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[[caption-width-right:250:Much better than the ''regular'' Thor]]

->''"Of all the descriptive names of all the things people say when they hear a hero in action, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, The Invincible Iron Man, the only descriptive word for this guy is 'The God-damn Batman!" ''
-->-- '''WebSite/SFDebris''' on ''Film/TheDarkKnight''

A ComicBook [[NamingConventions Naming Convention]] - sort of - with roots in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}. The superhero's name is preceded by some sort of silly, over-the-top adjective such as "The Egregious Trope-Man". Usually in the actual book's title even if rarely used in the story.

Keep in mind that not just any descriptors qualify for the trope -- "[[TheNewAdventures New Trope-Man]]" is too simple, but "All-New, All-Different Trope-Man" can be sufficiently over-the-top. Now mostly used in the modern day either due to the GrandfatherClause or as a deliberate homage to UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}. If the superhero gets a movie, expect the descriptor to be used at least once.

Comes from the same era as SomethingPerson names and SuperheroSobriquets, and often provides AddedAlliterativeAppeal. Replace a team's name with the number of members, and you have TheNotableNumeral. Also compare other name and title tropes involving adjectives, AdjectiveNounFred and TheMagnificent. Contrast the DarkAgeOfSupernames. See also TheFantasticTropeOfWonderousTitles.

Not to be confused with TheAdjectivalMan, where the adjective is the main part of the character's "name". In this trope, the adjective is just thrown in for the heck of it.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Especially in the 70s and 80s, there was a trend to give hyperbolic names to HumongousMecha series. For example: ''Anime/ZettaiMutekiRaijinOh'', which translates literally into [[BoringInvincibleHero "Absolutely Invincible Thundergod-King"]]. The 90s largely replace these with [[WordSaladTitle Word Salad Titles]], such as ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.
** ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', as a {{Reconstruction}} of the SuperRobot genre, would be a callback to this - the protagonists' main mecha is the Gurren Lagann, and "Tengen Toppa" means "Heaven-Piercing". However, the two most powerful mecha the heroes use are actually called the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann and Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, being the size of a galaxy and ''a hundred times bigger'' respectively.
* [[Anime/DragonBallZ The Great Saiyaman!]]
* ''Anime/IrresponsibleCaptainTylor''. Technically a case of AdjectiveNounFred, but can be read as this depending on whether you read "Captain" as a descriptive noun or a proper title.

