Movie Character Names

Movie character names may be the only names cooler than the names of the stars that play them. In fact, with the exception of Jack, which has long seemed to be the name of the male character in every other movie and TV adventure show, characters' names veer from the unusual to the outlandish. A few, such as Trinity from The Matrix, jumped right onto the popularity charts.

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  • Lux

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    This name of a character played by Kirsten Dunst in the movie Virgin Suicides , originally a novel by Jeffrey Eugenides, is gaining attention, also thanks to the heroine Lux, Lady of Luminosity in ... Read More 

  • Maximus

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    The powerful name of the powerful character played by Russell Crowe in the 2000 film Gladiator first appeared on the popularity charts that same year. Max to the max. One time considered a "too muc... Read More 

  • Mirtha

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    The Dutch name is usually spelled Myrthe or Mirthe and pronounced meer-ta. But most English speakers will say it mer-tha and confuse the name with Martha, Bertha, or Myrtle. Read More 

  • Morpheus

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    Though you may pray to the god of sleep for your baby to slumber through the night, a drowsy image is not the greatest one to inflict on your little boy.  Read More 

  • Nacho

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    Not unless you want your son to grow up to be just like a wacky Jack Black character. Read More 

  • Napoleon

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    Overly ambitious choice, recently borne by the hapless hero of cult movie hit Napoleon Dynamite.  Read More 

  • Neo

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    This nouveau name of Keanu Reeves's character in The Matrix has not enjoyed the same burst of popularity as its female counterpart, Trinity, but it definitely sounds, well, newer. Neo Rauch is an i... Read More 

  • Niobe

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    The mythological queen whose perpetual weeping for her slain children turned her into a stone has always cast a pall over this name.  Read More 

  • Nola

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    Nola, a name with a haunting, sensual quality, was used for the much-pursued heroine of Spike Lee's breakout 1986 film, She's Gotta Have It, and again by Woody Allen in Match Point. Nola is also a... Read More 

  • Oberon

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    The Shakespearean character Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream is King of the Fairies, but the name, with its strong 'O' beginning, projects a far more virile image than that. Oberon was also se... Read More 

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