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Which sounds better?

Poll closed Jul 1, 2014.
  1. Tesla Kid

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  2. Teslageist

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  1. ToeKneeBlack

    ToeKneeBlack Banned

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    Deciding on a character name

    Discussion in 'Character Development' started by ToeKneeBlack, Jun 28, 2014.

    My secondary protagonist is a 12-year-old boy with super intelligence who creates a suit which grants him invisibility and has powerful electromagnets in the boots and gauntlets.

    As a result, I had given him the in-story nickname of "Tesla Kid", but I'm starting to think this sounds silly. Would "Teslageist" sound better? I prefer this as it incorporates the key features of his suit without making him sound like a child.

    Which name do you think sounds better?
     
  2. Chaos Inc.

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    Just call him Telsa (tell-sa). Its not Tesla but close enough to pay homage.
     
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  3. ToeKneeBlack

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    Telsa sounds feminine, like "Elsa". It would for a gender swap version of the character from an alternate universe story line I've got planned.
     
  4. Commandante Lemming

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    I would call him Tesla as a nickname. Straight up.
     
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  5. ToeKneeBlack

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    The main character often calls him Tesla, but with his OCD he gets annoyed at his name being shortened, at least at first.

    Maybe I could go with Tesla and she calls him "Tes" for short for the same purpose. You've given me something to think about.
     
  6. Veo

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    LOL. First of all, I like your ideas.
    Secondly, I'd recommend you to use Tesla Kid as a nickname, but as for his real name, you should choose [IMO] something like Artemis Fowl.
     
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  7. ToeKneeBlack

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    Thanks, Veo, you've got a pretty good set-up for a story yourself.

    I've already picked his real name - Boris Petrov. Though I like the sound of Artemis - it sounds like a strong name. It could work quite well on a character I have planned for a later book in the series.

    Boris is more of an inventor in this instance, though the original meaning of his name means "One who fights for justice".
     
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  8. AJC

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    I like plain old Tesla. It doesn't sound as corny as the other choices.
     
  9. ToeKneeBlack

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    I should have left the poll open a bit longer. Looks like Tesla and Teslageist are currently tied.

    Though he was originally called "Captain Magnetic" in the first draft.
     
  10. Chaos Inc.

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    T.
     
  11. ToeKneeBlack

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    Them's trollin' words ;)
     
  12. Veo

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    Remember that Petrov is a Russian surname. If your character's ethnicity corresponds, then you're okay.
     
  13. ToeKneeBlack

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    His dad is from Russia, but his mum is English.
     
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  14. Veo

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    Well, good luck!
     

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