->''"Think of a shared superhero universe as something that generates inertia. At the core of the universe, very little will ever change or even bother with the illusion of change: Franchise/{{Superman}} will always be Big Blue, Franchise/{{Batman}} will always mourn his parents, {{Wolverine}} will always have claws and be gruff. As you get further and further away from that core, though, you get more and more freedom to do whatever you want."''
-->-- '''[[http://mightygodking.com/index.php/2011/11/10/legion-talk-and-whatnot/ MGK]]'''

Your SuperTeam is really popular! So popular, in fact, that ThePowersThatBe have decided it deserves a SpinOff. What to do?

Make a West Coast Team, of course! Take all the offbeat, second-string, and popular guest characters and have them start their ''own'' team, in a separate setting.

A West Coast Team is typically composed of characters with totally different worldviews from their East Coast counterparts, but with a similar team dynamic. They are so named because most American comic books take place in the Northeast, specifically [[BigApplesauce New York]] or a NoCommunitiesWereHarmed version thereof ([[Franchise/{{Superman}} Metropolis]], [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Gotham City]]). Thus, the West Coast Team tends to relocate to the second-biggest US population area -- UsefulNotes/{{California}}.

Also see SimilarSquad, which is usually a one-off gag.

This trope is related to serialized media. A self-contained story is more likely to feature a HeroOfAnotherStory or HufflepuffHouse.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The secondary trio in ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' are scattered across the world, but when together, make a backup (and, for some reason, [[CantCatchUp much less effective]]) team.
* Subverted in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02''; while we're introduced to kids around the world, there are no spinoffs for these children.
* In ''Anime/SamuraiPizzaCats'', there are the New York Pizza Cats (Himitsu Ninja Tai Yankee in the Japanese version), the American equivalent of the original Japanese Pizza Cats.
* In ''Anime/HappinessChargePrettyCure'', we're introduced to Pretty Cure teams all over the world. Our heroines end up teaming up with the ones based in Hawaii.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The original ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' had the Teen Titans West (pictured) and later the Titans L.A.
** In the decade of the 2000's, the main ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' team (comprised mostly of former members of ''ComicBook/YoungJustice'') had relocated to the West Coast (UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco), so when a group of former Titans (mostly members from the 1980's) briefly reassembled in 2008 as another [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teen_Titans#Titans_.28vol._2.2C_2008.E2.80.932011.29 Titans]] team (headquartered in UsefulNotes/{{New York|City}}), they were humorously referred to (by fans) as "Titans East". There was another group actually named "Titans East", just one year before that, but they were a villain team composed of enemies/counterparts to the actual Teen Titans.
* ''ComicBook/WestCoastAvengers'' is the other modern originator of this, as the counterpart of ''ComicBook/TheAvengers''. It's also the TropeNamer.
** There is also a third team, the ''ComicBook/GreatLakesAvengers'', also known as the Lightning Rods, the Great Lakes Comicbook/XMen, the Great Lakes Champions, and the Great Lakes Initiative. They're based in Wisconsin to play off the stereotype that "FlyoverCountry" is a boring place, and are basically a [[JokeCharacter joke team]] made of all FunPersonified characters with powers of ''apparently'' [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway dubious]] value, [[WeakButSkilled but which can be made good use of through teamwork]]. Their most famous member is ComicBook/SquirrelGirl, well-known for defeating Doctor Doom, ComicBook/{{Thanos}} and SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} on separate occasions.
** Taking the "Great Lakes Avengers" gag up a level, there was a one-shot ''Justice League Antarctica'' title. The team was mostly supervillains briefly attempting to reform.
* The Teen Titans' Seniors, the ''ComicBook/JusticeLeague'', had their fair share of branch offices:
** ''Justice League Europe'' was a WestCoastTeam that, rather than the West Coast, relocated to another ''continent''.
** In the ComicBook/{{New 52}} continuity ''[[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League]]'' is the main League, while the ''Justice League of America'' is their spin-off. This is notable since despite being a spin-off, the JLA are at odds with the main Justice League.
* ''Comicbook/{{Runaways}}'' is sort of a WestCoastTeam to the entire MarvelUniverse; they're very specifically placed in Los Angeles, where there wasn't much super-anything activity. In ''ComicBook/SecretInvasion'', the Skrull empire actually lampshades this, thinking that conquering the West Coast will be a cake-walk compared to the hero dense East Coast. Unfortunately for them the X-Men had recently relocated to San Francisco. And SpeakOfTheDevil...
* The Comicbook/XMen have several examples. Their move to San Francisco after their mansion got destroyed one time too many, while not this trope at first (see below), may be considered a FandomNod towards the term.
