I have a fascination with character names, and nowhere else do you get such interesting (and potentially awkward) names than in sci-fi and fantasy. For every Voldemort there’s a Peeta (yeah, yeah… I love Collins’ books, but I’ve never been able to get past that name).
I posted a few months ago about how difficult it is to create believable, yet exotic, names for characters set in another world/time. I think this is especially true for villains. You want the name to sound ominous and powerful without being cliché or (even worse) silly. True, a great villain’s determined by their actions, but an intimidating name certainly doesn’t hurt.
So in honor of Halloween and all things villainous, here’s my question…
What are some of your favorite all-time spec-fic villain names? And what about some that just didn’t work for you?