I have a bit of a problem. I have a handful of main characters which I absolutely adore and surprisingly they sort of inspire me even though I haven't created them fully. But the naming part is a bitch (too much?). I managed to name the main character but my issue is naming the bad guy. He's kind of like the Voldemort in Harry Potter. I need a name that has to be powerful, unique, simple and easy on the tongue. Your regular Joe or Bob won't suffice, no offense to anyone. Can you imagine Voldemort being called Michael or Steve? Even the cool ones!" "We must defeat Christopher! - Harry! Don't speak his name!" - I'm not feeling it. I don't feel a super strong connection to any other characters but this is one of those characters who demands special attention. You know what I mean? Like you have to be really proud of the name you've created because that's exactly what the character has to show. How do you guys do it? I've tried looking through a latin dictionary, didn't have many good results but I may dig through again. I tried online, thinking of my own words etc. but I just can't get the feel right. (Come to think of it other main characters can provoke fear and sometimes they've been named Eric or President Snow (I the winter!). Maybe I should focus less on the name and more on the presentation fo the character BUT I cannot do that if I am personally not satisfied with the name. It's so odd cause I really feel like I have to treat my characters with luxury and really work hard on creating them. I think I would feel like I would need to be slapped if I didn't want to work on it. You know what I mean? I really hope I'm not sounding crazy haha So yeah, how do you chose main characters in fantasy?