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Fun With Acronyms: Web Comics
  • In Fisheye Placebo, there is the Bureau of Information Technology and Civil Harmony. Also known as the B.I.T.C.H.
  • Fans! adjusted the Federal Bureau of Investigation into the Fantasmagorical Investigation Bureau, or FIB.
  • The secret anti-alien organization in It's Walky! is called SEMME... which does stand for something, but the author has yet to reveal what. It's pronounced like "semi", creating useful pun fuel. In one strip, part of the E on their building is blown off, prompting Walky to start calling the organization "SEMMF".
    • I'd think there'd be more pun fuel if it were pronounced how it looks.
    • The author once claimed to have forgotten what SEMME stood for (having invented it in his childhood).
  • On The Wotch, one character guessed that the first two letters of the radical feminist group D.O.L.L.Y. stood for "Daughters of", but the rest was never determined and the leader was defeated just before she could reveal its full meaning - and turned into a dolly as punishment .
  • In a 1990s Penn State in-joke (because PepsiCo seemed to have a great deal of influence at the college), The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob! once had a giant monster called the People-Eating Poly-Sorbate Insectoid.
  • The KA Mics had the Semi-Mystical Otherworldy Gates or S.M.O.G. Nothing deep about the name though, the author took the acronym from a running gag he was part of on one of Nitcentral's humor threads.
  • Mr. Mighty in Everyday Heroes is a member of The Society of Amazing, Valiant, and Extrememly Unselfish Superheroes ... S.A.V.E.U.S.
    • According to the cast page, Mr. Mighty has previously worked for the Team Hoping to Uphold Decency (THUD), the White House Advanced Personnel Protective Office (WHAPPO), the American-Mexican International Group Of Superheroes (AMIGOS), and the Group Of Official Do-Gooders United In Suppressing Evil (GOOD GUISE.).
  • This episode of WCI High spoofs Captain Marvel when Blossom Pearl invokes her "magic word".
  • Spoofed in this spoilerific entry for "anti-HEROES", a comic which seriously ripped off the art style of The Order of the Stick.
  • Sluggy Freelance had the 'Notification of Unified Kindness' Envelopes as the ultimate weapon within the Dimension of Peace.
    • Also, from this strip, we get Recording Editable Content Application Peripheral.
    • And before that we get 4U City's Maternal Obedience Maintenance Medicating Y-Frames and the Chem-Lab Review and Assignment of Personnel Riff teaches.
  • xkcd kicks it up a notch with the International Choice of Urinal Protocol. Think about that for a second.
    • A straighter example is this strip, where Douglas Hofstadter's autobiography reads, "I'm So Meta, Even This Acronym".
  • Penny Arcade gives us Gamers Against Exercise, a theoretical support group founded by Gabe who support traditional, controller-based gaming. Especially funny on a shirt.
  • The Perpetual Aquarium had the fish take the Comprehesive Assessment and Report of Progress, or CARP. This was lampshaded when one of the fish comments that basing a year's progress isn't CARP, it's C——, and, when interrupted, comments that he likes anagrams.
  • The Faster-Than-Light Travel drive in the Freefall universe is called the Dangerous And Very Expensive drive.
    • The name was suggested by a reader after the writer decided he had to call it something so he might as well call it DAVE.
  • The Trustworthy Room test from Tower of God requires to gather rooms and teammates, though with a high risk of losing ones room. So Ja Wangnan and Nia decide to do it the gentlemanly way: Operation S.I.R., Stay In the Room.
  • Irregular Webcomic! has the Secret Action Squadron Team of Cryptid Hunters.
  • In the Jet Dream Remix Comic, the T-Girls represent NATO's Joint Elite Team, Division of Raiding-Expert Aeronautical Maidens (J.E.T. D.R.E.A.M., or usually just "Jet Dream.") Their "little sister" team is Junior Echelon, Teen T-Girls, Elle-Boys, and Esprit-Girls (Natural!), or J.E.T. T.E.E.N. Both organizations must deal with the sinister schemes of Zoned Extortion and Removal, Occidental (Z.E.R.O.).
  • Erfworld has Lord Stanley the Tool's elite hobgobwin knights, the Knights In Stanley's Service. They are, of course, a reference to the band KISS; their "war paint" is the makeup KISS wears onstage, and their name is a reference to the old moral panic-driven legend that KISS stood for "Knights In Satan's Service" (which it didn't).
  • The GIGAHERTZ, or Gizmonic Institute Graphical Automated Hyper-Enhancement of Reality through Teleportation and, uh... Zoom, from The Way of the Metagamer.
    • Responded to with the Clayton Forrester Volumetrically Displayed Entertainment and World-Taking Over Device, or, uh... CFVDEWTOD (khfhvhdootodd?) for short.
  • Penny Arcade played with it:
    General: We call it the Kinetic Ingestion Regulator Bio-Yorganism.
    Meta Knight: Yorganism?
  • PHD explained how to create those.
  • Homestuck has Nepeta's planet, the Land Of Little Cubes And Tea. (LOLCAT)
    • Jake English gets a Land Of Mounds And Xenon. In case you're wondering...
    • And then later, when Caliborn takes over the narritive and is retelling the story, he can't remember the name of Dave's planet, and so invents his own. What does he call it? Land of Someone's Handicraft I Took (LOSHIT).
  • The Crossover Wars had their DRACO (Dimensional Reality Arcane Crossover Organizer)
  • El Goonish Shive being a Word Salad Title, it's no wonder that according to some fans,
    "EGS" really stands for "Extremely Gratuitous Shapeshifting"
  • Sarah Zero has the Privacy Investigation Schadenfreude Secret Service
  • Freaking Awful Puns has scared away some potential readers with its acronym.
  • Played with in Skin Horse:
    Violet: And you're U.N.I.T.Y.
    Unity: Yep!
    Violet: The Upgradeable Necrotic Independent... what?
    Unity: We don't talk about my acronym.
    Violet: Sorry, did I touch a nerve?
    Unity: Well, you know. People died and stuff.
    Violet: People died... because of your acronym.
    Unity: The committee meetings, man! It was law of the jungle!
    • In a later arc, we meet G.O.D.O.T., an AI whose primary function is a military-grade backronym generator. It turns out G.O.D.O.T. went mad trying to work out what U.N.I.T.Y. could stand for, which is presumably the point at which people died.
  • From Wasted Talent, Jam's suggestion for an agriculture program.
  • BOOBS (Basic Organizational and Operational BaSeband) of Ask Boobs, a Tumblr-based Tron webcomic. The origins of her name are explained in this comic. She's, er...appropriately named.
  • Dork Tower has a Take That to Michael Bay, advertising that people should use the hashtag #TAINT (Teenage Alien Imposter Ninja Turtles) for his TMNT movie.
  • In this Captain SNES: The Game Masta comic, we discover that Dalton is recruiting villains from different video worlds. His name for the team? The Daltonian Hyper-Oceanic Piratical Extortion Squad.
  • The Packrat has the Memorymoog Acoustic Death Ray, a Death Ray powered by a Memorymoog polyphonic synthesizer.
  • White Dark Life has the Boyfriend Invented for Lonely Ladies, Naturally the character is named BILL.
  • Bruno the Bandit once started a unicorn rights group which fit this trope.

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