[[folder:Marvel Comics]]
* In general, when a franchise has multiple books, some of them will have adjectives in their titles and one won't; this one is usually given the FanNickname "The ''Adjectiveless'' ________". This was mostly seen in the 90s, with the ''Spider-Man'' series joining ''The Amazing Spider-Man'', ''The Spectacular Spider-Man'', and ''Web of Spider-Man'', and ''X-Men'' Vol. 2 joining ''The Uncanny X-Men'' (originally ''X-Men'' Vol. 1).
** Marvel also uses "[[TheNewAdventures All-New, All-Different]]" from time to time. It originated with a roster overhaul for the X-Men, and is now a go-to phrase to hype up {{ReTool}}s and relaunches. Case in point, 2015's ''ComicBook/AllNewAllDifferentMarvel'' relaunch. {{Legacy Character}}s may also get "All-New" in their titles, which then stick as a simple way to differentiate them from the original (such as the cases of [[ComicBook/AllNewGhostRider Ghost Rider]], [[ComicBook/TheFalcon Captain America]], and [[ComicBook/AllNewWolverine Wolverine]]).
* The ''Amazing''/''Spectacular''/''Sensational'' ComicBook/SpiderMan, although Spidey himself prefers to use "Your ''Friendly Neighborhood'' Spider-Man" (which was eventually used as a book title itself). He may well have been the TropeCodifier for this, as his first appearance was in ''Amazing Fantasy'', which was soon after [[SpotlightStealingSquad canceled, and replaced]] on the newsstands with ''Amazing Spider-Man''.
** ComicBook/SpiderGirl also eventually inherited ''Amazing'' and later ''Spectacular'' from her dad.
** Also seen: the ComicBook/DarkAvengers' CostumeCopycat is the ''Sinister'' Spider-Man. "Sinister" has also been applied to ComicBook/{{Silk}} as she drifts towards a FaceHeelTurn.
*** Similarly, the ''[[ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan Superior]]'' Spider-Man is ComicBook/DoctorOctopus having hijacked Peter's body.
** When [[BrownBagMask improvising a mask out of a paper bag]], he became the ''Amazing'' or the ''Bombastic'' Bag-Man.
** When [[spoiler: ComicBook/{{Blade}}]] [[ComicBook/MightyAvengers needed to hide his identity]], with the help of a BlandNameProduct Spider-Man outfit from a costume shop, he became the ''Splendiferous'' Spider Hero. [[BroughtToYouByTheLetterS With "Spider Hero" written across his chest.]] The Superior Spider-Man [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments was not amused]].
** The ''Radioactive'' ComicBook/SpiderGwen ([[ComicBook/{{Doom}} That can't]] [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall be good!]]).
* The ComicBook/XMen have ''Uncanny'', ''Astonishing'', ''[[XtremeKoolLetterz X-Treme]]'', and ''Extraordinary''.
** Special notice goes to the ''All-New'' X-Men, who are actually the team's founding members in their teenage years, flung into the present. It's an ironic thing, obviously.
* The ''Invincible'' ComicBook/IronMan. It briefly ran alongside an ''International'' Iron Man book in 2015.
** He briefly became the ''Superior'' Iron Man shortly after ''Spider-Man'' ended its own ''Superior'' run. There was no direct connection between the two, but both books involved their protagonists dropping their usual principles - Spidey due to a body-swap, Tony due to having his morals magically inverted.
** The ''Infamous'' Iron Man is ComicBook/DoctorDoom trying to lay claim to the name while Tony Stark is taking a break from heroics. (Lucky for everyone, there's still someone acting as an actual heroic Iron Man in the ''Invincible'' book.)
* The ''Incredible'' [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]]. This one actually transferred to two [[Series/TheIncredibleHulk television]] [[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibleHulk shows]] and [[Film/TheIncredibleHulk a movie]].
** Lampshaded by Creator/PeterDavid (who else?) in a story where the Hulk meets [[{{Sidekick}} Rick Jones]]' mother-in-law. When she exclaims "Green skin! Amazing!" he replies "No, ''Spider-Man'' is amazing. ''I'm'' [[InsistentTerminology incredible]]!"
** The Hulk has flirted with a few other descriptors, ''Rampaging'' and ''Indestructible'', but neither lasted very long.
** There's also the ''ComicBook/TotallyAwesomeHulk'', who is ComicBook/AmadeusCho, not Bruce Banner; and the descriptor reflects how Amadeus is an immature teenager who enjoys his powers rather than angsting about them as Bruce does.
* The ''Savage''/''[[ComicBook/SensationalSheHulk Sensational]]'' ComicBook/SheHulk
** The titles are currently being used to differentiate between multiple She-Hulks: The "Sensational" She-Hulk is Banner's cousin Jennifer Walters; while the "Savage" She-Hulk is Lyra, the Hulk's daughter from an alternate future.
* The ''Mighty'' [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]]
** During TheNewTens, [[ComicBook/Thor2014 Jane Foster]] took over as the new Thor, along with the "Mighty" title, after the original somehow lost his right to use his hammer. When the original Thor got a series of his own again to complement Jane's, it was titled The ''Unworthy'' Thor.
* The ''Immortal'' [[ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist Iron Fist]]
* The ''Astonishing'' ComicBook/AntMan. This adjective serves as a reference to the fact the original Ant-Man, Hank Pym, made his first appearance in the anthology comic ''Tales To Astonish''.
** One Ant-Man, Eric O'Grady, was a complete JerkAss, so his series was titled The ''Irredeemable'' Ant-Man. "Irredeemable" is still used to differentiate him from both other Ant-Men, Pym and Scott Lang.
** There's also his partner, "The ''Wondrous'' [[ComicBook/TheWasp Wasp]]". "The ''Winsome'' Wasp" has also been used once or twice. Her successor is the ''ComicBook/{{Unstoppable|Wasp}}'' Wasp.
* There's a D- or E-list joke hero called the ''Fabulous'' Frog-Man.
** Who eventually gained a sidekick in the ''Tenacious'' Tadpole.
* The ''Craptacular'' B-Sides, a lesser-known Marvel team.
* The ComicBook/FantasticFour (itself a [[TheNotableNumeral Notable Numeral]]) has the ''Ever-Lovin' Blue-Eyed'' Thing.
** This one is almost exclusively used by the Editor/Narrator, or by Ben himself in a self-deprecating way. It may be worth pointing out that "Ever-Lovin'" is a euphemism/bowdlerization of another, vaguely similar sounding phrase that begins "mother".
** Though not as prevalent as most examples, the team itself has occasionally beet called "the ''Fabled'' Fantastic Four".
* The ''Mighty'' [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]]. (There have been other "_____ Avengers" teams, but all their titles ([[TheNewAdventures "New"]], "Secret", [[SpinoffBabies "Young"]], [[PsychoRangers "Dark"]], [[AnimalSuperhero "Pet"]]) are pretty matter-of-fact and don't quite fit the trope.)
** The ''All-New, All-Different'' Avengers. Running at the same time as ''New Avengers'', no less. And when that ''New Avengers'' [[AHouseDivided got split]] from A.I.M. (long story) they named themself the ''[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment All-New New Avengers]]'' for some issues.
* ''ComicBook/GhostRider'' villain the Orb insists on being known as the ''All-New'' Orb.
* Averted with ComicBook/DoctorStrange, who uses SuperheroSobriquets instead, but his enemies often fit this trope (the ''Dread'' Dormammu, the ''Unrelenting'' Umar).
* Marvel even [[SelfDeprecation made fun of themselves]] for this trope back in the '60s with ''Not Brand Echh''. For example, their [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk muscular green guy in ripped pants]] was the ''Inedible'' Bulk. You [[BrattyHalfPint whippersnappers]] might have seen him in ''ComicBook/{{Nextwave}}''.
* The ''Awesome'' [[ComicBook/TheAwesomeSlapstick Slapstick]].
* Any character's counterpart from the ComicBook/UltimateMarvel universe is invariably referred to as "the ''Ultimate'' [X]" when put beside their normal-universe counterparts; though the books themselves have technically dropped this kind of title system for a while in favor of ''Ultimate Comics: [X]''.
* Marvel's also been known to play with the system, giving one hero another's descriptor for crossover projects:
** Spider-Man has been the ''Fantastic'' Spider-Man when working with the ComicBook/FantasticFour, and a book called the ''Avenging'' Spider-Man features him teaming up with various Avengers.
** When Hercules took over Hulk's book, it was retitled from ''The Incredible Hulk'' to ''ComicBook/{{The Incredible Herc|ules}}''.
** For a team made up of both Avengers and X-Men members, they titled it ''Uncanny'' Avengers ("Uncanny" being associated with the X-Men).
* The ''Savage'' ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} (a reference to the story's setting, [[LostWorld the Savage Land]]).
* The ''[[ComicBook/FearlessDefenders Fearless]]'' Defenders, a short-lived AmazonBrigade team. The name comes from a ''Comicbook/FearItself'' spinoff, ''The Fearless''; and is likely doomed to be shorthand for "not ''that'' [[ComicBook/TheDefenders Defenders]] team, the all-girl one".
* This was spoofed in the humorous ''Marvel Now What?!'' one-shot, where a supercomputer powered by nuclear fission created adjectives for team names. How's "Avenging Avengers" sound?
* The ''Legendary'' ComicBook/StarLord
* The ''Savage'' ComicBook/SubMariner, though this name didn't really stick.
* The ''[[ComicBook/TheUnbeatableSquirrelGirl Unbeatable]]'' ComicBook/SquirrelGirl
* The ''Unbelievable'' [[ComicBook/TheUnbelievableGwenpool Gwenpool]]
* The ''Mighty'' [[ComicBook/MsMarvel Captain Marvel]]''
* The ''Happy-Go-Lucky'' [[Comicbook/PatsyWalker Hellcat]].
* The ''Despicable'' SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}, christened as such when he decides to [[FaceHeelTurn give up on trying to be a hero]].

