The Notable Numeral
aka: The Adjective Number
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):
- My Hero Zero
- The Chosen One
- The Dynamic Duo
- The Dynamite Duo from "Dynamite Magazine"
- The Ambiguously Gay Duo.
- The Gruesome Twosome
- The Dirty Pair
- The Odd Couple
- The Onibaku Duo
- Akumaizer 3
- The Amazing Three
- Kishou Sentai Weather Three
- The Power Trio
- The Terrible Trio, and namesake trope
- The "Untouchable Trio" (plus one) of the Knights of the Dinner Table.
- The Three Musketeers
- The Big Four
- The Elite Four (a.k.a. The Shitennō, which translates to Four Heavenly Kings.)
- The Fab Four
- College basketball's Final Four.
- "The Fearsome Foursome!"
- Fantastic Four
- Genius 4
- The Pre-Fab Four
- The Civic-Minded Five
- In sports, Michigan basketball's Fab Five.
- The Famous Five. Who were a bunch of Canadian feminist icons; sadly, they aren't that famous.
- The Famous Five and The Secret Seven, child detectives in two series by Enid Blyton.
- The Fatal Five.
- The Fearsome Five
- The Other Fearsome Five
- The Fearless Five
- The "Final Five" and "Significant Seven" Cylons.
- Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five
- The Other Furious Five
- The Jackson Five (or 5ive?)
- Dai Sentai Goggle Five, Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman and Rescue Sentai GoGoFive.
- Is there another team of five we should know about? Say, one that blends these series' Sentai sensibilities with the Magical Girl genre?
- Fox Force Five - "Fox as in we're a bunch of foxy chicks. Force as in we're a force to be reckoned with. Five as there's one, two, three, four, five of us."
- The Runaway Five (which apparently actually contains six people)
- Inferior Five, a humerous DC Comics superteam consisting of the offspring of more popular, powerful supers.
- The Dark Five.
- 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.
- The Bionic Six.
- The Oceanic Six
- The Original Six (NHL hockey teams).
- The Sarajevo Six - formerly a squad of mercenaries who fought in The Yugoslav Wars, presently a bunch of fugitive war criminals.
- The Savage Six.
- The Secret Six from DC Comics.
- The Sinister Six
- The Splendid Six in the Diogenes Club story "Clubland Heroes".
- The Super 6.
- Blake's 7.
- The Sinister Seven from the NES game Mission Impossible (1990). 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.
- The Return of the Secaucus 7 (1980, John Sayles)
- 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 Hateful 8.
- The Rabid Eight.
- The Slaughterhouse Nine, a team of psychopaths who later get way more than Nine members.
- The Ehcatl Nine, so named because it sounded better than "Ehcatl Twenty-Or-So"
- 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 Wonderful 101. The team in the game is actually called the "Wonderful 100" (with 100 pronounced as "one-double-oh")- the trailer stated that the extra 1 represented the player, but at the end of the game the team gains a new member and officially becomes the "Wonderful 101".
- The 108 Righteous Bandits of Water Margin— 108 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.