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     DC Comics 
  • Superman:
    • Clark Kent/Superman. For that matter, Superman's entourage of people with the initials "LL"; Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, Lucy Lane, Lana Lang, Lara Lor-Van, Lori Lemaris, Linda "Supergirl" Lee, Lyla Lerrol, Letitia Lerner, Lee Lambert, etc. The first two were coincidence; after that, the writers picked up the theme and ran with it. Also note that Kal-El read backwards also has two L's.
    • There was a Superman story back in the Silver Age that involved a threat against "someone close to Superman". There was a clue left in the form of two steel girders formed into a giant LL. Superman's reaction was along the lines of "Oh, great, that's real helpful."
    • Lampshaded by Superman himself in Action Comics #252:
      Supergirl: While you were gone, I used my super-hearing and heard many Earth-girls' names! I thought of a good one for myself... Linda Lee! How's that?
      Superman: Er... As good as any! (thinking) Lana Lang was my girlfriend when I was Superboy, and Lois Lane replaced her when I became Superman! By sheer coincidence, she picked the same initials... L. L.!
    • In Krypton No More, Superman arrested a mob boss called Samuel Simeon.
    • Talking about Supergirl, one of her best friends back in the Silver Age was Lena Luthor.
    • Alternate Company Equivalent Hank Henshaw/Cyborg Superman.
    • The Post-Crisis Superman continuity included a sort-of Superman lookalike named "Bibbo" Bibbowski, who was a longshoreman and former boxer. (Even though "Bibbo" is a a nickname based on his last name, he still counts because his actual first name is Bo).
    • Smallville continues the double-L theme: Lana Lang's parents are Lewis and Laura Lang, and Lex's dad is Lionel Luthor. Lionel's parents? Lachlan and Eliza. (Several of these were already obscure comics canon.)
    • Lex's mother name was Lillian and in a dream universe his daughter with Lana Lang was named Lily, and his hallucination on a desert island that was obviously himself was called Louis Leery.
    • Subverted by Lex's actual given name: Alexander Joseph Luthor.
      • Marvel's Age of the Sentry showed the Sentry's Silver Age adventures in more detail, and revealed that like Superman he seemed to encounter a lot of people with the same initials, but in his case they were "EE". The Sentry's real name is Robert Reynolds, part of the subversion they were going for with the character when they said that he was actually invented by Stan Lee and then forgotten about among a stack of old story notes. He goes by Bob though.
  • Batman:
    • Similarly to Clark, Bruce Wayne once had a series of alliterative romantic interests, including Vicki Vale (played by Kim Basinger in Batman) and Silver St. Cloud. While Batman's own name doesn't directly count, one of his common monikers, "the Caped Crusader", is also alliterative.
    • Cassandra Cain, the third Batgirl. Cass went on to use the hero name Black Bat after leaving Batgirl to Stephanie Brown.
    • Katherine "Kate" Kane, the Pre- and Post-Crisis Batwoman.
    • The Red Robin title, which was first used by and Elsworlds version of Dick Grayson before being brought to the main continuity as a costume and code name for Jason Todd and being taken up by Tim Drake after Todd abandonded it.
  • Deathstroke had a brother Wade Wilson, AKA the second Ravager. See Deadpool below.
  • Billy Batson/Captain Marvel, along with Freddy Freeman/Captain Marvel Jr. Likewise Mike Moran, Marvelman/Miracleman and Dickie Dauntless, Young Marvel/Miracleman.
  • J'onn J'onzz/Martian Manhunter and M'gann M'orzz/Miss Martian, his Distaff Counterpart from Teen Titans. M'gann M'orzz is named after Megan Morse, a friend of Geoff Johns...but he probably chose it for its alliteration anyway.
  • Alan Moore references this trope in Watchmen by naming one of his heroes Daniel Dreiberg.
  • Doiby Dickles, sidekick to Alan Scott, the first, Golden Age, Green Lantern. Opposing Scott were Steven Sharpe (The Gambler), Molly Mayne (Harlequin), and Crusher Crock (Sportsmaster).
  • Guy Gardner, a later Green Lantern.
