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Comics have been around for decades and have a strong, devoted fanbase. Is it any wonder they've accumulated so many Fan Nicknames?

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  • ASSBAR: All-Star Batman And Robin. Aside from the convenient acronym, the book is generally not held in high regard.
  • AzBats: The Jean-Paul Valley version of Batman who took over as an Anti-Hero Substitute when Batman was paralyzed.
  • Babsgirl- the nickname for the original Batgirl, Barbara Gordon.
  • Batawang - the controversy over a certain portion of Bruce Wayne being visible in the uncensored version of Batman: Damned #1. More generally, the body part in question in any context.
  • Bat-Dick: Bruce Wayne during some of his more paranoid and misanthropic moments. Not to be confused with "Dickbats".
    • Also, "the Goddamn Batdick" in a one-two punch.
  • Batgirling: The concept of taking a character out of their usual comfort zones and trying to reinvent them to be more grounded with today's society. It's named after the successful change in Batgirl (2011), which tossed Barbara Gordon into the Burnside area and reinvented her costume to be more down to Earth and simpler. It was reportedly also used in the DC offices.
  • Bat-God- Batman as written by Grant Morrison, beginning during his JLA run, who is able to solve any problem with "prep-time".
  • Bat-Hat - The bat-eared Russian fur cap that Batman wears in the Elseworld Superman: Red Son. Also called the Sexy Bat-Hat, because general consensus is that it's the sexiest damn thing found in comics ever. (It is natural to want to touch a hat so sexy.)
  • Bats - Batman
    • Batsy! (Yes, he's been called that by some fans too.)
  • The Bright Knight: The Adam West Batman since he was a kind, positive and somewhat dorky role model to children everywhere unlike the dark, brooding incarnations before and after.
  • Condom Head: The pre-New-52 Red Robin costume, with its unfortunate-shaped cowl.
  • Demon Brat: Damian Wayne.
  • Dickbats - Dick Grayson during his time as Batman, from 2009 to 2011.
  • Discowing: Dick Grayson in his first Nightwing costume, with its enormous disco collar.
  • Eggplant Wonder: Stephanie Brown as Spoiler, Robin, or Batgirl, after the colour of her Spoiler outfit.
  • Fingerstripes: Tumblr's (especially fyeahdickgrayson's) nickname for the two blue fingers of each hand of Nightwing's costume.
  • Flips-n-Shit: Any of the Batfamily's urban acrobatics, especially Nightwing's.
  • The Goddamned Batman - Batman, especially during his more sociopathic moments. Comes from an actual quote from Frank Miller's crazy run on All-Star Batman & Robin.
    • Some fans specifically refer to Frank Miller's version as The Goddamned Batman, to differentiate him from the real mainstream version. For similar reasons, All-Star Batman & Robin is commonly referred to as ASSBAR.
    • The ASBAR Batman can also be "BINO" ("Batman in Name Only")
    • Or Crazy Steve.
    • The nickname has been used when referring to the (mildly) Darker and Edgier Nolan films, particularly TDK- occasionally 'Gosh Darn Batman' in reference to the... ambiguous PG-13 rating. (Mommy? I'm scared.)
    • 'Gosh Darn Batman' has also been used as a parody of the name in an issue of Superman/Batman.
  • GunBats: Jason Todd's psychopathic gun-wielding Batman.
    • He is also known as GatMan.
  • Jaybird: Jason Todd once called Dick Grayson "Dickiebird", and fandom said "hey, wait..." This later became Roy Harper's canon nickname for Jason in Red Hood and the Outlaws.
  • For Jim Gordon as Batman there's Jimbats, in keeping with the "Dickbats" format.
    • Or, there's Commissioner Batman.
    • Or, Bat Bunny. Since his identity was kept a secret before the story started, people only recognised him by his powered armour, which more resembled a bunny than a Bat, hence the name. These days, the name is used to refer to the armour specifically.
  • Little Miss Ninja Goddess - Cassandra Cain
    • Also frequently shortened to just "Cass".
  • LumberBruce Bruce Wayne's Batman: Superheavy look, sporting a lumberjack-like beard.
  • Not-Tim: New 52-era Tim.
  • Swan Queen: The New 52 Red Robin costume. It is fabulous.
  • 'Tec: The other nickname for Detective Comics.
  • Timmy Todd: Tim Drake in The New Batman Adventures.
  • Tumblr refers to the Dick Grayson/Donna Troy friendship as "true platonic love".


