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Top Five Marvel Acronyms!

Alan Coil suggested this Top Five Month entry (check here to see an archive of all the top five lists featured so far), a look at the top five Marvel Comics acronyms!



H.A.T.E. falls a bit short because it isn’t all that clever – Highest Anti-Terrorism Effort – although HATE is awesome.

B.A.D. girls is also not that clever (their first initals – Black Mamba, Asp and Diamondback)

S.W.O.R.D. is a good one – Sentient World Observation and Response Department – but a bit too derivative.

5. U.L.T.I.M.A.T.U.M. (Underground Liberated Totally Integrated Mobile Army To Unite Mankind)

Flag-Smasher’s group has a pretty awesome name, no?

4. A.I.M. (Advanced Idea Mechanics)

AIM is one of the longest running villain groups in Marvel history.

They recently spun off R.A.I.D., which stands for Radically Advanced Ideas in Destruction. That’s awesome!

3. H.E.R.B.I.E. (Humanoid Experimental Robot B-Type Integrated Electronics)

HERBIE might have shown up as a lame replacement for the Human Torch on a pretty mundane Fantastic Four TV series, but he is now appearing in the excellent Franklin Richards series by Chris Eliopoulos and Marc Sumerak!

2. S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Hazard Intervention, Espionage Logistics Directorate)

SHIELD is amazing, of course, but gets a BIT of a knock for its name not sounding THAT cool, which is why they’ve changed it already for no real reason, except that the new name is slightly cooler than Supreme Headquarters, International Espionage, Law-Enforcement Division (and it probably will change to the one used in the Marvel films – Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division).

Still, SHIELD is amazing!

1. M.O.D.O.K. (Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing)

There is some debate over whether it is Mental or Mobile, and MODOK originally was meant for computing, not killing, but in either event, the acronym stands for something cooler than what SHIELD stands for!

And besides, MODOK is the most awesome thing thought up!!

That’s the list!

Agree? Disagree? Let me know!


Bernard the Poet

July 17, 2008 at 3:34 am

I always hated all of those. Even as a small child it was obvious that they thought of the acronym first and then tried to cram in appropriate words.

And what about an honourable mention for FOOM – Friends of Ol’ Marvel?

The Mad Monkey

July 17, 2008 at 3:55 am

#1 and #2 were really a no-brainer…lol.

Scott Clements

July 17, 2008 at 5:00 am

for S.H.I.E.L.D. to alter to Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division wouldn’t that mean it would have to become a division of the U.S. government rather than an international agency?

and then we have the Bold Urban Commandos

I nominate ULTIMATUM for the boldest acronym that actually makes sense as a name.

S.H.I.E.L.D. isn’t #1?

I’m afraid I must disagree.


I think someone should establish the top five pronunciations for Acroyear.


July 17, 2008 at 6:25 am

ULTIMATUM should be #1, come on. That was obviously the hardest one to come up with. MODOK isn’t even a word but he should get the #2 spot solely because of how awesome he is.

for S.H.I.E.L.D. to alter to Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division wouldn’t that mean it would have to become a division of the U.S. government rather than an international agency?

IMO, S.H.I.E.L.D. has *never* made much sense as an international agency. Especially not as anything related to the United Nations. I always thought you could, maybe, define it as part of NATO, which would fit, since (as with NATO) the United States clearly calls the shots for the important stuff.

In the movies, I’d imagine they’re just ignoring the “international” angle altogether, and making it part of DHS.

Darn, I was hoping for a discussion of the best Marvel anagrams. I was looking forward to discussing what people thought of Evil Owner and Dream Spin as members of the Engraves.

SHIELD sould have been left as the Supreme Headquarters of International Espionage and Law Division. The new one with the word “Homeland” in it just sucks!

No F.A.C.A.D.E?

Show some love for the Full Acclimation Combat And Defense Explo-skeleton!


R.A.I.D. is my favorite and it was just a subset of A.I.M.
What is the new AIM faction for Genocide from Invincible Iron Man?

If you’re gonna have FOOM, you can’t not have the MMMS!

When you say that the new SHIELD acronym is “slightly cooler” than the old one, shouldn’t that actually be “much lamer”?
The old one may have been a little stodgy, but the new one seems much more like just a bunch of words that the writers & editors thought sounded cool, strung together in a pretty meaningless and incoherent way.

Didn’t Whedon say he spent more time on coming up with the SWORD acronym than actually writing the issue in which they first deubted?

The only advantage I can see for the newer “Strategic Hazard” SHIELD acronym is that it implies SHIELD is a “stand-alone” organization.

The original SHIELD acronym actually implies that SHIELD is but one Division of the giant bureaucracy that is SHIE.

So Supreme Headquarters, International Espionage, might have:
SHIELD: Law-Enforcement Division
SHIERA: Resources Administration
SHIEBA: Bureau of Accounting
SHIEEP: Engineering Protocols
SHIE-IT: Information Technology

and of course:
SHIEESH: Stands for Nothing in Particular!

Come to think of it, I like the latter setup better! Bring back SHIE!

“Espionage logistics directorate?”

What, is Donald Rumsfeld writing for Marvel now?

Personally I’d be happy with a job in SHIE’s human resources department — SHIEHRD.

Micronauts’ “Promethius Pit” in H.E.L.L.: the Human Engineering Life Laboratories.

“Black Adam” is an acronym for a bunch of Egyptian gods I’m too lazy to look up.

Isn’t “Deathlok” an acronym for something?

I remember trying to remember SHIELD’s long form when I was a kid. At one point I said it stood for “Strategic Hazard, something something, Little Ducks.” It may have been lifted from an issue of “What The”, but it has apparently stuck with my friends, who still say it to this day.

S.U.I.M team

Seriously Underestimated Iron Man team

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