->''"Moreover, as high school English teachers never tire of observing, the innocence of martyred fictional characters bearing the initials 'JC' must never be questioned. Indeed, as we first discover about an hour into ''The Green Mile'', this particular JC bears mysterious powers of healing, as well as monumental capacities for sympathy and forgiveness, that make his Biblical heritage even harder to ignore or, for filmgoers who prefer not to be beaten over the head, to put up with."''
-->-- [[http://www.nicksflickpicks.com/greenmil.html Nick's Flick Picks review]] of ''Film/TheGreenMile''

A monogram is a symbol made from two or more letters - usually a person's initials. Sometimes a character's personality or destiny is indicated by his or her full name, whether it be a StevenUlyssesPerhero or a LouisCypher. Sometimes, however, the character's full name seems perfectly ordinary, until you spot his or her monogram on a handkerchief or pen and find [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything a funny "coincidence"]]. This trope is about when a character's initials bear some significance to the story.

The most common Significant Monogram, of course, is "[[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} JC]]," most often seen on the SacrificialLamb, MessianicArchetype, or TheHero. Those initials can be found everywhere from Jesse Custer in ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'' to Jiminy Cricket in ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'' to John Connor in ''Film/TheTerminator'' and its sequels to [[VideoGame/DeusEx JC Denton]] to UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar.[[note]]How's ''that'' for a TemporalParadox?[[/note]] When those specific initials are used unintentionally and in a completely discordant manner with the character's role in the story, they can often lead to an almost literal EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory situation.

However, sometimes initials may be used as a ShoutOut to another, pre-existing fictional character. It's almost certainly not a coincidence that so many fictional super-spies in the late 20th and early 21st century have had the initials "[[Film/JamesBond JB]]" ([[Franchise/TheBourneSeries Jason Bourne]], [[Series/TwentyFour Jack Bauer]], [[Series/{{Alias}} Jack Bristow]], et al.) And sometimes the similarities may be [[SubliminalSeduction subliminal]] or [[DeathOfTheAuthor completely unintentional]], as for instance with Creator/GeneRoddenberry's dashing, womanizing, handsome young [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries hero who first debuted in 1966]]. Although ostensibly named after Capt. James Cook, his "JTK" monogram would be merely a stroke and a half away from the commonly-used monogram for a certain dashing, womanizing, handsome young president who had been martyred, in the eyes of many Americans, merely three years previously. Er... [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical probably]]. In many cases, initials may be used to indicate an AuthorAvatar, especially in MarySue or MartyStu circumstances.

Compare to SignificantAnagram, MeaningfulName, NamesTheSame and FunWithAcronyms. Distinguished from ThemeInitials in that ThemeInitials are used for multiple characters in a story or universe and may have no significance outside of their recurrence, whereas {{Significant Monogram}}s may be used for only one character in a story but refer to someone or something outside of that story. However, when {{Significant Monogram}}s are used for multiple characters in a universe or work of fiction, it may easily become a case of ThemeInitials.

It can also become an [[UnfortunateNames unfortunate name]], particularly if other characters remark upon such initials as "BS," "ASS" or "FU." Often in comedies, an EmbarrassingFirstName or EmbarrassingMiddleName may be employed to complete the monogram.



[[folder:JC and Other Variations]]
* Jesse Custer in ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}''. Gets Lampshaded by Tulip towards the end of the series run, with much good-natured mockery.
* John Constantine and several other key characters in ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}''.

* John Connor in the ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' franchise, the future saviour of humanity from the machines.
* Jericho [[NameOfCain Caine]] in ''Film/EndOfDays''.
* There's a Jericho Cane (real name Boxer Santoros) in ''Film/SouthlandTales'', [[spoiler:who turns out to be the Antichrist.]]
* Variation: In the film ''Greaser's Palace'', the character Jessy's name is often pronounced to sound like "JC." [[FauxSymbolism What do you mean it's not symbolic?]]
* Joey Cusack, the [[spoiler:mobster who is "resurrected"]] in ''Film/AHistoryOfViolence''. Subverted in that "Joey" is [[AxCrazy the exact opposite of Messianic]].
* James Cole in ''Film/TwelveMonkeys''.
* John Carpenter in "Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill1951"

