131 Badass Names for Your Cuddly Cat

131 Badass Names for Your Cuddly Cat

Cats are notorious for being either cuddly and cute or distant and unamused. A badass name would undoubtedly fit the latter, but it can also be a comical choice for a harmless little furball.

In this article, we’ve gathered several badass names for your cat and divided them into several categories (pun intended), so you can choose something that will fit your kitty perfectly. Maybe you want to name your cat after a memorable hero or villain or choose a name after your favorite cat-themed Pokémon. We also have several names based on dangerous things that sound cool, like Pyro or Crash.

If you want to choose a name that fits your cat’s colorful coat, we recommend looking at the names inspired by nature. A name like Charcoal may suit a black cat, or Avalanche for a white cat.

Take a look at all the badass names we’ve collected so you can find something to suit your four-legged friend.

Cat Names Based on Heroes

  • Artemis – Greek goddess of the hunt, chastity, and wilderness
  • Aslan – the lion in The Chronicles of Narnia
  • Avenger – for The Avengers Marvel comic or the heroic team in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
  • Brutus – a Roman politician famous for being one of Julius Caesar’s assassins
  • Buddha – the founder of Buddhism
  • Diana – Roman goddess of hunters; equivalent of Artemis
  • Elektra – a Marvel protagonist who is an assassin
  • Elsa – a Disney character from the movie Frozen who has ice powers
  • Gandalf – Gandalf the Grey in The Lord of the Rings
  • Hawkeye – a Marvel hero who uses a bow and arrow
  • Hercules – in Roman mythology, he’s known for his great strength
  • Hulk – a Marvel character who turns green and huge when he’s angry
  • Indiana – Indiana Jones is a character who is an adventurer and archaeologist
  • Jedi – from Star Wars, the Jedi are peaceful sorcerers of the Galactic Republic
  • Katniss – Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games took her sister’s place; could also be spelled as Catniss for a cat
  • Leia – Leia Organa in Star Wars is a princess and a leader of the Rebel Alliance
  • Mulan – Hua Mulan is a legendary folk story from China about a woman who pretends to be a man to take her father’s place in the military; known today as a popular Disney film
  • Nemo – in Disney’s Finding Nemo, Nemo is an adventurous clownfish who gets separated from his father and must be brave to make his way back
  • Rambo – John James Rambo is an aggressive protagonist who uses violence to solve problems
  • Ripley – Ellen Ripley is a character in the film Alien; she was one of the first major characters to challenge gender roles in action, horror, and science fiction films
  • Samson – in the Hebrew Bible, Samson is the equivalent of Hercules; he was the judge of Israel and had the strength to destroy the temple
  • She-Ra – from the She-Ra films, a fictional female superhero
  • Thor – in Germanic and Norse mythology, Thor is a god with a hammer associated with nature and protecting mankind
  • Xena – the protagonist from Xena: Warrior Princess
  • Zeus – in Greek mythology, Zeus is the king of the gods

Cat Names Based on Memorable Villains

  • Cruella – the antagonist in the 1956 novel The One Hundred and One Dalmatians; more famously known as a Disney villain
  • Darth – from Darth Vader in Star Wars
  • Goliath – the giant in the biblical story of David and Goliath
  • Hades – in Greek mythology, the god and king of the underworld
  • Jaws – a man-eating shark from the 1974 Stephen King novel
  • Joker – a DC Comics villain, fought by Batman
  • Kong – a giant gorilla monster used in books and media since the 1930s
  • Kraken – a giant sea monster from Scandinavian folklore
  • Loki – in Norse mythology, Loki is a shapeshifter who is against the gods in some variations of the story
  • Lucifer – a name for the devil in Christianity; a name for many figures throughout multiple folklores
  • Medusa – a winged woman with snakes for hair in Greek mythology
  • Scar – the antagonist in Disney’s film The Lion King
  • Thanos – a Marvel antagonist who is one of the most powerful characters in the Marvel Universe
  • Vader – from Darth Vader in Star Wars
  • Voldemort – the enemy of Harry Potter
  • Zombie – a dead human who has come back to life, usually depicted as harmful

Video Game Character Names for Cats

  • Bowser – the antagonist in Nintendo’s Mario franchise
  • Cortana – the artificially intelligent hologram character in the Halo video game franchise
  • Delcatty – a purple and tan feline Pokémon
  • Espeon – a purple feline Pokémon
  • Halo – based on the Xbox Game Studios Halo series
  • Knuckles – the red echidna in the Sonic the Hedgehog series
  • Luxio – a black, blue, and yellow feline Pokémon
  • Sonic – the blue echidna in the Sonic the Hedgehog series
  • Yuna – a character in Final Fantasy X

