem: The Blazing Sword
Lloyd Dawn: The first name is taken from Lloyd Reed
, one of the antagonistic "Four Fangs" from Fire Emblem: The Blazing Sword
Lyndis Caelin Dawn: The first name is taken from Lyndis
, one of the three main characters ("Lords") from Fire Emblem: The Blazing Sword
. The maiden name is... erm... one
of that character's native countries (she's the princess of Caelin, but considers herself to be a Sacaean.)
Linus Dawn: The first name is taken from Linus Reed
, Lloyd Reed's brother and another of the Four Fangs. Do I even need to state that the name is from Fire Emblem: The Blazing Sword
at this point?
Ethel Fernandez Dawn: There's no particular reasoning behind the first name, I just like how it sounds. The maiden name comes from Carrie Fernandez
, one of the protagonists of Castlevania 64/Legacy of Darkness
. Interestingly, the Fernandez family is implied to be the same clan as the Belnades... Apparently, the surname is supposed to be Spanish-sounding, and "Fernandez" is a better romanization of the family's Japanese name (which is "Velmundes" or something along those lines).
Patrick Dawn: The first name is derived from one of my cousins.
Brendan Dawn: The first name is taken from Brendan Reed
, father of Lloyd and Linus. He was the leader of the Black Fang until Nergal tricked him into marrying Sonia... then things went to hell. And, yes, Brendan Reed is a character from Fire Emblem: The Blazing Sword
. (Coincidentally, I have a cousin named Brendan who is also the younger brother of the aforementioned Patrick, which is why Patrick Dawn wound up with the name that he did.)
Nino Vercetti Dawn: The first name is taken from Nino
, the foster daughter
of Brendan and Sonia Reed from Fire Emblem: The Blazing Sword
Sonia was an absolute bitch
, so I did not
want to name this character after her!!! (Also, too much potential for mix-ups with Sonja.) The maiden name is taken from Grand Theft Auto
, as this character is (unwillingly) connected to the mob (I don't care to look up specifics about the GTA series, as I find it too debauched for my tastes.)
Reuben Synk: The first name... Uh... Let's see... I think that, like Marcus and Todd, I got it from my book of baby names. This character came well before I saw "Ocean's 13
", so that was just an amusing coincidence. The surname was suggested by :iconpyrokinises: on DeviantART.
Lucy Round: Believe it or not, the first name is actually taken from Lucy van Pelt... you know, the crabby girl who always pulls the football away from Charlie Brown. The surname came later, as I heard of the show "I Love Lucy
" and decided to play off of Lucille Ball
. [Lucy Round's dad is named Rick as another reference to the show. Lucy also has an older brother named Linus (another reference to Peanuts
), but we never see him because he's mentally retarded. As in "has to live in a mental institution" retarded. You thought Lenny from Of Mice and Men
was bad? Hoo boy... (Which, again, is wildly different from Linus van Pelt's character, who's supposed to be remarkably bright but held back by insecurity.) In fact, Linus Round is so mentally challenged that Donald doesn't even consider him worth exterminating - and this is the guy who wants to completely wipe the Round clan out of existence!] As much as I like Bittersweet Candy Bowl
, it has nothing to do with Lucy Round's name. I came up with this character long
before I started reading that webcomic.
Sasha Round: The first name comes from Sasha
, a character from the Advance Wars
series. (I'm also thinking of having her be nicknamed "Rerun" just to complete the van Pelt name-borrowing.)
Rick Round: As previously mentioned, he's named for the character of Ricky from "I Love Lucy
Madeline Round: Named for the French children's book character.
Phillip Schnieder: The first name is taken from the character of Phillip (or is it Philip?) from Rugrats
. The surname is taken from Reinhardt Schneider
, one of the main protagonists of Castlevania 64/Legacy of Darkness
. (The names of Phillip's parents - Reinhardt and Rosa - are taken directly
from that game, but the Reinhardt and Rosa characters I use aren't the same ones from the game. They are supposed to be descendants, though...)
