Best names in fiction

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Best names in fiction

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Dakarne and I were just discussing the best character names in fiction. He nominated "Angelique de Xavia" (Angel X), a police officer who is a recurring character in several Christopher Brookmyre novels. I countered this with The Man from U.N.C.L.E. whose main character is named "Napoleon Solo", which is probably as close as anyone in a mainstream American television series has ever come to the awesomely ridiculous names characters reguarly are bestowed with in Japanese cartoons.

This leaves me wondering... What do you guys think are the best names in fiction? And to make this more interesting and less of a plug-fest, let's not nominate our own characters. You can nominate characters from works on O1, as long as you aren't the one to come up with them!
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Isaac dan Der Grimnebulin, from Perdido Street Station. This name encapsulates everything about the character, and it sounds awesome, too.

Jacuzzi Splot, from Baccano! That is all.
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Edge Maverick, the protagonist of Star Ocean 4, is on the same level as Hiro Protagonist.
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Ciaphas Cain, HERO OF THE IMPERIUM! :mrgreen:
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Post by Artemis »

I second Hiro Protagonist. Lives up to his name, too.
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