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Egocentric Team Naming
Sly Cooper: We're friends! Equals!
: Then why
is it called "the Cooper Gang", you self-centered ego-maniac?!
This is when someone names his team/group after himself. Sometimes justified in that the group namer is the most famous member, but sometimes it's just a point of self aggrandizement. And sometimes it won't even be noticed by the namer.
Note this doesn't
include "X and the Ys" names unless Y is very strongly related to X which would be Face of the Band
, or instances like The Mighty Ducks
where they named the team after someone else, in that case, to get that someone to sponsor them.
of Meaningful Rename
, Conspicuous Consumption
and Airstrip One
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Anime & Manga
- Mr. Fantastic named the Fantastic Four and himself simultaneously. Their Evil Counterpart, the U-Foes, are named after the member whose idea it was to get bombarded with cosmic rays in the first place: Simon Utrecht, alias Vector. It's important to note, though, that this was Ironclad's idea.
- Among the New X-Men groups, one member was codenamed Hellion, and the team advisor chose the name... the Hellions. A different member lampshades this: "Hey, did we just become Hellion and the Hellions?"
- The X-Men themselves, with Charles Xavier, aka Professor X. He swears he didn't name them after himself, but after the X-gene.
- Mr T and the T-Force
- Archie Comics
- Archie named his rock 'n' roll group "The Archies". Reggie suggested re-naming the group "the Reggies". And Veronica, whose ego can sometimes match Reggie's, also nominated her own name once.
- That Wilkin Boy features Bingo's band the Bingoes, who were just Expies of the Archies.
- Blue Devil Annual #1 had several supernatural-themed characters team up. At the end, the Creeper suggests they be a regular team called "The Creeper's Spirit Squad". Which everyone thinks "the stupidest idea I've ever heard!"
- Would you believe that the Incorruptibly Purely Pure and Humble Superman has one? Ladies and gentlemen, introducing Team Superman. The Supermen of America don't actually count for this trope despite the name since they were Lex Luthor's idea. Nice job creating your own enemies, Lex.
- Batman as well, before Batman Inc. "franchised" the idea, there was the Batmen of All Nations in Pre Crisis times. Though only one of them was called Batman.
- The Sinestro Corps in the Green Lantern, which could have been called the Yellow Lantern Corps, but was instead named after its founder. Oddly enough he didn't come up with the name on his own but rather was given to him by Booster Gold, who was distracting Sinestro by claiming to be his biggest fan in the future and a member of the "Sinestro Corps"...
Films — Live-Action
- Casino Royale (1967): Once James Bond becomes head of MI6 after the previous M gets offed, the very first thing he does is rename all his agents, male and female, James Bond 007 as a ploy to confuse the enemy.
- In Ocean's Twelve, the main cast is upset that they are being called "Ocean's Eleven" because the name is centered on Danny Ocean. This example is unusual in that it wasn't Danny who came up with the name.
- Invoked in Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix: When Harry's secret group of students was caught and brought before the headmaster, Dumbledore claimed responsibility for the whole thing, noting how their charter specifically read "Dumbledore's Army, not Potter's Army".
- Starship Troopers states that this is a typical naming theme for Mobile Infantry companies, using the commander's name with some Added Alliterative Appeal to produce examples such as Rasczak's Roughnecks.
- Bon Jovi, named after lead singer Jon Bon Jovi (or Bongiovi, to give his actual family name, which is pronounced exactly the same way). SNL did a sketch about this.
- Van Halen, named after brothers Eddie (lead guitar) and Alex (drums)
- Daughtry, formed and fronted by American Idol season 5 finalist Chris Daughtry.
- Alice Cooper.
- This is actually a subversion, as "Alice Cooper" was simply a name the band members happened upon while playing with a ouija board. Vincent Furnier didn't adopt it as his actual name until he left the band.
- Also subverted by Blondie. Although Debbie Harry had often been called "Blondie" prior to the band being formed, the name technically referred to the entire band and not just to her.
- Dio (Ronnie James Dio et al.)
- Meat Loaf Soul aka just Meat Loaf.
- Maybe Marilyn Manson.
- Similar to the Alice Cooper example in that the name refers to both the group and the stage name of the lead vocalist. The band was originally called Marilyn Manson & The Spooky Kids.
- Santana, named after lead guitarist Carlos Santana.
- Bill Haley And His Comets (cf. Halley's Comet).
- The Beatles used in their early years both "Johnny and the Moondogs" and "Long John and the Silvermen" (referencing Long John Silver).
- Ben Folds Five (a trio).
- Selena Gomez and The Scene. Note that "The Scene" part comes from the fact that Selena has been called a "wannabe scene" and thus ONLY refers to Selena. Selena actually wanted to form a band with a band identity, a la Paramore; it was her label that wanted her name in the group's name.
- In a similar fashion to the above, Marina and the Diamonds is often mistaken for this. The "Diamonds" part refers to her fans.
- Rainbow was originally referred to (it's even on the first album's cover) as Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow.
- Dave Matthews Band
- Florence + the Machine - Florence Welch and Isabella "Machine" Summers (they started as a duo, but eventually got more bandmembers, though the songs are usually written just by them - or just Florence and another person)
- Michael Monroe's band is called... Michael Monroe.
- Von Hertzen Brothers. They were originally just the three brothers, but they have since added a drummer and keyboardist who are not related.
- Sade is named after the lead singer, Folasade "Sade" Adu.
- Semi-example: The Cleveland Browns were named after their first coach, Paul Brown, after a "name the team" contest. Brown himself preferred the name "Panthers", but someone else already had the rights to the name "Cleveland Panthers".