  • Superdickery - Anytime Superman does something that isn't exactly very heroic.
  • Supermenso (lit. Supermoron in Spanish) - His nickname in the Mexican comic book fandom.
  • Supes - Superman (pronounced like "soups").
    • Also, "The Boyscout" and "Big Blue Cheese" (to match Captain Marvel's "Big Red Cheese"), which also occasionally get some canon use.
  • NuPerman -following the New 52 reboot.
  • Supertorso - One of the incarnations of Supergirl, specifically in her short-skirted, be-midriffed, whisper-thin Dork Age.
  • Pre-Crisis Supergirl is also called "Kousin Kara" by some fans.
  • Superbrat-Prime, Emoboy-Prime, Superbitch-Prime, Superboy-Primadonna: Superboy-Prime (who was technically Superman-Prime for a stretch, but "Superboy" fits him better.)
  • Given his depiction in Superman: At Earth's End, many call that Superman "Bearded Idiot" as a result of Linkara
  • Not quite a nickname per se, but using his initials in the same context as Lois Lane's often crops up in discussions of Lex Luthor; e.g.: "the other L.L."
    • 'Other'? What about Lori Lemaris, Lupé Leocadio, Lana Lang, Lena Luthor, Lionel Luthor, etc., etc...
      • To the point that one comic llampshaded this with a llama.
  • Mary Sueperman: Nickname for the perfect, can do no wrong version of Superman, by fans of the more fallible version of him from Man of Steel and Justice League.
  • Thanks to Convergence bringing back the Pre-New 52 Superman and making him a father, fans have taken to calling him Superdad, to differentiate him from the New 52 one.
  • As a result of the above and the implication from Rebirth that the New 52 Superman wasn't the original (as Super Dad seemingly is), many have taken to calling New 52 Superman 'NuSupes'.

Wonder Woman

  • "Wondy" is a common nickname for Wonder Woman, "Polly" for Hippolyta and "Temi" for Artemis. The current Wonder Girl, Cassie Sandsmark has a few...unflattering nicknames herself.
    • "Shamazons" is the common nickname for the spectacularly misconceived Amazons Attack.
    • "Heinboot" is also the nickname for Wonder Woman's post-Infinite Crisis reboot by Alan Heinberg.
    • Wonder Woman fans even have nicknames for various costumes."Bathing suit" and "star spangled panties" for the regular costume, "The Screaming Chicken Armor" for her Kingdom Come eagle armor, and "The Christmas Sweater" for Cassie Wonder Girl's current costume.
    • Completing Linkara's Trinity, there's Bonkers Betty, which is what he calls the ASSBAR version.

