* '''[[{{MODOK}} M.O.D.O.K.]]''', the '''M'''ental '''O'''rganism '''D'''esigned '''O'''nly For '''K'''illing, a frequent foe of the Avengers and head of '''A.I.M.''', '''A'''dvanced '''I'''dea '''M'''echanics.
** In one variant of M.O.D.O.K.'s origin story, he was originally named M.O.D.O.C., with the last initial standing for "Computation".
** In the LighterAndSofter series ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' he is known as M.O.D.O.C., with the last initial standing for "Conquest". (It's really more in-line with his personality anyway)
** A.I.M. has a splinter group called R.A.I.D. or Radically Advanced Ideas in Destruction.
** After M.O.D.O.K.'s death (he got better later), A.I.M. created a more efficient [[DistaffCounterpart female version]] called M.O.D.A.M. ("Mental Organism Designed for Aggressive Maneuvers")
** The kid-friendly parody ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperheroSquadShow'' was actually able to use its NeverSayDie policy to have some fun with this:
-->'''Gray Hulk''': Ah, M.O.D.O.K. The Mental Organism Designed Only for Kick-ball.
-->'''M.O.D.O.K.''': Yes, it--''Hey''! That's not what it stands for!
*** In another episode, however, he says the "K" stands for "Kick-butt."
* One '70s-era ''CaptainAmerica'' story had him battling the '''C'''ommittee to '''R'''estore '''A'''merica's '''P'''rinciples, a [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed thinly-veiled]] vesion of the '''C'''ommittee to '''RE'''-'''E'''lect the '''P'''resident (see the [[FunWithAcronyms/RealLife Real Life section]]). Assemble the acronym yourself, and remember that "to" doesn't count...
** He also fights the '''U'''nderground '''L'''iberated '''T'''otally '''I'''ntegrated '''M'''obile '''A'''rmy '''T'''o '''U'''nite '''M'''ankind.
* The [[MarvelUniverse Marvel Universe]] has '''S.H.I.E.L.D.''', Nick Fury's UN-backed paramilitary and intelligence organization. The acronym originally stood for '''S'''upreme '''H'''eadquarters, '''I'''nternational '''E'''spionage, '''L'''aw-enforcement '''D'''ivision but this was changed in the early nineties to stand for '''S'''trategic '''H'''azard '''I'''ntervention, '''E'''spionage and '''L'''ogistics '''D'''irectorate. Within the confines of the [[UltimateMarvel Ultimate Marvel Universe]], Ultimate SpiderMan has admitted that he has ''no clue'' what S.H.I.E.L.D. stands for, even though he has regular encounters with them and Nick Fury.
** And in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse it stands for '''S'''trategic '''H'''omeland '''I'''ntervention, '''E'''nforcement and '''L'''ogistics '''D'''ivision. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''Film/IronMan1'', with several characters commenting on how unwieldy the actual name was.
*** ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' had a similar lampshading:
---> '''Maria Hill:''' What does S.H.I.E.L.D. stand for, Agent Ward?
---> '''Agent Ward:''' Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division.
---> '''Maria Hill:''' And what does that mean to you?
---> '''Agent Ward:''' ...It means somebody really wanted our initials to spell "shield".
** In order to get even more mileage out of the acronym, S.H.I.E.L.D.'s extraterrestrial-focused counterpart was known as '''S.W.O.R.D.''', the '''S'''entient '''W'''orld '''O'''bservation and '''R'''esponse '''D'''epartment. Marvel UK had the British equivilent '''S.T.R.I.K.E.''', the '''S'''pecial '''T'''actical '''R'''eserve for '''I'''nternational '''K'''ey '''E'''mergencies, and in the 90's Marvel novels gave the UN-backed S.H.I.E.L.D. a US-backed counterpart: '''S.A.F.E.''', the '''S'''trategic '''A'''ction '''F'''or '''E'''mergencies. S.A.F.E. has apparently since been replaced by '''H.A.T.E.''', the '''H'''ighest '''A'''nti-'''T'''errorism '''E'''ffort.
