by Megan S., Sara N., and Laurie K.
Earlier this month, a French couple was taken to court because the two named their child after The Vampire Diaries's Damon Salvatore, the bitter and ultra-violent vampire who murdered countless innocents for over a century. The parents added an "e" to their little boy's name because, supposedly, "Daemon" sounded more French but The Vampire Diaries fans were prosecuted under the law that prevents children for being given names contrary to their interests. However, the French courts ultimately sided with the parents.
Giving your kid a moniker that just happens to be a synonym for demon is definitely eye-roll worthy but there are so many worse possible scifi and fantasy characters you can name your progeny after.
So, of course, we had to come up with a list of our own.
Every single character on Lost - With the exception of Michael and maybe Desmond, is there anybody on that island that didn't do something horrible or have a ginormous character flaw like being completely bonkers? Worse still, all of the original characters died in a variety of odd and sometimes unsatisfying ways both on and off the island and were trapped in purgatory or whatever it was Jacob was going on about with the wine bottle. - Megan
All of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, both for their ridiculous leather-wearing, rap music-loving, embarrassing slang-using selves, and for all of the H's: Phury, Rhage, Vishous, Tohrment, etc. Also, Butch. - Sara
Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Sure, sure, sure. She "saved the world... a lot" but Joss Whedon gave her that name for a reason. It's almost impossible to take anyone named Buffy seriously. Besides, she could be so whiny. - Megan
I used to think that naming a daughter Arya from Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire would be fantastic, until it occurred to me that I don't know what GRRM has planned for her. There's always the chance that he'll murder her terribly, which would be a bummer for a namesake. - Sara
Stefan from The Vampire Diaries - Come on, if there's anybody worse on VD, it's Damon's brother Stefan. He takes being a ethically conflicted vampire to a whole new, extremely lackluster level. - Megan
Come to think of it, any character from an incomplete series where people could die screaming might not be a good idea. Amy from The Passage is a cool character, but what will happen to her over the next two books? Shaun and Georgia Mason from the Newsflesh series are both fantastic characters, but ... well, zombies are hungry creatures, you know? - Sara
I feel compelled to add that people who name their child Edward, Bella, or Jacob are okay - I mean, people could do that for completely innocuous, non-Twilight related reasons. On the other hand, anyone who names their kid Renesme needs to be hung up out in the yard for 20 lashes. - Laurie
Which characters do you think should be added to the list?