Legion of Super-Heroes

  • Preboot - The Legion's original continuity, 1958-1994, 2007-present.
    • V4 / 5YL / Glorithverse / TMK - "Five Years Later", the fourth volume of the preboot title, a Darker and Edgier continuation following (as the title suggests) a five-year Time Skip; this timeline was created by the time-controlling villain Glorith. The 5YL stories were mostly written by Tom and Mary Bierbaum and drawn by Keith Giffen, usually abbreviated to "TMK".
    • SW6 - One of the most significant ongoing storylines from 5YL, involving a group of time-paradox duplicates of the early Legion (who went on to star in the Spin-Off Legionnaires until Zero Hour!). The term comes from the cryptic labels of the People Jars ("Batch SW6") the duplicates were found in.
    • Retroboot / Deboot / Johnsboot - The version of the original continuity Legion that appeared starting in 2007's "The Lightning Saga", branching off from the preboot continuity just before 5YL, masterminded by writer Geoff Johns.
  • Postboot / Archie Legion - The Post-Zero Hour! Continuity Reboot of the series, 1994-2004. It had a Lighter and Softer, less epic feel to the stories compared to previous runs, and Moy, the Legionnaires artist for the first run of the reboot, contributed a cartoony art style.
  • Threeboot - The latest Continuity Reboot of the Legion, 2004-2009.
  • "Naked Legion" for that period in the '70's where everyone's clothes were suddenly missing large random chunks.
    • The "Cosmic Corset" for Cosmic Boy's costume from the period, which looked a little like a corset and underwear if the corset was missing a huge strip down the front and back.
  • Shady - Shadow Lass (very near-lying)

Green Lantern

  • The Giant Yellow Space Bug: Parallax, after it was revealed in Sinestro Corps War that instead of "Parallax" being the name of the mass-murdering psychopathic super-villain Hal Jordan became after he lost his marbles over the destruction of his hometown, it was actually the name of the malevolent entity that possessed him, which was...well...a giant yellow space bug.
    • Also now used as a label for any massive retcon-revelation that completely alters a past event in continuity.
    • Parallax possessing someone is usually referred to by sticking some form of "-allax" after the possessee's name. Halallax, Kylellax, etc.
    • Brown Poop Monster: The version from the 2011 movie.
  • Crabface, Crabmask - Kyle Rayner, the only Green Lantern from 1994 to 2004. Because his mask looks like a crab. Kind of. Sort of. If you tilt your head, squint, and have head trauma.
  • Rage Cat/Rage Kitty - Dex-Starr, the blue "talking" cat that's a member of the Red Lantern corps. The Red Lanterns are powered by their rage and hatred. Scans Daily has dubbed him "Ruffles". Sometimes the names are combined into "Ruffles the Rage Kitty".
    • Also "Pukecat" (because Red Lanterns puke blood as a weapon).
  • Guacamole Lantern is Hal Jordan in his more idiotic moments.
  • "Hal and Pals" has been used on 4Chan and Reddit when talking about Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps.
  • Black Lantern Corps - The Corpse Corps

