Fictional Initials (… so far)

The title is a bit misleading.  I’m not talking here about initials that only exist in fiction.  That doesn’t really make any sense.  Instead, I’m talking about initials of fictional characters.  That does made sense even though it may seem a bit of a random topic.

Anyway, it occurred to me sometimes (as such things do) to wonder if I could come up with a fictional character for every two letter initial combination that’s possible in English.  In other words, A.A., A.B., A.C., and so on.  That’s a total of 676 combinations, and thus 676 characters.

Well, the short answer is, “No, it’s not possible.” At least, not yet.

I proved this to myself by trying, and below here I have the results of my efforts.  Obviously, some of the initial combinations (“A.B” for example) are pretty easy, and there are multiple examples.  But others are a lot more challenging (like “X.K.”–although I did find someone those initials, see below).

I tried to stick with only characters that I knew and liked, but as I went along I got further and further afield.  In some cases, the character is from a property that I’m familiar with, but I’ve never heard of the character him- or herself.  Also, I’m limiting myself, mostly, to just character’s real names, their real initials.  So, no “Ambush Bug” for “A.B.”, or “Booster Gold” for “B.G.”, for example.  There are a couple of debatable exceptions, which I tried to note whenever I accepted them.

By the way, this is the 1000th post on this blog!

(Incidentally, if you want to look at another similar project that I started around the same time, click here for Notable Numbers)

So, here goes.  Til now, there are 546 names here, so we’re just over 80% of the way there.

AA – Archie Andrews – the all-American teen hero from Archie Comics

AB – Allen Bradley – a dude who falls in love with a mermaid that looks like Daryl Hannah in the movie Splash!

AC – Al Calavicci – the hologram who looks after Sam Beckett on Quantum Leap

AD – Arthur Dent – the long-suffering everyman hero of The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to to the Galaxy

Douglas Adams - Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

AE – Annie Edison –  one of the original ensemble of Community

AF – Atticus Finch – the famously principled lawyer hero of To Kill a Mockingbird

AG – Amanda Grayson – Spock’s mother on Star Trek

AH – Anneke Hanson – Better known as Seven of Nine, from Star Trek: Voyager

AI – Archibald Ives – a Scottish airmen who lost hope and was killed in an unconsidered escape attempt halfway through The Great Escape.

AJ – Anthony Johnson – “Fridge” from the recent Jumanji film

AK – Alex Keaton – The financially savvy oldest son from Family Ties

AL – Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart – The Brigadier from Doctor Who.  It’s a bit confusing to identify his initials, but I’m pretty sure this makes the most sense.

AM – Algernon Moncrieff – A very funny guy from the brilliant play The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.

AN – Abed Nadir – The breakout character from Community, a filmmaker on the Autism Spectrum.

AO – April O’Neill – The female friend of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

AP – Amy Pond – One of the great Doctor Who companions, partnered with the 11th Doctor

AQ – Arch Quinton – A minor character from the original miniseries of V, Arch was an anthropologist who was killed when he was suspicious of the true nature of the Visitors.

AR – Alex Rieger – the lead character of the TV series Taxi

AS – Anakin Skywalker – from Star Wars, of course. This is the guy who became Darth Vader.

AT – Angelina Thriller – The titular character in the short-lived but fascinating comic series, Thriller

AU – Aquiel Uhnari – A guest character in Aquiel, a generally despised episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation

AV – Adrian Veidt – The villain of Watchmen.  Oops, spoilers!

AW – Andrew Wiggin – Also known as Ender, from Ender’s Game

AX – Ajene Xola – the leader of the Africa Freedom Party in the fictional nation of the Republic of Matobo, in the movie The Interpreter.


AZ – Arnim Zola – a Marvel Comics villain, who also showed up in some of the Captain America movies

BA – Barry Allen – DC Comics’ most famous and longest serving Flash.

BB – Buckaroo Banzai – The heroic renaissance man of the film The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai – Across the 8th Dimension

Buckaroo Banzai Peter Weller Credits

BC – Beverly Crusher – The Chief Medical Officer aboard the Enterprise, for most of the run of Star Trek: The Next Generation.  

BD – Biggs Darklighter – Luke’s childhood friend who died helping him destroy the first Death Star in the original Star Wars movie.

BE – Bobby Ewing – The well-meaning younger son of the oil magnate Ewings, in Dallas

BF – Basil Fawlty – The long suffering (though often due to his own doings) hotel manager in Fawlty Towers.

BG – Ben Grimm – The Thing, from The Fantastic Four from Marvel Comics

BH – Bobby Hill – A patrolman character from Hill Street Blues


BJ – Ben Jackson – A companion to the First & Second Doctors in the early days of Doctor Who.

BK – Brian Kinney – The young boy who came to be known as Alter Boy, and later the second Confessor, in Astro City.

BL – Ben Linus – The magnificent manipulator of Lost, leader of the “Others”

BM – Bill Maxwell – The FBI agent on The Greatest American Hero

BN – Bernard Nadler – The well meaning dentist on Lost

BO – Brigid O’Shaunessey – The femme fatale from 1941’s The Maltese Falcon.

BP – Britta Perry – The third star of Community to show up here, she’s the series’ original “love interest” character and would-be social activist

BQ – Bailey Quarters – A young employee on WKRP in Cincinatti

BR – Boo Radley – The mysterious recluse of To Kill A Mockinbird

BS – Benjamin Sisko – The commander, later Captain, of the Federation space station Deep Space Nine, on the eponymous TV Star Trek series

Star Trek Avery Brooks Benjamin Sisko

BT – Ben Turner – The Bronze Tiger from DC Comics, a mainstay of the Suicide Squad

BU – Ben Urich – A reporter from Marvel Comics

BV – Bret Vyon – A space security agent from a few episodes of The Dalek Masterplan, arguably the longest Doctor Who story ever, and certainly the longest for the show’s first 20 years.  He was played by Nicholas Courtney, who also played Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart (see “AL” above), making him the first actor whose characters have appeared twice on this list.

BW – Bruce Wayne – Yeah, Batman.  The Batman.

BX – Brian Xavier – Professor X’s father in X-Men from Marvel Comics.  I don’t know anything about the character–I just read it somewhere and am using it because “BX” is a tricky one to find, at least I’m familiar with Professor X.

BY – Ben Yosef – A foreign minister from Israel in The West Wing, who is friends with Leo McGarry and then shot down by terrorists in an important plotline in the fourth season of The West Wing.

BZ – Bobby Zane – A lawyer who used to beat up Sam Seaborn in school, who appears in a season 1 episode of The West Wing

CA – Condo Arlik – Chemical King from the Legion of Super-Heroes, from DC Comics

CB – Camille Bordrey – The original second lead detective in Death in Paradise

CC – Cinnamon Carter – The original female member of the IMF, on the old Mission: Impossible TV show.

CD – Claire Dearing – A lead character from Jurassic World and its sequel.


CF – Christopher Foyle – The lead detective on Foyle’s War

CG – Cathy Gale – The original female lead for The Avengers, and preceding the more famous Emma Peel by several years.

Cathy Gale

CH – Carter Hall – Hawkman from DC Comics

CI – Charles Ingalls – The father in Little House on the Prairie.

CJ – Cyrano Jones – The peddler in Star Trek who introduced us all to Tribbles.

CK – Clark Kent – A mild-mannered reporter for the Daily Planet who sometimes features as a supporting character in Superman comics from DC Comics

CL – Carl Levitt – A patrolmen in the 12th precinct in the TV show Barney Miller

CM – Caldwell Merchfield – The conniving older brother of the lead magnate family in the parody radio soap opera Garish Summit, as written and performed by Bob & Ray.

