Superheroes have been a staple of popular culture for almost a century now, with the likes of the Phantom, Superman and Batman all making their debuts in print back in the 1930s.
These days, they’re amongst the most popular characters in all of fiction, with superhero movies being the toast of Hollywood, an abundance of superhero TV shows taking over the small screen, and comic books still as popular as ever.
The concept of naming pets after superheroes and their associated characters is, therefore, at an all time high right now and, assuming you’ve just brought a new dog into your family (congratulations, by the way!), we’re here to help you give it a superpowered moniker!
Picking a great name for your dog is super important!
Let’s get going!
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Tips For Naming Your Dog
Once your dog has a super-name, watch him go!
Bringing a new dog or puppy home is one of the most exciting things a family or individual can do. While there’s a lot to consider in the early days of dog ownership – training, food, equipment, grooming and so forth – the first thing you need to do is give that little beauty a name.
Naming your dog is incredibly important because, as well as being a fun process for you and any other family members involved, it’s also key to bonding with your furry friend – and that’s obviously something all dog owners should want to do as quickly as possible.
There aren’t any strict rules in place when it comes to giving your new pal a name, but there is an important expert-recommended tip that you’re advised to take into account during the naming process.
It’s a fairly simple one – experts recommend using names that have two syllables, such as Hollie or Bruno. Names longer than three syllables, such as Jessica, or those shorter than two syllables, such as Hank, are best avoided.
The simple reason behind that logic is because research has proven that dogs learn names with two syllables much quicker than other names. It is worth noting, however, that dogs are perfectly capable of picking up longer or shorter names, but it may take them a little longer to do so.
So don’t be put off giving your pup a name longer or shorter than two syllables, but be aware that you might have to spend more time getting them used to it. Plus, there’s a handy way around the issue in the early stages of your dog’s new life in your home.
Should you give your dog a longer name, use a shortened version of to begin with. For instance, if you name your dog Boomerang, try Boomer to begin with. And vice versa, if you name your dog Storm, go with Stormy.
You can, of course, look a little deeper into the art of naming a dog, should you wish to.
And that’s it! Easy, huh? Now that we’re finished with the housekeeping, let’s get to the bit you’ve been waiting for – superhero dog names!
20 Superhero Dog Names Based On Superhero Canine Characters
Your pal will love his new superhero-inspired name.
Believe it or not, there are an abundance of characters in the world of superheroes who actually are dogs or who have dog-like characteristics in terms of their appearance and traits.
While you don’t have to name your dog after a dog character, it is nice having the option to do so. These twenty names are all inspired by canine characters in superhero fiction.
K-9 (Doctor Who)
Karvanista (Doctor Who)
Ms. Lion (Marvel)
Phooey (Hong Kong Phooey)
20 Male Superhero Dog Names For Male Dogs
There are thousands of male superheroes whose names would fit your male dog brilliantly.
If your new faithful friend is a handsome male dog, then maybe you’re specifically looking for the name of a male superhero to bestow upon him. We have some great ideas for you!
Below, you’ll find a fantastic assortment of names based on those belonging to some of the most prominent male superheroes in comic books, in movies and on television.
Dash (The Incredibles)
Donatello (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
He-Man (Masters of the Universe)
Hellboy (Dark Horse)
Jack-Jack (The Incredibles)
Leonardo (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
Link (Legend of Zelda)
Mario (Super Mario Bros)
Michelangelo (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
Raphael (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
20 Female Superhero Dog Names For Female Dogs
Why not give your female dog the name of an iconic superheroine?
Perhaps your new pooch is a beautiful female specimen – and if that’s the case, you could be looking for the perfect female superhero (or superheroine, if you prefer) name to give her.
With that in mind, to help you make the perfect choice, we’ve put together a wonderful list of names belonging to some of the most powerful female superheroes in all of fiction.
Buffy (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Faith (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Kendra (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Maeve (The Boys)
She-Ra (Masters of the Universe)
Starlight (The Boys)
Xena (Xena: Warrior Princess)
Zelda (Legend of Zelda)
20 Superhero Sidekick Dog Names
Your little sidekick deserves to have the best name.
A sidekick is someone who’s not the one in charge in a partnership, not the authority figure, but who has their partner’s back in any given circumstances. There are countless examples of them in superhero fiction – but doesn’t that description also sound just like a dog?
This list has some of the best names belonging to sidekick characters in the world of superheroes. Why not give your furry sidekick one of them?