[[folder:Other Comics]]
* Thanks to ''ComicBook/AllStarBatmanAndRobinTheBoyWonder'' and MemeticMutation, DC finally has one: "the ''Goddamn'' Batman". And Barbara Gordon is "the ''Fucking'' Batgirl".
* ''ComicBook/TheSavageDragon''. Yes, contrary to popular belief, Officer Dragon lacks a first name and [[IAmNotShazam does not go by "Savage" in-story]].
** And fellow Image character ''ComicBook/TheAstoundingWolfMan''.
* ''ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesAdventures'' spinoff The ''Mighty'' Mutanimals.
* As a superhero parody, ''ComicBook/{{Normalman}}'' has been called the ''Unconvinceable'' normalman and the ''Excruciatingly Average'' normalman.
* Back in 2006, DC busted out The ''All-New'' Atom! Sadly, they brought back the original Atom not long after, and the all-new one got left by the roadside.
* The ''Incredible'' Popeman. Not as serious as the other examples, obviously.
* The ''Terrific'' Whatzit, DC's first FunnyAnimal superhero (named "Whatzit" since he was a turtle who in his superhero identity didn't wear his shell, making it harder to tell what species he was), a turtle with the powers/costume of the [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] Flash (and Johnny Quick's flying abilities).
* DC's ComicBook/{{New 52}} reboot includes The ''Savage'' ComicBook/{{Hawkman}}.
* Parodied in ''ComicBook/{{Skullkickers}}'', which had "Uncanny Skullkickers #1", "Savage Skullkickers #1", and "Mighty Skullkickers #1", and so forth, as individual entries in an ongoing story. Yes, instead of one title and sequential numbers.
* ''ComicBook/ProjectSuperpowers''' version of the Golden Age, public domain Daredevil had a comic called "The Death-Defying 'Devil".
* Parodied in ''ComicBook/{{Static}}'', where the local GirlPosse all had MyNaymeIs names (Bryttyni, Tyffyni, and Krystyn) and were therefore dubbed "The ''Insufferable'' Y-Wymyn".
* Despite common misconceptions, Golden Age hero ''ComicBook/TheAtomicThunderbolt''simply goes by the Thunderbolt in-story. The "Atomic" part is simply a description of his nuclear-based abilities.
* Golden Age hero ''ComicBook/HyperThePhenomenal'' plays with the format, being "Name the Adjective" instead of "The Adjective Name."

