Always, that is, until last week's issue of Thanos. In that issue the big purple bad guy encountered an elderly future version of himself. Now, Thanos as we know him is understandably skeptical of this older guy, but the older Titan reveals a piece of information that confirms he is who he says he is. That information? The name Thanos' mother had chosen for him before she went mad -- Dione.
Like the name Thanos, which is related to the name of the Greek god of death Thanatos, Dione also has a mythological history. In mythology, Dione is a female titan or goddess and is mentioned in The Iliad as the mother of Aphrodite, though other writers note her as the mother of Dionysus.
Of course, series writer Donny Cates was quick to clarify that the Mad Titan's real name is, in fact, Thanos.
"Yeah. Not really," Cates tweeted. "It's the name his mother was GOING to name him before she looked at him and went insane and named him Thanos. Not really his "True name" but rather, what he would have been called had his mother not lost her mind. His name is THANOS. And he wins. Quite a lot."
Even with the clarification, though, fans have had a field day responding to the unusual potential "real" name for the Mad Titan, with some even suggesting that this is how the heroes could defeat him in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War. Who knows, it might be worth a shot.
Read on for the internet's reaction to Thanos' "real" name.
Imagine being such a virgin nerd that you get mad that Thanos was going to be named something else before his mother named him Thanos, in a book you clearly aren't reading.— Mitch of Titan (@Mitch692) January 3, 2018
Thanos’ real name is Keith. Fight me— Boog (@BoogTweets) January 3, 2018
Iron Man: I’m not calling you Thanos...Dione.
Thanos...... pic.twitter.com/MC9jN59eJc— Jeff (@TheEnthusiastJJ) January 3, 2018
TL;DR Thanos birth name is Dione.— Kimera (@KimeraGaming) January 3, 2018
"Dione the destroyer"... am I the only who who believes this has a nice ring to it?
I can see her like... "oh, I was going to go Dione, but he's a Thanos. Just look at that chin. Its a Thanos Chin. Maybe if his forehead was ridged I would stay with Dione, but with that chin, yeah, he's a Thanos."— Ron Edens (@RonEdens) January 3, 2018
Y’all are mad about Thanos’ potential real name like Blackagar Boltagon isn’t the worst name ever.— X-Mas: Day of Future Presents (@PELightning) January 3, 2018
if rocket/quill don’t make fun of thanos for his name being dione in infinity war y’all can keep it— brittany ? (@astrohollands) January 3, 2018