Anya (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Casey Jones (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
Dum Dum (Marvel)
Kato (The Green Hornet)
Oz (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Willow (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Xander (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
20 Cool Superhero Dog Names
If your dog is a cool dude, he should certainly have a cool name.
It may be the case that, when it comes to naming your new pet, your only criteria is that the name sounds cool. Well, you’re in luck, because there are – perhaps rather unsurprisingly – a huge number of cool-sounding names among the superhero community.
Below, you’ll find some of the coolest names belonging to superhero characters that you can give to your dog.
Sonic (Sonic the Hedgehog)
20 Superhero Villain Dog Names
Would your pooch suit a more villainous name?
If you want to give your dog a bit of an imposing edge, you might want to name it after an iconic supervillain as opposed to a superhero.
Below, you’ll find twenty names belonging to the most infamous supervillains that we think would be ideal to give to a particularly protective pooch (or to a tiny unthreatening one, if you’re feeling ironic!).
Shredder (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
Zedd (Power Rangers)
20 Superhero Dog Names For Small Dogs
There are lots of lovely superhero names for small dogs.
If you’ve got yourself a particularly small dog and want it to have a name that reflects its diminutive stature, there are plenty of characters in the world of superheroes whose names are perfect for that scenario.
In the list below, we’ve put together some names that we believe fit the bill – the majority of which belong to characters who are very small themselves!
Chippy (King Hell Press)
Mighty Mouse (Mighty Mouse)
Tick (The Tick)
20 Superhero Dog Names For Big Dogs
Is your dog a furry Hulk? Name him accordingly!
If your new dog is an especially large breed, there’s a good chance you’ll want to give it an imposing game that complements its lofty body. Fortunately, in the superhero world, there are countless large characters with names perfect for such a canine.
This list boasts twenty names of imposing characters from the superhero world that would suit a giant doggy impeccably.
Big Bertha (DC)
Homelander (The Boys)
20 Funny Superhero Dog Names
Funny dogs should be given funny names!
Perhaps you’re a bit of a joker and/or your new pooch is a humorous little character – in which case you might want to give your furry friend a funny name. There are plenty of those in the superhero community!
These are twenty funny names from superhero fiction that would be ideal for a comedian like you bestow up your amusing pet.
A-Train (The Boys)
Cringer (Masters of the Universe)
Good Boy (Marvel)
Marv (Sin City)
Monkey Joe (Marvel)
20 Longer Superhero Dog Names
If you give your dog a longer name, you can always shorten it when addressing him.
We spoke in our introduction about how long names aren’t particularly ideal for dogs, but we also spoke about the fact that there are ways to work around it. There are lots of multi-word names in superhero fiction that we think would be great for a pooch.
The below list features twenty longer superhero names that could easily be shortened to help your dog to learn them faster.
Blue Marvel (Marvel)
Brother Voodoo (Marvel)
Buzz Lightyear (Toy Story)
Captain America (Marvel)
Captain Britain (Marvel)
Captain Marvel (Marvel)
Doctor Strange (Marvel)
Ghost Rider (Marvel)
Jack of Hearts (Marvel)
John Constantine (DC)
Major Victory (Marvel)
Manchester Black (DC)
Mister Fantastic (Marvel)
Mr. Incredible (The Incredibles)
Ms. Marvel (Marvel)
Red Tornado (DC)
Silver Surfer (Marvel)
Sister Superior (DC)
Swamp Thing (DC)
Winter Soldier (Marvel)
20 Exotic Superhero Dog Names
If you want to add some culture to your canine, give him an exotic name.
You might be the kind of person who enjoys a bit of cultural flamboyance or foreign flair. Well, luckily for you, there are an abundance of superhero characters who have names oozing with such properties – and you could certainly give one to your dog.
This list is full of great names that have a touch of the exotic about them – take a look!
Kenshiro (Fist of the North Star)
Zorro (Legend of Zorro)
20 Unique Superhero Dog Names
If your dog is a true one-off, give him a unique name to match his personality.
The superhero community is full of names that you can almost guarantee nobody else will ever have named their dog – and, if they have, the likelihood of them ever crossing paths with you is very slim. So if you want your pooch to have a unique name, look no further!
This list is full of unique superhero names that would definitely make your pet stand out from the rest.
Splinter (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
20 Superhero Dog Names For Working Dogs
If your dog is a working dog, you should name him in a manner that reflects it.
It could be the case that you intend for your new dog to work in some capacity. Maybe you want it to be trained as a sniffer dog or perhaps it’s even your guide dog – in which case, we have some superhero names that will suit it perfectly.
Here’s a list of superhero names that would be ideal for a dog whose life involves carrying out some kind of duty.