CN – Charles Nicholls – A doctor who is revealed ultimately to be the villain of the film version of The Fugitive, from 1993.

CO – Clara Oswald – Companion to the 11th and 12th Doctor in Doctor Who.

CP – Christopher Pike – Captain of the USS Enterprise before Captain Kirk, and also the Discovery after Captain Lorca.


CR – Crow T. Robo – One of Joel’s robot friends (and later Mike’s and then Jonah’s) on Mystery Science Theatre 3000

CS – Caitlyn Snow – A scientist friend of Barry Allen’s on The Flash

CT – Charles Tucker – The chief engineer on Star Trek Enterprise.


CV – Carlos Velasco – The president of Venezuela referenced on an episode of The West Wing.

CW – Charles Williams – One of the two brothers who was the focus of the Dark Age arc in Astro City by Kurt Busiek.

CX – Charles Xavier – The founder of the X-Men from Marvel Comics.

CY – Charlie Young – The President’s Personal Aide for most of The West Wing. 

Charlie Young.jpg

CZ – Conrad Ziegfried – The leader of KAOS, the evil organization of spies, in Get Smart.

DA – David Addison – The snarky detective on Moonlighting

DB – Dan Briggs – The original (and I’d say superior) leader of the IMF on the old Mission: Impossible TV series.

DC – Dale Cooper – The FBI detective from Twin Peaks

DD – Daffy Duck – Classic cartoon character from Looney Tunes

DE – Dale Enright – The secret identity of Supersonic, a hero from Astro City

DF – Daniel Faraday – A nerdy scientist for a season or two on Lost

DG – Dick Grayson – The original Robin, and later the most significant Nightwing and the second most significant Batman, in DC Comics

DH – Desmond Hume – From Season Two onward, one of the main characters of Lost, and one of the most likable and memorable.

DI – Duncan Idaho – A character from Dune, a swordmaster in service to the House of Atreides

DJ – Daniel Jackson – The co-star of Stargate (the movie) and Stargate SG-1 (the TV series).

DK – Digory Kirke – The lead character from the Narnia-prequel book, The Magician’s Nephew, and in retrospect, the professor from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

DL – Dave Lister – The slacker star from Red Dwarf

DM – Dirk Morgna – Sun Boy from DC Comics’ Legion of Super-Heroes

Legion of Super-Heroes 86

DN – Donna Noble – Companion to the 10th Doctor in Doctor Who

DO – Delmar O’Donnell – One of the three fugitives from O Brother, Where Art Thou?

DP – Diana Prince – Wonder Woman’ sometime secret identity, from DC Comics

DQ – Douglas Quail – The main character of the story, We Can Remember It For You Wholesale by Philip K. Dick.  Not to be confused with Douglas Quaid, the main character of the movie version, Total Recall

DR – Dirk Raider – The tongue-in-cheek space raider from the Brewster Rockit comic strip

DS – Dwight Schrute – From the American version of The Office

DT – Deanna Troi – The USS Enterprise’s counselor on Star Trek: The Next Generation

DU – Dikembe Umbutu – An African warlord turned national leader in Independence Day: Resurgence

DV – Digory Venn – The “red man” of Thomas Hardy’s Return of the Native

DW – Dan Weaver – The hard-nosed military commander from the TV show Fallen Skies


DY – Deanna Young – Sister to Charlie Young in The West Wing

DZ – Dru-Zod – The full name of General Zod from Superman lore.  It’s hyphenated, but it’s clearly a combination of a given and a family name, so I think it counts

EA – Ellie Andrews – The female lead of the classic screwball comedy It Happened One Night

EB – Elizabeth Bennet – The heroine of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Elizabeth Bennet.jpg

EC – Etta Candy – Friend of Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor

ED – Eliza Doolittle – The subject of the play and movie My Fair Lady

EE – Edmund J. Exley – One of the lead characters of LA Confidential, an ambitious police detective whose principles are deeply tested

EF – Elmer Fudd – Long-standing antagonist to Bugs Bunny in the Looney Tunes universe

EG – Elim Garak – A simple Cardassian tailor, and nothing more I’m sure, who lived in Deep Space Nine in the Star Trek universe

EH – Ethan Hunt – The death-defying lead in the Mission: Impossible film series

EI – Elwood G. Indiana – A member of GI Joe code-named Crankcase.  I’m actually completely unfamiliar with Crankcase, but I was a bit desperate.  Apparently, his primary specialty is being a motor vehicle driver. 

EJ – Elroy Jetson – Son of George and Jane, from The Jetsons

EK – Edith Keeler – One of the great Star Trek guest characters, a lost love of James Kirk’s, from the classic episode City on the Edge of Forever

EL – Eric Liddell – A real-life athlete and missionary whose life was partly adapted into the film Chariots of Fire

EM – Endeavour Morse – An Oxford police detective, and the star of the TV series’ Endeavour and Morse, unsurprisingly

EN – Ed Norton – The co-star of the TV series The Honeymooners

EO – Emmitt Otterton – A character from Zootopia whose disappearance helps drive the movie’s plot

EP – Emma Peel – Not the first, but the most famous female co-star in the TV series The Avengers

EQ – Ernest Quilby – The scientist who thought he’d invented and invisibility formula in an episode of The Avengers called Teh See-Through Man.

ER – Eleanor Rigby – A woman who died  in a church and was buried along with her name in an eponymous song by The Beatles

ES – Ebenezer Scrooge – The “hero” of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, and all its adaptations

Ebenezer Scrooge.jpg

ET – Elias Taylor – A former burglar-turned resistance fighter in V

EU –

EV – Eddie Valiant – A private detective who investigated the title question in the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit

EW – Emma Woodhouse – The title character of Jane Austen’s Emma

EX – Emirate Xaaron – The leader of an Autobot resistance movement in the Transformers comic book franchise.


EZ – Efraim Zahavy – The Prime Minister of Israel for a couple of seasons of The West Wing


FB – Fone Bone – The heroic everyman from the long-running independent comic, Bone

FC – Frank Churchill – One of the men in Emma by Jane Austen, fitting that book’s “attractive by unworthy suitor” archetype.

FD – Fitzwilliam Darcy – The romantic lead of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, a man of means and principle

FE – Fritz Eger – Co-star of the second two books in the “Tripods” trilogy, City of Gold and Lead and The Pool of Fire, by John Christopher

FF – Ferb Fletcher – One of the title characters of the children’s TV show, Phineas and Ferb.

FG – Felix Gaeta – Tactical officer on board the Battlestar Galactica during the time of the Cylon attack.

FH – Fred Haise – Real life Apollo 13 astronaut whose experiences were fictionalized in the film Apollo 13.


FJ – Forsythe Jones – The real name of Jughead from Archie comics

FK – Fran Kubilek – The troubled elevator girl in The Apartment

Fran Kubilek.png

FL – Flowd Lawton – Deadshot from the Suicide Squad, DC Comics

FM – Fox Mulder – The lead character of The X-Files

FN – Friday Next – Thursday Next’s son in the book series by Jasper Fforde

FO – Finnick O’Daire – One of the tributes from the last two Hunger Games books (or the last three movies)

FP – Ford Prefect – An alien travel writer from The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, and its adaptations.  Technically not his actual real name, but always treated as such.