* John Coffey in both novel and film ''Literature/TheGreenMile''.
** In his book ''On Writing'', Creator/StephenKing notes how he hit on the name... and then gently mocks the critics who chastised him for going with the obvious initials. "Well, ''duh!'' It's not rocket science, guys."
* Jenny Curran in both novel and film ''Literature/ForrestGump''.
* Jim Casy in ''Literature/TheGrapesOfWrath''.
* Jim Conklin in ''Literature/TheRedBadgeOfCourage''. Apparently, this wasn't intentional, but it inspired a lot of [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory crazy interpretations]].
* John Cotton in ''Literature/BlessTheBeastsAndChildren''.
* [[Literature/TheCorneliusChronicles Jerry Cornelius]] and his dozens of incarnations in the ''Eternal Champion'' series. You know it's him because his initials are JC.
* [[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars John Carter (of Mars)]]. A messianic, immortal and {{anvilicious}}ly moral chap, who spent half the series inspiring coexistence and racial harmony on the world to which he came...
* Joe Christmas in ''Literature/LightInAugust''.
* Joshua Calvert in the ''Literature/NightsDawn'' trilogy.
* Johnny Cade of ''Literature/TheOutsiders''.
* Jack Crow of "Armor" and "Vampire$".
* Jonathan Christopher "Jace" Wayland [[spoiler: /[[LouisCypher Morgenstern]]/Herondale/Lightwood]] in ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments''.
* Johannes Cabal in ''Literature/JohannesCabalTheNecromancer''.

* John Crichton from ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' certainly has some messianic qualities: a non-corporeal god-like creature who took the form of his father gave him some pretty powerful powers; he is a an outcast in a strange land who likes to contrast his morality with others; also he has a perchance for self-sacrifice.
* Jordan Collier on ''Series/TheFortyFourHundred''; he even [[spoiler:comes back from the dead]] at one point.
* British sketch show ''Series/NotTheNineOClockNews'' ran a sketch parodying moral outrage at the film ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'', in which a self-proclaimed [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus Pythonist]] accused Literature/TheBible of being a rip-off of Python lore, pointing out that the main character's initials were the same as those of Creator/JohnCleese.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Jayne! The man they call Jayne! '''J'''ayne '''C'''obb not only bears the initials, but in "Jaynestown", we're introduced to a village that [[UnwantedFalseFaith worships him as a folk hero.]]
* John Casey from ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', who's often tempted to cross to the dark side but always stays loyal to the good guys. Although since he's played by Creator/AdamBaldwin, the initials could very well be a ShoutOut to ''Series/{{Firefly}}''--the show is just ''full'' of them.
* Jeremy Clarkson from ''Series/TopGear'' mentions this during the Middle East Special when he begins to get delusions of grandeur near the Sea of Galilee.

* JC Denton from ''VideoGame/DeusEx''.

* Jane Crocker from ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. She hasn't yet been developed enough to show many Christlike qualities, but as a Hero of Life, she has special healing and possibly resurrection powers, and she has [[BackFromTheDead risen from the dead]] more than once.

* Jiminy Cricket, the OnlySaneMan in ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}''. No coincidence, since his name comes from a {{Bowdleris|e}}ation of Jesus Christ.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', President Jimmy Carter settled a dispute at a Habitat For Humanity house. Bobby instantly invoked this, since Carter was "a carpenter, who worked a miracle, with the initials J.C.".

* For a Protestant fundamentalist, [[ComicBook/ChickTracts Jack Chick]] has a rather fortunate set of initials.
* Many decades before it became a thing, we had UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar. Indeed, coming so soon in the wake of Caesar's legacy, it may be that Jesus Christ's movement was a beneficiary of having the same initials as Julius Caesar.

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%% This is for spies whose initials are a *reference* to James Bond. So, James Bond himself doesn't count, though his initials are certainly JB!
* Jason Bourne in Literature/TheBourneSeries.
* John Brock, secret agent hero of three novels by Desmond Skirrow.

* Jack Bauer on ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]''.
* Jack Bristow on ''Series/{{Alias}}''.
* When it came time for StarTrekDeepSpaceNine to do a holodeck malfunction story, they chose a cold war spy romp starring the character Julian Bashir.

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* Jane Blond from Women Of Wrestling, [[{{Camp}} in case you had any doubts about the type of show it was.]]

* In ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'', the New World Order gives ''all'' its operatives an alias that initials to JB.
** Both averted ''and'' played straight in the 20th Anniversary edition, where a former NWO Man in Black is hinted to be the saviour of the Technocracy—and goes by the name John Courage.

* In a direct ShoutOut to this, the three PlayerArchetypes for ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'' were referred during its development as "the three [=JBs=]" (James Bond, Jason Bourne, and Jack Bauer).

