[[caption-width-right:350:[[HesBack She's back]]]]

''The Children's Crusade'' is a Marvel storyline starring the ComicBook/YoungAvengers, featuring ComicBook/TheAvengers and the return of the ComicBook/ScarletWitch.

The "Children" are the ComicBook/YoungAvengers, a group created after ComicBook/HouseOfM and the Scarlet Witch's disappearance, with two members (Wiccan and Speed) who may be her lost children. They want to find their mother and use her to restore the damage she created with her declaration of "No more mutants", but they are not the only ones on her tail: Magneto (her father), Quicksilver (her brother) and Wonder Man (her lover) want to find her as well. ComicBook/TheAvengers want to find her, but to kill her: she's TooPowerfulToLive. As she had decimated the mutant race, the ComicBook/XMen are also not feeling too friendly toward her.

The series lasted for 9 issues (September, 2010-May, 2012). Should not be confused with the ''Series/{{Revolution}}'' episode "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E7TheChildrensCrusade The Children's Crusade]]" or the unpublished work ''DarthWiki/TheChildrensCrusade'', or the historical event which occurred during UsefulNotes/TheCrusades, or the Creator/VertigoComics CrisisCrossover ''The Children's Crusade''.
!!''The Children's Crusade'' contains examples of:
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* ActuallyADoombot: The woman who was in Transia that was occasionally featured here and there
* ActionMom: Wanda became one.
* AndThenWhat: [[AndThenWhat/TheChildrensCrusade Has its own page]]
* TheAtoner: Wanda, once she regains her memories. At the end, she says that she plans to spend the rest of her life trying to help the people whose lives she destroyed.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Teddy is the epitome of this trope in ''The Children's Crusade''. Normally kind, generous, even-tempered, and polite to a fault, he spends ''a lot'' of time threatening people over the course of the series. Of course, this is directly proportionate to the amount of time ''Billy'' spends being threatened or in danger, as that is one of the very few things that is [[BerserkButton guaranteed to set Teddy off]].
* BigBad: Doctor Doom becomes this in the final portion of the story after becoming a PhysicalGod ([[ComicBook/SecretWars again]]).
* BluntYes: Wiccan gives one of these to Scott, although he does follow it up with an explanation.
-->'''Scott:''' So, what am I supposed to do, Speed? [[spoiler:Welcome Wanda back and say, "It's okay. I know you didn't mean it. You can be an Avenger again, and we'll just pretend you didn't destroy millions of lives."]]
-->'''Wiccan:''' Yes.
* BreakingTheFellowship: Certain events that took place in the story ([[spoiler:The deaths of Stature and the Vision]]) led to the disband of the Young Avengers.
* BullyingADragon: The Avengers and the X-Men (although ''especially'' the X-Men) are incredibly lucky that Wanda and Billy are, in fact, good people, because it is absolutely ''staggering'' how willing both teams are to risk seriously pissing off one mutant who has the power to reshape the world with a sentence and another mutant who they suspect could do the same thing. Emma Frost even goes so far as to attack ''Wanda's children'', despite how horrible that was [[Comicbook/AvengersDisassembled the last time around]].
* CanonDiscontinuity: A CanonDiscontinuity of a CanonDiscontinuity! Initially, the Scarlet Witch had the mutant power to influence the chances of certain events, and then sorcery as well. ''Comicbook/AvengersDisassembled'' turned her into a RealityWarper, but not with a [[TookALevelInBadass power upgrade]]: her powers had always been reality warping. ''The Children's Crusade'' restored things to the former way: the reality warping were just NewPowersAsThePlotDemands.
** Because the story was [[ScheduleSlip delayed for years]], the Avengers team and their costumes don't match up with any particular period of the Avengers comics. The first issue even carried an editorial disclaimer admitting that Iron Man and Captain America's costumes didn't match the way they looked in the comics at the time.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Patriot does not like at all to work with Magneto, and complains that the group is now "the Brotherhood of Young Evil Mutants". To which Magneto asked, "Are you a mutant?"
* ContinuityNod:
** Issue #9 references ''ComicBook/SpiderIsland'', ''[[ComicBook/XMen Schism]]'' and [[spoiler:the return of [[ComicBook/FantasticFour the Human Torch]].]]
** Wonder Man's opposition to the Avengers (a trait he'd suddenly developed at the start of Bendis' then-ongoing ''Avengers'' run) is also acknowledged.
* DidYouJustRomanceCthulhu: Basically, everybody's reaction when they saw Wanda about to get married to Doom... and more, when she returned to him after recovering her memory.
* DistressedDude: Wiccan. First he's taken into protective custody by the Avengers despite his protests, then Speed rescues him against his will, followed by Magneto showing up and trying to haul him and Speed off right before Wolverine attacks and tries to kill Wiccan. Later Wiccan gets captured by Dr. Doom only to be rescued by his amnesic mother, almost killed by Wolverine again, recaptured and tortured by Doom, then rescued by his pissed off grandfather. Finally Emma Frost tries to mind control him and Speed into going with the X-Men, only for their mother, no longer amnesic, to kick all the X-Men's and Avengers' asses and haul her kids and their friends off to Latveria where they are marginally safer.