FR – Frank Rock – Sgt. Rock from DC Comics

FS – Frank Sullivan – The father from both the movie and TV version of Frequency

FT – Fred Thursday – Endeavour Morse’s boss in the TV series, Endeavour

FU – Felix Unger – The “neat one” from The Odd Couple

FV – Fred Vaughn – Laurie’s rival for Amy March’s affections in Little Women

FW – Frederick Wentworth – A gentleman captain who is the romantic lead of Persuasion by Jane Austen


FY – Frida Yelland – A murder victim in an episode of Endeavour

FZ – Fang Zhifu  – The August General in Iron from DC Comics

GA – Gim Allon – Colossal Boy from the  Legion of Super-Heroes, DC Comics

GB – George Bailey – The sacrificial star from It’s a Wonderful Life

George Bailey Jimmy Stewart What a Wonderful Life

GC – George Constanza – Jerry’s morally suspect friend on Seinfeld

GD – Gwen DeMarco – The actress who plays the computer interface officer in the fictional TV series Galaxy Quest, as seen in the movie Galaxy Quest

GE – Gunnar Eversol – The creepy auctioneer in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

GF – Greg Focker – The long-suffering nurse in Meet the Parents and its sequels

GG – Glorious Godfrey – One of Darkseid’s servants in DC’s Fourth World saga by Jack Kirby.  Though obviously some sort of title, the name is always treated as his real name.

GH – George Harkness – Real name of “Digger” Harkness, aka Captain Boomerang from Flash comics.

GI – Gavril Ivanovich – A Rocket Red who joined a later incarnation of Justice League International in DC Comics

GJ – George Jetson – The father in The Jetsons

GK – Gene Kranz – The real life mission controller of the troubled Apollo 13, who was featured in the movie Apollo 13

GL – Geordi La Forge – Chief Engineer for most of Star Trek: The Next Generation

GM – Grant McLaren – The FBI agent whose became the host for the main character in Travelers


GO – Graham O’Brien – One of the most recent companions on Doctor Who

GP – Gary Parker  – A senator who died in The Towering Inferno

GQ – Admiral Gregory Quinn – A Starfleet admiral who was one of the earlier ones to become aware of the threat posed by some intergalactic parasites

GR – Garth Ranzz – Lightning Lad, a founding member of the Legion of Super-Heroes (from DC Comics)

Legion of Super-Heroes 60

GS – George Stone -The name taken by Giuseppe Petri when he came to America.  A sharpshooter who became part of Eliot Ness’ squad of “Untouchables” in the 1987 eponymous movie.  Not his original name, obviously, but the name he known by in his American life.

GT – Gillian Taylor – The marine biologist who got wrapped up in things in Star Trek IV:  The Voyage Home

GU – George Utley – The handyman character on Newhart

GV – Gideon Vandaleur – An envoy of the Silence in a 6th Season episode of Doctor Who

GW – Grant Ward – The traitorous SHIELD agent from Agents of SHIELD


GY – Gordon Yamamoto – A main character from an early comic by Gene Luen Yang, collected in Animal Crackers

GZ – Galius Zed – The Green Lantern who was mostly a big head

HA – Haymitch Abernathy – A character in The Hunger Games–a former champion from District 12

HB – Henry Blake – The original CEO of the 4077 MASHunit on the TV show M*A*S*H, who became one of the most famous sit-com deaths of the 1970’s.

HC – Herbert Carter – The frustrated editor of the New York Inquirer when it’s bought by Charles Foster Kane in Citizen Kane.

HD – Harvey Dent – The Gotham City district attorney who became Two-Face

Harvey Dent.jpg

HE – Hugh Evans – A member of the original Suicide Squad from DC Comics

HF – Hector Faulkner – A New Zealand bushman who goes on an adventure with his foster child Ricky Baker in Hunt for the Wilderpeople.

HG – Hans Gruber – The memorable villain from Die Hard

HH –  Horatio Hornblower – The heroic midshipman and later sea Captain from C.S. Forester’s stories, who partially inspired the characterization of Captain Kirk from Star Trek.


HJ – Hal Jordan – The most famous Green Lantern from DC Comics

HK – Harry Kim – The young ops officer from the Voyager, shown in the future to have eventually become a Captain, on Star Trek Voyager

HL – Harry Lyme – The man referred to in the title of the noir mystery, The Third Man

HM – Harry Mudd – One of the most memorable guest characters from the original Star Trek.  Recreate to lesser effect in Star Trek Discovery

HN – Helen Noel – Another guest character from Star Trek, Helen Noel was a psychiatrist on board the Enterprise who had a brief romance with Captain Kirk.

HO – Harriet Oleson – The shrewish co-owner of Walnut Grove’s mercantile in Little House on the Prairie

HP – Henry Pym – The original Ant-Man, Giant-Man, Goliath and Yellowjacket, from Marvel Comics.

HQ – Harleen Quinzel – The psychiatrist who eventually became Harley Quinn from DC Comics .

HR – Hugo Reyes – Hurley, from Lost

HS – Han Solo – A stuck-up, scruffy looking, half-witted nerfherder in the Star Wars universe.

HT – Ham Tyler – A black-ops government hitman who becomes central to the resistance in V: The Final Battle.

Ham Tyler.jpg


HV – Harriet Vane – Peter Wimsey’s client, later girlfriend, later wife in the Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries by Dorothy Sayers

HW – Harrison Wells – One of many identical characters from around the multiverse featured in The Flash


HY – Professor Ho Yinsen – The ill-fated scientist who helped Tony Start build the original Iron Man armor

HZ – Hunter Zolomon – The police profiler who later became Zoom in the Flash comics from DC Comics

IA – Imra Ardeen – Saturn Girl, a founding member of the Legion of Super-Heroes from DC Comics

IB – Ian Boothby – A somewhat legendary groundskeeper at Starfleet Academy, as seen in Star Trek:  The Next Generation and Star Trek:  Voyager.

IC – Ian Chesterton – A science teacher who became one of the Doctor’s original companions, in Doctor Who.

ID – Ian Duncan – A professor at Greendale Community College–a recurring character from Community.


IF – Ilsa Faust – A super-spy from the last couple Mission: Impossible movies.

MIssion Impossible Fallout Rebecca Ferguson

IG – Isabella Garcia-Shapiro – A friend to the main characters in Phineas and Ferb

IH – Iris Henderson – The main character in Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes

II – Irving Irving – A character from the 1960’s Batman TV show–the one featuring the Black Widow.

IJ – Indiana Jones – The iconic adventurer from a bunch of things, starting with Raiders of the Lost Ark.  Technically, his real name is Henry Jones jr., but to just about everyone he is known as “Indiana”.

IK – Illya Kuriyakin – The Russian spy co-star to The Man from UNCLE

IL – Ilsa Lund – Casablanca

IM – Ian Malcolm – A chaos mathematics expert from the Jurassic Park franchise

IN – Isaac Newton – A real life scientist who was re-created on the holodeck in Star Trek:  The Next Generation


IP – Ivan “Izzy” Perez — Member of the California Agricultural Laborers Association who ran for Governor of California in an episode of The West Wing

IQ – Imelda Quirke, the much-admired back-up singer for the Irish soul band the Comittments, from the film named for them, The Commitments.

IR – Ivan Ramonat – The real name of Baron Blade, one of the original villains from the Sentinels of the Multiverse game franchise.

IS – Irwin Schwab – Ambush Bug, from DC Comics



IV – Ilana Verdansky – A less memorable regular character from the latter seasons of Lost.

IW – Iris West – A journalist who was the girlfriend and later wife of Barry Allen, aka the Flash, from DC Comics

Iris West.jpg


IY – Ishira Yar – Tasha Yar’s less noble sister from Star Trek:  The Next Generation


JA – Jonathan Archer – The captain of the Enterprise from the TV show Star Trek:  Enterprise

JB – James Bond – British Secret Service agent 007, from many movies that were based on many novels by Ian Fleming

JC – John Conner – The focus of a lot of the Terminator franchise, usually as humanity’s savior in the war against the machines in the future.

