Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s a…beagle?
Few things are more exciting than adopting a new puppy. One of the first, most important decisions you’ll have to make: What do I name it? How about a comic book or superhero dog name?
Try to choose a name that fits your pup’s appearance and temperament. Think carefully about what you want in a name. It should be easy to say, and if it’s longer than a syllable or two, you may want to use a handy shortened version of it.
You need to choose the right moniker from day one. Once you start using a name, it will confuse your puppy if you switch it up. But where to start? There are so many options out there, and it may seem difficult to narrow it down.
Luckily, if you’re a fan of superheroes, this list is here to save the day. Read on for the best comic book character-inspired names for your dog.
We looked for unique superhero and comic book names from both the DC and Marvel universe (and beyond). This is much more niche – and we can’t wait to hear what you think.
Superhero Names For Boy Dogs
Sean Cassidy, better known as Banshee, is a member of the X-Men with a sonic scream that can level a building. Banshee is an ideal name for any breed of hound, considering their ear-piercing howls.
X-Men founding member Henry “Hank” McCoy, aka Beast, uses his strength, agility, and genius-level intelligence to fight crime. This name is fitting for any of the smart, hulking breeds: German shepherds, doberman pinschers, rottweilers.
Made famous by the movies starring Wesley Snipes, Blade is a human-vampire hybrid who hunts vampires to avenge his mother’s death. It’s a short, simple name with a nice ring to it.
The son of X-Men leader Cyclops, cyborg Cable (Nathan Summers) returns from the future to fight crime with his telekinetic abilities. It’s a strong name for any boy pup.
This strapping member of the X-Men sports superstrength and skin that turns into indestructible metal in battle. Colossus is a fitting name for mastiffs, Great Danes, and St. Bernards; it also works ironically for a maltese or chihuahua.
Cosmo the Spacedog is a telepathic pooch from Russia who serves as a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy and security chief of the space station Knowhere. Cosmo works as a name for any dog, but especially a golden retriever or lab since the character is a mix of these two breeds.
One of the most famous members of the Justice League, The Flash, is the fastest man alive. His name is perfect for a greyhound, saluki, or any breed known for its swiftness.
Remy Lebeau, better known as Gambit, was taken in as a child by a guild of thieves from New Orleans. He used his powers – the ability to charge any object with kinetic energy, especially his trademark playing cards – to steal for a living before joining the X-Men. His name is fitting for breeds that are known to have sticky paws: golden retrievers, Yorkshire terriers, and papillons.
One of The Flash’s most notorious nemeses, Gorilla Grodd’s goal is to use his super intelligence and telekinesis to rule over all sentient life, human and simian. Hence, Grodd is a perfect name for the most head-strong breeds: Beagles, English bulldogs, Dachshunds, Miniature pinschers, Pugs.
Solomon Grundy is a zombie supervillain who never gives up and literally cannot die. Like Grodd, Grundy is an excellent name for the more stubborn breeds, including Jack Russell terriers (or Jackadors!) and rottweilers.
Cyclops’ little brother Alex Summers, aka Havok, literally overflows with energy, shooting bolts of it from his chest. His name is fitting for any of the most energetic breeds: border collies, huskies, dalmations.
Famous for being Superman’s follically-challenged arch-nemesis, how does diabolical billionaire Lex Luthor hold his own against the most powerful superhero of all time with no superpowers of his own? His big, evil brain. Lex is the perfect name for the “evil genius” breeds who sometimes use their intelligence to cause mischief: Jack Russell terriers, border collies, miniature schnauzers.
The god of thunder is known for his mighty hammer, lightning-strike powers, and luxurious locks. Thus, Thor is an excellent name for any long-haired breed.
Superhero Names for Girl Dogs
Perhaps Marvel’s most accomplished anti-heroine, Elektra sells her ninja assassin skills to the highest bidder. Known for her stealth, her name is perfect for the quieter breeds: Basenji, Shar Pei, Borzoi.
Known as the deadliest woman in the galaxy, Gamora joined the Guardians of the Galaxy to battle Thanos, her supervillain father. Her name works well for any pup with a rebellious streak.
- Harley or Quinn
Supervillain-turned-hero(ish) girls just want to have fun. From her time as the Joker’s main squeeze to her turn with the Suicide Squad, Harley Quinn turns every mission into a party. Either of her names are perfect for a particularly playful puppy.
As a member of the Birds of Prey, Huntress never backs down until her target is squared in her signature crossbow’s sites. Her name is an excellent choice for any hound or other hunting breed.
As a member of Batman’s rogue’s gallery, Poison Ivy’s crimes are ecologically motivated. She even works with heroes when their goals will protect an area’s flora. Hence, Ivy is a great name for any puppy who especially loves spending time outdoors.
Member of the X-Men Jubilee produces dazzling pyrotechnics with her bare hands. Her name is fitting for any dog with a bright, sparkling, outgoing personality.
Samurai Katana overcomes one of the saddest backstories in the DC Universe to become a shining example of redemption and justice. Her name is especially apt for any dog rescued from an abusive situation.
Archeologist Dr. Barbara Minerva is better known as The Cheetah, Wonder Woman’s archnemesis. Her speed and agility make her name fitting for any swift breed, especially greyhounds.
Aquaman’s soulmate and equal Mera uses her aquakinesis to protect both Atlantis and the surface world. Her name works well for any dog who loves water. Her trademark flame-red mane also makes this a great moniker for any russet-colored pup.
When Barbara Gordon (Batgirl) finds herself wheelchair-bound after being shot by The Joker, she becomes Oracle, a tech-savvy information hub for all of Gotham’s crime fighters. Any highly intelligent breed can wear her name well.
One of the founding members of the X-Men, powerful telepath Jean Gray – aka Phoenix – has been through as many incarnations as her mythical namesake, not all of them heroic. If your pup regularly exhibits mood swings and personality shifts, this might be just the name for her.
A seminal member of the X-Men, Rogue absorbs other mutants’ powers by mere touch. Her name is perfect for any extra-snuggly puppy.
Princess of Power She-Ra got her start as a line of toys with an accompanying cartoon in the mid-80s, then was rebooted in the late 2010s to much critical acclaim. Her courage and loyalty to her friends make her an excellent namesake for a particularly brave, loving pup.
With her ability to control the weather, Ororo Munroe, aka Storm, is one of the most powerful mutants in the world and a leader of the X-Men. Her name is an excellent choice for a puppy with a coat the dark gray color of a tempestuous sky.
Zatanna Zatara is a stage magician who just happens to wield actual magic. Her name is a great choice for the little escape artists who wriggle out of their crates or yards when left unattended.