20 Superhero Dog Names For Doggy Duos
Why not name your pair of pooches after one of the most dynamic superhero duos?
If you’ve got yourself a pair of new pooches, you might think it’s a cute idea to name them something that makes them seem more like a team. Thankfully, the superhero world is teeming with names and pairs of characters that lend themselves perfectly to such a scenario.
This list features twenty pairs of names that will make your two pooches a bona fide dynamic duo.
Arrow and Lantern (DC)
Archer and Armstrong (Valiant)
Batman and Robin (DC)
Bebop and Rocksteady (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
Bucky and Steve (Marvel)
Cable and Deadpool (Marvel)
Cloak and Dagger (Marvel)
Cyclops and Phoenix (Marvel)
He-Man and She-Ra (Masters of the Universe)
Loki and Thor (Marvel)
Moon and Knight (Marvel)
Razor and T-Bone (SWAT Kats)
Rocket and Groot (Marvel)
Sam and Twitch (Image)
Sonic and Tails (Sonic the Hedgehog)
Tony and Pepper (Marvel)
Thunder and Lightning (DC)
Venom and Carnage (Marvel)
Wanda and Vision (Marvel)
Wiccan and Hulkling (Marvel)
20 Superhero Dog Names For Multiple Dogs
Our final list is especially for dog owners who’ve just acquired multiple dogs. There are loads of superhero teams and groups whose names could be used for your home-based pack – whether you’ve got three, four, five or even more pups!
Here are twenty groups of awesome superhero names, in a variety of sizes, for you to consider for your gang.
Alpha Flight: Aurora, Guardian, Puck, Shaman and Snowbird (Marvel)
Angel Investigations: Angel, Cordelia, Gunn, Fred and Wesley (Angel)
Avengers: Tony, Bruce, Steve, Thor, Clint and Natasha (Marvel)
Deadpool Corps: Deadpool, Dogpool, Kidpool, Championpool and Squirrelpool (Marvel)
Defenders: Matt, Luke, Jessica and Danny (Marvel)
Fantastic Four: Reed, Ben, Sue and Johnny (Marvel)
Green Lantern Corps: Hal, Kyle, Alan and Guy (DC)
Guardians of the Galaxy: Star-Lord, Rocket, Groot, Gamora and Drax (Marvel)
Justice League: Clark, Bruce, Diana, Barry, Arthur and Victor (DC)
Lady Sif and the Warriors Three: Sif, Volstagg, Hogun and Fandral (Marvel)
Norse Gods: Thor, Loki, Odin, Frigga and Hela (Marvel)
The Parker Family: Peter, Ben and May (Marvel)
Power Rangers: Jason, Billy, Trini, Kimblerly and Zack (Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers)
Scooby Gang: Buffy, Xander, Willow, Oz, Giles and Anya (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
The Seven: Homelander, Maeve, Starlight, Deep and A-Train (The Boys)
Stepford Cuckoos: Celeste, Esme, Irma, Phoebe and Sophie (Marvel)
Suicide Squad: Rick, Harley, Deadshot, Diablo and Boomerang (DC)
Teen Titans: Raven, Nightwing, Starfire, Robin and Cyborg (DC)
Turtles: Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
X-Men: Cyclops, Phoenix, Xavier, Wolverine, Colossus and Rogue (Marvel)
Tips To Help Your Dog Learn His/Her Superhero Name
Once you’ve picked a suitable name for your new pooch, you’ll no doubt want it to learn its new name quickly – and we’ve got a couple of very simple and helpful tips to make that happen.
Research suggests it should take a dog – regardless of its age – around two weeks to figure out its name, but you should definitely do whatever you can to help make things easier for your new pal (or it could take as long as three months!).
For starters, you should do the obvious: use your dog’s name as often as possible. This will give it the best chance of taking it in quickly.
Secondly, you should offer some positive reinforcement. In the case of dogs, this generally comes in the form of treats. In sporadic five minute training intervals throughout the day, every time your pup responds to its name, reward him with a delicious snack.
The next tip is equally as simple: praise your dog for responding to its name. Tummy rubs, pats on the back and enthusiastically saying “good boy/girl” are sure to help your dog get used to its new name.
Essentially, don’t have your dog associate its name with anything negative – especially not to begin with – as that could be detrimental to its behaviour throughout its entire life. Your dog won’t want to respond to you if its own name reminds it of something terrible!
And that’s it! We hope our tips – and indeed our list of superhero names – will help you when it comes to naming your new pal. If you found this article to be helpful, we’d love for you to let us know!