Brought to You by the Letter "S"
Superheroes are in many ways much like athletes. Both frequently perform amazing physical feats we envy; both often collect themselves into teams with fancy names; both wear colorful, form-fitting uniforms.
And both have a tendency to adorn those uniforms with single letters of the alphabet. Stumped for a Chest Insignia
? Just style up the first letter of your Code Name
in sufficiently distinctive typeface
, and have at it! It doesn't even have to be the first letter. It can be just your favorite letter, or it could be your full name!
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Anime and Manga
- Ichi of Ichi the Killer wears a big "1" on his back, since his name means "one" in Japanese.
- Similarly, Ah! My Goddess's Keiichi, when he took part in the drag bike race, wore a jacket with "K-1" on the back. In the manga, he frequently signs his notes that way, as shorthand.
- Mazinger Z: Although the original series avoided this, in later retellings and spin-offs Mazinger-Z wore a big "Z" letter in such the chest, the Hover Pilder or the Jet Scrander.
- The big red R for Rocket of Team Rocket, general bad guys of the Pokémon series. Of course, there's also Teams Magma, Aqua, and Galactic - these three use a font style that's a bit more original, but there's still the 'M', 'A', and 'G'.
- Team Rocket had a form of Lampshade Hanging of this in an episode. They set up a fake Pokemon Center by covering part of the letter 'R' painted on the wall with a piece of paper, making it look like the 'P' associated with Pokemon Centers.
- Gai Shishioh from GaoGaiGar wears a large "G" on the right side of his chest.
- "G" is for the entire Gutsy Galaxy Guard. "J", likewise, is for the J-Ark Fleet, manned by Soldat J cyborgs. In both cases, the letter appears inside their Power Crystals (the G-Stone and the J-Jewel) when they get a powerup.
- "G" is for... Speed Racer, because his name in the original anime is Go Mifune (he also wears an "M" on his helmet to represent Mifune Racing). His girlfriend Trixie has an "M" on her blouse, for Michi Shimura.
- The late 80's comic version of Speed Racer by NOW Comics claimed that the "G" stood for Greg, which was Speed's real name in the comic (making him Greg Racer).
- Chargeman Ken has a large letter "K" on his orange sweater.
- Bleach's Ichigo Kurosaki has a 15 on his room's door. It becomes kind of a pun if you realize "Ichi" is 1 and "Go" is 5. Plus he's 15.
- His sister refers to him as 'Ichi-nii', which, while short for 'Ichigo-niisan' (big brother Ichigo), is also similar-sounding to ichi-ni, which translates as "1-2". Ichi-niisan itself sounds a lot like ichi-ni-san, which is "1-2-3".
- The Straw Hat Pirates of One Piece periodically wear shirts featuring numbers significant to them:
- Luffy wears a '01' because he is captain or a '56' which reads 'go-mu'.
- Zoro, next in command wears '02'
- Nami wears a '03' as well as '73' (Na-mi)
- Usopp wears a '04'
- Sanji sports a '05' as well as '32' (San-ji) and '56' (Ko-kuu/kokku)
- Dr. Minami in Heroman has an M on his shirt. Wonder why.
- In Future GPX Cyber Formula, all the cars have numbers throughout the series.
- The "S" in later Asurada models stands for "Sugo", the racing team the main character, Hayato is in. Shoemacher/Osamu in 11, also has the letter "S" in his racing suit. And Kaga's racing suit has the letter "Z" in it, as he belonged to Aoi ZIP formula.
- Some of the team logos also has letters in it, like the "S" for Sugo and "Z" for Aoi ZIP.
- "A" is for Action Kamen, though it's on his belt only. The Spanish dub completely ignored it and called him "Ultrahéroe".
- In The Incredibles:
- "i" — distinctly lowercase with a prominent dot — is for Mr. Incredible, and later his whole family.
- "EG" is for Elasti-Girl; she dropped this after the intro of the movie, for plot-explained reasons.
- "S" is for Syndrome.
- "G" is for G-Girl, from My Super Ex-Girlfriend. G-Girl was notable for not having just one costume but (being a hip New Yorker) a whole closetful, each distinguished only by a "G" motif.
- Interestingly, she never explains what the G stands for.
- "1" in an "engraved" style similar to that on the one dollar bill for U.S. Bill of The Specials.
- "M" is for both Megamind and Metro Man. After Metro Man faked his death he chose to change his name to "Music Man" and pursue a career as a singer.
- "G" is for Grabowski in Cat City.
- Inverted in Man of Steel, when Lois asks Superman:
Lois: What does the "S" stand for?