Lillian Schnieder: The first name is taken from Lillian (or is it Lilian?) from Rugrats
. Philip and Lilian are twins, which is why my Phillip and Lillian are also twins.
Randy Schnieder: The first name is shared with my uncle Randy, which isn't a coincidence, as my uncle Randy is a biologist. Randy Schnieder is a monster hunter/criminologist who studies his opponents to make sure that he has the edge in battle, which means that he needs to have a good knowledge of the life sciences.
Felicia Fox: I think I got the first name from my book of baby names. The surname is supposed to indicate that Felicia is the cousin of official character Fiona Fox.
Margaret Fox: I'm not 100% sure, but I think
I got the first name from the wife of the main character of "The Five People You Meet In Heaven
Jacob Fox: Named for the "Jacob's Ladder" story from the Bible.
Amaya Fox: Named for a character in "Bittersweet Candy Bowl
Tulip Natchralli: I don't know why I picked the name "Tulip"... probably that tulips are pretty, yet somewhat fragile flowers (Tulip has to do certain things to stay alive that most people, including her own daughter, don't find necessary at all, such as weekly retreats into nature. You know of Kevin Trudeau, and his theories on health and disease? Whether you believe 'em or not, several of them do
apply to Tulip, and are somewhat exaggerated. In other words - she has trouble coping with modern civilization.) The tulip is also associated with elegance, grace, innocence, and doing (and inspiring) hilariously reckless things in the name of love.
The last name is pronounced "naturally", making it a pun.
Lily Natchralli: Lilies are often associated with death and darkness. Fitting for a girl who wound up as a vampire. I may also have been thinking of Harry Potter's mother.
Arthur Calibur: The first name refers to King Arthur, and the last name refers to Excalibur.
Belnades & Extended Family (Next Generation)
Anastasia Prower: The first name was deliberately chosen for having basically the same root as "Annie" and "Anita". Also, I absolutely love Don Bluth's "Anastasia"
, so she's also named after the epynomous character of that film.
Eric Prower: This character is directly borrowed from
, so you'll have to ask her where she
got the name.
Janine Prower: Named after a childhood friend of mine who has a twin sister named Julia (thus kinda sorta
connecting this character to Julia
from "Castlevania: Curse of Darkness
Matthew Prower: Named after myself.
Leila Belnades-Dawn: Named after Leila
from Fire Emblem: The Blazing Sword
. (The name ends up being oddly prophetic, as she nearly gets herself killed by members of Mysto's cult on a pretty darn frequent basis.)
Harry Dawn: Named after Harry Potter.
Dream Synk: Punny name derived from "Dream a Dream" by Captain Jack
(I watched "Pop It, Don't Drop It"
too many times while coming up with the character; combine that with having played DDR MAX 2
as a kid and, well...)
Castiel Synk: Name is a rough male equivalent of "Cassandra".
Memori Synk: "Memory"
Shirley Round-Belnades: Named after Shirley Temple.
Chevy Round-Belnades: Named after Chevy Chase.
Lydia Schneider: Named after Lydie Erlanger
from "Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance
". (Has nothing to do with Beetlejuice
Justin Schneider: Named after Juste Belmont
from "Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance
Maxmillian Schneider: Named after Maxim Kischine from "Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance
" (noticing a pattern?
Issac Belnades: This name is derived from the Bible.
Jonah Belnades: Ditto.
Dandelion Belnades-Natchralli: Anyone who's tried to eliminate the dandelions from their lawn knows that dandelions do not
die easily. You need to be precise and thorough to kill a dandelion. As hard as Mysto tried, she could not wipe Tulip out while she was pregnant with Dandelion... and Dandelion herself proved to be exceptionally resilient for a fetus. Her name is meant to reflect her exceptional toughness.
Horizon Belnades: ...This name just has a nice ring to it. It also symbolically refers to a brighter future; Horizon plays a huge
role in patching up the strained relations between the Pequins and "outsiders".
Carnation Aesha Dawn: Carnations symbolize love, admiration, and passion.