[[folder:Other Shout Outs]]
* It is [[WordOfGod fully acknowledged by the author]] that Literature/HonorHarrington is HoratioHornblower InSpace.
* The main protagonist of ''Literature/TheLaundryFiles'' is Robert [[Literature/BastardOperatorFromHell "Bob" Oliver Francis Howard]]. In one of the stories, he gets an intern, Peter-Fred Young.

* On ''Series/{{Angel}}'', the evil, demonically-owned OccultLawFirm Wolfram & Hart employs attorneys Lindsey [=MacDonald=], Lilah Morgan, Lee Mercer and Linwood Murrow, who all share their initials with [[{{Satan}} Lucifer Morningstar]].
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'': James T. Kirk's monogram would be extremely close to that of President UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy's, of whom series creator Creator/GeneRoddenberry was a known admirer.
** The name is also very similar to that of the famous explorer James Cook.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': Kathryn Janeway, the first major female Starfleet captain, has the inverted initials of Star Trek's first-ever captain.
* On ''Series/{{House}}'', Gregory House shares a lot with Literature/SherlockHolmes. House's 'sidekick' James Wilson has the same monogram as Holmes' Dr. John Watson, while House himself shares his second initial with Holmes (as well as being a pun on the name). Not to mention both are addicted to opiates and House's apartment address is even 221B on Baker Street.

[[folder:Unfortunate Names and Punny Names]]
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* Minor Franchise/{{Justice League|of America}} foe '''I'''ra '''Q'''uimby (whose power is enhanced intellect).

* A ''ton'' of ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fics assign Sirius Black the middle name "Orion", making his initials SOB, which is also commonly used as an initialism for "son of a bitch". Since that happens to be literally true ([[EvilMatriarch his mother isn't very nice]]), provides a bit of a [[VoluntaryShapeshifting dog]] [[AnimalMotifs reference]], ''and'' the astrological namesake is consistent with his family's ThemeNaming, it's caught on widely.

* Variation: In ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone'', Mr./Ms. Owen gives his/her hosts various first and middle names that start with "U" and "N" respectively. Combined with the last name, they're pronounced as "unknown".
** From another Agatha Christie novel, ''The ABC Murders'', we have the unfortunately named Alexander Bonaparte Cust, the [[spoiler:red herring who was deliberately set up by the true murderer]].
* In ''Series/HouseOfCardsUK'', the author picked the name Francis Urquhart for the protagonist from the initials, "F.U."\
** [[Series/HouseOfCardsUS The American adaptation]] retains the initials with its equivalent character, Frank Underwood.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', [[spoiler:Harry's son, Albus Severus Potter]] has quite a good reason to be afraid of getting sorted into the snake-themed Slytherin. WordOfGod says it was intentional.
* In Creator/CharlesStross' Bob Howard series, a throw-away line reveals that geeky Bob's full initials are [[Literature/BastardOperatorFromHell B.O.F.H.]] (another throw-away line reveals that his name is a pseudonym to protect his TrueName, suggesting that he picked his initials deliberately).
* In ''Literature/LiveAndLetDie'', the villain's name is Buonapart Ignace Gallia, which combined with his size made the nickname "Mr. Big" inevitable.
* In the [[Literature/LandOfOz Oz books]], the Wizard of Oz is named Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkel Emmannuel Ambroise Diggs. Because this is so long, he typically shortens it to O.Z.P.I.N.H.E.A.D., which he (for understandable reasons) further shortens to O.Z. Which is why he became the ruler of Oz.
* In the ''Literature/{{Uglies}}'' series, one of the character's names is Andrew Simpson Smith.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden's initials are HBCD. He must be very thankful his father couldn't think of any magicians whose names began with "A".

* ''Series/AllInTheFamily'': when Mike and Gloria had a son, they were going to name him after the two grandfathers: Stephen Archibald Stivic. Archie complained that his name should come first, until Mike mentioned his initials would then be A.S.S. Eventually, they named him Joseph.
* In ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'', Del Boy names his son Damien Derek Trotter. Rodney points out that this makes his initials [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DDT DDT.]]
* [[Series/FamilyMatters Carl Otis Winslow.]] And he's well aware of what it spells.
* Arby, the psychotic assassin from ''Series/{{Utopia}}'' is [[spoiler: actually named Pietre. His [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname assumed name]] comes from his habit of eating raisins - Raisin Boy - and reveals to him to his own [[TragicVillain tragic past]].]]
* The promiscuous Blanche on ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' has the full initials of "B. E. D."

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* Guess what [[Wrestling/ChrisHero Kassius Ohno]] does with his elbow?
* ''Wrestling/DramaticDreamTeam'': The King Of Dark has the same initials as the KO-D Openweight title, the top belt in DDT.

