D&D 5E Do you love Awesome Names?

Do you love awesome names?

  • Awesome names are awesome.

    Votes: 50 56.2%
  • D&D is serious.

    Votes: 18 20.2%
  • You lost me at Fonkin Hoddyspeak.

    Votes: 12 13.5%
  • I would never vote in a poll that would allow me to vote in it.

    Votes: 9 10.1%

MrWildman

Explorer
Way back in my AD&D days I used to take my NPC and place names very seriously. After all, I'd spent a lot of time and effort to make them evocative and consistent.
Then I realized it didn't matter what I named the NPC's; my players are going to call the Dwarf King "Barney Rubble", and the Pirate King "Cap'n Skippy", and the Evil High Priest "The Big Wanker".
Looking back, I can't remember what I originally named them. But I'll always remember "Now! Ice The Big Wanker!"
 

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Eltab

Lord of the Hidden Layer
When I want a reasonably serious name for a Dwarf, I find a large Atlas of Norway / Sweden / Denmark and pick out a town name that sounds cool, and apply that to my character. Keeping in mind I'm going to hear it a lot.
For my 4e Dwarven 'Truenamer' Invoker, I deliberately picked a town that had four letters in its name. So I could say that this guy, who spoke the Language of Creation, was saddled with a four-letter-word of a name.
Eventually somebody figured out that I did not mean 'his name is a cuss word'. (both of which also have four letters ... hmmm... )
 


billd91

Hobbit on Quest (he/him)
And yes, my tolerance for names does have a limit, somewhere way out there. A character played in another game had the dubious moniker of "Mr. Giggles", which goes beyond even what I'll put up with.

We once fought a diabolical marionette/golem creature named Mr. Snickers. But that was an NPC, not a PC.
 

Goarath

First Post
oh boy, where to begin? I, personally, don't really care what people name their character, but that won't stop me from making fun of my players. Here's a list of names I've seen, and maybe some that I've used in the past:

Lord Crusty Dynamo (Goliath Barbarian)
Billy Bob Corn Dog (Human Ranger/Hillbilly)
Grip Ripit (Home brew Froglock Bard)
Sir Reginald Baragustus Longjohnson III Esquire (Human Paladin)
Bob (Gnome Sorcerer)
Joe "The Holy Diver" Fishman (Triton Paladin) I tried to get him to be named "Rodney James Dartfish" :D
Alfredo Damingo Defloures (Human Monk)
MacMuffin (Dragonborn Fighter)
Barnabus Brineswallow (Human Swashbuckler)

And that's just a few. I guess the point I'm trying to make is this: D&D is for fun. Does it feel weird saying someone's stupid name in a serious manner? Of course it does. But after you say it, everyone can have a good laugh, and get on with the story. I see no need to limit your player's creativity.
 

After 13 pages, I can't remember who originally wrote it at this point but Dwarf of Action is going to be part of my next PC name. Officially. And thank you, whoever you are, for that because I can visualize the spit takes now as I introduce him. And I am going to emphasize it constantly, and in complete mock-seriousness. It shall be made of awesome...

His full name might be Jack McHammer: Dwarf of Action. Or maybe just MacHammer. An engineer and Dwarf of ActionOne name only...

Or perhaps Duncan Knuckles: Dwarf of Action.

Whatever it is, it's going to be a riot.
 


Lanliss

Explorer
After 13 pages, I can't remember who originally wrote it at this point but Dwarf of Action is going to be part of my next PC name. Officially. And thank you, whoever you are, for that because I can visualize the spit takes now as I introduce him. And I am going to emphasize it constantly, and in complete mock-seriousness. It shall be made of awesome...

His full name might be Jack McHammer: Dwarf of Action. Or maybe just MacHammer. An engineer and Dwarf of ActionOne name only...

Or perhaps Duncan Knuckles: Dwarf of Action.

Whatever it is, it's going to be a riot.

Hurly Hardswallow
Buff Branigan
Colt Coldhammer
Duke Dolbrand
Axel Amous
Zeamus Zorl
Korl Krod
Lorpin Lunge
Progile Porponeus
Frod Forgehammer
Wompus Wild
 

Pickles III

First Post
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He's more of a healing Kit.

:) badum tshh

I feel I may be missing something here as Kit is a real name ?

Anyway I have not read all this. I do not really like silly names though I have partaken in the past.