Assorted DC

  • The Big Seven - Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, J'onn J'onnz (or more recently, Cyborg in his place), a The Flash, a Green Lantern, and Aquaman/Hawkman/Hawkgirl (it depends); the most common members and iconic of the Justice League of America. More rarely, The Magnificent Seven, after the movie of the same name.
  • The Brave and the Bold - Green Lantern and The Flash when they team-up. It also referred to an old team-up book and, of course, Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
    • Similarly, Batman and Superman get "The Worlds Finest" when they team up. This is also used in-universe.
  • The Trinity, the Big Three - Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. "Big Three" is also used for Marvel's top heroes, see below.
  • "Cap" usually refers to Captain Marvel or Captain Atom. In a broader sense, any superhero with "Captain" in his or her name can be called Cap. (Over at Marvel, Cap is Captain America).
  • Jobberseid - Darkseid, of The DCU. Often used in reference to his more recent incarnations where he loses to almost every superhero on the DC roster, despite supposedly being a threat to the entire universe.
    • "Couchseid", "Darksofa", "Mr. Couch-Sitter" (among numerous variations), from an infamous scene in Countdown to Final Crisis where the lord of all evil just chills out in Mary Marvel's couch for an issue.
  • The Superbuddies - the Giffen/DeMatteis Justice League International
  • Boostle - Ted Kord and Booster Gold, especially in their more touchy-feely moments.
    • Also often referred to as 'Blue n' Gold'.
  • The Three Old Men - Green Lantern (Alan Scott), The Flash (Jay Garrick) and Wildcat (Ted Grant), the three remaining JSA members from its 1940s origins. Occasionally, Hawkman is the fourth old man, but due to the various retcons and reimaginings of his origins, he may not still count as the same 1940s incarnation.
    • Incidentally, Hawkman is sometimes referred to as "Hawk-Snarl".
  • "Magnus Robot Fucker" is a sometimes used nickname for DC Comics scientist Will Magnus. It's a pun on the title Magnus Robot Fighter and a comment on Magnus's relationship with Platinum.
  • "Starro the Barbarian" - the recently revealed true form of Starro the Conqueror.
  • "Gay for Justice", the name given to the much-maligned "Justice League Cry for Justice" miniseries that amidst its other terrible decisions made the first word of its subtitle look very much like "gay" due to capitalization and font.
    • DC Nation posters refers to "Cry for Justice" as "Cry for Good Writing"
  • Countdown to Final Crisis is so reviled it defies having a nickname. It's name is simply pronounced in a tone of withering disgust, conveyed through the internet with italics, emphatic ellipses, or is preceded by notation such as *seethes* or *grinds teeth* or *groans*
  • Peej refers to Power Girl, based on the acronym PG. The nickname is frequently, but not always, used by fans who are annoyed that a woman who is at least in her mid-twenties is referred to as "girl."
  • Stick Boy and Anger Girl: Paco and Brenda
  • Dat ass: the gratuitous outlining of any spandex-clad male superhero's rear.
  • Fab Five: The original Teen Titans; Dick, Donna, Roy, Wally and Garth.
  • Core Four: the founding members of Young Justice, Robin (Tim), Superboy (Kon) and Impulse (Bart) along with Wonder Girl (Cassie) as the group are best friends and formed the core of the team, and later remained a sort of sub-group within the Teen Titans.
  • DCnU: The 2011 reboot, more officially known as the "New 52". A portmanteau of "nu DCU"
  • The Wall - Amanda Waller, in- and out-of-universe.
    • "The Stick" - A nickname for detractors, commenting on her sudden weight loss in the New 52.
  • Captain Strawman: Manchester Black, for the obvious efforts to make him look as bad as possible so we don't side with him.
  • NuWally - The New 52 version of Wally West, later retconned to be the original's cousin, to distinguish him from the original incarnation due to how different they are.


  • The big blue junk - Dr. Manhattan's... erm... equipment in Watchmen
    • Downtown Manhattan, Lower Manhattan, the manhattan meatpacking district...
    • Interestingly, an in-universe Fan Nickname exists for his ability to teleport anyone anywhere, "The Manhattan Transfer".
  • Before the evil author finally wrote in the names of Snow and Bigby's children in Fables, some of them had fan nicknames. Most common was "Puff" for the seventh, an invisible wind-sprite to the point where there was even a filk about "Puff the Magic Wind Cub." Eventually, his name was revealled to be "Ghost." Apparently, Bigby wants his kiddies names to sound cooler.



Captain America

  • Cap - Captain America. Has been canon for awhile, but still one of the most popular nicknames fans use for him.
    • Cap's Kooky Quartet - The all-new, all-different Avengers lineup from 1965 consisting of Captain America and then newly reformed ex-villains Hawkeye, Quicksilver, and the Scarlet Witch.
    • Bucky Cap - Bucky as Captain America. Another ascended nickname.
      • Robo-Arm of Doom - Bucky's bionic left arm.
    • Captain Falcon - Sam Wilson, the Falcon, in his role as the current Captain America. The joke writes itself, people(apologies to the F-Zero series).
      • Falcap, Sam Cap, Snap Cap - other nicknames for Sam-as-Captain-America: a portmanteau, a pastiche of "Bucky Cap," and a pastiche of "Bucky Cap" combined with Sam's pimp name, mainly because it rhymes.
    • Captain HYDRA - the nickname given to Steve after it's revealed that he was a HYDRA agent the entire time.
  • The Mighty Shield - Carried by Captain America. Never referred to as such in the comics. Often referred to as such on fan discussion boards. Comes from the theme song to a '60s cartoon: "When Captain America throws his mighty shield!"
  • Steeb - This nickname seems to be more popular in the movie fandom. It's just a cutesy mispronunciation of "Steve," useful when cooing over Chris Evans being alternately heroic and dorky.

