Superman's villains have horrible names.

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  1. WhatsHisFace Registered

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    Mr. Mxyptlk = horrible.
    Bizarro = horrible. (Bizarre mixed with Pisaro... wow)
    Braniac = horrible. (Maniac with a brain... awful)
    Darkseid = horrible. (StarWars reference FTL)
    General Zod = horrible. (Almost as bad as "Xander Drax" from "The Phantom")

    Why is it that Superman's villains all have such awful names? It's no wonder they don't pass focus-testing and make it into the films.
     
  2. JTStarkiller Registered

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    I actually like all five of those.
     
  3. C. Lee Superherohype Administrator

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    Darkseid was created in 1970.....Star Wars came out in 1977.
     
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    I actually always have sad Darkseid's name as "dark-seed." I just think it sounds better.
     
  5. C. Lee Superherohype Administrator

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    That's how I pronounced it forever too (I started reading the New Gods and related books in the 70's).....it wasn't until he appeared in the animated series that I heard it different.
     
  6. XFanTim Two-Time DTL Champion

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    You've got the origin of those names all wrong.

    Brainiac is Brain + IAC, where IAC was a common ending in the names of early computer systems. For instance, ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer). So the name means something like "computer brain".

    Darkseid debuted in 1970 -- seven years before Star Wars. So his name can't be a reference to the Dark Side of the force.

    I'm pretty sure Bizzaro is just Bizzare + o. WTF is pisaro?
     
  7. XFanTim Two-Time DTL Champion

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    While I'm being pedantic, it's Mxyzptlk -- but even the writers of Superman have spelled his name wrong. (It started as Mxyztplk, was changed due to spelling error, then retroactively explained as being the Earth-1 and Earth-2 versions.)
     
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    what a stupid thread.
     
  9. EagleVision Man - Myth - Legend

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    Like the name Bizarro
    Like the name Darkseid
    I don't see Doomsday up there but that's off the hook
    Mxyzptlk- like the character but I could do without him although I enjoy the comic Man of Tomorrow where Supes kills him.
    Brainiac is decent.
    General Zod sounds similar to God.
    The rest of the villain names are decent.
    I don't think all the names are as good as Batman's rogues gallery per se but they're all right. They'll do.
     
  10. Spike_x1 Get off my bandwagon!

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    There are many names of Superman's rogues that haven't been listed anywhere in this thread.

    Where's Neutron, Skyhook, Mongul, Silver Banshee, Bloodsport, Cyborg, Riot, Metallo, Hi-Tech, Terra-Man, Anomaly, Parasite, Barrage, Prankster, Maxima, Master Jailer, Manchester Black, Lex Luthor, Kryptonite Man, Toyman, Blackrock, and Atomic Skull? If WhatsHisFace is going to put down the names of the rogues, he should at least do a bit of searching and make his list look (at least a tad) like he knows anything about the topic.
     
  11. Doctor Baywatch Registered

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    Darkseid wasn't even a real Superman villain in the beginning.
     
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    Brainiac, Bizarro, and Metallo aren't the greatest handles. But I like Parasite, Mongul, Doomsday, and Zod.
     
  13. XFanTim Two-Time DTL Champion

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    This has actually been a bit of a problem for him in the past.

    General Zod: Beware, Superman, for it is I, your archenemy, General Zod!
    Superman: What? God is my enemy?
    G. Zod: No, not God you idiot, Zod! I've come to kill you.
    Superman: God is trying to kill me? Oh my God! I'm screwed!
    G. Zod: No, it's Zod with a Z.
    Superman: I mean, I'm super and all, but we're talking the omnipotent God! What can I do against that?
    G. Zod: Are you deaf? Z-O-D, Zod!
    Superman: I surrender.
    G. Zod: *sigh*


    Ok, maybe not.
     
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    heard from some comic guys that Darth Vader was actually heavily influenced by Darkseid...Stars Wars came out 7 years after and the guy said that Lucas read some comics where he saw Darkseid and was awestruck of the `` evil-ness`` of Darkseid and blah...blah...blah.
     
  15. El Payaso Registered

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    In fact I'd bet it's the other way around.
     
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    Is this thread for real? Show me a superhero who's opposing villains don't have corny names. The Joker? The Penguin? Black Adam? Magneto? Dr Doom?

    It's comic book characters for crying out loud.
     

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