* ''Film/TheTalentedMrRipley''
* ''Film/TheIncredibleMeltingMan''
* ''Film/TheIncredibleMrLimpet''
* ''Film/TheAmazingColossalMan''
* ''Film/TheAmazingMrBlunden'' (the children's book it was based on, originally titled ''The Ghosts'', was republished under this title too).
* ''Film/TheMightyDucks''
* ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan''. Named after the original comic, and probably to differentiate it from the [[Film/SpiderManTrilogy previous films]], which were just called ''Spider-Man [[NumberedSequels <insert number here>]]''.
* ''Film/TheMagnificentAmbersons''
* From Disney's ''Disney/PeterPan'', the musical number "The ''Elegant'' Captain Hook".
* ''Film/MightyJoeYoung''
* ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk''

* ''Literature/FantasticMrFox''
* ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz''
* The ''Magical'' Monarch of Mo

[[folder:Live Action Television]]
* The ''[[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Mighty Morphin']]'' Franchise/PowerRangers. Since other Power Rangers teams have shown up, it's become their proper title.
* The ''Big Bad'' Series/{{Beetleborgs}}. (For the record, they're not ''that'' kind of BigBad.)
* Discussed in the episode of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' "The Hofstadter Isotope" since Penny knows that her nephew wants a Spider-Man comic book for his birthday but is unfamiliar with the adjectival system.