Iron Man

  • Shellhead - Affectionate nickname for Iron Man, used by his allies.
  • Also often referred to as "Tin-Man", though less frequently.
  • Der Eisenfuhrer - Tony Stark, after leading the effort to throw fellow heroes into the Negative Zone prison camp and becoming head of the Initiative. Usually used derisively by fans as a reference to bad writing (see also: Batdickery).
    • Also known as "Bureaucrat in Chief" during his 'Director of SHIELD' era
  • When his armour became sentient and insanely possessive it became known as Tony's "Abusive Boyfriend".


  • Spidey - Spider-Man, though this one has been canon for a while.
    • Spidey is even used in Marvel's handbooks, especially the Official Index to Amazing Spider-Man.
    • The All-New, All-Different Marvel relaunch even launched a book titled "Spidey".
  • Doc Ock - Doctor Octopus; another one that's become ubiquitous both in- and out-of-canon.
  • Iron Spider/Iron Spidey - The name for the suit worn by Spider-Man during the Civil War. It was designed by Iron Man and even used the same colour scheme. It's since been made official by merchandising and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2. However, in at least one comic, guys dressed in copies of the suit are referred to as "the Scarlet Spiders" instead. This is fitting, considering that they're clones like the original Scarlet Spider, though not of Spidey himself.
  • SpOck - The Superior Spider-Man, as a combination of Spider-Man and Doc Ock. Spider-Ock is also used.
  • Spider-Gwen: The Spider-Woman of Earth-65, introduced in Spider-Verse as a Gwen Stacy that was the one who was bitten by a radioactive spider, not Peter. In an interesting example of this trope, it was quickly canonized when she gained her own solo series entitled Spider-Gwen. The character is almost never referred to as Spider-Woman except in her own comics. And even then, that's just in her own dimension, with other Spider-Heroes having no qualms with just calling her Gwen when she visits. And even then, people in her home dimension start calling her Spider-Gwen too after she publicly reveals her identity and the truth behind Peter's death. The third volume of her series, Ghost Spider, begins with her lamenting about how embarrassing it is have her real name as part of her hero identity, casually thinking about getting a new codename circulating (which ends up being Ghost-Spider).