* Nineteenth-century military buff Hiram U. Grant was reportedly [[GenderBlenderName always embarrassed by the weak-sounding implications of his monogram]]. That is until his application for West Point, when his Congressman, who nominated him for acceptance, apparently mistook his middle name for his first name and his mother's maiden name for his middle initial and submitted him under the much more patriotic initials "UsefulNotes/UlyssesSGrant," which Hiram kept throughout the remainder of his career as general and later as president.
* 1950s BMovie director Creator/BertIGordon, who specialized in [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever giant monster movies]].
* In the Netherlands, we have "Katholieke Universiteit Tilburg" (Catholic University of Tilburg), the initials of which spell out the Dutch word for cunt.
* At a lecture to the Digital Biota group at Cambridge University, which studies evolution algorithms, Creator/DouglasAdams commented, "I was born in Cambridge in 1952, and my initials are [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deoxyribonucleic_acid DNA]]!"
* RussianHumour offers us a joke about one Barov Leonid Yakovlevich, whose initials read "BLYA" (a vulgar expletive, derived from "whore").

* Felix Unger in ''Theatre/TheOddCouple'', whose initials spell out an unfortunate signature in his notes to Oscar.

* [[VideoGame/IMMeen Ignatius Mortimer Meen]], whose first two initials are to complete the PunnyName.

* In an additional ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' example, Hank Hill and TheRival / PhraseCatcher Thatherton meet a new potential client, providing this glorious exchange:
-->'''Hank:''' Mr. Holloway, this is the only man ever censured by the Texas Propane Association, for [[{{Foreshadowing}} lewdness and conduct unbecoming]] a propane salesman.
-->'''M.F. Thatherton:''' M.F. Thatherton. Thatherton Fumes.
-->'''Mr. Holloway:''' Dang glad to meet you, M.F.
-->'''Hank:''' [[CurseCutShort The M.F. stands for—]]
-->'''M.F. Thatherton:''' [[InvertedTrope My friend!]]
** In another episode of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', in which Hank's lighter figures into the plot, the initials on it are shown to be 'HRH' (also the abbreviation for 'His Royal Highness').
* ''TheSimpsons'': It took long but Krusty the Klown understood the unfortunate implications of naming shows with three words that start with the letter K.

[[folder:Author Avatar]]
* Philip José Farmer has had two characters with the same initials in his works: Peter Jairus Frigate in the ''Riverworld'' novels and Paul Janus Finnegan in the ''World of Tiers'' series.
* P. Frank Winslow in F Paul Wilson's Literature/RepairmanJack novel ''Bloodline''.
* A.P. (Alan Patrick) Herbert's "Albert Haddock", defendant in numerous preposterous law cases in ''Misleading Cases In The Common Law''. [[WordOfGod According to Herbert]], Haddock's middle name was probably Percival.
* Creator/FranzKafka and every character named "K" in his body of work.
* Creator/CharlesDickens was reportedly very surprised when a reader pointed out that the initials of the title character in ''Literature/DavidCopperfield'' (a quasi-autobiographical novel) are Dickens' own, reversed (there's also a Charles Darnay in ''Literature/ATaleOfTwoCities'').
* From ''Literature/TheHost'', written by Stephanie Meyer: the [[BodySurf main character's]] [[GrandTheftMe host]] Melanie Strider. Bonus points in that the two names sound alike.

* ''Series/BabylonFive''[='s=] Jeffrey Sinclair and John Sheridan both share their initials with series creator Creator/JMichaelStraczynski.
** He did it again with John Simon, protagonist/narrator of his comic book series ''Rising Stars''.
** The initials of the lead couple (JS and D) also match the initials of JMS and his wife at the time, Kathryn Drennan.
** Straczynski once said, "I don't do cameos, my initials do."

* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' has the '''S'''oul '''G'''ems serving as the Puella Magis' TransformationTrinket and the '''G'''rief '''S'''eeds, which act as their sort of cleaning device when their Soul Gems go dark that spring up from defeated Witches. [[spoiler: It turns out that they are one and the same, as the Grief Seed is what happens if you don't clean your Soul Gem]].

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* Jimmy Hudson from ''ComicBook/UltimateXMen'', son of '''J'''ames '''H'''owlett (better known by the names "Logan" and "ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}").

* In ''Film/TheSantaClause'' franchise the businessman who takes on the role of Santa Claus is named '''S'''cott '''C'''alvin.
* ''Film/{{Antitrust}}'' -- the villain is '''G'''ary ''''W'''inston...GW....WG...William Gates.

