I'm not at all fond of a writer who uses the names of his characters to portray something of their character.
For example, Grima Wormtongue in Lord of the Rings. An almost farcical name for this character as it tells the reader exactly what he is. Voice of poison, sly and cunning. What kind of logical sense is there for the character to have such a name and not have all the other characters see him for what he is the very day he applies for a job!?!? <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" />
Did he come from a long line of manipulative pale-faced creeps?!
What's his history, did he get this name by being a sly freak!?
"Hi, I'm Jim Kingslayer, here for the position of Kings counsel?"
"Great, come on in, I'm George s**t-for-brains!"