* An Music/SClub7 song refers to the band as "The ''One and Only Wonderful'' S Club"
* The ''Sensational'' Alex Harvey Band
* The ''Mighty Mighty'' Bosstones. Their earliest compilation appearances credited them as just The Bosstones (which is still something fans call them for short), but it turned out there had already been a group called The Bosstones in the 50's.
* Music/JamesBrown's back-up band was once called "The ''Famous'' Flames".
* The ''Fabulous'' Thunderbirds

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* When Hulk Hogan became WWF World Champion in 1984, he was called "The ''Incredible'' Hulk Hogan" - until Marvel Comics sued them. Later, in 1991, he was called "The ''Immortal'' Hulk Hogan".
** His heel persona was "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan, but it never really "took"; this may have been at least partly because a substantial portion of his fanbase was too young to really understand the concept of a FaceHeelTurn and continued to assume Hogan was "the good guy" regardless of what he was actually doing.
* The Hurricane had a couple of sidekicks who had this: Molly Holly (''Mighty'' Molly) and Stacy Keibler (''Super'' Stacy).
* The ''Outlandish'' Rich Swann.

* The ''Unsinkable'' Molly Brown

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'', starting at level 15, you can choose an adjective title for your character. At 25, you can add a second adjective (or just choose from a separate list). [[http://wiki.cohtitan.com/wiki/Titles The complete list of titles is here.]]
* ''VideoGame/TheWonderful101''

* From ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'': The ''Unstoppable'' Airman Higgs. He ''may'' not be ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, but so far he's pretty much MadeOfIron and seems to be fully capable of going toe-to-toe with jaegermonsters ([[EpilepticTrees or be one with a somehow-human appearance]]).
* Parodied with "The ''Mundane'' Spider-Man" in [[http://www.savagechickens.com/2011/09/the-mundane-spider-man.html this]] ''Savage Chickens''.
* [[HeroesUnite Heroes Unite/Heroes Alliance]]'s The Impractical Mr Imp.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The episode of [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]] where Michelangelo adopts a superhero identity is called "The ''Unconvincing'' Turtle Titan".
* The ''Infamous'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yaj8SYXMLA8 Paper Doll Man!]]
** The Impossibles had a lot of villains like that: The Diabolical Dauber, The Devilish Dragster, The Insidious Inflator, The Not So Nice Mr. Ice...
* [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]] in the WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} episode "The Tip of the Zoidberg": "He's turned into some kind of Believable Hulk!"
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PrLVgR6J84 The Mighty Hercules]]''
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** The ''Great and Powerful'' [[ThirdPersonPerson Trixie]] from the episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E6BoastBusters Boast Busters]]." Trixie appears to be a ShoutOut to ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', given that it's ''exactly'' the same phrase ("I am Oz, the Great and Powerful! ... Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.")
** And don't forget "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E8TheMysteriousMareDoWell The Mysterious Mare Do Well]]".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan''
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Ultimate Spider-Man}}''. In fact, "the Ultimate Spider-Man" gets name-dropped several times in-show.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyDucks''
* ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug''
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' actually gives this to a villain: ''Indelible'' Inque.
* ''WesternAnimation/UltimateAvengers''

* Several college sports teams, like the ''Fighting'' Illini and the ''Fighting'' Irish.
** And on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', the ''Fighting'' Hellfish!
** And on ''Series/TheColbertReport'', whenever Colbert does his "Better Know A (Congressional) District" segment the district is called "The ''Fighting'' Xth".
* In the ''Roleplay/LeagueOfIntergalacticCosmicChampions'' is The ''Amazing'' Quantum Man.
* The ''Fabulous'' Hudson Hornet, from UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}} in the '50s but more would probably know it from being referenced in ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}''.
* ''[[http://jlandl.blogspot.se/2011/07/and-now-dear-reader-you-must-open-your.html The Pervasive Simon-man and Unbreakable Indie Girl]]'' is a story about a duo of crimefighters who apparently have read their Marvel comics.
* The ''Mighty'' Ducks [[UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague hockey team]], named after the movie; though they're just "The Ducks" since Disney sold them.