*** Hank [=McCoy=]'s [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] of S.W.O.R.D. in AXM #6;
--->'''Abigail Brand:''' I head the Sentient Worlds Observation and Reaction Department.
--->'''Hank [=McCoy=]:''' The government and their acronyms. Honestly, it's adorable.
*** Marvel UK later replaced S.T.R.I.K.E. with '''D.U.C.K.''', the '''D'''epartment of '''U'''nknown and '''C'''overt '''K'''nowledge. Who in turn were supplanted by '''W.H.O.''', the '''W'''eird '''H'''appenings '''O'''rganisation, whose name tied with their being [[Series/DoctorWho led by a Brigadier Stuart]]. Somewhere in the middle of all that there was also the Europe-wide '''S.T.O.R.M.'''; '''S'''pecial '''T'''askforce '''O'''mega '''R'''esponse '''M'''andate. (Marvel UK in the 90s was really a mess of agencies that replaced STRIKE, apparently created by different writers without much communication between them.)
** There's also '''A.R.M.O.R.''', the '''A'''ltered-'''R'''eality '''M'''onitoring and '''O'''perational '''R'''esponse, which is like S.W.O.R.D. for other dimensions rather than space.
** At least one spoof had '''S'''illy '''H'''umans '''I'''n '''E'''xtremely '''L'''ethal '''D'''anger
** Spoofed with '''H.A.M.M.E.R.''' which after Osborn named it, hired someone to come up a meaning for it. It was never given an explanation in the short time it existed.
*** Much more darkly spoofed in ''Dark Reign: Zodiac,'' in which Zodiac quizzes a H.A.M.M.E.R. Agent on what the acronym actually stands for... and when he doesn't answer, he kills him.
---> "It's stitched on your colorful new uniform and you don't even know. Well, here's what blind faith will get you."
*** Also spoofed in the first issue of Mighty Avengers. In Tony Stark's narration, he states what S.H.I.E.L.D. stands for, and mentions that there's going to be voting on a new meaning.
** The 2010 ''ComicBook/{{SHIELD}}'' miniseries has the RetCon that "The Shield" is an AncientTradition dating back to AncientEgypt, which presumably implies the relatively recent S.H.I.E.L.D. incarnations were backronyms ''within the story''.
** Averted with SHIELD's biggest enemy organization, ComicBook/{{Hydra}}. Though some erroneously write it with all-caps, making it look like it could be an acronym, it's actually named for the mythological creature - [[HydraProblem "Cut off one head, two more will take its place."]]
* Parodied in Jim Valentino's ''{{normalman}}'' which had a superspy organization dubbed '''S.C.H.M.U.C.K.''', but as the footnotes claim, the name "Stands for Nothing in Particular."
* In DC Comics' ''Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E.'', the writers didn't bother to figure out what '''S.T.R.I.P.E.''' stood for. A fan suggested '''S'''pecial '''T'''actics '''R'''obotic '''I'''ntegrated '''P'''ower '''E'''nhancer, which DC adopted.
** Possibly at least partially {{Justified|Trope}} by the creator of the S.T.R.I.P.E. suit being Pat Dugan, a.k.a. Stripesy, the former sidekick of the original Star-Spangled Kid. He may not have thought about what STRIPE meant either, it being a ShoutOut to his hero days.
* Those who didn't like FrankMiller's job with '''''A'''ll-'''S'''tar'''s''' '''B'''atman '''A'''nd '''R'''obin'' often get a sick glee out of pointing out how the title spells '''[[ComicBook/AllStarBatmanAndRobinTheBoyWonder A.S.S.B.A.R.]]'''
