There are the good guys, and there are the bad guys. Both groups are named. Now you would expect these names to be diverse, right?

Nope. If one name is an acronym, the other is too. If one name is one word, the other is too. If one is referred to thematically (such as by color, e.g. "the Reds"), the other's name will match it ("the Blues"). This is Unified Naming System. This seems weird but is probably the best way to express there's something between those two. The more cynical (and/or [[WatsonianVersusDoylist Doylist]]) could also say that the reason for this is the author's lack of imagination.

Political parties in real life and fiction like to do this a lot too. Can be [[JustifiedTrope justified]] if both sides adopted names that were selected by a common third party, or if we're just hearing one side's nickname for the other.

Related to FunWithAcronyms and ThemeNaming.



[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The ComicBook/JusticeLeague faced off against the "Injustice League".
* The Legion of Superheroes regularly fought the Legion of Supervillains.
* "ComicBook/AlphaFlight" was the senior of three Canadian supersquads; "Beta Flight" and "Gamma Flight" were basically trainees. In the first issue of the comic book, the junior flights were shut down, with the most promising members being promoted to Alpha; several of the rejects were then recruited into a villainous "Omega Flight".
* ''ComicBook/SpyBoy'': The two rival spy organisations are S.H.I.R.T.S. (Secret Headquarters, International Reconnaissance, Tactics, and Spies) and S.K.I.N.S. (Supreme Killing Institute).
* ''ComicBook/{{SHIELD}}'' (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division) vs. AIM (Advanced Idea Mechanics) and HYDRA (as in the mythological creature). SHIELD's spinoff organizations also qualify, having names such as STRIKE, SWORD, ARMOR, and HAMMER.

[[folder: Film ]]
* ''Film/OurManFlint''. Z.O.W.I.E. (Zonal Organization World Intelligence Espionage) vs. GALAXY. (Or rather, evidently, just "Galaxy".)

* From ''Literature/GulliversTravels'', there's the Big Endians and the Little Endians.
** Which actually refer to the reason for the conflict: [[SillyReasonForWar how to eat eggs]].
* The plethora of acronymous - and mutually acrimonious - competing groups in ''Literature/{{Illuminatus}}''. This is not done entirely seriously - witness KCUF - Knights of Christ United in Faith. Or WHORE - White Heroes Opposing Red Extremism.
* The [[LightIsNotGood Children of the Light]] oppose the darkfriends (and really anyone who looks at them funny) in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''.
* The various government departments in Author/KeithLaumer's ''Literature/{{Retief}}'' series: "Manpower Untilization Department, Directorate of Libraries & Education", "Motorized Equipment Depot, Division of Loans & Exchanges", "Special Committee for the Reconstruction of Underdeveloped Nations' Economies", etc. (MUDDLE, MEDDLE, SCROUNGE)

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/GetSmart'': CONTROL vs KAOS.
* ''Series/LancelotLinkSecretChimp''. APE (Agency to Prevent Evil) vs. CHUMP (Criminal Headquarters for Underworld Master Plan).
* ''Series/TheManFromUncle''. UNCLE (United Network Command for Law and Enforcement) vs. THRUSH (Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity).
** Maybe, maybe not. The "expansion" of "THRUSH" was never used in any of the series episodes, but appears only in several ExpandedUniverse UNCLE novels.

* ''Radio/{{Nebulous}}'' has K.E.N.T. and L.O.U.G.H.B.O.R.O.U.G.H. - both being named after British universities.

[[folder:Tabletop [=RPG=]s]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'': UNTIL (United Nations Tribunal on International Law) vs. VIPER (Venomous Imperial Party of the Eternal Reptile or Victory In Perpetuity through Eternal Resolve).
* ''A.C.E. Agents'' has ACE (Alpha Command Echeleon) vs. PYTHON (...actually, nobody knows, including its leaders. They just thought it was a good name for an organisation to take over the world)

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'': '''B'''uilders '''L'''eague '''U'''nited vs '''R'''eliable '''E'''xcavation and '''D'''emolition.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'': Grove Street Families vs. Kilo Street Ballaz vs. Varrio Los Aztecas vs. [[OddNameOut Los Santos Vagos]].
* INTERPOL vs V.I.L.E. in the ''Franchise/CarmenSandiego'' franchise.
* The ''[[VideoGame/NintendoWars Advance Wars]]'' series have a double example: Orange Star, Blue Moon, Green Earth, Yellow Comet and Black Hole are named for both colours ''and'' astronomical objects.
* U.N.I.T.Y vs H.A.R.M in ''VideoGame/NoOneLivesForever'' 1 & 2.

[[folder: Web Original ]]
* The Wiki/SCPFoundation deals with so many other groups competing for anomalous objects they [[ listed them all on a page]] for editors' reference. Of them, several are mainly referred to by their acronyms: the Global Occult Coalition (GOC), the Office For The Reclamation of Islamic Artifacts (ORIA) and the Unusual Incidents Unit (UIU) of the [=FBI=].
** Another group of renegade artists known as "Are We Cool Yet?" is usually referred to by OOC editors as AWCY(?).

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'': SHUSH against FOWL.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{MASK}}'': MASK (Mobile Armoured Strike Kommand) vs. VENOM (Vicious Evil Network Of Mayhem).

[[folder:Real Life]]
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarII: Allies vs Axis.
* The UsefulNotes/ColdWar: U.S.A. vs. U.S.S.R.
* Another Cold War related one: UsefulNotes/{{Capitalism}} vs. Communism.
* More RealLife: Triple Alliance vs Triple Entente.
* The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (UsefulNotes/{{NATO}}) vs. the Warsaw Treaty Organisation (WTO), another name for the Warsaw Pact.
* The Russian Revolution: The Reds vs. the Whites.
** And prior to that the Bolsheviks vs. the Mensheviks. Though those words come from terms meaning "Majority" and "Minority" respectively (based on which side they took in a particular crucial vote).
* In early [[UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}} Christian]] church history, two groups arose over what word best expressed the relationship between {{God}} the Father and UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} Christ in their creeds: the ''homoousians'' (those who favored "of the same substance") and the ''homo'''i'''ousians'' (those who favored "of similar substance"). Yet another group didn't really see the point to all this arguing and called themselves the ''homoians'' (a deliberately vague compromise best translated as "alike"). For the record, the first group ultimately got their way.
* Rival college fraternities and sorority names will often have a similar number of seemingly random Greek letters, making them indistinguishable from each other to non-college students or anyone who just doesn't care about Greek life.

[[folder:Wiki/TV Tropes Wiki]]
* JustForFun/{{SPOON}} vs JustForFun/{{FORKS}} vs JustForFun/{{KNIVES}} vs JustForFun/{{PLATTER}}.
** [[strike:I predict we will see a new contender trump them all and make PLATE.]] But then we'd have a LensmanArmsRace, with the creation of GLASS, TABLE, or even [-[=*gasp*=]-] ''KITCHEN!''
*** At which time DEN, BEDROOM and ATTIC will make their appearance, followed by HOUSE (except that they're just fans of Hugh Laurie and only joined in the fight because it looked like fun).
*** Well, if they can't stand the heat...
*** Bah, they'll all be crushed to dirt once the Kombined Initialism Takeover Crusade Holistic Enforcement Network: Strike Insertion Neo-Kommando forces rise up.