->'''Sly Cooper''': We're friends! ''Equals''!
->'''[[BigBad Dr. M]]''': Then ''why'' is it called "the Cooper Gang", you self-centered ego-maniac?!
-->-- ''VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves''

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 FaceOfTheBand, or instances like ''Film/TheMightyDucks'' where they named the team after someone else, in that case, to get that someone to sponsor them.

SubTrope of MeaningfulRename.

Compare {{Egopolis}}, ConspicuousConsumption and AirstripOne.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/{{BECK}}'', when the main characters are trying to come up with a name for their band, lead guitarist Ryuusuke spends a moment on the floor writing ideas. When he's finished, he holds it up proudly, and every suggestion contains his name, like [[Music/JimiHendrix "The Ryuusuke Experience"]] and so on. Of course, no-one was impressed, though the fangirls that hang around them were amused.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' has the Ginyu Force, named after Captain Ginyu.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', the group of pirates the series follows is called the Straw Hat Pirates, even though Luffy, the captain, is the only one who wears a straw hat. This goes for most other pirates, who are either named after the captain (Whitebeard Pirates, Kidd Pirates, Buggy Pirates) or an attribute of the captain that no other crewmember has (Spade Pirates, Red-Haired Pirates, Firetank Pirates). Less often, a pirate crew has a name that actually covers the whole crew rather than just the captain.
* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'': Haruhi's SOS Brigade doesn't look like this... until you expand the acronym and find that the second S stands for Suzumiya.
* In ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', Yukari has the class separate into two teams for a game of dodge-ball. Naturally, she's the leader of one of the teams, named "Team Yukari".
* ''Manga/ShamanKing'' has Ren's team -- which he named Team "The Ren".
* Shinta Fukuda from ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}'' likes to refer to the group of mangaka protagonists trying to get published as "Team Fukuda". He first tried to go for "Team Niizuma" after the fact that, albeit quickly, he, Mashiro and Nakai worked under Niizuma, but quickly changes it to the current form when talking to Mashiro on the phone.
--> '''Fukuda:''' You're already part of Team Niizuma- I mean, Team Fukuda.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Mr. Fantastic named the Comicbook/FantasticFour and himself simultaneously. Their EvilCounterpart, 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.
* ''Creator/MrT and the T-Force''
* ''ArchieComics''
** 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 [[{{Expy}} Expies]] of the Archies.
* ''ComicBook/BlueDevil 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 [[IncorruptiblePurePureness Incorruptibly Purely Pure]] and [[HumbleHero Humble]] Franchise/{{Superman}} has one? Ladies and gentlemen, introducing [[http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Superman_Family#Team_Superman Team Superman]]. [[http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Supermen_of_America 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.
* Franchise/{{Batman}} as well, before Batman Inc. "franchised" the idea, there was the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batmen_of_All_Nations Batmen of All Nations]] in Pre Crisis times. Though only one of them was called Batman.
* The [[SinestroCorpsWar Sinestro Corps]] in the ''Comicbook/GreenLantern'', which could have been called the Yellow Lantern Corps, but was instead named after its [[{{Sinestro}} founder]]. Oddly enough he didn't come up with the name on his own but rather was given to him by ComicBook/BoosterGold, who was distracting Sinestro by claiming to be his biggest fan in the future and a member of the "[[LineOfSightName Sinestro Corps]]"...
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/CasinoRoyale1967'': Once Film/JamesBond 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 ''[[Film/OceansEleven 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.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Invoked in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'': 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".
* ''Literature/StarshipTroopers'' states that this is a typical naming theme for Mobile Infantry companies, using the commander's name with some AddedAlliterativeAppeal to produce examples such as Rasczak's Roughnecks. Though when Rasczak buys a farm and Sergeant Jelal takes charge he vetoes an attempt to rename the company "Jelal's Jaguars" out of respect for the old man. [[spoiler: It ends up "Rico's Roughnecks" when Rico make lieutenant.]]
* ''Literature/HammersSlammers'' are a mercenary company under the command of Colonel Alois Hammer.
* ''[[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar Collegium Chronicles]]'': When the Kirball teams first formed, the students tried to name the teams according to this trope. The instructors promptly stomped on that, saying that the teams were meant to continue after the team captains went into Whites.
* The ''Literature/CoDominium'' has Falkenberg's Legion, which consists of troops who followed Colonel John Christian Falkenberg when he was drummed out of the Line Marines.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''ILoveLucy'': When Lucy and Ethel try to name their new dress shop, they decide to combine their names but can't settle on which one sounds better; LucyEth or EthelLu (a clever reference to Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball's production company Desilu). Another episode has the Ricardos and the Mertzes buying a diner and then each person wanting to name the diner after themselves.
* In ''Series/{{Angel}}'', there's Angel Investigations, and when he leaves, the group all try to name the group after themselves, but decide to keep the original name.