JD – Jadzia Dax – The Trill science officer on Star Trek:  Deep Space Nine

JE – Jane Eyre – The title character of Jane Eyre, the famous novel by Charlotte Bronte, who’s kidnapping is the driving force of the plot of The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde.

JF – Johnny Fever – The name used by Johnny Caravella for his on-air DJ persona in WKRP in Cincinatti.  Though not his real name, it is the name he’s generally known by in the show.

JG – Jean Grey – Marvel Girl, and later Phoenix, and later still just Jean Grey, of Marvel Comics’ X-Men.

JH – Jim Halpert – A likeable salesman in the US version of The Office, who eventually marries Pam Beasely.

JI – Jane Ives – The real name of Eleven, in Stranger Things

JJ – J’onn J’onzz – The Manhunter from Mars in DC Comics, who sometimes went by the identity John Jones.

JK – James Kirk – The star of the original Star Trek, Captain of the original Federation Starship Enterprise.

JL – Jim Lovell – Real life Apollo 13 astronaut whose mission is retold in the movie Apollo 13

JM – Jamie McCrimmon – Long-serving companion to the 2nd Doctor in Doctor Who, a Scotish highlander from the 1740’s.

JN – Jo Nah – Ultra Boy from DC’s Legion of Super-Heroes

JO – Jack O’Neill – The leader of SG-1 in the Stargate SG-1 TV series.  Not to be confused with Jack O’Neil, the main character of the Stargate movie, who apparently had less of a sense of humor

Jack O'Neill.jpg

JP – Jean-Luc Picard – The captain of the Enterprise-D in Star Trek:  The Next Generation

JQ – Joe Quincey – A republican lawyer who got a job as White House counsel in The West Wing.

JR – Jim Rockford – A down-on-his-luck private eye from the TV series The Rockford Files

JS – John Sheridan – The commanding officer of the Babylon 5 space station who succeeded Jeffrey Sinclaire, who could also have been listed here.

JT – Johnny Thunder – A slightly dopey DC Comics superhero who got the job by luckily finding a genie-like “Thunderbolt” and joining the Justice Society of America.


JV – Jack Vincennes – A police officer in LA Confidential who is slowly rediscovering his moral centre when he is abruptly murdered by his corrupt boss.

JW – Jeff Winger – A self-centered lawyer who discovers the value of relationships in the TV series Community

JX – Jaxon Xavier – The illegitimate son of Lex Luthor in an episode of Lois and Clark:  The New Adventures of Superman

JY – John Yaya – One of many Red Lectroids named John from The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai.  Of course, all of these names were adopted by the Lectroids upon their arrival on earth, but no other name is ever supplied for any of them.

JZ – Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg – The villain from The Fifth Element.

KA – Kate Austen – One of the lead characters from Lost, who starts out as a prisoner of a US Marshall before becoming one of the leaders of the survivors.

KB- Kitty Bennett – The fourth Bennett sister in Pride and Prejudice

KC – Kira Cameron – The futuristic police officer who starred in the TV series Continuum

KD – Korban Dallas – A cab driver and former military man who is the main character of The Fifth Element

KE – Katniss Everdeen – The star of The Hunger Games books and movies.

Hunger Games Catching Fire

KF – Kevin Flynn – The main character of the Tron movies, a computer programmer who winds up transported inside the world of video games and computers.

KG – Kelly Garrett – One of the original detectives in Charlie’s Angels, and the longest-running of all the female characters.

KH – Katar Hol – DC’s alien Hawkman character.

KI – Keiko Ishikawa – the maiden name for Keiko O’Brien, Chief O’Brien’s wife in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine.

KJ – Kathryn Janeway – The captain of the USS Voyager who led her crew from the Delta Quadrant in Star Trek Voyager.

KK – Kong Kenan – The Chinese Superman from DC Comics.

KL – Krystal Lee – The villain Friction from the designer card game, Sentinels of the Multiverse

KM – Kesuke Miyagi – The teacher / sensei of the Karate Kid movies

KN – Kira Nerys – A major, later Colonel, in the Bajoran militia who served as the first officer aboard the space station Deep Space 9.

KO – Kathleen O’Shea – Also known as “Sugarpuss,” she was a nightclub singer who fell in love with grammarian Professor Potts in the screwball comedy, Ball of Fire.

KP – Kim Possible – The teen super-spy who stars in her own cartoon series.


KR – Kyle Rayner – The “torchbearer” Green Lantern who inherited the last (at the time) power ring following the events of Emerald Twilight, from DC Comics.

KS – Kathy Selden – A singer and dancer who became a movie star in Singin’ in the Rain.

KT – Kuo Tse-Shi – The real name of Bamboo, a crimemistress active in Astro City in the 1970’s from the comic series Astro City

KU – Kalinda Ulrik – The facility director at the Vault of Stellar Curios in the Big Finish Doctor Who audio, The Four Doctors

KV – Karl Vogel – A KAOS mortician in an episode of Get Smart

KW- Kurt Wagner – Nightcrawler from X-Men from Marvel Comics



KY – Kasidy Yates – A freighter pilot who was Benjamin Sisko’s girlfriend, and later wife, from Star Trek Deep Space Nine

KZ – Kara Zor-El – Supergirl from DC Comics

LA – Lyta Alexander – A telepath who served aboard the Babylon 5 space station in Babylon 5

LB – Leroy Brown – The real name of Encyclopedia Brown, boy detective, from a series of children’s books by Donald J. Sobol.

LC – Lando Calrissian – A roguish gambler and businessman, and later rebel general, in the Star Wars universe

LD – Linda Danvers – The earth name for Supergirl, from DC Comics.  This is her real name, as much as Kara Zor-El is, making her the first (only?) character to show up twice on this list (see KZ).

LE – Louisa Ellingham – The wife of Dr. Martin Ellingham from Doc Martin.

LF – Lisa Fremont – A rich, beautiful socialite who got caught up in a murder mystery that injured photographer “Jeff” Jefferies was investigating from his apartment in Rear Window.

LG – Lar Gand – Mon-El of the Legion of Super-Heroes.  Also, his descendant Laurel Gand, also a legoinnaire, sometimes known as Andromeda.

LH – Luthor Hawkins – A hospital orderly who became a paramedic and then a physician’s assistant on St. Elsewhere

LI – Laura Ingalls – Real life author of the Little House series of books whose life was extensively dramatized and fictionalized in the TV series Little House on the Prairie.

LJ – Lydda Jath – Night Girl, from the Legion of Substitute Heroes, part of the Legion of Super-Heroes series in DC Comics

LK – Laurel Kent – Supposedly a decendant of Superman, revealed later to be a Manhunter spy, in the Legion of Super-Heroes series from DC Comics.

LL – Lois Lane – A prize-winning reporter for the Daily Planet, often Superman’s girlfriend or wife, from DC Comics.

DCEU Justice League Lois Lane Amy Adams

LM – Leonard McCoy – Chief Medical Officer aboard the USS Enterprise from Star Trek.

LN – Lyle Norg – Invisible Kid, an early member of the Legion of Super-Heroes from DC Comics

LO – Leia Organa – Princess, later General, Leia, from the Star Wars franchise

LP – Linus van Pelt – A philosophical friend of Charlie Brown’s from Peanuts, known for his security blanket.  Also, his sister Lucy.

LQ – Leo Quintum – A scientist from All-Star Superman from DC Comics.