Superman: It's not an "S." On my planet, it's the symbol for "Hope."
Lois: Well, here on Earth, it's an "S".
Live Action TV
- "H" is for Hurricane, former resident superhero of the WWE. "R" is for Rosey, his boy (well, 300-pound Samoan who acts like a boy) sidekick.
- Scott Steiner used the Superman S — actually the full Superman logo, until the expected legal action forced a change to an S in an ellipse.
- In another non-superheroic example, during his WWE tenure, the number "13" was for Tazz. According to Tazz, the "13" represented the bad luck his opponents must have had to have drawn him as their opponent for the evening.
- Some of Kurt Angle's singlets featured an "A" inside a Superman-esque shield, obviously standing for Angle. In his typical smartass fashion, The Rock came up with his own vulgar ideas of what the "A" stood for.
- Yu-Gi-Oh: H is for Elemental Hero, but D is for Destiny Hero and N is for Neo-Spacian (although just to be confusing, one Elemental Hero works with all Neo-Spacians). Not to mention that each of the letters of the word 'Hero' has its own card. Since one of them gets any Elemental Hero from the deck to your hand, and another Special Summons an Elemental Hero from the Graveyard, this could be a literal case of Brought To You By The Letter S (or in this case, E/O).
- The Ultra Marines logo in Warhammer 40,000 is a stylized U that looks more like an upside down Greek letter Omega.
- Akuma from Street Fighter has a winpose where the kanji for "heavenly sky" shines on his back, usually done after defeating an opponent with his Raging Demon super. It's pronounced "ten", by the way.
- "M" is for Mario, "L" is for Luigi, "W" is for Wario, and logically enough, "Γ" (capital Gamma) is for Waluigi. All these symbols appear on characters' hats, rather than on their chests.
- City of Heroes' ridiculously extensive costume creator gives you a choice of the entire uppercase Latin alphabet and figures 0–9. After six months of subscription, players get to access all letters of the Greek alphabet, uppercase and lowercase.
- Although ironically for a superhero game, not many players follow this trope.
- Klavier Gavin (Kyouya Garyuu in the Japanese version) in Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney has a G pendant.
- DK! Donkey Kong! On his tie, uniquely enough, but it's also his only piece of clothing.
- In Mega Man Zero, Copy-X wears a jacket that crosses over his chest like an X (as do his four Guardians) and Cyber-Elf X looks like a ball with a rainbow X around it, foreshadowing his identity. In Mega Man X 8, X's earpieces have X-shaped lights and his new basic form in Command Mission has a stylized white X on his chest.
- Marisa Kirisame's design in the 12th Touhou game, Undefined Fantastic Object, gives her an apron with a large "M" on it.
- Hina Kagiyama, a curse/misfortune goddess, has a stylized kanji 厄 (yaku) on her dress, meaning "misfortune".
- In Space Channel 5 Part 2, "P" stands for Purge.
- Twilight Heroes features the "letter shirt" for its superheroes, which can be customized to show any capitalized letter in the English alphabet.
- Porky Minch from EarthBound wears an M on his shirt, for "Minch". His clay model artwork shows a P on the shirt instead, probably for "Porky".
- Homestar Runner
- "M" is for Strong Mad.
- Coach Z wears a medallion with a stylized letter "Z" on it.
- "TH" is for Bubs' alter ego, the Thnikkaman.
- Homsar wears a shirt bearing his name. In his Slash costume in "3 Times Halloween Funjob", it said "Slash" instead.
- In PS238, a Batman-like hero called The Revenant wears a stylized letter "R" on his chest.
- Mister Mighty, of Everyday Heroes, of course wears a gold "M" in an oval.
- His teammate, Dot Dash, wears a dot-and-dash on her chest; Morse code for the letter "A". This is one of the most convoluted Punny Name references ever: The dot is for her first name Dorothea, the dash is for her super-speed, the "A" is for her maiden name of Axel, and Morse code for her married name of Morse.
- In The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!, after Bob very briefly becomes a Super Hero and then loses his powers, he says his one real regret is that he used a permanent laundry marker to make the "B" logo on his shirt.
- Evan from The Wotch always wears a shirt with a capital "E" on it. Lilly wears a dress with a lil' 'e' on it instead.
- "50", as found on the back of America's jacket, stands for the 50 states, natch. This detail was removed in the anime.
- Homestuck: When Kanaya imagines a troll version of Rose, she wears a dress with her initials, RL.