  • Claremazon - Quite a few female characters (including but not limited to Storm, Sage, Shadowcat, and Psylocke) when written by Chris Claremont, who had a knack for creating strong super-heroines, and powering up established ones (such as Marvel Girl becoming the Universe-Smashing Phoenix, or Moira MacTaggert now jumping into battle with an assault rifle). Also referred to as "Claremont Woman", to distinguish from the subdued damsels characterized as "Stan Lee girls".
  • Claremontization: the accumulation/development of increasingly entangled continuity complications such as Kudzu Plots, Continuity Snarls, Retcons, Tangled Family Trees and Love Dodecahedrons over the course of a run on a title. Claremont is possibly the most famous instigator of this effect, during his X-Men runs.
  • Boobilie/Boobilee, Wondra Bra- Jubilee of the X-Men. The Decimation event making her lose her superpowers seemingly granted her the Most Common Superpower in exchange by the time she appeared in the latest New Warriors revamp as "Wondra", hence the name.
    • Vampilee - Vampire Jubilee, her post-Wondra status quo.
  • Pooky - Apocalypse. Mostly given the cute nickname due to how often he jobs.
    • Also "Pocky" and "Ole Pokey Lips", the latter of which was coined by Deadpool (and Apocalypse does have some gigantic blue lips).
  • Nimbo - Psylocke of the X-Men in her ninja incarnation. Portmanteau of "ninja" and "bimbo", inspired both by her Leotard of Power and her playing the Femme Fatale trying to seduce Cyclops in the '90s. The term has been used for similar characters (e.g. Zealot of the Wild C.A.T.s).
  • Sniktbub - Wolverine; coined on 4chan from his two favorite catchwords, with inspiration from Pokémon Speak.
    • Sniktdud (when people didn't like him much) and Sniktpunk (in reference to his hair)
    • Sniktling - for Wolverine's son Daken. May also be used for X-23, as a general term for Wolvie's spawn.
      • Trollverine has become the popular name for Daken.
    • Sniktboob, Sniktloli, Girlverine, or Wolverine Girl for X 23, Wolverine's genderswap clone. The last one was used in-continuity in Avengers Academy #35. Currently, she's simply "Wolverine" (since the original holder of the name is dead).
      • Pejoratively, Honey Garbage for X-23's clone Honey Badger.
    • Also just "Wolvie" or "Our li'l Berserker-rager".
  • Cyke for Cyclops
    • After the events of the Mutant Messiah storylines, and everything after (when he developed an in-universe reputation as mutant Hitler and starting feuding with the Inhumans), fans started calling him "Rightclops."
  • X-Men Corrections: Given to Chris Claremont's Word of God Fix Fic X-Men Forever, which attempts to convey how Claremont would have handled the X-Men franchise had he not departed the X-Books in the 1990s.
  • The Heckfire Clubhouse - The Replacement Scrappy Hellfire Club made up entirely of Enfants Terrible.
    • Also The Hellfire Kids or Hellfire Brats or Hellfire Babies. They get a lot of derisive nicknames.
  • Wolverine and the X-Men new recruit Ira Dos Santos, due to her preview images, managed to pick up the nickname "Shark Tits". She was effectively a were-shark. Who retains her breasts in shark form.
  • "The Pissing Contest" or "The Dick Measuring Contests", and various similar titles are often used to describe Cyclops and Wolverine's recent spat in the main comics and their split. Whenever the two meet and start arguing, usually someone will make a crack about them 'having another Pissing Contest'.
  • The Juggernaut, Bitch - The Juggernaut, based on the parody. Some people actually refer to him by this in full.
    • On a similar note to Darkseid (see DC), the Juggernaut since his Heel–Face Turn has been known as Jobbernaut, though since he got his powers back and it is implied that he will make a Face–Heel Turn, the name may soon be nonapplicable.