LR – Laura Roslin – A former teacher who becomes the President of the Colonies after the Cylon attack in Battlestar Galactica

LS – Luke Skywalker – A young farmboy on a remote planet with a destiny, who winds up a grumpy old man on a remote planet, having turned his back on his destiny, in the Star Wars franchise.

LT – Luornu Taine – The married name of Luornu Durgo, aka Triplicate Girl, Duo Damsel, Duplicate Damsel and Triad, from the Legion of Super-Heroes of DC Comics.

LU – Luminara Unduli – A Jedi Master who appeared in Star Wars Episode II and also The Clone Wars.

LV – Leslie Vanderkelan – The maid at the Stratford Inn during the first season of Newhart

LW – Lowly Worm – An anthropormorphic worm that I discovered in the book What Do People Do All Day? by Richard Scarry, and was later a main character in the animated series Busytown Mysteries.



LZ – Lew Zealand – A Muppet from the Muppets franchise who threw boomerang fish

Lew Zealand.jpg

MA – Marvin Acme – The head of the Acme Corporation whose murder is part of the plot in of Who Framed Roger Rabbit

MB – Michael Burnham – A disgraced and eventually redeemed Starfleet officer who is the main character of Star Trek Discovery

MC – Mary Crawley – An heiress and oldest sister of three who is one of the stars of Downton Abbey

MD – Michael Donovan – A television journalist who becomes a principle resistance figure in the V franchise

ME – Martin Ellingham – An emotionally stunted but brilliant doctor in Doc Martin

MF – Mike Ferris – A potential astronaut who began to hallucinate during an isolation experiment in the pilot episode of the original version of The Twilight Zone, “Where is Everybody?”

MG – Michael Garibaldi – The head of security on the space station Babylon 5, on the TV series Babylon 5

MH – Max Headroom – A computer reconstruction of television journalist Edison Carter from the TV series Max Headroom

MI – Mary Ingalls – The oldest daughter of the Ingalls family from Little House in the Prairie

MJ – Martha Jones – A young doctor who becomes companion to the 10th Doctor in the 3rd season of the revival Doctor Who series.

MK – Mai Kishikawa – A talented ballroom dancer in the original Japanese movie Shall We Dance?

ML – Macon Leary – A writer of travel books who has suffered great personal tragedy in the novel and the film The Accidental Tourist

MM- Matt Murdock – A blind lawyer whose senses other than sight are heightened, allowing him to fight crime as Daredevil, from Marvel Comics

MN – Matt Neffer – The boy spotwelding king of the world, from a series of radio skits by Bob & Ray

MO – Miles O’Brien – Transporter Chief on the USS Enterprise-D, who later became Chief of Operations on Deep Space 9, in the Star Trek franchise

MP – Mary Poppins – A practically perfect in every way nanny of the Banks children in the film Mary Poppins

mary poppins

MQ – Moira Queen – The mother of Oliver Queen in Arrow

MR – Martin Riggs – The semi-maniacal police officer star of the Lethal Weapon series

MS – Michael Scott – The manager of the Scranton branch of the Dunder-Mifflin paper company for most of the run of the American version of The Office

MT – Milo Tindle – A hairdresser having an affair with the wife of a mystery writer in Sleuth

MU – Meta Ulnoor – The real name for the villain Esper Lass from Legion of Super-Heroes

MV – Mona Lisa Vito – Fiancee to Vinny Gambini from My Cousin Vinny

MW – Mary Jane Watson – Girlfriend, and later wife, to Peter Parker from Marvel’s Spider-Man comics


MY – Mike Yates – A Captain with UNIT who often worked with the Third Doctor on Doctor Who

MZ – Max Zorin – A maniacal entrepreneur who is the lead villain in the James Bond movie A View to a Kill

NA – Neil Armstrong – The first man on the moon, fictionally portrayed in First Man, Apollo 13, and others.

Neil Armstrong.jpg

NB – Norville Barnes – The titular Hudsucker Proxy, who becomes the president of Hudsucker Industries in an effort by the board to devalue its stock

NC – Niles Cauldor – The Chief from the Doom Patrol of DC Comics

ND – Nathan Detroit – A gambler in the play and movie Guys and Dolls


NF – Nick Fury – The Director of SHIELD in both Marvel Comics and the Marvel Cinematic Universe

NG – Natalie Green – A student at a boarding school who was one of the main characters of the sitcom The Facts of Life



NJ – Nathan Jessup  – An authoritarian army Colonol stationed in who commands a base in Cuba in A Few Good Men

NK – Najia Khan – Yasmen Khan’s mother in Docor Who

NL – Nils Lud, a mercernary who works security for the UN representative from Matobo, in the movie The Interpreter. 

NM – Nancy McNally  – The National Security Advisor to President Bartlett in The West Wing

NN – Noah Newman – A member of the team of US Marshalls led by Samuel Gerard in The Fugitive, who ended up dying in US Marshalls

NO – Normal Osborn – An industrialist who became the Green Goblin, arch enemy to Spider-Man

NP – Neil Pye – A hippie, and flatmate with Vyvian, Rick and Mike in The Young Ones


NR – Natasha Romanova – The Black Widow of Marvel Comics and the Marvel Cinematic Unvierse

Avengers Endgame Black Widow

NS – Napolean Solo – The so-called Man from UNCLE

NT – Nora Temple – The widow of Frank McCloud’s army buddy George Temple in Key Largo

NU- Nyota Uhura – Communications officer aboard the USS Enterprise on Star Trek


NW – Naomi Wildman – A child born on board the USS Voyager while it was trapped in the Delta Quadrant in Star Trek Voyager


NY – Nick Yemana – A detective from the 12th Precinct in Barney Miller


OA – Otis Amber – A private investigator who is pretending to be a 62 year old deliver boy in The Westing Game

OB – Oliver Babish – White House counsel in The West Wing

OC – Oswald Cobblepot – The villainous Penguin, an arch-enemy of Batman’s

OD – Owen Davian – An arms dealer who becomes a nemesis of Ethan Hunt in Mission Impossible III



OG – Olag Gan – A convicted murderer who escaped and became part of the crew of freedom fighters led by Roj Blake in Blake’s 7

OH – Oliver Hudson – Commanding officer of the seaQuest after Nathan Bridger on SeaQuest DSV



OK – Orson Krennic – Imperial officer who oversaw the construction of the Death Star in Rogue One:  A Star Wars Story

OL – Owen Lars – Luke Skywalker’s uncle, who raised him on Tatooine, in Star Wars

OM – Owen Milgrim – A schizophrenic who is one of the main characters of Maniac

Owen Milgrim.jpg

ON – Olga Nordstrom – A childhood friend of Laura Ingalls who was born with one leg shorter than the other on Little House on the Prairie

OO – Otto Octavoius – The scientist who became Dr. Octopus, a foe of Spider-Man’s

OP – Orson Pink – A space explorer who was a descendant of Danny Pink’s family on Doctor Who

OQ – Ollie Queen – The Green Arrow from DC Comics


OS – Obadiah Stane – Tony Stark’s business associate who betrayed him and tried to kill him, leading to the creation of Iron Man, in the first Marvel Cinematic Universe film

OT – Ona Tomsen – A Norwegian resistance member who briefly became part of the the Losers, a group of World War II characters from DC Comics



OW – Otto West – A former CIA assassin who gets involved in a bank robbery in A Fish Called Wanda


OY – Oliver Young – A New York City resident who used his illegal gun to stop a robbery / assault in the second ever episode of Blue Bloods.