** Similarly, fans of GrantMorrison's '''A'''ll-'''S'''tar '''S'''uperman enjoy mentioning how much they enjoy "Grant Morrison's [[ComicBook/AllStarSuperman ASS]]"
** ''ComicBook/AllStarSquadron'', a DC super-teamup comic in the 1980s (taking place during World War II), had similar acronym issues.
*** This was lampshaded by the Golden Age Superman in one of the first few issues, where he says that people should be careful how they abbreviate the group's name.
* S.T.A.R. Labs (Itself an acronym for '''S'''cientific and '''T'''echnological '''A'''dvanced '''R'''esearch) has a device called the '''A'''mbient '''N'''uclear '''U'''ltra '''S'''pectrograph. Lampshaded when Jimmy Olsen says that it's an overly long name and they should just use the acronym. The scientist operating it replies "You just think about that..."
* The ''ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'' character Wildfire was originally known as '''E'''nergy '''R'''elease '''G'''enerator 1, or E.R.G.-1.
** The Legion has to deal with the '''R'''evolutionary '''E'''lite '''B'''rigade to '''E'''radicate '''L'''egion '''S'''upremacy.
* In Creator/GrantMorrison's ''Comicbook/DoomPatrol'' issues, they battled the Men from '''N.O.W.H.E.R.E.''', agents of "normalcy" who only spoke in acronyms that spelled out "nowhere." At least it wasn't incomprehensible, like those guys who spoke only in anagrams, e.g., yelling "THIS!" when surprised.
* Similarly, in Matt Fraction's ''ComicBook/{{Casanova}}'', Casanova's father works for '''E.M.P.I.R.E.''' which battles '''W.A.S.T.E.''' (a reference to Pynchon's ''The Crying of Lot 49''). It's never revealed what they actually stand for, but it's said that '''W.A.S.T.E.''' has multiple meanings.
* DC Comics also has the '''H.I.V.E.''' or '''H'''ierarchy for '''I'''nternational '''V'''engeance and '''E'''xtermination. In alternate universes where they are ''good' they are the Hierarchy for International Virtuous Empowerment.
* A [[Comicbook/TheSimpsons Krusty the Clown]] comic involved the titular character in a spy spoof, with the A.C.R.O.N.Y.M. suit on the first page (entirely spelled out in footnotes) setting the tone for a RunningGag.
* In DC Comics' spy genre parody ''Codename: Knockout'', the heroine's mother leads the espionage agency '''G'''lobal '''O'''rganization for the '''O'''bliteration of '''D'''astardliness and her father leads the criminal organization '''E'''xtralegal '''V'''endors of '''I'''niquity and '''L'''icentiousness, and during one adventure she runs into agents of '''H'''eroic '''E'''nglanders '''A'''gainst '''V'''illainy, '''E'''vildoing and '''N'''astiness.
* The sidekick of the revamped ''Fighting American'' was a cyborg named '''S.P.I.C.E.''' ('''S'''uper '''P'''rototype '''I'''ntelligent '''C'''yborg '''E'''ntity).
* ''[[TopTen Top 10]]'' has the city where everyone is a superhero, and the super-disease plaguing it is called "STORMS": Sexually Transmitted Organic Rapid Mutation Syndrome. It's a metahuman venereal disease that spreads through the city's super-prostitute population.
* An early issue of DC Comics' ''L.E.G.I.O.N.'' had Strata propose '''L.E.G.I.O.N.''' as the name for the team, then spend several pages trying to figure out what it might stand for. Eventually they settled on '''L'''icensed '''E'''xtra-'''G'''overnmental '''I'''nterstellar '''O'''peratives '''N'''etwork.
** And when L.E.G.I.O.N. was taken over by Brainiac II's evil son, '''R'''evolutionary '''E'''lite '''B'''rigade to '''E'''liminate '''L.'''E.G.I.O.N. '''S'''upremacy was formed.