Carnation was conceived from a passionate act of pure love, and was named to reflect that. As for the middle name, it's a posthumous character in Legault's backstory (the Legault in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Sword)
whose death (at Legault's hands, but ordered by his superiors due to wounds she'd received in battle) motivated Legault to leave the Black Fang.
Michael Calibur: In-universe, he's named for the archangel. Out-of-universe, he's named for my brother.
Miriam Calibur: I wanted a vaguely Arthurian female name starting with "M" (the only female King Arthur characters I know of are Morgana le Fay (a villainess) and Nimue (the Lady of the Lake)).
Mordred Calibur: Named for the traitorous son of the legendary King Arthur.
Jumpy: ...He's hyperactive.
Fire: ...He's a firebreather.
Mishelle: My brother came up with this character. It's an intentional misspelling of "Michelle" that refers to the shell on a Yoshi's back. Probably the least
idiotic of the Yoshi Champion names.
Blue Yoshberry: ...Blueberry Yoshi? I think this was a juvenile attempt at an interesting name. He's a Yoshi whose main method of attack is to throw blueberry pies. Blueberry pies.
There's a reason
I don't use some of my characters at all anymore...
Noo: Again, I don't know. It sounds like "new", so maybe it was a pun on... his ability to transform himself into mist? Yeah, that makes absolutely no sense. Go figure. I was, like, seven
when my brothers and I first came up with the Yoshi champions and Color-Hating Koopas. And since I'm the oldest of the three of us... Yeah. Three juveniles trying to come up with cool names. Looking back on it now that I'm 22, I can't help but groan and wonder what the hell we were thinking.
Goog: My brother came up with this name. While still prepubescent (read: not quite mentally mature.) Yep.
Moshelle: Derived from "Mishelle". Sounds stupid as heck. No wonder I keep forgetting the little cryokinetic Yoshi, even though she's pretty much the only member of the Heroes' League with ice powers.
Coal: ...He's black. And he throws coal at people who try to hurt him. Yes, a Yoshi who throws coal rather than eggs. Like a demented Santa Claus. *sigh*
Negro: ...He's black. I formally apologize to all the black people in the world for this one. We were just using a foreign word for "black"; we had no idea that it was offensive.
Trisha: Generic name.
Sprout Prower: Plant-related name.
Illyana Prower: Named after Illyana from "Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
Devon: Named for a casual acquaintance of mine.
Xander: Named for a character from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Lake: Water-related name.
Scott: This is just a generic name with no real reasoning behind it. He could be named after one of my friends from grade school, but considering that this character was originally a villain, I don't think I got the name from him.
Damien Kane: This character started out as a bad-boy-style romantic rival
of Reuben's for Sonja's affection. He had no qualms about seriously hurting Reuben, or even killing
him, if it'd help him get Sonja. Hence, the "wicked"-sounding name. However, Damien's really a nice guy. He only tried to force himself into Reuben's place because he thought Reuben would be a poor mate (due to Huntington's disease) and wanted Sonja to be able to have a more stable, longer-lived, happier relationship (granted, with him, but still, he thought he was acting in Sonja's best interest). When he realized that Sonja and Reuben were fully committed to each other, he backed off. Oh - the name was probably
taken from the initial main antagonist of El Goonish Shive
. As for the last name, it's derived from "hurricane".
Crimson: Refers to her red fur color (pretty much the same shade as Knuckles, in fact.)
Zemeslode: This comes from "zeme", the word for "earth" in Latvian
, combined with the English word "lode" (as in "lodestone"). Basically, I wanted a cool-sounding, exotic word that meant "earth". Who the heck knows Latvian, aside from the Latvians? Using an obscure language was a stroke of genius... much
more original than pulling something from Spanish, French, Latin, Japanese, or those other languages that everyone
likes pulling words from to come up with exotic names. Plus, "Zemeslode" has a really swell ring to it. (By the way, you pronounce the name as "ZEEMs-load". My apologies if that doesn't match up to how the Latvians actually pronounce "zeme". I don't really know the language, I just used Dictionary.com to find the word.)