* ''Series/HappyDays''
** A somewhat similar bit occurs after Arnold's burns down, and Al & Fonzie are preparing to reopen. (Fonzie has invested his life savings.) Al wants to call the new establishment Big Al's, and Fonzie wants to call it Fonzie's. The finally compromise and call it... Arnold's.
** Also from ''Happy Days'', fictional bands "Johnny Fish and the Fins" and "Leather Tuscadaro and the Suedes".
* In ''Series/{{Monk}}'', Randy Disher's garage rock band was called "The Randy Disher Project".
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''
** Sheldon tries to get Leonard's app development team to name the app after himself, twice. The first time Sheldon uses [[FunWithAcronyms an acronym]] and the second time he spells [[SdrawkcabName his name backward]].
** In another episode the guys team up to help Sheldon get over his fear of public speaking, comparing themselves to the X-Men. Sheldon thinks that "Since I am Sheldon Cooper, you shall be my [[InnocentInnuendo C-Men]]."
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'':
-->'''Monica:''' Go, Team Monica!\\
''(murderous glares)''\\
'''Monica:''' Okay, we'll think of a name later.
* ''Series/TheColbertReport'': Creator/StephenColbert mocked this, claiming to have had a band in the eighties called "Stephen and the Colberts".
* An episode of ''HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' had the characters founding the Olympic Games. When they're trying to come up with a name, Salmoneus suggests "The Salmoneus Games." No one is amused.
* This trend is the source of humor in ''TheKidsInTheHall'' sketch about the three-man garage band "Rod Torkelson's Armada Featuring Herman Menderchuk".
* ''The Wallace and Ladmo Show'' created a FakeBand called Hubb Kapp and the Wheels, who actually landed a record contract before deciding they'd prefer to stay in Phoenix and do local TV.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Music/BonJovi, named after lead singer Jon Bon Jovi (or Bongiovi, to give his actual family name, which is pronounced exactly the same way). ''[[Series/SaturdayNightLive SNL]]'' did a sketch about this.
* Music/VanHalen, named after [[BandOfRelatives brothers]] Eddie (lead guitar) and Alex (drums)
* Daughtry, formed and fronted by ''Series/AmericanIdol'' season 5 finalist Chris Daughtry.
* Music/AliceCooper. 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 (Music/RonnieJamesDio et al.)
* Music/MeatLoaf Soul aka just Meat Loaf.
* Maybe Music/MarilynManson.
** Similar to the Music/AliceCooper 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.
* Music/{{Santana}}, named after lead guitarist Carlos Santana.
* Music/BillHaleyAndHisComets (cf. Halley's Comet).
* Music/TheBeatles used in their early years both "[[Music/JohnLennon Johnny]] and the Moondogs" and "Long John and the Silvermen" (referencing [[TreasureIsland Long John Silver]]).
* Music/BenFoldsFive (a trio).
* Music/SelenaGomez and The Scene. Note that "The Scene" part comes from the fact that Selena has been called a "[[http://newsroom.mtv.com/2009/08/13/selena-gomez/ wannabe scene]]" and thus ONLY refers to Selena. Selena actually wanted to form a band with a band identity, a la Music/{{Paramore}}; [[ExecutiveMeddling 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.
* Music/{{Rainbow}} was originally referred to (it's even on the first album's cover) as [[Music/DeepPurple Ritchie Blackmore]]'s Rainbow.
* DaveMatthewsBand
* FlorenceAndTheMachine - 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.
* Music/{{Sade}} is named after the lead singer, Folasade "Sade" Adu.
* Dave Clark Five, who were unusually named after their drummer rather than their front man.
* Rather common among classic jazz groups: Duke Ellington and his Orchestra, Count Basie and his Corchestra, the Dave Brubeck Quartet, the Cannonball Adderly Quintet, the Miles Davis Quintet, etc.
* Music/BreakingBenjamin named after the singer Benjamin Burnley.
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[[folder:Sports]]
* Semi-example: The [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague 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 [[UsefulNotes/{{Basketball}} Charlotte Bobcats]] were named after their founding owner Robert "Bob" Jackson.
* The [[UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague New York Rangers]] are so named because its founder was "Tex" Rickard, leading to the punny nickname "Tex's Rangers".
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Very common among mercenary groups in ''TabletopGame/BattleTech''. Famous examples include The Gray Death Legion (founded and led by Grayson Death Carlyle), the Kell Hounds (led by several generations of the Kell family), Hansen's Roughriders (led by Gerhard Hansen), Avanti's Angels (led by Marcus GioAvanti, Snord's Irregulars (led by several generations of the Snord family), Wolf's Dragoons (led by Jaime Wolf, and advance scouts from Clan Wolf), etc.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'', unless you go with the "Mario Mario and Luigi Mario" explanation (which isn't canon according to WordOfGod). Lampshaded in ''[[VideoGame/SuperMario64 Super Mario 64 DS]]'' in that if you were to talk to one of the Toads as Luigi, said Toad praises him and wonders if he should call him and Mario "Luigi Brothers" from now on words.