Assorted Marvel

  • Marvel comics deserves special mention in that it propagated the use of nicknames to refer to many of its own characters with their "next issue" blurbs. For the record, Iron Man is Shellhead, Daredevil is Hornhead, Thor is Goldilocks, Hulk is Greenjeans, Jade Jaws, or the Jade Giant, Spider-Man is Webhead, the Webslinger, and Wallcrawler, etc, etc.
  • If a franchise has multiple books with The Adjectival Superhero titles and one without, fans will term the one without as "The Adjectiveless [Hero(es)]".
  • The Big Three - Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor; generally considered the cornerstones of the Avengers.
    • Namor, the original Human Torch and Captain America when referring to Timely Comics (Marvel's Golden Age precursor).
    • Teamwise is Avengers, Fantastic Four, and X-Men
  • Bleedball - When Speedball had his powers changed during Marvel's Civil War crossover event, to the extent where he had to wear a iron-maiden-esque suit and was renamed "Penance". This wasn't well received by comic fans, when a otherwise happy-go-lucky character got changed so that he needed to feel pain for his powers to work.
  • King of Everything - For Norman Osborn when the US Government decided he should be in charge of everything concerning supers.
  • Rulk (the Red Hulk) was originally a fan nickname but has since gained official status in the books.
  • Before even being confirmed as a real deal, a group of the most powerful villains in Marvel Universe Including Molecule Man, the Beyonder and Mephisto that appeared at the last page of Dark Avengers #10 were nicknamed The League Of Ultimate Evil And Enchantress.
  • Shulkie - She-Hulk. Amusingly, the official writer that coined the term later went on a huge rant about people using fan nicknames like "Bats" and "Supes", saying it was disrespectful. This from the guy that nicknamed one "Shulkie".
    • To be fair, it would hardly be the only example of rampant hypocrisy stemming from one of Byrne's rants against anything and everything he finds wrong with the comic world.
    • Let's not forget "I've come to enjoy being called Polly," from Hippolyta. At least Jen is a deliberately playful character who doesn't take herself particularly seriously. The Queen of the Amazons, less so.
  • Clor - The clone Thor, from Marvel's Civil War.
    • This one may have since gained semi-official status, as Spider-Man has recently been cited as referring to him in universe as such.
    • At one point, Joe Quesada threatened to have him officially named "Thone" (i.e., "Thor Clone"). His canon name has since been established as Ragnarok.
      • As this was an increasingly annoyed Joe Quesada (also nicknamed Joe DeSade), said threat would be for Thone to stand for Thor-One and debut more Thor Clones unless everyone stopped complaining about Civil War..
  • Earth-666: the Marvel Zombies reality.
    • The Marvel Zombies official, canon reality number is actually 2149, as stated by the official website. Absolutely no idea where Earth 666 has come from.
      • "Earth 666" is a play on "Earth 616", which is the mainstream Marvel Universe. Sources have been mixed as to why it's "616" but it generally is thought to do with the first publication date of Fantastic Four (In 1961, in the 6 month (June))". Generally, Marvel Universes are labeled by arbitrary numbers, though most have a connection to the publication date of the first comic to to take place in that Universe, though this isn't always the case.
      • Funnily enough, in older translations of the Bible, 616 is the Number of the Beast, not 666. It works on multiple levels!
  • Iävengers - The 'evil' Avengers from the Marvel Cthuluverse as seen in Realm Of Kings.
  • Subby - Namor The Submariner. Also used in-universe; Bucky Barnes is particularly fond of it.
  • Fightbolts, Ellisbolts, Cagebolts - Various incarnations of the Thunderbolts, referring to the decried retool of the original series, Warren Ellis' run and Jeff Parker's current team led by Luke Cage, respectively.
  • Cosmic Avengers - The Annihilators, an alliance of Marvel's space heroes. Started when the team was teased but an official name hadn't been released yet.
  • Fans are fond of referring to the 2011 run of Journey into Mystery as Journey Into Misery
  • Rainbow Dash - Julie Power, a.k.a. Lightspeed of Power Pack, who leaves a rainbow trail behind her when she flies.
  • Alphalpha/Alfalfa - Alpha
  • Hawkguy - Hawkeye, thanks to Matt Fraction's son.
    • And before that, Lady Hawkeye for Kate Bishop, to differentiate her from Clint Barton. Became especially necessary once they both started using the name. Matt Fraction himself refers to her as Lady Hawkeye, as seen in the letters column.
  • "Barakapool" for the In Name Only version of Deadpool seen in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Headpool for the zombie version of Deadpool after he had his head chopped off.
  • Nicole Fury/Nick Fury Jr. is used to refer to Daisy Johnson (Quake), since Nick Fury is her mentor and she uses his methods just as he would. "Nick Fury Jr." has since been claimed as the real name of an actual biological son of Fury's.
  • As a very broad example, thanks to the All-New Marvel NOW! relaunch adding All-New to the beginning of several series' previously established names, fans generally just remove it altogether. For example, All-New X-Factor is generally referred to as X-Factor. The only series exempt from this are All-New X-Men, since there's already a comic called X-Men and the fact that it was the first title to use the adjective (it was launched with Marvel NOW! as opposed to All-New Marvel NOW!), and sometimes, All-New Invaders.
    • All-New Ghost Rider is referred to as Ghost Rider or ANGR
  • Snortblat: Thor. When the new, female Thor was revealed, a commenter on proposed the original be renamed "Snortblat", and site members gleefully adopted the name. While he has dropped the "Thor" name in canon, his official replacement name is "Odinson".
  • Some fans have actually refer to Jane Foster/Female Thor as Woman thor. Beta Ray Bill is Thorse, and more often Beta Ray Bro.
  • In his Maker guise, Ultimate Reed Richards is sometimes referred to as "Mr Creeptastic" in the fandom.
  • The Social Justice Warriors - referred to the Avengers team of Captain America (Sam Wilson), Thor (Jane Foster), Nova (Sam Alexander), Spider-Man (Miles Morales), Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan), and Vision.
  • The community has taken to calling the terrigen mist clouds the "fart clouds."

