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March 07 2007 @ 05:10 pm
Names... Mythology... whatever.... help...  
Okay I'm writing something for a Pretender group and I have this character who is just evil but I haven't named him.

He's the evil half of another character, like a split personality. He's betrayed his brother and a woman he had been friends with. He killed his brother's wife and child (see totally evil). I need to name his something.

I was hoping a mythology buff or history buff would know of a good name that had significance. Help
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Mikou: Martha's Vineyardmikou on March 8th, 2007 02:47 am (UTC)
The only one I can think of is Janus, but that doesn't help much with a name for a modern character, I guess.

In any case, there is more info on the Janus wikipedia page.
Mikou: Martha's Vineyardmikou on March 8th, 2007 02:53 am (UTC)
Sorry to reply to myself, but there's also Shakespeare's Hamlet in which Claudius murdered his own brother, King Hamlet (Hamlet's father), so he could marry Gertrude and become king.

And, of course, he later conspires to and succeeds in killing the younger Hamlet (and Gertrude by mistake).
Jill aka Jo: LFN- FacePalmsireesanwar on March 8th, 2007 07:08 pm (UTC)
No problem. I could work with Claudius... make it a slightly different version like Claude. Though for some reason I think it needs to be cooler. I don't know. Something a little more up to date. This is so hard. I hate having to name characters.
Mikou: Martha's Vineyardmikou on March 9th, 2007 03:15 am (UTC)
I hate having to name characters.

So do I. I always think it to death. Good luck!
Jill aka Josireesanwar on March 8th, 2007 06:59 pm (UTC)
That is a pretty cool name but yes not very modern sounding. Hmmm... does sound promising though. Thanks.
nikita31j7: 62MMissionGunAnxietynikita31j7 on March 8th, 2007 06:06 am (UTC)
Hitler? Mussolini? Machiavelli? Ooh, how about Rasputin? He gives me the creeps.
Jill aka Jo: LFN- huh?sireesanwar on March 8th, 2007 07:20 pm (UTC)
Those are all evil names. They all work well. Problem is they don't seem to fit. I mean yes they are evil but they seem so old.

I'm normally working with Nikolas, Michael, Brennan,... stuff like that so I need something semi normal but something that has background meaning. This is so difficult to explain and to figure out. Thanks though... maybe one of their first names...
halcyondayz: tough choiceshalcyondayz on March 8th, 2007 11:09 am (UTC)
Loki - the mythical being of mischief. From Norse mythology, he was Odin's foster-brother and created merry hell for everyone.
Or I guess, the whole Cain/Abel thing? Or Jacob/Esau perhaps more appropriately as the latter were really twins.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on March 8th, 2007 07:21 pm (UTC)
Cain might not be bad but it seems a bit obvious. Hmmm... Esau is interesting... I wonder if there are any variations of it.
halcyondayz: tough choiceshalcyondayz on March 8th, 2007 08:29 pm (UTC)
Baby names that sound like Esau are Asa and Isa. Other similar baby names are Ehsan, Ean, Esias, Esmé, Esmay, Euan, Eva, Ezar, Esra and Eian. Though these don't replicate meaning.
Esau means 'hairy'.
Jill aka Jo: Heroes- Woo Hoosireesanwar on March 9th, 2007 12:36 am (UTC)
Wow. I like Asa... I'll have to go through these when I have more time. Long weekend because my bf is visiting. I'm excited.
halcyondayz: double datehalcyondayz on March 9th, 2007 07:37 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you like 'Asa' but if you're after the automatic link that people might make with Esau, then that's less likely to happen.

Hope you have a great weekend with your friend!
slave_anonslave_anon on April 20th, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC)
the one name that i think of, not sure if it's too late or not is Loki. Although Loki isn't entirely evil he has done evil things. He helped to kill balder a favourite of the other norse gods. as well helped bring on the end of the world. ;)
Jill aka Jo: Gate- Jack headdesksireesanwar on April 20th, 2007 05:11 pm (UTC)
Someone else actually mentioned the name Loki but I didn't want the guys name to sound too myth like but I don't know. I never did name him. Have to think on it more.
slave_anonslave_anon on April 20th, 2007 05:50 pm (UTC)
you could always go with the typical lucifer :) there are tonnes of evil names i'm sure you will find the one that fits :)
Jill aka Jo: LFN- Me Against the Worldsireesanwar on April 20th, 2007 06:03 pm (UTC)
True. I'm gonna really have to think about this cause I just don't know what to name him. I want it to have the associations of someone horrible but also be normal and possibly not obvious... no idea. It baffles me how real writers do it.
slave_anonslave_anon on April 21st, 2007 01:35 am (UTC)
sometimes i think they just open a name book and point. or think of people you knew/know in school that aren't quite evil but aren't good at all either and see what names you get. :) hope that helps a bit.
Jill aka Jo: Heroes- Woo Hoosireesanwar on April 23rd, 2007 05:16 pm (UTC)
That is a great idea. I'm thinking of a name but it doesn't sound evil. I've got a few ideas now... hmm... very interesting.

I never even thought of naming him after someone who I clashed with in HS. What a great idea!
slave_anon: kittyslave_anon on April 24th, 2007 01:55 am (UTC)
glad i helped a little and i love the icon of Hiro... He's SO cute! :)