** First were the now-defunct X-Corporations, which handled the X-Men's functions in several locations abroad.
** There was also the short-lived Champions Of Los Angeles team in the '70s, which was a hodgepodge of solo heroes and castoffs from the Avengers and X-Men, and is treated as a [[JokeCharacter joke team]] nowadays. For the record, the original line-up was Angel, Iceman, Hercules, Ghost Rider and Black Widow. The creators of the book literally used whoever wasn't doing anything, even though they made '''absolutely no sense''' together.
** ''{{Comicbook/Excalibur}}'' was, for all intents and purposes, X-Men Europe.
** Also, the 'side-characters get their own team' idea is found in ''ComicBook/XFactor,'' first consisting of the original five X-Men after they hadn't been with the team for a while, and later (and ever since) consisting of second-stringers.
** When Wolverine took half the X-Men back east with him, Cyclops and his team (most of whom are former foes of the X-Men) became a West Coast Team by default.
* Another Marvel West team that was actually on the West Coast was the Californian Initiative team, a.k.a. The Order. It was made up of washed up TV personalities and crippled professional athletes augmented with [=StarkTech=] has even had their own series (that was cancelled after 10 issues...) Originally, the group was going to be called the Champions in tribute to the 70's team, but Marvel found [[TabletopGame/{{Champions}} they no longer held the trademark]].
* Creator/RobLiefeld's ''ComicBook/{{Youngblood}}'' had a "Home" team and an "Away" team. Their premiere issue infamously featured stories concerning both teams, but... how to put this... One story is upside-down relative to the other? The "Away" team's story is read by flipping the book over and reading from what would normally be the back cover.
* ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' had Freedom Fighter teams scattered across the entire planet and even the oceans! The more well-known ones were the Downunda Freedom Fighters, the Forty Fathoms Freedom Fighters and, of course, the Chaotix.
* ''ComicBook/TheBoys'' parodied this by turning the whole thing into a rap grudge.
* The ''Mighty Mutanimals'' were a spinoff second-stringer team for ''ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesAdventures''.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* There were so many Titans characters in Roleplay/DCNation at one point that there are ''three'' Titans teams - Titans East (led by Nightwing and Troia), Titans West (led by Cyborg and Starfire), and Titans South (nominally led by Jamie Reyes and Raven, but functioning more democratically).
* The Fanfic/JusticeSocietyOfJapan, though not officially affiliated with the Justice Society of America, was made with this trope in mind.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Series/{{Angel}} went into self-exile on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', later turning up in Los Angeles (just south of his old haunt) with a new crew. A total of five ''Buffy'' regulars eventually migrated to the spinoff. Despite this, the two factions do not see eye-to-eye; Angel got in hot water for granting sanctuary to Buffy's enemies, and Giles is flagrant in his lack of regard for them. Andrew officially declared them enemies in the last season.
* Las Vegas-based ''Series/{{CSI}}'' spun-off ''Series/CSIMiami'' and ''Series/CSINewYork''.
* Washington, DC-based ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' spun-off ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'' and later ''Series/NCISNewOrleans''
* Regarding NCIS' [[Series/{{JAG}} Precursor Series]]: back in 2005 there were plans for a ''Series/{{JAG}}: San Diego''. The concept was introduced in a season ten backdoor pilot episode, but the series never got made.
* ''Series/LawAndOrder'' (New York) versus spin-off ''Series/LawAndOrderLA''
** ''Series/LawAndOrderUK'' isn't this though - many of it's cases are taken straight from the original show, making this TheRemake instead.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' was the closest the franchise came to having one. The series takes place during the events of late-season TNG and the films that followed. ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' also took place during this time, but that ship was stranded on the opposite ends of the universe; as such, there is very little crossover with mainstream Trek (although the crew eventually reestablished contact with Starfleet, and even accepted a mission in Season 7). The crew of [=DS9=], conversely, existed at once within the Federation and outside it, laboring on a stationary space station on the border world of Bajor. Captain Ben Sisko frequently butts heads with Starfleet hardliners like Admiral Nechayev, who have little patience for Sisko's advice. He also feuded with Picard in the pilot, although the two mended fences by the end.
-->'''[[http://h2g2.com/edited_entry/A6671531 h2gh]]''': The continued focus on ''Voyager'' led to some people calling ''[=DS9=]'' the [[RedHeadedStepchild bastard child]] of the franchise. The truth is that this focus on ''Voyager'' may have helped ''[=DS9=]'''s writers do things that they wouldn't have been able to do had the spotlight been on them.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' had its West Coast Team in '''another galaxy''' in ''Series/StargateAtlantis''. This was lampooned in SG-1's "200", when [[PuppetPermutation Puppet Hammond]] complains that the chevrons aren't spinning. (''Atlantis''' stargate was rooted to the floor and did not spin.)
* ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' gathers supporting characters from both ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' and ''Series/TheFlash2014'' and sends them off on their own adventure.