PA – Paul Atreides – The main character of Dune

PB – Pam Beazley – Originally the receptionist at the Scranton branch of Dunder-Mifflin, in The Office

PC – Pavel Chekov – Navigator on board the USS Enterprise on Star Trek

PD – Phoebe Dinsmore – Lina Lamont’s voice coach in Singin’ in the Rain

PE – Phil Esterhaus – A sergeant at the Hill Street police station in Hill Street Blues

PF – Pebbles Flintsone – Fred & Wilma’s daughter in The Flinstones

Pebbles Flintstone.jpg

PG – Peter Gibbons – A computer programmer whose frustrations lead to real problems in the movie Office Space

PH – Pete Hogswallop – A fugitive from the chain gang who finds fame and redemption as a member of the Soggy Bottom Boys in O Brother, Where Art Thou?

PI – Pamela Isley – Poison Ivy, enemy of Batman

PJ – Peter Jakes – Detective-Sergeant serving with DCI Thursday, and Endeavour Morse’s superior for several seasons of Endeavour

PK – Peter Kavanaugh – A civilian scientist who was part of the team exploring Atlantis in Stargate: Atlantis

PL – Phyllis Lapin – A saleswoman at the Dunder-Mifflin paper company, Scranton Branch. After marriage she became Phyllis Vance.

PM – Philip Marlowe – Hardboiled detective created by Raymond Chandler, featuring in The Big Sleep

PN – Polly Next – Great-Aunt to Thursday Next and wife of inventor Mycroft Next, to whom she had previously served as an assistant, from the Thursday Next novels starting with The Eyre Affair

PO – Poly O’Keefe – The daughter of Meg & Calvin O’Keefe, who first appeared in Arms of the Starfish by Madeleine L’Engle

PP – Peter Parker – The friendly neighborhood Spider-Man!

PQ – Peter Quill – Star-Lord, from Guardians of the Galaxy, both in Marvel Comics and the Marvel Cinematic Universe

PR – Penny Robinson – The middle child of the Robinson family, from Lost in Space

PS – P. Sherman – A dentist who lost his diving mask but found a fish in Finding Nemo

PT – Peter Quincy Taggart – The commander of the NSEA Protector on the fictional TV show Galaxy Quest from the movie Galaxy Quest


PV – Peter Venkman – A psychologist and parapsychologist who helped to found the Ghostbusters

PW – Peter Wimsey – An English Lord and amateur detective from a series of novels by Dorothy Sayers, starting with Whose Body?

Peter Wimsey

PX – Ped Xing – The amoral head of the Zik-Zak corporation on Max Headroom.



QA – Quintus Arrius, a Roman nobleman who ends up stting Judah Ben-Hur free from slavery and adopting him as a son.

QB – Quenton Beck – Mysterio, foe of Spider-Man, from Marvel Comics


QD – Querl Dox – Brainiac 5 from the Legion of Super-Heroes

QE – Quinn Erickson – The son of the man who created the transporter, who died in early experiments with the device.





QJ – Qui-gon Jinn – Jedi Master who debuted and died in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

QK – Quenton Kirrin – Scientist who is the father of George of the Famous Five, in the books by Enid Blyton

QL – Quentin Lance – Police officer father to sisters Laurel and Sara Lance, on Arrow



QO – Qued Orlu – The real name of Duplicate Boy, a superhero associated with (but not a member of) the Legion of Super-Heroes from DC Comics


QQ – Quintavius “Quentin” Quirinius Quire – A character from X-Men comics who was also known as Kid Omega

QR – Questular Rontok, the vice president of the galaxy in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy movie from 2005.


QT – Quay Tolsite – A character in Solo who oversaw operations at the Spice Mines of Kessel, which involved slave labor


QV – Quinlan Vos – A Jedi character from the Clone Wars animated series





RA – Richard Alpert – Long-lived servant of Jacob on Lost

RB – Roj Blake – An idealistic freedom fighter on Blake’s Seven

Roj Blake.jpg

RC – Richard Castle – A crime fiction writer who got involved with the police on Castle

RD – Rick Deckard – A “Blade Runner”, who hunted for rogue replicants in Blade Runner

RE – Ruby Engles – An elderly lady who became part of the resistance movement on V, who was eventually killed in V:  The Final Battle

RF – Rick Flag – Army colonel who became part of several iterations of the Suicide Squad, from DC Comics

RG – Ross Geller – Love-struck paleontologist on Friends

RH – Rollin Hand – A master of disguise and impersonation whose skills were of great use to the Impossible Missions Force on the TV show Mission: Impossible


RJ – Roscoe James – The third Jack-in-the-Box from Astro City

RK – Richard Kimball – A doctor falsely accused of murdering his wife in several versions of The Fugitive

RL – Ro Laran – From the planet Bajor, a disgraced Starfleet officer who was given a second chance on board the USS Enterprise under Captain Picard’s command

RM – Rodney Merchfield – The spineless, weakwilled heir to the Merchfield Lead fortune, on the soap opera parody Garish Summit from Bob & Ray

RN – Roy Neary – An ordinary blue-collar worker who got caught up in an alien visitation in Close Encounters of the Third Kind

RO – Ralph Offenhouse – One of several 20th Century citizens who survived to the 24th Century in cryogenics, to be rescued by the USS Enterprise on Star Trek:  The Next Generation

RP – Ray Palmer – The physicist who became the most famous iteration of the Atom, from DC Comics

RQ – Ramona Qimby – Imaginative younger sister of Beatrice, from various books by Beverly Cleary

RR – Roger Rabbit – A world famous cartoon rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit

RS – River Song – Not her original name (that was Melody Pond), but the name that was adopted as her actual name by the daughter of Amy Pond and Rory Williams during most of her interactions with the Doctor on Doctor Who

RT – Rose Tyler – A shop girl who became a companion to the 9th and 10th Doctors on Doctor Who

RU – Rhent Ustin – Visi Lad, a four-eyed mutant who was part of the Legion Academy in the Legion of Super-Heroes from DC Comics

RV – Rond Vidar – Brilliant prodigy scientist who invented the time cube and later became a Green Lantern and a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes.  The son of a villain called Universo.

RW – Rory Williams – Nurse and husband to Amy Pond who became a companion to the 11th Doctor on Doctor Who

Rory Williams.jpg



RZ – Radik Zulenka – A scientist who was part of the team looking after Atlantis on Stargate Atlantis

SA – Susan Alexander – A mediocre opera singer who became the second wife of Charles Foster Kane in Citizen Kane

SB – Sam Beckett – A brilliant scientist who invented Project Quantum Leap, and then because of its premature use ended up traveling around time helping to improve the lives of others

SC – Samantha Carter – Air Force Major (later Colonol) who was also a gifted scientist, and became a key member of the Stargate program on Stargate SG-1

SD – Salu Digby – The real name of Shrinking Violet, of the Legion of Super-Heroes

SE – Shvaugn Erin – Science Police officer who became the Legion Liason officer in DC Comic’s Legion of Super-Heroes

SF – Scott Free – The ironic name bestowed on the son of Highfather when he was traded to Apololips as part of the pact between New Genesis and Apokolips.  He later grew up, escaped, and became Mister Miracle.

SG – Samwise Gamgee – Loyal Hobbit friend of Frodo Baggins in Lord of the Rings

SH – Sherlock Holmes – The world’s greatest private consulting detective in a whole bunch of stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, and nigh-uncountable adaptation on TV, films, radio and the stage.

SI – Susan Ivanova – First officer aboard the space station Babylon 5 for several years early in its operation

SJ – Sharaz Jek – An masked outlaw who lived in the magma caves on Androzani Minor and was gifted with building realistic androids, in the Doctor Who story “The Caves of Androzani”

SK = Selina Kyle – Catwoman!