  • Red Lantern member Zilius Zox
  • Calvin "Cave" Carson, a Silver Age spelunker-adventurer.
  • Max Mercury, a time-traveling speedster with ties to The Flash, who also used the name "Whip Whirlwind" in the 1890s.
  • Sargent "Sarge" Steel, one of the Charlton Comics heroes purchased by DC. ("Sargent" is his name, not a rank.) Originally a hard-boiled detective/spy-smasher type, he became a government official in charge of many of the DCU's superhero-related agencies.
  • Tex Thompson, aka "Mr. America" and "Americommando", a spy-smashing superhero introduced in Action #1 along with Superman. He's been revised and retconned several times since then.
  • Larry Lance, husband of Dinah Drake, The Golden Age Black Canary.
  • Zatanna Zatara; her father was simply John Zatara. Her cousin's name is Zachary Zatara.
  • Ronald Raymond / Firestorm
    • And Firestorm's supporting cast and rogues' gallery has a few. Jefferson Jackson, Henry Hewitt (Tokamak), Mai Miyazaki (Naiad), Quentin Quayle, Cliff Carmichael, Doreen Day...
  • Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew!
    • Rodney Rabbit straddles both of the major alliterative traditions.
    • Peter Porkchops
  • Wally West/The Flash (originally Kid Flash).
  • James Jesse/The Trickster
  • Robbie Reed/Dial H For HERO
  • Buddy Baker, a.k.a. Animal Man.
  • Gardner Grayle/Atomic Knight
  • Hector Hall
  • Valentina Vostock
  • Baron Blitzkrieg
  • Granny Goodness and Virman Vundabar
  • Teen Titans villains Ding Dong Daddy and Mad Mod
  • Sam Scudder (Mirror Master)
  • Hawkman villains Mark Mandrill/Matter Master and Konrad Kasiak
  • Duela Dent
  • Louise Lincoln (Killer Frost)
  • Secret Six supervillainess Scandal Savage
  • Sonia Sato
  • Alan Armstrong
  • Buddy Blank and Kevin Kho, the original and New 52 versions of O.M.A.C., respectively.
  • Earth-8 from The Multiversity has a couple of examples, given that that world is based on the Marvel Universe this is to be expected.
  • Hamilton Hill and Charles Chesterfield, former mayors of Gotham City.
  • Shazam
    • Billy Batson a.k.a. Captain Marvel/Shazam
    • Freddy Freeman a.k.a. Capt. Marvel Jr./CM3
    • Mary Marvel
  • Woozy Winks, sidekick of Plastic Man
  • Wonder Woman:
    • Wonder Woman herself
    • Mona Menise
    • Byrna Brilyant/ Blue Snowman
    • Lita Little, one of the Holliday Girls in the Silver Age and The Legend of Wonder Woman (2016)
    • Tina Toy and Thelma Tall, two more Holliday Girls.
    • Lars Lang (a criminal) and Lyra Lang (his daughter).
    • Tigra Tropica, another villain.
    • Marina Maru, Dr. Poison as of Wonder Woman (Rebirth).

     Marvel Comics 
  • The original characters in the Marvel Universe co-created by Stan Lee were often given alliterate names as a mnemonic device.
    • Peter Parker/Spider-Man. Among others, he had to deal with J. Jonah Jameson and Otto "Dr. Octopus" Octavius. Jonah himself has a son named John Jameson by his first wife, Joan, he later married Marla Madison, his editor-in-chief is Joe "Robbie" Robertson (who has a son named Randy), and secretaries have included Betty Brant (whose brother was called Bennett) and Glory Grant. The Bugle staff absolutely adores alliteration. In fact, JJJ is actually J. Jonah Jameson, Junior. We have also Curt Connors, the Lizard, and Cletus Kasady, a.k.a. Carnage. This reached the height of absurdity with a splash page showing the characters attending a Bugle funeral. Of the ten characters named, nine had alliterative names, with only Aunt May not fitting in.
    • Based off this, there was a Funny Animal version, named Peter Porker, The Amazing Spider-Ham, who worked for J. Jonah Jackal.
