I’ll say it right here and now: Jack Kirby created THE BEST team name of all time when he created The Forever People.  (Of course, Kirby’s genius is a large portion of the foundations of modern comic books and adventure stories, so that’s no real surprise.)  Though the team isn’t my favorite Kirby work, they’re still pretty awesome, even if their individual handles range from the problematic to the banal, with a stop along the way at whatever “Serifan” is, leading us to today’s Fourth World query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would be willing to listen to any arguments for a better name, but don’t be bring any Justice League nonsense, ’cause that name is just a word salad, asking: What’s the best team name (official or unofficial) in all of pop culture?

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  1. Though it was ultimately discarded, I REALLY like the original name intended for Akibaranger: “Kaizoku-ban Sentai Gokaiger”, which translates to “Pirate Copy Sentai Gokaiger”.

    But for proper official group names, I have to hand it to the Transformers team The Wreckers.

  2. Daniel Langsdale on

    I don’t know, the Forever People just sound like a group that’s perpetually late. For Kirby teams, the Inhumans sounds much cooler than the group really is, so I think I’d go with Challengers of the Unknown.

    For non-Kirby, I’ll say Sons of Anarchy. I’ve never watched so much as two seconds of the show, but man doesn’t that name kick much of what needs kicking*?

    (*Not to be confused with Kickers, Inc. If you have to include “Inc.” in your name to show you mean business, maybe you need a better name.)

  3. The Seven Soldiers of Victory. Because you can always defeat the bad guy when stops fighting to raise his hand to say, “Excuse me, but I count EIGHT of you guys!”

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