Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Best Character Nicknames and Shortforms

Nicknames are a big part of a character's identity, and they can be so creative and fun. Choosing a great nickname is just as important as a choosing their name - it can even mean more than their given name. This week's Top Ten Tuesday from That Artsy Reader Girl is Top Ten Best Character Names, but I decided to give it a bit of a spin with nicknames instead! So, here are some favourites!

1) Real Name: Tobias Eaton
    Nickname: Four
    Book: Divergent series by Veronica Roth

2) Real Name: Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington
    Nickname: Nearly Headless Nick
    Book: Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

3) Real Name: Erik
    Nickname: The Phantom of the Opera
    Book: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

4) Real Name: Anna Marie
    Nickname: Rogue
    Book: X-Men comics by various authors

5) Real Name: Nathaniel Bumppo
    Nickname: Hawkeye, Natty, Leatherstocking, etc.
    Book: Leatherstocking Tales by James Fenimore Cooper

6) Real Name: Eliza Louisa
    Nickname: Liza Lu
    Book: Tess of the D'Urbervilles

7) Real Name: Jaime Lannister
    Nickname: Kingslayer
    Book: A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin

8) Real Name: Aragorn
    Nickname: Strider
    Book: The Lord of the Rings series by J. R. R. Tolkien

9) Real Name: Howell Jenkins
    Nickname: Wizard Howl, Wizard Pendragon
    Book: Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

10) Real Name: Scipio
      Nickname: The Thief Lord
      Book: The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke

What are your favourite character nicknames? Were there any names here that surprised you?


  1. Love how you've tackled the list this week! Some wonderful nicknames.

  2. Great idea, I was alos thinking of doing best nicknames but in the end I did something else.
    I love Howl's moving castle.

    My TTT: https://fantasyraiders.wordpress.com/2018/05/22/top-ten-tuesday-how-do-you-pronounce-it-names/#more-8421

    1. Howl's Moving Castle is great, it's one of my favourites. Thanks for checking out my list, I loved your idea too.

  3. Wow, I really liked your idea for today's prompt :)And the nickname of Jamie Lannister, Kingslayer.. definitely suits him :D

    My TTT: http://flippingthruthepages.com/2018/05/ten-diverse-books-of-2018-on-my-tbr-with-character-names-in-the-title/

  4. Nice twist on this week's prompt!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/22/top-ten-tuesday-160/

  5. Excellent list! I agree, nicknames are very important. I've always though Rogue was an awesome nickname. Here is my Top Ten Tuesday

    1. She's my absolute favourite X-Men hands-down (from the comics...we'll just ignore her character in the films), and I think her name is great too. I could have put down several comic book characters, but I made sure to limit myself!

  6. Love what you did for this week's list! Aragorn made my list too. :)

    Lauren @ Always Me