Category: alter ego names
More women have donned a cape to fight for good than you might guess, but it hasn’t been an easy road. The Comics Code Authority, a set of industry standards adopted in 1954, limited gore and violence, but also sexual innuendo. Selina Kyle hung up her catsuit for more than a decade when the Code was at its strictest.
Female characters tend to go to extremes. There’s the wholesome Betty and later Barbara, characters introduced as Batgirl at a time when it was thought Batman and Robin needed girlfriends. Others are clearly not from this world, like Thundra, a Femizon warrior from the 23rd century, arrived in 1972 to challenge The Thing, or the first female superhero, Egyptian princess Fantomah.
As comic books have become popular sources for Hollywood films, plenty of A-list stars have worn these identities. For parents seeking a feminine name with an edge, knowing that your daughter’s appellation has been worn by a crime-fighting woman of steel might make an otherwise frilly name seem downright powerful. Here some possible female alter ego comic book names:
Every superhero needs a couple of things: superhuman powers, a cape, and maybe a sidekick. He also needs a regular Joe name to hide his higher calling. Spider-Man fights crime, but Peter Parker dries the dinner dishes.
Happily, comic book writers have an easy means to update any of their characters. While a few famous figures – think Spider-Man, Batman, and Superman – never really ditch their human counterparts, in other cases, the superhero role is a title. It can be passed on intentionally, or inherited unexpectedly. For every Wally, there’s a Scott. The updates keep on coming, too. How else do you explain that the current Red Ranger in the Power Rangers franchise answers to Jayden?
You could name your son Blaze or Slade, and hope he has the confidence to pull off a larger-than-life appellation, but there are some true gems amongst our heroes’ workaday names. They prove that popular and classic choices can be exciting. While some of these are obscure, Hollywood has adapted plenty of superhero stories for the big screen in recent years: the X-Men, Green Lantern, and Captain America are all up this summer, with more in the works.
This list is all boys, but there are plenty of heroic choices for girls, too. Tune in next week!