* TheChucklingWhatsit features '''GASH''' or The '''G'''oul '''A'''ppreciation '''S'''ociety '''H'''eadquarters. Although, the main character later learns that the acronym stands for The '''G'''lobal '''A'''ssociation for '''S'''abotage '''A'''nd '''H'''omicide.
* DC Comics' {{Hawkman}} used to fight CAW, the Criminal Alliance of the World.
* Several things relating to the Junior Woodchucks (specifcally, the ranking titles) are in the form of acronyms, including the title of the DonRosa story: '''W.H.A.D.A.L.O.T.T.A.J.A.R.G.O.N''', or '''W'''hen '''H'''uey '''A'''nd '''D'''ewey '''A'''nd '''L'''ouie '''O'''riginally '''T'''hought '''T'''o '''A'''dapt '''J'''unior-Woodchuck '''A'''ttitudes, '''R'''egulations, and '''G'''randiose '''O'''rganizational '''N'''omenclature!
** The Disney Comics database '''[[http://inducks.org/ I.N.D.U.C.K.S.]]''' was rendered as an acronym as a shout out to the ones used by the Junior Woodchucks. Eventually they settled on the expansion: '''I'''nternational '''N'''etwork of '''D'''isney '''U'''niverse '''C'''omic '''K'''nowers and '''S'''ources
** And of course, Rosa's signature '''D.U.C.K.''' which he likes to hide in his various stories, and stands for '''D'''edicated to '''U'''nca '''C'''arl from '''K'''eno
* Joe Carioca's recurring "villains" are '''ANACOZECA''': '''A'''ssociacao '''NA'''cional dos '''CO'''bradores do '''ZE''' '''CA'''rioca, or in English, the National Association of Joe Carioca's Debt Collectors. It cheats a lot (and thus usually isn't written with dots), but at least you can pronounce the acronym as a word.
* In ''TwistedToyfareTheater'', the government agency created to enforce internal security by Megoville mayor George W. Bush (elected in 2005, look it up) and led by the Green Goblin is designated '''B.A.D.I.D.E.A.''', the '''B'''ureau of '''A'''merican '''D'''efense, '''I'''ntervention, '''D'''eployment, '''E'''nforcement, and '''A'''nalysis. "I think Mayor Bush's B.A.D.I.D.E.A. is a ''great'' idea!"
* Of course, the first and most famous acronym in comics is the wizard {{Shazam}}'s name (also Captain Marvel's magic word), which indicates Captain Marvel has the wisdom of '''S'''olomon, the strength of '''H'''ercules, the stamina of '''A'''tlas, the power of '''Z'''eus, the courage of '''A'''chilles and the speed of '''M'''ercury.
** His {{evil counterpart}}, BlackAdam, uses the same word to draw on the power of ancient Egyptian gods. He has the stamina of '''S'''hu, the swiftness of '''H'''eru (Horus), the strength of '''A'''mon (Amun), the wisdom of '''Z'''ehuti (another name for Thoth), the power of '''A'''ton (Aten), and the courage of '''M'''ehen.
** Referenced after DCComics sued Captain Marvel's creators, Fawcett Comics, out of existence by DC itself. In the 1960s, {{Superman}} fought an antagonist named Zha-Vam, who was created by the gods '''Z'''eus, '''H'''ercules, '''A'''chilles, '''V'''ulcan, '''A'''pollo and '''M'''ercury. (Note he shares all but two of those with Shazam, but Vulcan and Apollo substituted for Solomon and Atlas.)
** When Billy Batson's sister Mary became Mary Marvel, she had her own acronym; the grace of '''S'''elina, the strength of '''H'''ippolyta, the skills of '''A'''riadne, the speed and flight of '''Z'''ephyrus (a male god but let that pass), the beauty of '''A'''urora and the wisdom of '''M'''inerva.
