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[[caption-width-right:350:Next, Superman will watch a Creator/LindsayLohan movie, [[FoeYay write a love letter to]] ComicBook/LexLuthor while listening to Music/LLCoolJ, become a limited liability, read ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'', and visit [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara.]][[note]]Because he's Lewis Lovhaug! ... OK, I'm done.[[/note]]]]

In which several characters from the same work share a set of initials. Disproportionately likely to be the author's own initials; otherwise, usually signals common ground of some kind. The characters themselves may or may not notice.

A subtrope of ThemeNaming and supertrope to AlliterativeFamily. SisterTrope to LetterMotif. See also AlphabeticalThemeNaming and AddedAlliterativeAppeal.




* ''Manga/{{ARIA}}'' provides a partial example: virtually every character has a name starting with A, but their last names vary.
* In ''Manga/KamichamaKarin'', seven of the main characters have the initials K.K., mainly as a result of the rampant AlphabeticalThemeNaming in the show.
* Sort-of: ''Manga/GasMaskGirl'''s MaskPower characters have an XYX theme: there's Gas Mask Girl (of course), Helmet Driver's High, and as-yet the unnamed DMD [[WildMassGuessing (Death Mask Dame/Doll/Darling?)]].
* A volume of the ''Manga/TheKindaichiCaseFiles'' had victims being targeted because the only concrete information the killer had to his true target were the initials S.K.
* ''Anime/SamuraiFlamenco'' has MMM, an [[IdolSinger idol group]] that later becomes the MagicalGirl superhero trio the Flamenco Girls. The three heroines have the civilian names Maya Mari (Flamenco Diamond), Mizuki Misawa (Flamenco Ruby), and Moe Morita (Flamenco Sapphire).


[[folder:Comic Books]]

* On the opposite end of DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything from the ''Series/{{Angel}}'' example, ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'''s John Constantine has many relatives and ancestors who share the initials [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} J.C.]]
* ''Comicbook/{{Superman}}'' has a bunch of characters with the initials L.L., most of whom are love interests. A list may be found [[http://superman.wikia.com/wiki/LL here]]. Even his mother is named Lara Lor-Van. This was apparently entirely unintended at first, until someone pointed out the theme in Lois Lane, Lana Lang, and Lex Luthor, and they just ran with it.
** Odd little RealitySubtext: [[Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman TV Superman]] George Reeves' girlfriend and fiancee was Leonore Lemmon.
** Back when he was Superboy, the big guy once met Mighty Boy, who had multiple friends and enemies with the initials C.K.; obviously, these are Superboy's own initials. It doesn't go both ways, however, as Mighty Boy's real name is Thomas Keith.
** Superman CaptainErsatz ComicBook/{{Supreme}} has the love interest Diana Dane and the archenemy Darius Dax, though it ends there; his other love interest is Judy Jordan.
** Another ersatz Superman, ComicBook/TheSentry, knew a lot of people with the initials E.E. in his fake Silver Age backstory


[[folder:Fan Works]]

* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'', the Draconequi all have [[IHaveManyNames one name beginning with D]]. Desire (Pandora), Destruction, Disorder (Anarchy), Dispute (Strife), and (of course) Discord. Rancor, the youngest, is an OddNameOut at first, but that's because she has to ''earn'' a D name, [[spoiler:Disruption]]. Odyne ([[spoiler:Dark World!Fluttercruel's [[OneWingedAngel full draconequus name]]]]) is also an odd name out, but it can be assumed its for the same reasons as Rancor originally lacked one and [[spoiler:she's a second generation Draconequus]]. She originally had a middle name Delilah which fit, but it was TheArtifact and changed to Tulasi.
* In ''Fanfic/PanopticonQuest'', the New World Order Convention of the Technocratic Union likes to gift its agents with names that initialize to [[ShoutOut J.B.]] once they've proven themselves and reuse certain last names as status indicators within the NWO. Needless to say, people within the Union quickly learn not to assume that NWO agents are related when they have the same last name.



* Max Bialystock in ''Film/TheProducers'' shares initials with writer/director Creator/MelBrooks. It's also worth noting that two other male characters have last names ending in 'B': Leo Bloom and Roger De Bris. Possibly three if you count Lorenzo St. Du Bois(L.S.D.).
* In ''Film/{{Pixels}}'', Lady Lisa and Ludlow Lamadoff get together at the end of the film.
* In ''Film/LethalWeapon'' the opposite buddy cops, '''M'''artin '''R'''iggs and '''R'''oger '''M'''urtaugh, have opposite initials - '''M.R.''' and '''R.M.'''