* Long before Major League Baseball uprooted excess teams from the New York Metro to California, there was (and still is) the Pacific Coast League. There was talk in the late 40's/early 50's of promoting it to be a third "major" league, but it ended up being the uppermost minor league (and today is one of three leagues classed as AAA, one step below the majors).
* Before the National Hockey League, there was the Pacific Coast Hockey Association, and later the Western Canada Hockey League; the two merged in 1924 before folding in 1926, dispersing their players eastward to the [=NHL=]. The [=PCHA=] produced the first American teams to compete for the Stanley Cup, the Portland Rosebuds and the Seattle Metropolitans (the latter won the Cup in 1917). The [=NHL=] would not expand west of Chicago (save for a one-season experiment in St. Louis) until 1967. By then, the Western Hockey League[[note]]a minor pro league not related to the current Canadian major junior circuit [[NamesTheSame of the same name]][[/note]] was considered a threat to become [[TheRival a rival major league]], but it never happened (instead the World Hockey Association sprung up a few years later).

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'''s two Undead armies fit this trope well. Originally all the setting's undead creatures shared one army list, consisting of zombies and skeletons, vampires and mummies. In 1998 this book was split into two factions: the Vampire Counts of Sylvania, which included all the "Gothic horror" style undead in the northern Old World, and the Tomb Kings of Khemri, for the Ancient Egypt-inspired undead of the Nehekharan kingdoms to the south. Ironically, the ''[[TabletopGame/WarhammerTheEndTimes End Times]]'' event has once again put both types of undead in the same army list.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/SecretOfTheStars'', the Kustera is a group of adults who provide support and additional manpower to the primary team of {{kid hero}}es, the Aquatallions.
* In ''VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame'', the events of the game results in the dimensional barrier between the ghost world and the living world being pushed back, meaning that Rookie won't be needed in New York City, but is offered management of a Ghostbusters branch in another city.
[[folder:Web Original]]
* Subverted in the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. The original [[Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse Global Guardians]] campaign was located in New York City, as expected. When a second campaign began, it was naturally based out of... London, England. However, it was later revealed that not only was there a Global Guardians team in Los Angeles, there was also one in Alcapulco, San Francisco, and Vancouver. They were, after all, the '''''Global''''' Guardians. %%And the premise that all the teams are equal is the true subversion.
* There's even a West Coast League in the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse''. They're apparently based near Sacramento. The heroes on the team include the California-esque names Hollywood, Beach Bunny, and Valley Girl.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''Titans West'' was a West Coast wing of the ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'', and one of the main originators of this trope. In the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' animated series, the main team are implied to live on the west coast [[NoCommunitiesWereHarmed in a town that resembles San Fransisco]], so the B-team is Titans ''East''.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Any organization that gets expansive enough will usually split off into easier to manage chunks. One historic example is UsefulNotes/{{the Roman Empire}}, which became so expansive that they briefly experimented with having four Emperors at once, with two (a senior Augustus and a junior Caesar) serving in the Eastern and Western halves of the Empire. While the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetrarchy Tetrarchy]] didn't last, the Empire was eventually split into the Western Roman Empire (centered on UsefulNotes/{{Rome}}) and the Eastern Roman Empire, also known as the UsefulNotes/ByzantineEmpire, centered on [[UsefulNotes/{{Istanbul}} Constantinople]].
* Prior to the advent of modern communications technology, large militaries were known to organize themselves along geographic commands. For example, during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII the US Navy had the United States Pacific Fleet and the United States Atlantic Fleet, which very rarely had any reason to cooperate in any tactical or operational way. There was also a United States Asiatic Fleet, but it suffered heavy losses in the onset of America's involvement in the conflict, and its remaining ships were absorbed into the Pacific Fleet.