** Captain Thunder, a CaptainErsatz version of Captain Marvel who appeared in Superman #276, had the magic word "Thunder!", which was formed by the power of a '''T'''ornado, the speed of a '''H'''are, the bravery of the great Mohegan chief '''U'''ncas, the wisdom of '''N'''ature, the toughness of '''D'''iamond, the flight of an '''E'''agle, and the tenacity of a '''R'''am. He got his powers from a Native American shaman rather than an ancient wizard, understand.
* ''ComicBook/{{Grendel}}'', in the later arcs involving [[AxCrazy Eppy Thatcher]] and [[MagnificentBastard Orion Assante]], features the corrupt '''C'''onfederacy '''O'''f '''P'''olice. All of their equipment says "COP" on it, in case you didn't get it the first time around.
* With S.H.I.E.L.D., S.W.O.R.D., and A.R.M.O.R. temporarily out of the picture in Marvel comics, Mighty Avengers has introduced a new secret acronym organization: The '''G'''lobal '''R'''eactionary '''A'''gency for '''M'''ysterious '''P'''aranormal '''A'''ctivity. Enter Hank Pym: Agent of '''G.R.A.M.P.A.'''
** More likely Hank Pym, The Man From G.R.A.M.P.A.(riffing on TheManFromUNCLE).
* ''The Order'' faced the mysterious MIB The M.A.N. from S.H.A.D.O.W. He's eventually revealed to be working for the '''S'''uper '''H'''uman '''D'''evelopment and '''O'''peration organization, SHDO; apparently writing it as "SHADOW" is just an aesthetics thing. The "M.A.N." part doesn't mean or stand for anything, it's just to make him seem even more mysterious.
* Wally Wood's Comicbook/THUNDERAgents: '''T'''he '''H'''igher '''U'''nited '''N'''ations '''D'''efence '''E'''nforcement '''R'''eserves.
* Notorious spanish comic book MortadeloYFilemon has '''TIA''', which when pronounced in Spanish sounds similar to tía (aunt), making it both an allegory to the CIA and a ShoutOut to TheManFromUNCLE. Its meaning is '''T'''écnicos '''I'''nvestigación '''A'''eroterráquea (Aero-ground investigation technicians).
* A subversion happens in the swedish comic ''James Hund'' with the supercomputer KENT (which, thanks to phone taps and a tendency to take everything serious, ends up killing hundreds by public demand). His inventor is interviewed on TV and the talk show host asks what K.E.N.T. stands for, but the inventor reveals that he actually named it "Kent" because it's a nice name and he used to have a budgie named Kent.
* Classic ''StrontiumDog'' had an organisation called the '''C'''ommittee for '''U'''ltimate '''R'''etribution.
* Marvel's super-man TheSentry had a super-computer which allowed him to decide which disasters to respond to in order to save as many lives as possible - '''CLOC''', the '''C'''entrally '''L'''ocated '''O'''rganic '''C'''omputer, which only received this illustrious name with the second volume of the series. In the same series, the Sentry's {{evil twin}} the Void was revealed to possess '''COLC''', the '''C'''omputer for '''O'''bliterating '''L'''ife '''C'''ompletely.
* Not sure if this falls under Comics or Real Life, but, once after Hal Jordan went crazy and Kyle Rayner became the only Comicbook/GreenLantern, the real life organization dedicated to undoing this development was called '''HEAT.''' '''H'''al's '''E'''merald '''A'''dvancement '''T'''eam. Their website's mostly a Hal fanpage now, but it's [[http://www.glheat.cjb.net here]].
* ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}'' has the {{pirate}}-themed group '''A'''dvanced '''R'''estraint '''R'''esearch.
* And then there's DC Comics itself. When the company first began in 1937, it was called "Detective Comics, Inc." Fans quickly began calling it "DC Comics," and eventually the company took this name officially. This has the unfortunate side effect of the company's full name being "[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Detective Comics Comics]]."
* Played with in ''DorkTower'' with '''G'''amers '''F'''or '''P'''ersonal '''H'''ygiene -- [[http://www.dorktower.com/2006/07/12/comics-archive-807/ explained here.]]
