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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  1. Along with Calendar Man, there are a lot of other terrible Batman ones….Tim Drake as….Drake….is one of the most egregious recent examples.

    Edward Nygma, Victor Fries…woof. Must be a silver age thing. At least Harvey Dent wasn’t Harvey Deuce or something.

  2. Daniel Langsdale on

    Egregious? It’s a toss-up between Victor Von Doom and Cruella de Vil.

    Sneaky bad? As someone who is likely constantly healing from the injuries sustained in crimefighting, there’s Bruise Wane.

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