SL – Scott Lang – The second Ant-Man, from Marvel

SM – Steve McGarrett – The leader of the law enforcement department Hawaii 5-0 on Hawaii 5-0

Steve McGarrett.jpg

SN – Shilo Norman – The third Mister Miracle, from DC Comics

SO – Sandy Olsson – An Australian teenager who attended high school in America after a Summer fling with Danny Zuko, in Grease

SP – Susan Pevensie – The second of the four Pevensie children, and one of the propheied queens of Narnia, starting with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe


SR – Steve Rogers – Captain America from Marvel Comics and movies

SS – Samantha Stewart – Christopher Foyle’s driver in Foyle’s War

ST – Steve Trevor – Army officer who became friends (and was romantically involved) with Wonder Woman, from DC Comics


SV – Stephanie Vanderkelan – A spoiled girl who became the housekeeper for the Stratford Inn on Newhart

SW – Sebastian Wilder – Jazz pianist who dreamt of owning his own club in La La Land

SX – Serge X – The butler to Madame D in The Grand Budapest Hotel

SY – Sodam Yat – A Green Lantern from the planet Daxam, from DC Comics

SZ – Stephanie Zinone – Leader of the Pink Ladies who ended up dating the decidedly uncool Michael Carrington in Grease 2

Grease 2_Michelle Pfeiffer

TA – Tony Almeida – A member of the Los Angeles branch of CTU (Counter-Terrorism Unit) on the TV show, 24

TB – Troy Barnes – A former high school football player and student at Greendale Community College, on Community

TC – Tiffany Case – A former police woman who became a detective at the Townsend Detective Agency on Charlie’s Angels

TD – Tim Drake – The third “Robin” to Bruce Wayne’s Batman, from DC Comics

TE – Teyla Emmagan – The leader of the Athosians who becomes close to the Atlantis team on Stargate Atlantis

TF – Toby Flenderson – The Human Resources officer at the Scranton branch of the Dunder-Mifflin Paper Company

TG – Tobias Gregson – A Scotland Yard inspector who was involved in cases investigated by Sherlock Holmes, starting with A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

TH – Tadashi Hamada – The gifted inventor of Baymax and older brother of Hiro, on Big Hero 6

TI – Takeo Ishida – A Japanese scientist who gained telekinetic powers and attempted to take revenge against Wonder Woman because he wrongly believed she had killed his brother.

TJ – Tegan Jovanka – Australian air stewardess who became a companion to the 5th Doctor (mainly) on Doctor Whoi

TK – Trudy Kockenlocker – Teenaged girl who drunkenly eloped with an unknown soldier just before he shipped off to fight in World War II, and became pregnant by the same.

TL – Tony Leonetti – Sound man who accompanied Mike Donavan on his stories in V

TM – Thomas Magnum – Hawaii-based private investigator and former Navel officer in Magnum PI

TN – Thursday Next – Literary detective in a series of books by Jasper Fforde, starting with The Eyre Affair.

TO – Thorin Oakenshield – Heir to the treasure under the mountain and leader of the Dwarves from The Hobbit

Thorin Oakenshield.jpg

TP – Tom Paris – A disgraced Starfleet officer who found redemption on board the USS Voyager on Star Trek Voyager

TQ – Thea Queen – Sister of Oliver Queen who also became an arrow-firing vigilante on Arrow

TR – Tatiana Romanova – Russian spy who romanced James Bond in From Russia With Love

TS – Tony Stark – Iron Man, from Marvel

TT – Tommy Joe Terrapin – The secret identity of Fastbak, the super-speed Turtle from Captain Carrot and his Amazing Zoo Crew from DC Comics


TV – Tyler Vance – The secret identity of Bunker (an Iron Man analogue), from the table-top game Sentinels of the Multiverse

TW – Tinya Wazzo – Phantom Girl or Apparition from the Legion of Super-Heroes


TY – Tasha Yar – The original security chief on board the USS Enterprise-D from Star Trek:  The Next Generation

TZ – Tobey Ziegler – The White House Communications Director from The West Wing

UA – Ulysses Adair – The son of Devon Adair, the Expedition Leader in the TV show Earth 2

UB – Ursula Blake – A member of LINDA who became a living face a block of cement in the awful Doctor Who episode “Love and Monsters”



UE -Ulrika Ehrlich – The daugher of Steffi Ehrlich, who fell victim to the Flood in the Doctor Who episode “The Waters of Mars”

UF – Umberto Ferrari – A poor, elderly man in the Italian Neo-Realist film Umberto D

Umberto Ferrari.jpg



UH – Uriah Heep – One main antagonists of the novel David Copperfield by Charles Dickens.



UK – Ulysses Klaue – A South African arms dealer in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, specifically Avengers Age of Ultron and Black Panther


UM – Ulysses McGill – A fugitve from the chain gang who lied to his fellow prisoners about a treasure in order to convince them to help him escape in time to prevent his wife from marrying another man.



UP – Uther Pendragon – Legendary king and father of King Arthur of Camelot





UU – Umar Usef – Prince and ambassador from Qumarin The West Wing

UV – Ulu Vakk – Color Kid of the Legion of Substitute Heroes from DC Comics




UZ – Ursula Zandt – The superhero Silhouette, a member of the Minutemen in the comic book Watchmen

VA – Val Armorr – Karate Kid of the Legion of Super-Heroes

Legion of Super-Heroes 62

VB – Vyvian Basterd – A university student and punk afficionado who lived with Rick, Neal and Mike in The Young Ones

VC – Vir Cotto – The assistant to Londo Mollari of the Centauri Republic, who later became emporer

VD – Vril Dox – The founder of LEGION and ancestor of Brainiac 5, from DC Comics

VE – Victor Ehrlich – A young doctor on St. Elsewhere

VF – Victor Frankenstein – The original Frankenstein, from the novel by Mary Shelley, who created a living creature

VG – Voula Grivogiannis – A student at Degrassi Junior High on the TV show of the same name

VH – Virgil Hiltz – The so-called “Cooler King” who was one of the many prisoners to who escapes a high security POW campe in The Great Escape, though he’s later recpatured.

VI – Vincent Ingram – The host of the original Traveler in the TV series The Travelers, who was originally fated to die in the 9/11 attacks


VK – Vincent Kapoor – The director of the Mars mission in the film The Maritan

VL – Veronica Lodge – A rich, somewhat spoiled girl who is a student at Riverdale High School and is forever sought after by Archie Andrews and others.

VM – Valentine McKee – A handyman who helps save his small town from subterranean monsters nicknamed “Graboids”

VN – Verity Newman – The great-grandaughter of Joan Redfern, who wrote a book about her ancetor’s romance with an alien time traveler known as the Doctor.  She appeared in “The End of Time Part 2” episode of Docor Who

VO – Vasili Orlov – Navigation officer on board the Leonov in the novel and film 2010, a sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey

VP – Violet Parr – The oldest child of Bob and Helen Parr, who has invisiblity powers, in The Incredibles


VR – Vila Restel – A thief who becomes associated with Roj Blake and Kerr Avaon on Blake’s Seven.

