The Weirdest Character Names Of 2013

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For some reason, 2013 saw a wealth of genuinely bizarre character names onscreen. A few of these we can blame on books or comics, but many others come with no good excuse. Here are our favourite bizarre films of the year.

Plutarch Heavensbee, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
PLUTARCH HEAVENSBEE
THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRESounds like: The child of philosopher parents born to hippie grandparents.
Actually is: The architect of the 75th annual Hunger Games in the despotic future of Panem.

Stacker Pentecost, Pacific Rim
STACKER PENTECOST
PACIFIC RIMSounds like: A born-again supermarket employee.
Actually is: The tough-as-nails, apocalypse-cancelling head of the Jaeger programme on an Earth under attack from giant monsters.

Broomhilda von Shaft, Django Unchained
BROOMHILDA VON SHAFT
DJANGO UNCHAINEDSounds like: What happens nine months after Shaft visits a Bavarian castle.
Actually is: A German-speaking house slave in the antebellum South, secretly married to Django.

Gerry Lane, World War Z
GERRY LANE
WORLD WAR ZSounds like: An accountant.
Actually is: A UN investigator and the man who might just save the world from the fast zombie menace.


Malekith The Accursed, Thor: The Dark World
MALEKITH THE ACCURSED
THOR: THE DARK WORLDSounds like: A character from World Of Warcraft.
Actually is: A Dark Elf of Svartalheim who, OK, might as well be a character from World of Warcraft.

Wally Banter, Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
WALLY BANTER
ALAN PARTRIDGE: ALPHA PAPASounds like: A made-up name that no DJ should ever be allowed.
Actually is: A made-up (we hope) name that a DJ somehow got away with.

Smaug, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
SMAUG
THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUGSounds like: As pronounced by Gandalf, like a Norwegian word for atmospheric pollution.
Actually is: A big scary dragon who will kill you and eat you if you make fun of him.

Aldrich Killian, Iron Man 3
ALDRICH KILLIAN
IRON MAN 3Sounds like: A tough-but-sensitive guy in a Mills & Boon novel.
Actually is: A nerd-turned-entrepreneur in an Iron Man movie.


Rod Yuletide, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
ROD YULETIDE
ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUESSounds like: The improbable offspring of Ron Burgundy and Buddy the Elf.
Actually is: A New York-based anchorman in the comedy sequel.

Mazer Rackham, Ender’s Game
MAZER RACKHAM
ENDER'S GAMESounds like: A 1980s brain-challenging puzzle game.
Actually is: An elderly soldier credited with winning the first war between humanity and the Formics.

Eep, The Croods
EEP
THE CROODSSounds like: The sound you make when you realise you’ve stepped on your favourite DVD.
Actually is: Emma Stone’s winsome cavegirl in The Croods.

Silas Ramsbottom, Despicable Me 2
SILAS RAMSBOTTOM
DESPICABLE ME 2Sounds like: A farmer in a 19th century pastoral novel.
Actually is: The head of the mysterious and powerful Anti-Villain League.


Valentine Morgenstern, The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones
VALENTINE MORGENSTERN
THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONESSounds like: The hero of a minor 18th century comic opera.
Actually is: A sinister former Shadowhunter who’s gone to the dark side.

J. Daniel Atlas, Now You See Me
J. DANIEL ATLAS
NOW YOU SEE MESounds like: A guy with a cool last name and a big crush on J. Edgar Hoover.
Actually is: A magician. We don’t know his views on Hoover.


CHESTER V.
CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2Sounds like: Someone took the pen away as he was just getting started on his surname.
Actually is: An inspiring tech guru with a devoted and cult-like following.

Sandy Patterson, Identity Thief
SANDY PATTERSON
IDENTITY THIEFSounds like: A girl. Someone who might look like Melissa McCarthy.
Actually is: A guy. Looks like Jason Bateman.


Roycephus Pulsipher, R.I.P.D.
ROYCEPHUS PULSIPHER
R.I.P.D.Sounds like: A character Jeff Bridges would play if the Coens made a film about Witchfinders.
Actually is: A character Jeff Bridges plays in a supernatural comedy about ghost policemen.

Cypher Raige, After Earth
CYPHER RAIGE

AFTER EARTHSounds like: A computer nerd from the movie Hackers.
Actually is: Will Smith’s fearless warrior and rubbish father.

Gator Bodine, Homefront
GATOR BODINE

HOMEFRONTSounds like: Adam Sandler’s long-lost dad in The Waterboy.
Actually is: James Franco’s nutty meth-dealer who picks a fight with Jason Statham.

Keller Dover, Prisoners
KELLER DOVER
PRISONERSSounds like: A supporting character in a Carry On film. Middle name probably “Ben”.
Actually is: Hugh Jackman’s tortured father to a missing girl in Denis Villeneuve’s drama.