- The Charlotte Bobcats were named after their founding owner Robert "Bob" Jackson.
- The New York Rangers are so named because its founder was "Tex" Rickard, leading to the punny nickname "Tex's Rangers".
- Super Mario Bros., unless you go with the "Mario Mario and Luigi Mario" explanation.
- This is the basic premise of Mario Party 2. The Mario characters create a new world that is initially named Mario Land, but each one wants to name the world after himself or herself, so they have a contest to determine who gets to name it.
- Sonic Heroes gives us Team Sonic and Team Rose. Averted by Team Dark and Team Chaotix. At the end of the game, for the sake of a Title Drop Sonic refers to them collectively as "Sonic Heroes!" You'd think he might've asked first if the others were okay with that...
- In Star Control II, there's a part where you can pick the name of your new coalition. Options include "The New Alliance of Free Stars", "The Concordance of Alien Nations", "The United Federation of Worlds" and "The Empire of (Insert your name here)". Hayes is a bit put off if you choose the Empire of Me option, but goes along with it.
- Attempted but failed by Deadpool in Marvel Ultimate Alliance, who attempts to name the team "Deadpool and His Lackeys!".
- During the end credits, he actually argues with the developer over the game itself not being called "Deadpool and his Inferior Friends".
- Various team names in the Fire Emblem series invoke this. For example Lyndis' Legion and The Greil Mercenaries. Interestingly the Greil Mercenaries kept that name even after they changed leadership.
- Actually called out in the Sly Cooper games. In the third game, the main villain Dr. M accuses Sly of thinking himself better than his teammates. Sly denies this, saying that he and his team are equals. M retorts that if that's true, then why are they called the Cooper Gang?
- Starcraft II has Raynor's Raiders, formerly known as Raynor's Rangers when they were upholding the law.
- Mutant League Football: as part of the deal that got superstar player K.T. Slayer, his new team and their home town changed their name for him. He now plays for the Slaycity Slayers.
- Schlock Mercenary:
- The comic revolves around a band of mercenaries, "Tagon's Toughs", led by Kaff Tagon. At the group's formation, there's a three-way argument between Tagon, Breya and Schlock who want to name the group for themselves, but Tagon wins out because he's already gotten the business cards printed.
- There's also "Pranger's Bangers", named for its commanding officer Drake Pranger, which figures prominently in one story arc.
- It seems to be the standard for a Mercenary group to be named after their captain and a rhyming and/or alliterative word, given that the next mercenary group we see, are Jude Shafter and Shafter's Shifters.
- In the Avatar: The Last Airbender episode "The Drill", Sokka sees the Earth Kingdom's "Terra Team" gains a minor obsession with giving his own group a cool name. While he knows to name it after Aang instead of himself, one idea he tries to justify like this - "The Boomer-Aang Gang" — is named after his own weapon.
- Kim Possible: Team Go, a team of superheroes made up of five siblings (Hego, Shego, Mego, and a pair of twins named Wego). It's assumed that Hego named the group as he's the leader and seems to be the eldest, but Mego is the self-centered one of the group. That is not to say, however, that Hego (who is not without his personality flaws) wouldn't do such an act.
- Jackie Chan Adventures
- Jade names their group of allies "the J-Team" (which sticks). It's ostensibly after Jackie, but...
- When Finn, Ratso, and Chow finally get fed up with just being treated as mooks all the time, Finn decides to form his own gang with them, but he can NEVER settle on any suitable name, most of them all involving or inspired by his name somewhere in it.
- The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
- When Jimmy and his friends gain superpowers due to cosmic radiation, he immediately calls them the "N-Men" (as in Neutron Men), despite a couple of protests.
- In the episode where they form a band, Sheen proposes the name "Sheen and the Sheenettes".
- G.I. Joe's original founding member was Lt. (later General) Joseph Colton — code name GIJOE.
- Frisky Dingo featured Awesome X and the X-ticles, a team of well-funded badass normals. They Fight Crime.
- In Phineas and Ferb: Summer Belongs to You!, Dr. Doofenshmirtz tries this after hitching a ride from his enemies:
- When trying to come up with a name for their Five-Man Band, Sadlygrove and Rubilax suggest "The Brotherhood of Grovy" and "Rubi and Fools", respectively. They eventually settle for "The Brotherhood of the Tofu", after the Team Pet.
- Appears again in the second season.
We're gonna form a close and powerful group aiming to capture Anathar. And we will call it... THE JUSTICE CLIQUE
- In Beetlejuice, spoiled Alpha Bitch Claire names her band "Claire and the Claire-inettes."
- The Batman - Penguin sets up a team of himself, Killer Croc, Firefly, Ragdoll and...Killer Moth.
Penguin: Folks, tonight we show Gotham - and the Bat-jerks - the power of Team Penguin!
Firefly: What if we call ourselves "The Gotham Gangsters"?
Penguin: Team Penguin is not up for debate!
- This has become popular in Australian Politics lately, partly because of problems with registering more mundane names. Thus with seats in parliament are Katter's Australia Party, and Palmer's United Australia party. The extremist and much older (now dead) Pauline's United Australia Party is another example. All of these originate in the state of Queensland, famous for its conservative political mavericks.
- Polish political stage once had a party named Ruch Palikota (Palikot's Movement), which evolved from an association called Ruch Poparcia Palikota (Movement of Support for Palikot). In 2013 they changed that name to more neutral Twój Ruch (Your Movement).