Wallace Green: The first name refers to Wall Street, while the surname is the (stereotypical) color of money.
Marian: Derivative of Mary, as in Jesus's mother.
Dahlia Obscuro: The first name is generic (well, it's sorta taken from the Ace Attorney
series), but the surname is a play on "obscure"... rather fitting for a spy. (The character is James Dawn's girlfriend.)
Kimono Nippon: The first name is a Japanese outfit; the surname is "Japan" in Japanese.
Serena Ryder: The first name is generic and simply chosen because it has a nice ring to it. The surname is a reference to her profession as a bicycle courier... yeah, this character was directly inspired by Maximum Ride
. (The character is William Dawn's girlfriend.)
Rex: Basically a pretentious cool-sounding name.
Paul: I don't even know where I got this name.
Isabella: It's possible that I took the name from the Dead Rising
character. I don't really remember.
Other Heroes (Next Generation)
Darin: Yet another name taken from Fire Emblem: The Blazing Sword
, to continue the FE-name theme for the Dawn family (this character is Carnation's future boyfriend).
Miledy: Taken from Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
Noah: This character is taken from a now-deleted fanfic in which Sonic, Knuckes, and Rouge peek into the future via the Master Emerald simply for lack of anything better to do. In the fanfic, Noah is the son of Sonic and Amy several years in the future, who idolizes his dad and aspires to be just like him. I think the story was written by NetRaptor, and it was really good - I still wonder to this day why it was taken down. (He has a sister named Stella, who may or may not play a role in my stories.)
Myla: This character is, aside from being an elf, a direct expy of Mya the Hedgecat, a character created by
Diego: Taken from "Go! Go! Diego!
", a spin-off of "Dora the Explorer
Forest the Rabbit: Basically just a plant-inspired name.
Morgan: Named after the aforementioned Morgana le Fay.
Charmory: The name is meant to refer to a charming personality, albeit in a slightly ironic way... she's one of the "Fair Folk", so mortals find her a bit odd.
Dexter Lionel: This character is Dandelion's future boyfriend and supposed to be just as smart as she is, so I named him after the main character of "Dexter's Laboratory
". ("DEE DEE! GET OUT OF MY LABORATORY!!!
") As for the last name... well... he's a lion...
Winter Snow: The first name is, well, Winter. A fitting, if uninspired, name for a cryokinetic.
Scorpio Kane: The name is derived from "Scorpion", after the band that performs "Rock You Like A Hurricane".
Nikolai Velenova: The first name is taken from Nikolai from Resident Evil 3: Nemesis
. The surname is a portmanteau of "Veles" and "nova".
Manah Majora: This character is borrowed from :iconGabriel-the-cat:, but I changed the name from "Mana" to "Manah" as a reference to "Drakengard
Derek: Sasha's boyfriend, this character is relatively unimportant in the greater scheme of things.
Aylah Schneider: Margaret and Randy's daughter, this character is named after one of
Momoko Schneider: Ditto.
Horatio Frost: Named after the character from Hamlet
Corneria: My brother came up with this character, not me. I don't know what he was thinking of. Maybe Star Fox 64
Breakthrough: Breaking through stuff is what she does best.
Sunset: ...I have no freaking clue why we called him this. Maybe because blue is not
a color one would typically see in the sky during a sunset...
Gregory: Generic name, no reason for it.
Blackbelt: Derived from the karate rank.
You'reDead: Fitting description of anyone making eye contact with her when she winks her left eye.
Arachise: Derived from "arachnid". Duh.
Animaster: Portmanteau of "animal" and "master", indicating, well, his mastery of handling animals. (I came up with Arachise and Animaster several years after the other Color-Hating Koopas. This is probably why their names are the least uninspired of the group.)
Mysto & Affiliates
Mysto Majora Kijadhimov: The first name is derived from "mystic" and "mysterious". The middle name (which is her mother's maiden name) is taken from the antagonist of "The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
". The last name is meant to sound Slavic.
