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The Notable Numeral
"Wait, if you're the H.I.V.E. Five, why are there six of you?"
Kid Flash, Teen Titans

If you have a group of people banding together to fight evil, or to cause it, then it's good to have a good team name that people will remember. If you can't think of anything else, then why not name yourself after the number of members you have, plus a nice adjective that describes you? Maybe try to tie it together in a pun or something.

In the end, what do you have? Why, The Notable Numeral, of course!

This naming convention is popular in Real Life to describe people who make the news as a group, usually as either the victims of a crime or as the people arrested for a crime (often in historic/sensational cases of people who are believed to be wrongly accused, whose case seems to represent a broader issue or who grab the public's attention in some other way), such as the Buffalo Six and the West Memphis Three. The Other Wiki calls these "Quantified groups of defendants." Describing a single such defendant, usually fictional, as the something-or-other One is a Stock Parody.

This can get awkward when you have a change in membership (unless the net change is zero). When changing the name would be very difficult, you'll just have to live with the name being an Artifact Title due to the One Extra Member (or one less member, as the case may be).

Beware, if excess alliteration disturbs you, then it might be best to look elsewhere.

See also The Adjectival Superhero, where the adjective describes a person or team instead of a number. Can cross with Superhero Sobriquets if it's a nickname and not the team's proper name.


Examples (Numerically Ordered For Your Convenience):

The Savage Six.
  • Blake's 7.
  • The Sinister Seven from the NES game. Subverted, since it's never said who they really are.
  • The Greendale Seven
  • The eponymous Killer7.
  • Koi Koi 7 (though there are only six of them)
  • The Magnificent Seven.
  • DV8 — in-universe they're called the Deviants, which is much more appropriate since it's rare for all 8 members to be active at once. "DV8" was probably just easier to trademark when it came time for them to get their own comic.
  • The 8 Gang.
  • College basketball's Elite Eight
  • The Rabid Eight.
  • The Slaughterhouse Nine, a team of psychopaths who later get way more than Nine members.
  • The Great Ten, a China-based team of DC super heroes.
  • The Terrible Ten, a series of short films in the 1940's and 50's
  • Ocean's Eleven, Twelve, and Thirteen.
  • The Dirty Dozen.
  • Majestic 12.
  • Organization XIII
  • The eponymous band of pirates in Jim Button and the Wild 13. They were actually never more than twelve, they just epically fail at math.
  • College basketball's Sweet Sixteen
  • For an example of the trope applied to victims of crime, Being Human has the "Box Tunnel 20"
  • The Crazy 88. Probably a subversion, since there aren't 88 of them. They just thought it sounded cool.
  • The 108 Righteous Bandits of Water Margin108 being a number of major mystical significance throughout many eastern religions.
    • Also a Chinese gang in Deadlands. There aren't exactly 108 of them, they just thought the name was cool enough to appropriate.
  • The Battleship Five Quartet. Parodied, along with everything else under the sun in that series, by virtue of having six members. This fact perplexes their leader so much he fires them all.

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alternative title(s): The Adjective Number
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