    • The novelization of Spider-Man hung a lampshade on this, by having Jameson name the Green Goblin in a headline. This resulted in a brief discussion on alliteration between J. Jonah Jameson, Peter Parker, the Bugle's editor Robbie Robertson, and Jameson's secretary Betty Brant... none of whom seemed to notice they were examples. The same point is made in Spider-Man 3.
    • As if to make his Expy-ness of Spider-Man more obvious, Hazmat of the Imperfects has the alter ego of Keith Kilham.
    • Scott Summers/Cyclops and Warren Worthington III/Angel of the X-Men.
    • Fantastic Four members Susan Storm/The Invisible Woman (although she changed her name when she married) and Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic
    • Doctor Otto Octavius aka Doctor Octopus.
    • Matt Murdock/Daredevil. His mom is named Maggie Murdock.
    • Stephen Strange/Doctor Strange, Master of the Mystic Arts (and sometime Sorcerer Supreme.) The various principalities and powers, and the effects they conjure, tend to be alliterative as well (e.g. the Blinding Brazier of Balthakk, the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth). Justified, since magic involves chants and spoken spells, and alliteration is a memory aid.
    • Pepper Potts, Tony Stark's assistant and/or love interest from Iron Man. (Although her first name is actually Virginia, she is best known by her nickname.) Doubles as a Punny Name. She is the team coordinator for The Order, which had a distinct majority of this among its ranks. Henry Hellrung, Rebecca Ryan, Magdalena Marie (born Magdalena Marie Neuntauben, though), Avery Allen, Pamela Pierce, and Carlos Carvaho were all members of the team at some point or another — just under two thirds of its all-time roster.
    • Millie the Model, as well as other "career girl" features that Marvel Comics debuted around the same time: Nellie the Nurse, Sherry the Showgirl and Tessie the Typist.
    • Bruce Banner/Incredible Hulk. (The alliteration didn't save Stan from calling him "Bob Banner" in an early story, thus enshrining in canon the full name of "Robert Bruce Banner".)
      • In the TV series, it was changed to David Banner (with Bruce still as his middle name) because of directorial distaste for this trope. At least that's what Kenneth Johnson (the producer and writer of the bulk of the series) says. Stan Lee says that the producers thought the name "Bruce" sounded gay. See, back in the funky '70s the name Bruce was thought of as a "gay" name the United States.
    • Greer Grant/Tigra
  • In the popular Ultimate Marvel line, Peter Parker's successor as Spider-Man is tiny thirteen-year old Miles Morales.
  • By sheer coincidence, Loki Laufeyson.
  • Richard Rider/Nova
  • Brian Braddock/Captain Britain and Betsy Braddock/Psylocke, siblings.
  • Jessica Jones, retconned into the Silver Age by Alias (the comic, not the TV show), who also operated under the codename Jewel. Jessica Jones was originally Jessica Campbell, until her family died in a car accident and she was adopted by the Joneses.
  • Shinobi Shaw, son of Sebastian.
  • Domenic Destine of ClanDestine. Also his older sister Gracie Gamble, although that's just her current alias.
  • Jessica Drew, the original Spider-Woman, has a phonetically alliterative name.
  • In X-Men Noir, Thomas Halloway learned lockpicking from a criminal by the name of Horrace Hobbs, the Harlem Houdini.
  • Michael Morbius, his temporary alias Morgan Michaels, as well as his father Makarioa Morbius.
  • Wade Winston Wilson/Deadpool, originally copied from DC lookalike Deathstroke, aka Slade Wilson.
  • Frederick Foswell
  • Ralph Roberts/Cobalt Man
  • Moses Magnum
  • Silver Sablinova
  • Carlie Cooper
  • Dennis Dunphy/Demolition Man
  • Blackagar Boltagon/Black Bolt of The Inhumans
  • Heather Hudson/Vindicator of Alpha Flight
  • Donna Diego/Scream
  • Barnell Bohusk (Beak)
  • Rocket Raccoon of the Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Kamala Khan
  • Carl Creel/Absorbing Man
  • Boris Bullski/Titanium Man
  • Davida DeVito/ Lascivious
  • Samuel Saxon
  • James Buchanan Barnes, better known as Bucky Barnes.