Mysta Kijadhimov: Same name source as Mysto.
Reneé Majora Kijadhimov: The first name is a generic name - I dunno where I got it from.
Raphael Demonis Hyghstryker: The first name is taken from the villain of "The Legend of Zorro
". The last two names are just meant to sound cool.
Zharnev: A Slavic name that's not "Vladmir" or "Nikolai" or something else that's totally overused for fictional Slavic characters.
Bill Stuffner: This is a play on William Shatner... which is deeply ironic, considering what the Stuffner family developed into. Still, Bill doesn't despise the performance arts like his brother and father do, so...
Donald Stuffner: The first name is taken from Donald Trump. No, I don't hate the guy, never mind that Donald Stuffner is probably the most despicable villain I've come up with!!! ...Mr. Trump is
pretty outlandish, though.
Johnathan Stuffner: ...Uh... I just really like the name "Johnathan" for some reason. Maybe Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin
has something to do with it.
Happy Sperm Club
Bling the Pimpmaster: "Bling" is a slang term for shiny things that people, usually men - especially "edgy" people like rappers, pimps, drug dealers, etc. - display to show off how wealthy they are. Usually, it's shown off to attract women. It works. Trust me. I'm a biology major. I've taken an Animal Behavior class. I could write an essay on why
"bling" works (and then go into a long
tangent on human mate selection behavior), but I don't want to waste space here. Just suffice to say that bling is a morally ambiguous but highly effective way to get easy female companionship. Fitting name for the leader of a massive human trafficking/sexual slavery ring.
Shine the Pimpjockey: This is another reference to bling. Bling tends to be shiny.
Cash the Pimpjockey: ...Do you really have to ask?!?
Malthus: I just recalled this name off the top of my head one day and thought it would be a cool name for a heavily religious gang leader. (It helps that it sounds kind of like a heavily corrupted variant of my actual name.) It wasn't until several years later that I realized that I got the name from a historical figure with concerns about the size of the human population,
and decided to make the Light Demons an environmentalist gang (and make Malthus into something akin to Caleb Goldman or Ra's Al Ghul).
Teresa: Named for Mother Teresa... May God have mercy on my soul for that one.
Lamarck: Named for a guy who came up with a prototype theory of evolution.
Persephone: Named for Hades's wife in Greek mythology. [Garcia will be thrilled
, I'm sure.]
Green Horse: "Green" refers to the color of chlorophyll. "Horse" is Exactly What It Says On The Tin.
Floral Mare: "Floral" refers to flowers. A mare is a female horse.
Mixi: Refers to mixing.
Blendin: Refers to blending.
Lysander: Name taken from "A Midsummer Night's Dream
" by William Shakespeare.
Natascha: Name taken from Rocky and Bullwinkle
Manny Green: The first name is based off of "money". The fact that it rhymes with "Annie" is also a nice touch.
Wrapsodi Skuttla: Even before I decided to have her be a drider, her main character trait (aside from being Scott's rival and a replacement for his former villainous role) was capturing victims by wrapping them up to immobilize them. Hence, why her Pokémon team consists primarily of Pokémon with a talent for trapping and otherwise hindering the mobility of opponents (e.g. Ariados/Arachion's and Galvantula's Spider Web, Dugtrio/Holearmy's Arena Trap, Arbok/Nohtyp's and Serperior's Wrap and Glare, Magneton/Magnezone's Magnet Pull and Thunder Wave, Wobbuffet and Snarionett's Shadow Tag, etc.) Oh, and her name's also a pun on "rhapsody". In fact, it's pronounced the same way. Can't believe I almost forgot that part. "Skuttla" is derived from "scuttler"... "scuttle" is a somewhat common way to describe the movement of an arthropod, particularly spiders.
Trapestry Skuttla: Portmanteau of "trap" and "tapestry".
Mr. Fortinbras Snow: Cryokinetic crime lord. The surname's pretty generic, considering its source. The first name is taken from Hamlet
Drathilox: I just made this name up because I liked the way it sounds.