Cat Names Inspired by Nature

  • Avalanche – snow, and rocks falling down a mountain
  • Blaze – a large fire
  • Blizzard – a severe snowstorm
  • Charcoal – a rock made of carbon
  • Copper – a reddish-brown metal
  • Flame – the visible part of a fire
  • Hurricane – a violent storm with fast winds
  • Lava – molten rock that flows from a volcano
  • Lightning – a bright, electrical discharge in a storm
  • Magma – hot fluid within the earth
  • Midnight – the middle of the night
  • Onyx – a rock made of agate
  • Riptide – a strong, dangerous current
  • Shadow – a dark area, caused by something blocking light
  • Storm – a violent disturbance in the weather
  • Thunder – the rumble that accompanies rain and lightning
  • Tornado – rotating winds that create a funnel cloud
  • Tsunami – a large ocean wave caused by a disturbance in the water
  • Twister – another name for tornadoes
  • Whirlwind – similar to a tornado, but not as destructive

Descriptive Names for Your Badass Kitty

  • Bane – an annoyance or distress
  • Brawn – physical strength
  • Bruiser – an aggressive person
  • Chopper – an ax; a helicopter
  • Dozer – a bulldozer
  • Punky – characterized by punk rock music
  • Rebel – one who opposes authority
  • Ripper – a tool used to break something
  • Rocky – full of rocks; unstable
  • Rogue – dishonest or unpredictable
  • Trapper – one who traps
  • Zapper – a device used to kill insects
  • Zoomer – to describe something fast; the colloquial term for Generation Z

Cat Names Based on Powerful Positions

  • Admiral – commander of a naval squadron
  • Bandit – an outlaw or a robber
  • Captain – the leader of aircraft, ship, or team
  • Champ – a nickname for a champion
  • Champion – the person who defeated all rivals
  • Chief – the leader; the most important
  • Deputy – a person who serves the leader
  • Doctor – a physician; someone who holds a doctorate degree
  • Duke – highest hereditary title
  • Governor – the head of a state in the U.S.
  • Major – an army rank below lieutenant colonel and above captain
  • Ranger – the keeper of a park
  • Sarge – a nickname for a sergeant
  • Sergeant – a rank in the armed forces
  • Sheriff – responsible for keeping the peace
  • Trooper – a state police officer

Cat Names Based on Dangerous Things

  • Acid – a corrosive liquid
  • Blade – a sharp edge
  • Blitz – a sudden military attack; a sudden energetic effort
  • Bullet – a metal projectile
  • Cannon – artillery used in warfare
  • Crash – a car collision; a loud noise
  • Crush – to squeeze or distort
  • Dagger – a short knife
  • Danger – the possibility of getting harmed
  • Inferno – an out of control fire
  • Killer – something that kills
  • Pyro – a pyromaniac; someone who likes to set things on fire
  • Rampage – uncontrollable behavior
  • Shredder – one that shreds
  • Sizzle – a hissing sound when food hits a hot pan
  • Spike – a sharp point
  • Splinter – a thin, sharp piece of wood or glass
  • Stinger – the part of insects or animals that stings humans or other animals
  • T-Bone – a car crash where the front of one car hits the side of another car
  • Tank – a large fighting vehicle

Animal-Inspired Names for Cats

  • Bear
  • Beast – a wild, dangerous animal
  • Bobcat – a wild North American cat species
  • Brute – a violent animal
  • Jaguar – a spotted cat species found in Central and South America
  • Moose
  • Panther – a wild cat species in the Americas
  • Phoenix – a mythical bird that regenerates with fire
  • Puma – a wild cat species in the Americas
  • Raven
  • Spider – an arachnid with eight legs; some species are deadly
  • Tiger – a solitary cat found in Asia
  • Vixen – a female fox

Choosing the Right Name for Your Cat

Hopefully, you found a name that’s just right for your cat on this list. If you’re not sold on anything just yet, consider the personality and mannerisms of your cat. Are they mischievous? Are they a bit destructive? Consider names that highlight these behaviors.

On the other hand, if your cat wouldn’t hurt a fly and you’re a fan of ironic humor, you might want to consider a threatening name just to make people laugh.

Ultimately, the name you choose for your cat should be something you love that you’re happy to call your cat.

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