* If you come across any character with the initials "RF" in a Creator/StephenKing book, there's a good chance that character is actually [[Literature/TheStand Randall Flagg]].
* Stanley Hopkins, first introduced in "The Adventure of Black Peter", is a young detective at Scotland Yard who Sherlock Holmes believes may have a bright career.
* In ''Literature/TheIlluminatusTrilogy'', one of the characters is warned to look out for anyone with the initials H.C. The character is almost raped in a jail cell by a convict named Harry Coin.
* In an unusually all-encompassing example, the initials of the cast of ''Literature/AtlantaNights'' spell out "[=PublishAmerica=] is a vanity press", which the book was written to prove.

* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Scrooge character in ''A Christmas Carol'' is named '''S'''ardick, although his first name is Kazran. His father, however, was named '''E'''lliot, and was even Scrooge-ier than he is.
* In the pilot episode of ''Series/{{Grimm}}'', the little girl who's been kidnapped by a Big Bad Wolf has her initials of "RH" written on her backpack, as if her wearing a red hoodie weren't enough of a hint [[Literature/LittleRedRidingHood which fairy tale]] is being played out.
* In the last episode of ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', the [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Steve Jobs-esque]] CEO has the initials JS.
* Morris Fletcher, the sleazy [[TheMenInBlack MIB]] who switches bodies with Fox Mulder in ''Series/TheXFiles'', has the initials MF, the reverse of Mulder's FM.

* On the stereo remake of the original cast recording of ''Theatre/KissMeKate'', ThoseTwoGuys who sing "Brush Up Your Shakespeare" are credited as "Aloysius Donovan" and "Alexis Dubroff." These were both pseudonyms for featured star Alfred Drake.

* In ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'', the Rookie's initials are JD. He has no voice (besides for [[StealthPun grunting]]) and no face. JD could stand for John Doe. This would also mean he has the same real name as ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''[='s=] main protagonist Master Chief.
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' the [[spoiler:Patriots AI]] are named GW, TJ, AL, TR and JD. The first 4 are named after the initials of the American Presidents on Mount Rushmore and the latter (the head AI) stands for John Doe.
* In ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'', the Longbow officer in charge of operations in the Rikti War Zone is Wilhelmina Marlena Dietrich (WMD).
* The BigBad in the first ''VideoGame/{{Bioshock|1}}'' game is an ambitious, government-hating industrialist named '''A'''[==]''nd''rew '''R'''''yan''. [[Creator/AynRand Get it?]]
* The protagonist of ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'', Booker Dewitt, has the letters 'AD' branded on his right hand [[spoiler:which stand as a self-inflicted reminder of his daughter, Anna Dewitt, whom he sold away to pay off his debt.]]

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* Jordan Davies in ''VisualNovel/HavenfallIsForLovers'' - almost universally referred to as "JD" - is TheJerseyDevil.

* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': During an intermission, Nanna Egbert reveals that her EvilMatriarch, [[UsefulNotes/GeneralMills Betty Crocker]], wasn't human. A while later, we've almost forgotten about it - [[spoiler: until Feferi's ancestress shows up, in a warship titled ''B''attleship ''C''ondescension.]]
** The Exiles. Their names change, but their initials remain the same, forcing their past selves to be named with an additional question mark (with the semi-exception of Snowman and Jack Noir).
** The post-Scratch kids retain the chumhandles of GG, GT, TG and TT. Jake English also retains the monogram of John Egbert, and RL and DS also stay this way (even though the names themselves weren't revealed yet), and Jade Harley (JH) is, predictably enough, replaced with JC.

* In the Library of Congress Classification scheme used by most college and university libraries in the U.S. and Canada, Bibles and Bible commentaries are shelved under call numbers starting with the letters "BS". At the reference desk, we'd tell students to use the memetic [[DeadpanSnarker "Bible Studies"]].
* UsefulNotes/VladimirPutin's initials read VVP, which is the Russian abbreviation for GDP (Gross Domestic Product). Cue the jokes derived from him promising to double the Russian GDP and instead doubling himself (bringing Medvedev into big politics).
* British comedian Creator/AdrianEdmondson is known for his [[RenaissanceMan staggering array of talents]] in addition to comedy. His middle name is Charles. [[TheAce Think about that for a second.]]
* UsefulNotes/PulitzerPrize-winning writer William Saroyan allegedly took great pride in having the same initials as Creator/WilliamShakespeare.
* UsefulNotes/UlyssesSGrant changed his name (or had it changed through clerical error and went with it) from something that would spell out HUG to something spelling out U.S. Grant. He was also known for demanding '''U'''nconditional '''S'''urrender.