VS – Vandal Savage – Immortal villain in DC Comics

VT – Virgil Tibbs – A black New York police officer who gets involved with investigating a murder in a racist southern town in In the Heat of the Night

Norm Jewison - In the Heat of the Night 2


VV – Vicki Vale – A reporter and sometimes-girlfriend of Batman’s in DC Comics’ Batman series

VW – Victoria Waterfield – A teenaged girl from the Victorian period who became a companion to the second Doctor on Doctor Who



VZ – Valentin Zukovsky – An ex-KGB officer turned Russian mob boss who was an associate of James Bond’s in GoldenEye and The World is Not Enough

WA – Wedge Antilles – Rebel pilot in the original Star Wars trilogy

WB – Wally Ballou – On-the-spot reporter for Bob & Ray, played by Bob Elliott

WC – Winnie Cooper – On-again, off-again girlfriend to Kevin Arnold on The Wonder Years

WD – Will Decker – James Kirk’s successor as Captain of the Enterprise, briefly, in Star Trek: The Motion Picture

WE – Windom Earle – Former FBI agent turned psychotic murderer in Twin Peaks

WF – Wilson Fisk – The Kingpin, an enemy of Spider-Man and Daredevil from Marvel Comics

WG – Wanda Grieves – A girl who was very good at climbing trees, and a member of the McGurk Detective Organization, in the junion detective novels written by E.W. Hildick

WH – Waring Hudsucker – Incredibly successful industrialist who takes his own life in The Hudsucker Proxy

WI – Dr. William Indiri – A human psychiatrist who took part in a propaganda broadcast to humiliate John Sheridan on Babylon 5

WJ – Waylon Jones – Killer Croc, an enemy of Batman from DC Comics

WK – Will Kane – A town marshal who must face a gang of killers out for revenge on his wedding day

Will Kane.jpg

WL – Walt Loyd – A young boy who survived the crash of Oceanic flight 815 on the TV series Lost

WM – Wanda Maximoff – The so-called “Scarlet Witch” from Marvel Comics and the Marvel Cinematic Universe


WO – Walter O’Reilly – “Radar”, a company clerk for the 4077 MASH unit during the Korean War, who had powers of uncanny pre-cognition

WP – Will Parker – A young boy who escaped being “capped” by aliens within mysterious tripods and became part of a movement to otherthrow earth’s alien oppressors, in a series of novels starting with The White Mountains written by John Christopher

WQ – Wayne Quigley – The coach of the Smallville High football team during Clark Kent’s senior year, in Smallville

WR – Will Riker – First officer of the USS Enterprise on Star Trek:  The Next Generation

WS – Walter Skinner – Assistant director of the FBI and the boss of Mulder and Scully on The X-Files

WT – Will Thacker – Owner of a used bookstore that fell in love with movie star Anna Scott in Notting Hill


WV – Werner Vertigo – Count Vertigo, a Green Arrow villain and Suicide Squad member from DC Comics

WW – Wally West – The third–and fastest–Flash from DC Comics


WY – Wullf Yularen – An Imperial officer in various Star Wars spin-off media, who died when the first Death Star was destroyed.

WZ – Winston Zeddemore – The fourth Ghostbuster, who joined the company after they began to have some success.

XA – Xola Aq – The original name given to the Legion of Super-Heroes member White Witch, although later it was confirmed that her named was actually Mysa Nal.  I’m not sure if any reason was given for her other, earlier, name.


XC – Xander Cage – An extreme-sport thrill seeker who became a secret agent in XXX

Xander Cage.jpg







XJ – Xao Jin – The Legion of Super-Heroes member Dragonmage, from the early days of the Legionnaires comic.

XK – Xera Kharindot – A 30th century super-hero with the power to control the elements, who was once taken prisoner by Universo, in the Legion of Super-Heroes

XL – Xamuel Lennox – A Star Destroyer captain who appears briefly in The Empire Strikes Back and then in a bunch of other Star Wars tie-in media.







XS – Xu Shang-Chi – A martial arts master trained as an assassin, but who became a hero in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings





XX – Xu Xialing – the sister of Shang-Chi from the film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.



YA – Yera Allon – A Durlan shapeshifter and actor who impersonated Shrinking Violet and married Colossal Boy before she was caught, and later became the Legionnaire Chameleon Girl, in the Legion of Super-Heroes from DC Comics

YB – Yasmin Blake – A one-off character in an episode of Death in Paradise about murder amongst a group of bird-wachers.

YC – Yvette Carte-Blanche – The head waitress at Café René on ‘Allo ‘Allo

Yvette Carte-Blanche.jpg

YD – Yvonne Ducelle – A games tester who died a mysterious death in an episode of Continuum called “Playtime”.



YG – Yalan Gur – The first Green Lantern of Sector 2814, some 30,000 years ago, from DC Comics

YH – Yvonne Hartman – The leader of Torchwood during the Battle of Canary Wharf, in the Doctor Who stories “Army of Ghosts” and “Doomsday”

YI – Yui Ito – A photography student who got involved with the fear of creating a time travel paradox in Summer Time Machine Blues


YK – Yorrick Kaine – A forgotten character from a romance novel who escaped to the real world and became a successful politician before being exposed by Thursday Next in Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde


YM – Yolanda Montez – The second Wildcat from DC Comics

YN – Yashey Nawa – The king of Bhutan who succeeded his deceased father at only age 14, on The West Wing

YO – Yoko Ono – An assistant scientist who was involved in a plot to exterminate all dogs in Japan in the movie Isle of Dogs

YP – Yvette Picard – The mother of Captain Jean-Luc Picard on Star Trek:  The Next Generation




YT – Yanas Tigan – Mother to Ezri Tigan (who became Ezri Dax) on Star Trek: Deep Space nine

YU – Yondu Udonta – Leader of the Ravagers and adopted father of Peter Quill in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies

Yondu Udonta.jpg




YY – Yick Yu – A student on Degrassi Junion High


ZA – Zack Allon – A security officer, and later head of security on the space station Babylon 5.

ZB – Zaphod Beeblebrox – The two-headed, three-armed President of the Galaxy in The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

ZC – Zephrem Cochrane – The human who first created warp drive in the Star Trek franchise

ZD – Zhay Daggle – Mother of Reep Daggle, aka Chameleon Boy from the Legion of Super-Heroes, of DC Comics


ZF – Zachary Flane – Second in command of the Walker Espedition in the Doctor Who episodes “The Impossible Planet” and “The Satan Pit”

ZG – Zachary Garber – Lieutenant with the New York Transit Authority who had to deal with the crisis when criminals took a subway car hostage in The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

ZH – Zoe Herriot – Genius computer programmer who became a companion to the Second Doctor on Doctor Who

Zoe Herriot.jpg



ZK – Zak Kagel – A disturbed soldier who survived the initial alien invasion and became part of the resistance in Falling Skies

ZL – Zhen Lei – A member of Ethan Hunt’s Impossible Missions Force team in Mission Impossible III

ZM – Zach Mitchell – A teenaged boy who was menaced by dinosaurs in Jurassic World

ZN – Zack Nolan – A bazookaman who served with Sgt. Rock and Easy Co, with DC Comics




ZR – Zia Rodriguez – A young paleo-veterinarian with the Dinosaur Protection Group in Jurassic World:  Fallen Kingdom

ZS – Zena Sherman – Louis DePalma’s girlfriend for a while in the TV series Taxi

ZT – Zachary Taylor – The original Black Ranger in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

ZU – Zezi Ugara – A victim of human traffickers in Season 5 of Shetland. 

ZV – Zera Vultan – The daughter of the creator of Wildfire’s containment suit who once tried to kill him, from the Legion of Super-Heroes, in DC Comics

ZW – Zam Wesell – A bounty hunter who failed to assassinate Padme Amidala in Star Wars Episode II:  Attack of the Clones.


ZY – Zara Young – The personal assistant to Claire Dearing who was the victim of the dinosaur attack in Jurassic World.

ZZ – Zelda Zanders – An actress who was a contemporary of Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont in Singin’ in the Rain

And that’s it!  I’ll try to keep this updated as I discover more along the way.  Naturally, I’m open to suggestions for characters I have missed.


4 thoughts on “Fictional Initials (… so far)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s