When it comes to iconic titles, most action movie writers throughout history have done a bang-up job in creating some of the most timeless and notable names fans could hope for. Those like Dutch, Snake Plissken, Murtaugh and Riggs all have the innate ability to conjure up a feeling of intensity, of gunfire and explosions, of heroics — at heart, the quintessential action movie stars. Regardless of what genres the movies they starred in tended to blend, they all ended up with heroes so well-named they are almost universally recognizable by that facet alone. And thanks to all those great writers, you now have a bulging list of fantastic action hero names to choose from, to give your equally memorable dog.
Action Dog Names in Pop Culture
Ok, so Frank isn’t the greatest action hero name. In fact, he kind of sounds like the lawn-obsessed neighbor nearly everyone has lived next to at one point in their lives, but the fact remains that he’s still a fantastic action movie character, and also happens to be one of the most famous film Pugs.
Frank the Pug stems from the Men in Black series, and for anyone unfamiliar, it’s trio of films (and later animated television series) that are a mixture of action, comedy, and science fiction. In the first film, Frank is introduced as one of Agent K’s (played by Tommy Lee Jones) informants and his first cameo is easily one of the most memorable of his on-screen tenure.
Despite having an I love NY hoodie, a New York accent and the attitude to match, Frank is actually an alien, more specifically, a Remoolian, but retains his doglike figure for the sake of blending in. Although his screen time was limited in the first film, both the director and fans appreciated his performance so much, he was featured in greater roles in both the second film of the series as well as the television series — although he was animated for TV. His character is possibly most well-known for his parts in Men in Black II, thanks to his humorous singing of Gloria Gaylord’s I Will Survive, as well as barking to Who Let the Dogs Out, amongst his sass and sarcasm.
For both of his film parts, Frank was played by Mushu and trained by Animal Actors of Hollywood Inc.’s Cristie Miele, whom he lived with on a 20-acre ranch with eight other dogs, most of whom were all in various stages of their acting careers. While he was still pretty green during the shooting of the first film, Miele called Mushu a natural, stating that he was very easy to work with because of his interest in learning and socializing with the cast. He quickly learned to sit, stay, speak, and hit numerous marks while walking.
By the time the second movie came around, Mushu was already seven years old and needed washable mascara on his face to cover up his gray hair, yet despite the time off did just as well in his return to the silver screen. Unfortunately, by the time Men in Black III was being filmed nearly ten years later, Mushu had already passed on, but a photograph of him is featured in the movie as a tribute to the lovable Pug that stole the show and the hearts of fans and co-workers alike.
Action Dog Name Considerations
When coming up with clever ways to name your dog, the best place to start is to make a list of their most prominent traits in terms of both personality and looks, then compare them to those on our list (or your own, if you feel so bold).
For instance, if your dog is black and white and has particularly dark eyes and a white face, then Draven, after Eric Draven, aka the Crow, would be perfectly suitable. For the same reason, any dog tucked in a black coat with a white spot on the chest, as if they’re wearing a suit, would be a great candidate for Bond, Vega, or Jules, as these iconic characters were highly-known for being well-dressed. On the other hand, if they are more rugged and dirty, Snake, Plissken, Indiana, and Rockatansky would all work just as well.
But of course, you can always play on personality too. If they are known for their mouthing or biting, then Jaws would be a great choice. If they have a tendency to expend bursts of energy, then Jet would be apt. If they like to destroy everything in their path, then Terminator would be perfect.
There are certainly plenty of action movies to work with, in both title and character, so feel free to reach beyond the basics we have laid out here. We stuck with the classics but that doesn’t mean you have to. Pick a few favorites, compare them to your trait list and see if anything hits as quick as Action Jackson.