* A spoof comic by Michael Kupperman has a boy encounter an old man who promises to give him powers whenever he says '''SKREWPA'''. The old man explains the word is an acronym and starts listing what it stands for, but after E, the boy points out, "[[ParallelPornTitles Those are all porn movie titles!]]" The old man admits he forgot the actual words.
* In ''QuantumAndWoody'', TeamPet Vincent Van Goat has the alias [[http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/haedus HAEDUS]] — '''H'''eavily '''A'''rmored '''E'''spionage '''D'''eadly '''U'''ber-'''S'''heep.
* '''A.C.R.O.S.T.I.C.''': '''A''' '''C'''abal '''R'''ecently '''O'''rganized '''S'''olely '''T'''o '''I'''nstigate '''C'''rimes, enemies of ''Comicbook/CaptainCarrotAndHisAmazingZooCrew''.
* The KingdomOfLoathing comic mentions the '''F'''amiliar '''U'''nderground '''C'''ommunity of the '''K'''ingdom. Jill lampshades it: "What a long name... weird how they never came up with a clever acronym."
* ''{{Thunderbolts}}'' has '''F.A.C.T.''', the '''F'''ederal '''A'''dvisory '''C'''ommittee to '''T'''hunderbolts.
* "TheFabulousFurryFreakBrothers" featured a group of rednecks known as '''A'''mericans '''S'''ecretly '''S'''erving '''H'''igher '''O'''rder '''L'''aw '''E'''nforcement '''S'''ubservience. Yeah, you can figure that one out.
* After being vague as possible about just what happened on [[SpiderMan Peter and MJ's]] wedding day in the new timeline that the OneMoreDay CosmicRetcon caused, Marvel announced that a new storyline and sequel of sorts to One More Day would be released. As One More Day was considered to be an absoulte train wreck with the whole Peter and MJ were now never married thing and served as a vehicle to do little more than break up the pairing, this was a bit of a hot button topic. The story in question was called '''O'''ne '''M'''oment '''I'''n '''T'''ime. WordOfGod said it was intentional. The fandom was not amused (especially not so when the story turned out to be, if possible, even crappier than One More Day).
* In ''ComicBook/SpyBoy'', the heroic superspy organisation is called '''S.H.I.R.T.S.''', the '''S'''ecret '''H'''eadquarters '''I'''nternational '''R'''econnaisance, '''T'''actics, and '''S'''pies. Its rival is '''S.K.I.N.S.''', the '''S'''upreme '''K'''illing '''Ins'''titute. S.H.I.R.T.S.' Japanese counterpart was '''M.A.N.G.A.''', the '''M'''iddle '''A'''sian '''N'''etwork of '''G'''lobal '''A'''ctivities.
* There has been no indication as to what [[{{New52}} N.O.]][[Comicbook/{{Superboy}} W.H.]][[Comicbook/TeenTitans E.R.E.]] stands for.
* Also from the New 52, A.R.G.U.S. -- which seems to replace Checkmate as DC's S.H.I.E.L.D. counterpart -- is the '''A'''dvanced '''R'''esearch '''G'''roup '''U'''niting '''S'''uperheroes ... currently. In the last issue of the ''A.R.G.U.S.'' miniseries, they turn out to have been around for longer than anyone suspected, being founded in TheAmericanRevolution as '''A'''rmed '''R'''evolutionaries '''G'''overning '''U'''nder '''S'''ecrecy, and changing their name in TheWildWest to '''A'''nonymous '''R'''anger '''G'''roup of the '''U'''nited '''S'''tates. Possibly they had another name in the 20th century, but if so it hasn't been revealed yet.
* ComicBook/BuckyOHareAndTheToadWars regularly involves the '''S.P.A.C.E.''' organization: '''S'''entient '''P'''rotoplasm '''A'''gainst '''C'''olonial '''E'''ncroachment.
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