Jackson Weele, engineer: Creating a specialized battle-armor to pursue the equally brilliant Rocket Racer, Jack declared himself to be “The Big Wheel” in super-crime.  It’s not the first example of coincidental naming in comics, but it is perhaps one of the most forced.  Then again, one of his compatriots is Otto “Dr. Octopus” Octavius, whose power is “having eight arms.”  How weird is that?  Then again, Calendar Man is Julian Day, December Frost has ice powers, and The Wizard was born W. I. Zard, leading to today’s eponymous query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) thinks that, had Spider-Man debuted in the 2000s, he’d have gone with ‘Parkour’ as a nom de guerre, asking: What’s the most egregious example of coincidental naming in fiction?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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5 Comments

  1. November 6, 2017 at 12:10 pm — Reply

    I will never get over Blackagar Boltagon.

  2. November 6, 2017 at 1:25 pm — Reply

    I have a couple of Real Life examples. At the company I work for, the executive assistant to the CEO’s last name is “Files” and there’s a lady who works in our Accounting department whose last name is “Billings”

  3. November 6, 2017 at 1:26 pm — Reply

    As far as fiction… Dr. T.O. Morrow is pretty egregious.

  4. Ron
    November 6, 2017 at 1:52 pm — Reply

    E-Man’s real name is Alec Tronn.

  5. Daniel Langsdale
    November 6, 2017 at 2:12 pm — Reply

    The Riddler’s “E. Nigma” is pretty bad, but over at Marvel Magneto is Lensman, er, that is, Lensherr, forcing a wink to a Japanese anime & manga property that doesn’t even make sense to be winking at.

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