* In ''Literature/TheYearsOfRiceAndSalt'' by Kim Stanley Robinson, characters who are reincarnations of each other have the same initial (most have OnlyOneName).
* The protagonists of ''Bad Girls'' by Cynthia Voigt are Mickey Elsinger and Margalo Epps. They discuss the fact that both their initials are "ME".
* Phillip Jose Farmer's books are topheavy with protagonists who have the initials "P.J.F."
* A number of Creator/StephenKing books have villains with the initials R.F.; they may all be Randall Flagg from ''Literature/TheStand'' (who, in the expanded version, explicitly takes on another alias with these initials in the epilogue).
* Organizations rather than people: in ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', the Baudelaire orphans encounter a number of organizations with the initials V.F.D. Also, several people have the initials J.S., such as Jerome Squalor, Justice Strauss, and [[spoiler:Jacques Snicket]].
* ''Literature/WhereLateTheSweetBirdsSang'' by Kate Wilhelm is about a society of clones, who are created in batches of six or ten. The clones all have OnlyOneName, and clones from each batch all have the same initial (e.g., one major character is Molly; her clone-sisters include Miriam and Martha).
* A half real life, half literature example: in John D. Fitzgerald's books about a fictionalized version of his family, all the male relatives have the middle name "Dennis". When Tom, Sr tries to track down his estranged brother, an important clue is a Utah newspaper edited by Will D. Fitzgerald.
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/TimeEnoughForLove'' has Lazarus Long and his clone sister-daughters Lorelei Lee and Lapis Lazuli.
* ''Literature/EastOfEden'' is a CainAndAbel story where the brothers are named Caleb and Aaron, with their father and uncle respectively named Adam and Charles. Also, Adam's wife is named Cathy.
* A major clue in Creator/PeterStraub's novel ''Ghost Story''.
* In ''Literature/FlowersInTheAttic'' by Creator/VCAndrews, the Dollanganger children are named: Christopher, Cathy, Cory and Carrie. Their parents are Chris Sr. and Corrine.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': The future children of [[spoiler: Ron and Hermione are named Rose and Hugo]].
* In ''Literature/TheHuntingOfTheSnark'', almost every one of the unnamed characters has an occupation beginning with B.


[[folder:Live Action TV]]

* On ''Series/{{Angel}}'', Wolfram and Hart employs lawyers Lindsey [=MacDonald=], Lilah Morgan, Lee Mercer, and Linwood Murrow. Given a certain other [[ArchangelLucifer L.M.]], this also counts as DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything.
* Captain John Sheridan and Commander Jeffrey Sinclair of ''Series/BabylonFive'', written by [[Creator/JMichaelStraczynski Joe Straczynski]].
* On ''Series/{{Charmed}},'' the Halliwell family tradition is to give every girl a name starting with a P: grandmother Penny, mother Patty, sisters Prue, Piper, Phoebe, and Paige. Even though Paige is a long-lost sister, her mother still asked her foster parents to give her a name beginning with a P. The pattern is eventually broken by [[spoiler:Wyatt and Chris, who are also the only boys born into the family for quite a while]]. Additionally, when the girls [[spoiler: fake their own deaths, they all take names beginning with a J.]]
* After considerable pestering by Hawkeye, B.J. Hunnicutt of ''Series/{{Mash}}'' eventually revealed why his military file lists only his initials, not his first or middle name: [[spoiler: his parents, Bea and Jay, ''literally'' named him "B.J."]].
* In the ''Series/{{Monk}}'' TieInNovel ''Mr. Monk and the Dirty Cop'', there are characters named '''P'''aul '''B'''raddock and '''B'''ill '''P'''eschel.



* The Music/{{REM}} song "It's the End of the World As We Know It" has this line:
--> "[[SomethingSomethingLeonardBernstein Leonard Bernstein]]! Leonid Brezhnev, Lenny Bruce, and Lester Bangs..."
:: Allegedly it comes from a dream Michael Stipe had[=:=] he was at a party where everyone else had the initials L.B.


[[folder:Video Games]]

* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'': Ada Wong and Albert Wesker.
* Several games for the UsefulNotes/NintendoDS have "DS" as their initials, such as ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow]]'', ''[[VideoGame/NintendoWars Advance Wars: Dual Strike]]'', and ''[[ShinMegamiTensei Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor]]''.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearGhostBabel'': "Ghost Babel" shares the same initials as the GameBoy.
* ''VideoGame/DontStarve'': All of the playable characters name start with a W. [[spoiler:Except for Maxwell, his starts with an upside down W]]
** Turns out that [[spoiler:Maxwell is a stage name; his real name is '''W'''illiam Carter]].
* According to ''[[VideoGame/{{Dizzy}} Fantasy World Dizzy]]'', the Yolkfolk are named Dizzy, Daisy, Denzil, Dylan and Dozy.
* The first three protagonists of the ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' franchise (Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, and Dixie Kong) all have the initials "DK", which also prominently appear on various items and collectibles. The Japanese version extends it one Kong further with "Dinky Kong" (in English, though, he's Kiddy Kong.)
* Done as an April Fools' joke by ''Creator/BlizzardEntertainment''. After the rousing successes of ''VideoGame/StarCraftIIHeartOfTheSwarm'', ''VideoGame/HeroesOfTheStorm'' and ''[[VideoGame/HearthstoneHeroesOfWarcraft Hearth (of the) Stone]]'', they decided to change the name of another game to fit the H.O.T.S. theme: ''[[http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/blog/13611763/ Herald of the Stars]]''.