My naming tips are to make sure a name shortens to something unobjectionable (to you the player).

If it is an unfamiliar word or made up make sure it does not sound similar to something else or you will be known as the something else.
 

zicar

First Post
I prefer short and sweet:
Badger: gnome barbarian (playtest)
Flint: dwarf war cleric (playtest)
Boone: human ranger (tyranny of dragons)
Wyatt: human double hand crossbow fighter (PotA)
Rowan: elf paladin (curse of strahd #1)
Jericho: human cleric (curse of strahd #2)
Nikolai: human undying warlock (curse of strahd #3)
Guderian: dwarf ranger (storm king's thunder)
Dante: tielfling bard/warlock (homebrew)
Rook: half-elf eldritch knight (homebrew)
Sage: human druid/cleric (homebrew)
Alden: half-elf druid (homebrew)
Gyro: gnome artificer (homebrew)
Invictus: tiefling warlock (homebrew)
Talon: shifter barbarian (4e)
 


SwivSnapshot

First Post
Dang it, now I have to build a rogue named Dashiel something or other next time I'm a player.

Also, my favorite real world name, hand to the gods, is Lethal Salmon. I ran across it in the land records while doing a land title search.
 

Mallus

Legend
Awesome names are, in fact, awesome. Some the names from our old 4e (now 5e) campaign...

Geppetto Jack Fagin, Heyoka-Jumps-Off-Mountains, Sir Lien Repossessed
Mr. Odanais Dare, Roxy Hurrah, Comrade Pogsley
Vox Candaveris (and Dexter the Hand), Paetros Paranova the Porcophant
Bodrin "Lizzie" Lutzmueller, Artur Rambo
Penelope Pindar, Cristabelle
Captain Artichoke ("Captain" was his first name), Chakram Khan
Sir Yatagan Fracas (Elder of the Church of Treasure, LLC).

edit: for the record, my jokiest joke name -- Joséirus, the Egyptian God of Mexican Wrestling -- hasn't gotten old after almost a decade!
 
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Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
Others have popped up from my memory:

Jake Lambada: Prancing Bull (Minotaur Barbarian/Bard)
Dreidel (Warforged "dervish" monk)
 
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Mallus

Legend
Dreidel (Warforged "dervish" monk)
That's... wait for it... awesome!

"Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel/They made him out of vengeance!". Hmmm, he could be an Orthodox Modron.

I'm amazed my friend Mike, who played Geppetto Jack (as well as the awesomely-named Atlatl Jones) didn't think of it first.
 
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Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
That's... wait for it... awesome!

"Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel/They made him out of vengeance!". Hmmm, he could be an Orthodox Modron.

I'm amazed my friend Mike, who played Geppetto Jack (as well as the awesomely-named Atlatl Jones) didn't think of it first.
Thanks!
I have never gotten to play him, alas. :(

(And I remember your mentioning of Atlatl Jones in a previous thread- also genius, IMHO.)

As for his actual battle song...

I am the Warforged, Dreidel,
Constructed first to pray,
But when it's time to melee
Then Dreidel gets to play!

I'm Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel,
Constructed first to pray,
In battle, battle, battle
My foes shall I all slay!
 
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Corwin

Explorer
I fondly remembered playing a foppish human, rapier-wielding duelist type back in the day. Your typical three musketeer rakish rogue knockoff with a penchant for wine and women. Pretty cliche archetype, I know. But I just used to love when we would meet a new NPC, or what have you, and the inevitable round of introductions would commence. His name wasn't so much "joky" as it was epic in its pomposity. Karlistigan Ignacius Lucien Montenue Artimen Del Gato IV. The roll of eyes, from the other players, knowing I was about to deliver it with such scenery chewing gusto. Again. Or the jokes about them being able to take a bathroom break or get something to eat once it came around to me. Good times. Good times.
 

Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
What I really should do is come up with a robot/android/cyborg version of that character for a modern/sci-if setting.

Of course, the acronym "D.R.E.I.D.E.L." would need to have a good meaning behind it...

Demolitions
Recon
Espionage
Intelligence
Drone
Entity,
Landwalking





Ehhhh...needs work.
 

tuxgeo

Adventurer
This thread almost inspires me to try to create a new character:
RAE DAWN ARGONNE, Neutral Air Genasi Xeno-Netherologist with "Noble" background.

Yeah, except that's not a real playable class, is it?
As Danny said, needs work.
 


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