For fans of the Marvel Comic Universe, Joss Whedon or just pure action-packed entertainment, there are few better places to derive a dog name from than Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Built on decades of Marvel construction, Agents dives into backstories as well as modern and even future narrative arcs that incorporate a massive stretch of characters from throughout its history from Atlas through Disney days. From tenured classics who already made Hollywood debuts to those pulled straight from the pages of the original comic books to those Agents introduced itself, there’s no shortage of fantastic names to bestow upon your canine companion.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Inspired Dog Names in Pop Culture
While many of the characters that grace the Marvel Comic/Cinematic Universe aren’t always faithful to the same cause for the entirety of their existence — in fact, that may be rarer than not — many of their faithful companions are, and there are more than enough of them roaming in and out of the massive roster of narratives. By example, even the mighty Bruce Banner, better known as the Incredible Hulk, had a dog named Ricky when living in Rio de Janeiro.
In true Marvel fashion, very few just sauntered in and out of stories without much context. Like their human (or semi-human, alien, or mixed) counterparts, most canine characters also came complete with their own backstories with which to frame their personality. In fact, one of them has nearly as much tenure of some of Marvel’s other famed heroes, being introduced as early as 1965, just a few short years after the company official coined its name: Lockjaw.
Of course, Lockjaw is also no ordinary dog. Originally introduced in the Fantastic Four #45, he was revealed to be a giant Inhuman Bulldog — the Inhumans themselves were introduced in the very same issue. Outside of being the Royal Family’s protector and escort, Lockjaw also has significant superpowers, including teleportation, the ability to open inter-dimensional passages and even psionically trace a scent between them. But instead of being shoved off to the side like so many sidekicks, Lockjaw began his comic book journey with supreme importance.
During the course of his first narrative arc, Lockjaw acts as a pivotal character, tying together the world of the Inhumans to that of the Fantastic Four while also intertwining Quicksilver and Crystal on his way to leading the Fantastic Four back to his home planet in attempts to help save it. But his story doesn’t end their either. After his issue of origin, Lockjaw went on to appear in numerous other Marvel comic books, several animated series, video games and even live-action series and films.
While he’s rarely the character most stories center around, he also doesn’t just live in the margins either. However, in 2009, he was featured as one of the lead characters in a four-issue mini-series called Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers, alongside other animal sidekicks like Falcon’s Redwing and Lockheed from the X-Men.
Outside of being an all-around great character, his most recent claim to fame was being listed as one of TIME’s Top 10 Oddest Marvel Characters.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Dog Name Considerations
Coming up with a suitable Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. inspired dog name can be as simple as picking your favorite or nearly as complex as coming up with a character yourself. It all depends how much meaning you want it to have. We suggest starting by putting together a list of your dog’s most defining traits (much like the heroes and villains themselves) and using it as a point of comparison.
For instance, if your dog is particularly stealthy, then the names Bobbi or Morse, after S.H.I.E.L.D.’s undercover ops agent, would be a great fit. If they always seem to bounce towards and away from you with lightning speed while you’re playing, then the names Yoyo or Elena would be perfectly suitable. If they happen to be a British-based breed or are particularly tactical in their approach to things, then the names Lance or Hunter would work well. If they are super smart or happen to be Scottish, then the names Fitz and Turbo would work well.
There are more than enough backstories to dig up and traits to compare them to, but if you need any further inspiration, grab your favorite issues or saddle up to the TV for an entertaining refresher course.