  • Ava Ayala, the new White Tiger after her brother, Hector.
  • Christian and Christine Cord (Radian and Tattoo)
  • Samuel Smithers/Plantman
  • Pamela Pierce

  • Slight variation in the British comic strip George And Lynne (featured in The Sun) — the title characters seem to know a lot of couples who have first names beginning with the same letter (such as Dave and Donna, or Jack and Jenny).
  • Lots of examples in Archie Comics: Archie Andrews, Jughead Jones, Coach Clayton, Dilton Doiley, Moose Mason (full name plus nickname Marmaduke Merton Matowski "Moose" Mason), Waldo Weatherbee, Trula Twyst, Evelyn Evernever, and a few others. Some are nicknames or titlesnote , but it still fits.
  • Deadeye Duck from Bucky O'Hare and the Toad Wars, along with his former gang, the Corsair Canards.
  • Dolltopia has Soccer Scotty, Kitty's old housemate from before she left her old life as a toy behind.
  • In Druid City, the leader character and one the central villains are named Hunter Hastings and Scott Silo, respectively.
  • El Marvo: The real name of one of El Marvo's allies, Go Get 'Em Girl, is Madeline Moonshine.
  • Minor Invincible character Damien Darkblood, Demon Detective. In his latest appearance he remarked that he hates it when people say the "demon detective" part — evidently it just sounds silly to him.
  • When Josie and the Pussycats was named "She's Josie!", Josie's name was "Josie Jones". Nowadays she is named "Josie McCoy".
  • Misfit City is set in the town of Cannon Cove.
  • Many characters in German comic strip Nick Knatterton. (Barbara Beerbottle, Felix Finster...)
  • Beverly Brooks, the civilian identity of Mother Wonder from The Pitiful Human Lizard
  • Stephen Stills of Scott Pilgrim, as well as four of Ramona's "Evil Exes": Gideon Graves, Roxy Richter and the Katayanagi twins (Kyle and Ken).
  • In stories by Wilhelm Busch: Max and Moritz, Hans Huckebein, Kuno Klecksel, Balduin Bählamm, and others.
  • Golden Age Ace Comics Superhero Magno the Magnetic Man.
  • Peyo's superhero character Benoit Brisefer, also named Steven Strong and Benny Breakiron.
  • Antonio "Tony Twist" Twistelli, a mob enforcer from Spawn
    • Todd MacFarlane admitted he named the character after real-life NHL player Tony Twist. Unfortunately, the real Twist wasn't amused, and he sued MacFarlane... and won.
  • Mindy McCready/Hit-Girl from Kick-Ass.
  • Strontium Dog had "Middenface" McNulty (His given name is Archibald, but the only one who calls him that is his gran). For added bonus, his code name as a resistance fighter was "The Tartan Terror".
  • Alan Moore's Supreme, which is a blatant and affectionate Pastiche of Silver Age Superman, gives all the analogues of the "LL" characters of Superman "DD" names. In particular the Lex Luthor Captain Ersatz is Darius Dax and the Lois Lane one is Diana Dane.
  • In the German comic Werner:
    • Werner Wernersen.
    • Günter Günzelsen.
  • Judge Dredd ("Dredd" = "Jredd"), or to give his full name, Judge Joseph Dredd.
  • WILQ – Superbohater has the SS Sisters, a duo of female villains who turned from being typical Neo-nazis into ecofascists.
  • Radioactive Man is naturally rife with this: Claude Kane, Gloria Grand, Rod Runtledge, Gretchen Grille, Miles Mando, Lure Lass, Larceny Lass, and so on.
  • Manifest has protagonist Tessa Theus.
  • Pat Patriot: America's Joan of Arc: Pat Patriot's real name is Pat Patrios.
  • Tintin has Prof. Cuthbert Calculus. This even extends to his name in the original French, which was Tryphon Tournesol.
  • Varmints: One of the outlaws seen in the train is known as Two-Bit Teddy Tudson.


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