- The actual trolls themselves are this as well, in a strange and roundabout way. The symbols the trolls wear on their shirts are twelve out of thousands which just so happen to coincide with our own zodiac symbols. Each color acknowledged by the hemospectrum has a library of hundreds of symbols associated with it; every troll is assigned one after they pupate, and they must wear it somewhere upon their person their entire lives. This symbol acts as a single-character signature for them and they may, in fact, sign documents with it.
- 'P' for Phase, in "Boston Brawl II" of the Whateley Universe. Since Phase is a density changer like the Vision, the 'P' starts out dense at the top and fades away at the bottom. Phase hates it.
- 'C' is for C the speed-of-light-octogenarian in Legion of Nothing.
- 'J' for Jock, a super-athlete with heightened reflexes from the Global Guardians PBEM Universe.
- 'E' for Embrace, a stretchable supervillain. Also for Echo, a superhero with ultrasonic powers.
- 'A' for Apex.
- 'V' for Velocity.
- There's even one villain with a number: '8' for Eight-Ball.
- 'S' for Simon of the Yogscast in real life: He wears a distinctive blue Superman hoody. For a time in 2011, Simon's character Honeydew in the Yogscast Minecraft Series had a metallic S symbol over his chest, which Simon claimed was for Simon AND Superman.
- In Neopets, most Aishas have collars with the letter 'A' on them. The Darigan-colored one has a 'D' instead, and the Snot-'colored' one has an 'S'.
- "A" is for Alvin, as in Alvin and the Chipmunks.
- "R" is for Richie Rich, at least as Hanna-Barbera animated him.
- "M" is for Marvin White, the aspiring superhero in the first season of Superfriends.
- "J" and "Z" are for Jayna and Zan, the Wonder Twins.
- In the classic Bugs Bunny short "Super-Rabbit", "S" stands for Super too.
- All Canadians on South Park have either the first letter of their name (T for Terrence, P for Phillip, etc.) or their position (f for fans at a football game) on their shirt.
- I.R. Baboon from I Am Weasel has an upside-down "IR" scribbled on his shirt.
- After fiddling around with casual outfits for José Carioca's comic book series, they eventually settled on a T-Shirt with a "Z" on it, for "Zé".
- "8" is for Manic 8-Ball, a one-shot villain from The Venture Bros.
- "DP" is for Danny Phantom (the "P" is inside the "D").
- "F!" is for Freakazoid!.
- "H" (inside a male symbol) is for Captain Hero of Drawn Together. It's actually his real name, though (Leslie Hero).
- "A?" is for a Canadian superhero appearing extremely briefly in an episode of Eek! The Cat.
- "A" is for Atom Ant.
- "C" is for Coil Man of the Impossibles and for Curly Howard of the Robonic Stooges.
- "CR" is for Captain Rescue.
- "D" is for Dynomutt.
- "DM" is for Danger Mouse.
- "F" is for Fluid Man of the Impossibles, for his namesake of the Super Globetrotters, for Frankenstein Jr. and for Blue Falcon.
- "G" is for Gizmo Man of the Super Globetrotters; Inspector Gadget also has a few of these, most notably on his Gadget-mobile.
- "L" is for Larry Fine of the Robonic Stooges (and "M" is for Moe and "C" is for Curly, of course(.
- "M" is for Multiple Man of the Impossibles, for his namesake of the Super Globetrotters and for Moe Howard of the Robonic Stooges.
- "Q" was (briefly) for Quiverwing Quack; Darkwing Duck's daughter really wants in on the family business.
- "SD" is for Scooby-Doo (on his engraved dog-tag).
- "SG" for Super Goof as he appeared on House of Mouse and in the comics.
- "U" is for Underdog.
- "N" is for Captain N: The Game Master. It's actually a Varsity letter on a Letterman jacket, so In-Universe, it's more of a convenience that his school's name and the company that produced his favored console (and the fact that Videoland is populated pretty exclusively by characters from or inspired by that company's games) share an initial letter.
- "KP" is for "Kim Possible". She doesn't wear the insignia, but it does appear on the screen of her Kimmunicator.
- "M" is for the so-called Mysterious Mare Do Well of the alike-titled My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode, whose full-body costume includes a cloak clasp bearing the letter.
- "B" is for Burners, as of Motorcity. The Burners wear a stylized B somewhere on their attire, save for Julie, to hide it from her father, Abraham Kane.
- In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (the 1987-1996), each Turtle has a belt buckle with their first initial on it.
- Anne Boleyn famously had a necklace with the letter B.
- Many sports teams use this, particularly Major League Baseball. As of the 2012 season, only 4 teams do not have letters on their caps (Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Astros, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians) and all of those four at one point did but have since changed it.
- The Minnesota Twins sport "TC" on their caps, standing for "Twin Cities."