    Independent Comics 


  • The Big Two - Marvel and DC.
  • The King - Not Elvis, but Jack Kirby, comic book writer and artist who co-created 90% of the Silver Age Marvel Universe with Stan "The Man" Lee, and created Darkseid and the New Gods, along with many other characters and concepts, over in The DCU. Owing to this, many other fan nicknames derive from his name.
    • Stan Lee claims to have coined both the "King" nickname as well as "Jolly Jack" for Kirby. He indeed coined many such nicknames, usually of the rhyming or alliterative type to make Marvel's employees more well-known and "accessible" to the fans, and more than a few were taken up by the fans, including "Smilin' Stan" Lee, "Sturdy Steve" Ditko (a nickname Ditko himself disliked), Gene "the Dean" Colan, and "Jazzy Johnny" Romita (Sr., aka John "Ring-a-Ding" Romita).
    • Alan Moore's Top 10 referenced Kirby's style several times, as well as referring to a version of him existing within Top 10 continuity known as "King", who painted murals of Science Heroes in a similar manner to Norman Rockwell painting murals of people.
    • Kirby hats - Jack Kirby designed a number of characters with weird helmets. Galactus is a good example.
    • Kirby tech - Machinery that is covered with a mess of buttons, wires, tubes, and other visually interesting details.
    • Kirby Dots - Stylistic manner of depicting energy.
      • Also known as "Kirby Krackle".
  • D'n'A/DnA - Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, writing partners for Marvel's cosmic line in the 2000s and (for at least some period time) The Authority.
  • Joephisto - Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Joe Quesada, thanks to the One More Day storyline in Amazing Spider-Man, which retconned Spider-Man's marriage by having him make a deal with the Marvel Universe's resident Devil, Mephisto. J. Michael Straczynski, who was writing Amazing at the time, asked to have his name removed, but was eventually talked out of it. Quesada was completely for this change, despite earlier promising not to mess with Spider-Man's history via a "magic retcon".
    • Other fan nicknames include "Joe Quesadilla" and "Big Joey Cheese".
    • Joe Skrullsada has also gained some popularity.
  • The Didiot - Dan Didio, his DC counterpart. Alternatively, Didiocy, for the stuff that is often wrought by him, though he isn't as bashed as Joephisto on this wiki.
  • Michiyamenotehi Funana - Pat Lee, as a result of some poorly chosen katakana he once used.
    • Frequently shortened to Superstar Funana, based on Dreamwave hyping him as a "superstar artist".
  • "Distinguished Competition" - a phrase occasionally seen in Marvel comics. Guess whom they mean.
    • Stan would also refer to his competitors in the '60s as "Brand Echh"
  • Marvel artist John Romita Jr. has sometimes been known as JRJR.
  • Peter David is sometimes called PAD online. (His middle name is Allen.) To scans_daily, of course, he is now He Who Must Not Be Posted.
  • "The American Shirow Masamune" for Steven A. Gallacci, the creator of Albedo: Erma Felna EDF, Alone, Together and others, partly because both authors have a knack for creating dystopic futuristic stories with lots of interesting background details and lots of beautiful girls.


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