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Most Epic Book Character Names

Ok, so let’s be 100% honest here. Name me one book in which a certain “Bob Smith” vanquishes the ultimate evil and saves the world from certain doom. An impossible task, I know. Even if there were such a tale, we most certainly wouldn’t want to read about the mighty Bob. We need characters with strong names at the forefront of our adventures, names that roll off your tongue, names that give you chills, names that stick, names that make you want to pronounce them as you talk about your favorite stories. Names that will either go down in history as characters you love or characters you love to hate. Here are some examples of what I mean.

The Hunger Games (Book 1)

Katniss Everdeen- An unforgettable name for an unforgettable heroine.

Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince

Voldemort-The name all but one were afraid to utter. Do you dare to speak his name?

His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass

Lord Asriel- Deriving from Hebrew and Muslim etymology, a mighty name for a mighty lord.

Master & Apprentice (Star Wars)

Obi-Wan Kenobi- A bit of a mouthful, but we never tire of saying it. A well-remembered character from the epic films, this canon prequel tells of the story with his Master.

The Great Gatsby

Jay Gatsby/The Great Gatsby-Whether it’s his real one or his alias, this name is absolutely iconic.


Count Dracula-Vampire names are always cool, but this is the indisputable icon of the blood-sucking world.

The Two Towers: Book Two in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Aragorn-Or as the ranger himself, declares, “I am Aragorn, son of Arathorn, and am called Elessar the Elfstone, Dunadan. The heir of Isildur Elendil’s son of Gondor.” Now that’s a mouthful.

A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire

Daenerys Targaryen- Being the favored house among many just for the dragons, the dragon queen herself bears a name with a powerful ring to it.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes-More people know the name than the actual story. An iconic name, you’d have to be an amoeba not to recognize.

The Silence of the Lambs

Hannibal Lector-Or Hannibal the Cannibal, this eerie yet powerful name strikes fear in the hearts of many after reading this tale (or watching the brilliantly adapted film).

Remembering the book character is part of remembering the story, and as superficial as it may seem, having a good name is an important piece to the characterization puzzle. So keep this in mind if you’re ever to write one of your own!


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