* This is the basic premise of ''VideoGame/MarioParty 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.
* ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'' 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 TitleDrop Sonic refers to them collectively as "Sonic Heroes!" You'd think he might've asked first if the others were okay with that...
** It should be noted that ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'' called Team Sonic "Team Hero" instead. It's likely that the change was due to the ''game'' being called Sonic ''Heroes'', so calling one team "Team Hero" would leave people wondering. Later, [[VideoGame/SonicRiders Free Riders]] [[FlipFlopOfGod would change the name back to Team Hero.]]
** ''VideoGame/SonicBoom'' series goes full blown with "Team Sonic", with Knuckles tries to convert it to "Team Knuckles".
* In ''VideoGame/StarControlII'', 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 ''VideoGame/MarvelUltimateAlliance'', who attempts to name the team "Deadpool and His Lackeys!".
** [[spoiler: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 ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' series invoke this. For example [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Lyndis' Legion]] and [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius The Greil Mercenaries]]. Interestingly the Greil Mercenaries kept that name even after they changed leadership, and the name Lyndis' Legion was the idea of one of the new recruit which produced good natured laughter... [[FunnyMoments And behind everyone laughing]], TheComicallySerious Kent is doing a FacePalm.
* Actually called out in the ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' games. In [[VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves 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?
* ''StarcraftII'' has Raynor's Raiders, formerly known as Raynor's Rangers when they were upholding the law.
* ''VideoGame/MutantLeagueFootball'': 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.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* From ''WebAnimation/SpaceTree'' episode "Allon's Crib", where Allon is replaced in his trio:
-->'''pinkfrosting88:''' You see, Reginald is too valuable to our trio. Plus, he finally named us.\\
'''Reginald:''' That's right. Say hello to The Reginalds.\\
'''Allon:''' What the hell? How come you're named after him?
* Downplayed in ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}''. RWBY obviously sounds like its leader [[LittleRedFightingHood Ruby Rose]], but she didn't get to name the team that way — [[BigGood Ozpin]] did. Same goes for [[{{Jerkass}} Cardin]] and his CRDL (Cardinal). Meanwhile, Jaune's team is given the not-very-indicative name JNPR (Juniper). The only consistent rule with team names seems to be that the leader's name comes first in the acronym.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'':
** The comic revolves around a band of mercenaries, "Tagon's Toughs", led by Kaff Tagon. At the beginning of the story, when the actual company has just been ''bought'' by new corporate owners, there's a three-way argument between Tagon, Breya, and (titular ''character'') Schlock, who all want to name the group for themselves. Tagon wins out because he's already gotten the business cards printed.
** There's also "Pranger's Bangers", named for its commanding officer [[Creator/DavidDrake 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. All three of the leaders that have been shown doing this were pretty cocky though, so maybe it's just their ''egos''.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode "The Drill", [[DitzyGenius 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 [[TheHero Aang]] instead of himself, one idea he tries to justify like this - "The Boomer-Aang Gang" -- is named after his ''own'' weapon.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures''
** 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius''
** 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".
* GIJoe's original founding member was Lt. (later General) Joseph Colton -- code name GIJOE.
* ''FriskyDingo'' featured Awesome X and the X-ticles, a team of well-funded badass normals. TheyFightCrime.
* In ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb: Summer Belongs to You!'', Dr. Doofenshmirtz tries this after hitching a ride from his enemies:
-->'''Doofenshmirtz:''' Woohoo! Team Doofenshmirtz, ho! ''(Perry and Monogram glare)'' What? Like I'm going to let ''you'' name the team? [[GovernmentAgencyOfFiction Organization]] [[FunWithAcronyms Without a Cool Acronym]]?
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}''
** When trying to come up with a name for their FiveManBand, Sadlygrove and [[TalkingWeapon Rubilax]] suggest "The Brotherhood of Grovy" and "Rubi and Fools", respectively. They eventually settle for "The Brotherhood of the Tofu", after the TeamPet.
** Appears again in the second season.
-->'''Justice Knight:''' We're gonna form a close and powerful group aiming to capture Anathar. And we will call it... [[LargeHam THE JUSTICE CLIQUE]]!
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'', spoiled AlphaBitch Claire names her band "Claire and the Claire-inettes."
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' - 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!
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[[folder:RealLife]]
* This has become popular in UsefulNotes/AustralianPolitics 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 ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janusz_Palikot 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).
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janusz_Korwin-Mikke Janusz Korwin-Mikke's]] new party Coalition for the Renewal of the Republic - Freedom and Hope combines this trope with FunWithAcronyms. The abbreviation of party's name in Polish (Koalicja Odnowy Rzeczypospolitej Wolność i Nadzieja) is the same as last name of its founder... [=KORWiN=].
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