Alright, so I'm planning on making a gene-freak character as my first one, but I have no clue on his name. It needs to be obvious but subtle. Yes, I'm difficult.
The basics: He's a self-made gene-freak.
The reasons: 1) I've never seen a character like that in any comic book. There are plenty of genemods in comics... heck, even Spider-Man... but none of them are deliberate. Deliberate gene-mods are all villains, like Lizard. Even the Inhumans who choose terrigen don't know what the results will be. This guy genetically mods himself ON PURPOSE and KNOWS what the results will be, without going crazy/stupid/evil, which makes him unlike any comic character to date.
2) meta reason. I doubt when the game first launches there'll be many appearance options for genefreaks. But, as new options are added, this character can change again and again, and it'll all be in-character with no retcon needed. So if just the right look isn't possible for years, that's fine.
Longer background: Average joe gets advanced degree, but can't get a job, so works construction or summat. While doing that, he stays in a rundown apartment with an absentee slumlord (except when rent is due), hijack's the basement of the building (since landlord's never there) and makes a biopunk lab. He fabricates equipment from scratch and goes to work on a proprietary method that allows genemodding of adults, and we're talking real breakthrough here... able to modify entire chromosomes of every cell of the body. This is core dna, meaning can't be reversed without doing the whole procedure again. He doesn't trust others with the tech, though, as it could obviously be abused, and he doesn't trust that he'd actually get paid if he patented it... much more likely it'd just get sequestered.
First mod would probably be something fun like adding the fourth color receptor that birds have, second mod would probably be more practical like increasing strength/weight ratio. Eventually he starts to get too strong (kicking the crap out of a mugger twice his size) and look a bit too odd (the eyes), so he leaves before it becomes a thing. He trashes what he can't take with him and moves to TC where he can start up again without being noticed as much. Once in TC he starts working on phase 2 (harder to change stuff, like bones, nerves, etc).
Note: I'm assuming deliberate genemodding is at least borderline illegal. However, this character believes that he owns his own body, rather than the government owning his body. Crazy, right? Point is, he might not be entirely within the law, so might not be able to stand out with the heroes. He's also not trying to take over the world or kill people, so he can't really stand with the villains. He's a good-hearted character with a bizarre hobby and a strong belief in self-ownership of the body, but that last part puts him at odds with society. Either way, he's a gray character, not law-abiding enough to be light-side nor malevolent enough to be dark-side, and he has rough edges because so few people see things from his perspective.
Skills: genetics, and that's about it. This isn't a typical comic-book smarty-pants who magically becomes omniscient master of all technologies ever (I'm looking at you, Reed Richards, Batman, Doctor Doom, Lex Luthor, etc etc). He's much more realistic in being focused on just one highly specialized field.
The big problem with naming is civilian vs hero names. I doubt he'd go by a straight up comic-book name like Gene Freak, because he's not a full-time vigilante type.
Going by just a regular name wouldn't work either if he looks odd. A genefreak walks up and introduces himself as John Taylor... that just doesn't work.
A name that sounds somewhat normal but also somewhat super is what I'm looking for. I was thinking something like Jimmy Helix, but then I realized that sounds too much like Jimi Hendrix. And while I like Jimi Hendrix, he has nothing to do with this character so that'd just be confusing x.x