[[folder:Web Comics]]

* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'': When the mercenaries name their [[TheBattlestar superfortress]] ''Post-Dated Check Loan'', the onboard AI starts going by "Petey" for short. After he becomes [[TheUnfettered an unfettered intelligence]] and starts building a [[HiveMind fleetmind]] to act as a police force for the entire galaxy, he insists on giving every ship the initials "P.D.," such as the ''Predictably Damaged'' ([[{{Irony}} mark I-V]]) and ''Priority Delivery''. When he creates a sovereign nation, he names it the Plenipotent Dominion, which translates roughly to "overpowered empire."
* In ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'', the three brothers in the Mighty family are Marion, Michael, and Morrison (a ShoutOut to Creator/JohnWayne).
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', all the characters' Pesterchum handles (save John's ([=ectoBiologist=]), although it fit ([=ghostyTrickster=]) before he encountered the trolls) contain the letters G C T A, the letters that make up DNA. Additionally, the Exiles all have several names, but are referred to by the same initials each time for convenience' sake (for example, the Warweary Villein later becomes the Wayward Vagabond and later the [[spoiler:Wasteland Vindicator]]. Also, the comic makes heavy use of a [[ChessMotifs chess metaphor]], so when a royal-looking exile shows up with the initials W.Q. there's very little doubt what her original name was.)


[[folder:Web Video]]

* [[WebVideo/SteveDMonster Steve D'Monster]]: Jennifer Squirrel, Julie Squirrel, and Justine Squirrel.


[[folder:Western Animation]]

* In ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn'', it's stated in one episode that the title character's mother's family was ''supposed'' to have names all starting with Ls (her mother is Lydia and her grandmother Lillian), but a mistake when filing the birth certificate rendered Pepper Ann's aunt as "Janie" instead of the intended "Lanie," and it stuck.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' names all begin with B, even those of one shot "guest" powerpuffs (Bullet, Bunny).
** {{Lampshaded}} in TheMovie: [[TrulySingleParent Professor Utonium]] names them Blossom because she opened right up to him, Bubbles because of her bubbly personality, and Buttercup because it also starts with a B.
* Ariel's sisters in ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' are Alana, Adella, Aquata, Attina, Arista, and Andrina.
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}},'' [[LovableLibby Quinn's]] three most constant admirers are named [[ThoseTwoGuys Joey, Jeffy and Jamie]]; one episode's title even refers to them as the "J's." Less obvious are Daria's three main LoveInterests over the course of the series: [[TheSlacker Trent]], [[HomeschooledKids Ted]] and [[TallDarkAndSnarky Tom]].
* Westernanimation/{{The Simpson|s}} family has a thing for middle names starting with J. Originally we just has the letter, but various episodes and supplementary material have established that Bart's middle name is Jojo, Homer's is Jay, Marge's is Jacqueline, and Abe's is Jedediah. Mona's middle name also starts with J, but we don't know what it is. The odd ones out are Lisa, whose middle name is Marie, and Maggie, whose middle name is unknown.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'', most members of the family have the initials L.L., with the exception of Mrs. Loud, whose first name is Rita. Some also have L as their middle initial, with one exception being Lisa, whose middle name is Marie.


[[folder:Real Life]]

* The Royal Navy have been doing this for decades - most of their vessel classes all have the same first letter in the names of their member vessels. For example, all the ''Vanguard''-class [[TheUltimateDefenceOfTheRealm SSBNs]] begin with "V"- ''Vanguard'', ''Victorious'', ''Vigilant'' and ''Vengeance''.
** It goes back over a century in fact, for instance in the first half of the 20th century British destroyers went through the alphabet about twice with classes (one class usually consisting of eight vessel plus a slightly larger leader) each named after a letter of the alphabet (no "X" or "Y" class, though), although there also e. g. "Tribal" class superdestroyers , and "Town" class (the 50 ex-USN destroyers given to the Royal Navy under the Lend-Lease agreement) and "Hunt" class escort destroyers. Other types of vessels according to this trope were submarines ("S", "T" and "U" classes during World War 2) and cruisers ("C", "D" and "E" classes during World War 1). There was also a group of five heavy battleships built during World War 1 that was informally known as the "R" class (HMS Royal Sovereign, Royal Oak, Ramillies, Revenge, and Resolution).
* NATO designation of Soviet materiel. Fighter plane codenames all start with an F (Flanker, Foxbat, Fulcrum, Fishbed...), helicopters with an H (Hind, Hip, Havoc, Halo...) while strategic bombers all start with a B (Blinder, Bear, Backfire...). Air-to-air missiles all start with an A (Archer, Apex, Acrid...), air-to-ground all start with a K (Kingfish, Kelt, Kickback...), and SAMs all start with a G (Gainful, Gecko, Gaskin). Oddly enough, submarine codenames break the theme - most are called after letters in the radio alphabet (Tango, Charlie, Foxtrot etc...).