Initialism Title

"I've given it lots of thought, and think the most fun job in the world must be coming up with the acronyms for Kids Next Door episode titles."

A title which is solely an initialism - uses big letters, optionally also dots.

Historically, while the practice of shortening words has been around for a long time (think "SPQR"), it has became very common among companies since the late 19th century; thus, such titles tend to be set in the modern era, and often have a vague suggestion of some powerful organization or government involved somewhere.

This appears to be especially popular for video games.

If such a title has a subtitle, more often than not it will be simply an expansion of the initialism in question.

Note that acronyms written as one normally capitalized word, such as "Scuba" or "Gestapo", do not count as example of this trope. Titles that simply include an initialism (Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) don't fit in here either.

Often overlaps with Team Title or Vehicle Title. Sometimes also with Fun with Acronyms, though usually it's because the initialism in the title is already the name of something within the work itself.

This is so common for names of companies, organizations, software and industry products that there's no point in listing them, apart from when they're repurposed as names of works.


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     Anime And Manga  

     Comic Books  

     Films — Animation  

  • TMNT: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
  • WALL•E: Waste Allocation Load Lifter — Earth-class

     Films — Live-Action  


  • COLD
  • Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid: The two parts of the book are titled "GEB" and "EGB" respectively, and the cover art is an artistic rendering of the title's initials. The title's initials are further played with in sundry references to an alleged book, Giraffes, Elephants, Baboons: an Equatorial Grasslands Bestiary by Egbert B. Gebstadter.
  • RDG: Red Data Girl

     Live Action TV  

  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
  • M*A*S*H, as well as the film on which it was based, as well as the novel on which that was based. All of which stand for the Army term "Mobile Army Surgical Hospital".
  • M.A.N.T.I.S.
  • JAG, its successor NCIS, and that show's spinoff NCIS: LA (another double initialism!)
  • NTSF:SD:SUV:: ("National Terrorism Strike Force: San Diego: Sport Utility Vehicle"; a parody of the Police Procedural genre)
  • S.W.A.T.
  • Used in-universe for 30 Rock with T.G.S. (which was formerly known as The Girly Show until Tracey Jordan was brought on).
  • RPA (a reality show set at the Royal Prince Albert Hospital in Sydney)
  • Skithouse parodied this with commercials for RSVP ("If you're gonna watch it, make sure you let us know!") and BYO.
  • Q.E.D. (a short-lived 80s adventure series)


  • The Finnish band HIM (formerly known as "His Infernal Majesty")
  • Mark Klem's song "GNA".
  • Madonna's MDNA
  • Korn's "A.D.I.D.A.S. (All Day I Dream About Sex)"
  • WASP
  • Wu-Tang Clan's "C.R.E.A.M." (Cash Rules Everything Around Me)
  • Front 242's "W.Y.H.I.W.Y.G."

     Newspaper Comics  

     Tabletop Games  


     Video Games  

     Visual Media  

  • THD by Ian Miller

     Web Animation  

     Web Comics  

  • DDG (Drop Dead Gorgeous)
  • UC the authors are keeping it a secret what UC stands for, for now.

     Western Animation