* GenocideBackfire: The Scarlet Witch returned... but did not find a welcome committee. In fact, the X-Men want to execute her for the genocide of the mutant race, and the Avengers to kill her for the threat she is to reality.
* IdentityAmnesia: When found, Wanda did not remember who was she or what had she done.
* HeroicBSOD: Billy has one [[spoiler:after Cassie and Vision die]], [[ItsAllMyFault blaming himself]] for everything that's happened. He slides into a state of severe depression that lasts for months, and it takes [[spoiler:Teddy proposing to him]] to snap him out of it.
* IWillTearYourArmsOff : Teddy threatens Pietro with this if Pietro tries to talk Billy into doing anything stupid[[note]]Not that Billy needed Pietro's help with that[[/note]]. Teddy does ''not'' look like he's joking, and from Pietro's DeathGlare but otherwise lack of response, Pietro didn't doubt Teddy's seriousness either.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Jonas!Vision. Stature is killed during the final battle, but was brought back to life in Comicbook/{{AXIS}}.]]
* LegacyCharacter: The alternate future Iron Lad visits has Patriot as the new ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, Kate Bishop as the new ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}}, Speed as the new ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}}, Wiccan as the new [[ComicBook/DoctorStrange Sorcerer Supreme]], Hulkling as the new [[ComicBook/CaptainMarVell Captain Marvel]], Samantha Wilson as the new [[ComicBook/TheFalcon Falcon]], and Steve Bradley as the new [[ComicBook/BuckyBarnes Bucky]]. Stature has taken on her identity of Stinger from the {{MC2}} imprint.
* LightIsNotGood: Doctor Doom, of all people, becomes this when [[spoiler: absorbing the source of Scarlet Witch's powers]].
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: The Avengers, Young Avengers, X-Men, X-Factor and a dizzying assortment of characters related to one or more of those teams in some way. This leads to some abrupt disappearances when the panels start getting too crowded. For example, during the fight between the Avengers and the X-Men, X-Factor (who were present when it started) just suddenly vanish, despite the fact that some of them (notably [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Shatterstar]]) would ''never'' pass up on a fight!
* LoveTriangle: Stature, Iron Lad and Vision. But Vision is a robot with the brain patterns of Iron Lad, which make it... weird. But, hey, that's just the "Young Avengers" reenactment of the love triangle of the Scarlet Witch, Vision (the former Vision) and Wonder Man.
* MaleGaze: [[http://www.comicstalkblog.com/wp-content/uploads/CC7_cov.jpg This cover]]. Hey, Doom, watch your fingers!
* MamaBear: Do not, do ''not'', mess with Wanda's children. No matter how docile she's being, she ''will'' rip you a new one if her sons are in danger.
* MoralMyopia: The X-Men are motivated by revenge, and the Avengers are trying to protect the world by someone they deem too powerful/unstable. They seem to be forgetting that this is the motivation of every WellIntentionedExtremist or KnightTemplar they've ever fought.
* MrExposition: Iron Man explains the Young Avengers (and the new readers) all that has been happening with the Scarlet Witch from ''ComicBook/AvengersDisassembled'' up to that point.
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: Wolverine's opinion on how best to deal with both Wanda ''and'' Billy. While his desire to kill Wanda is justifiable to an extent, there's no excuse for his gleeful desire to kill Wiccan. The first time Wolverine tried to kill Billy, Billy had done nothing wrong, and the Avengers weren't even sure how powerful he was or if he even was Wanda's son -- for all they knew at the time, they'd already seen the extent of his powers at the beginning of the series, and killing him would just have been a pointless cruelty.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero
** Wanda and Dr. Doom were about to restore the powers of all mutants, with Wiccan preventing Doom from stealing the power. Patriot did not trust it, so he interrupted the spell... with awful results. She could not finish the spell, she lost the power to try again, and Doom got it. Perhaps the X-Men should go after him as well.
** On a smaller note, Emma Frost ''really'' shouldn't have gone after Wiccan and Speed. Wanda was perfectly willing to let the X-Men do whatever they wanted to her, but the second her kids were in danger, [[MamaBear the gloves came off]]. Considering [[ComicBook/AvengersDisassembled what happened]] the ''last'' time Wanda's sons were lost to her, Emma [[BullyingADragon definitely should have known better]].
** Subverted when Quicksilver tried to kill Magneto with wood spears. He missed, and killed Wanda instead, who just happened to be in the plaza as well. But nobody called him on it, because it revealed her as a doombot.
* OhNoNotAgain: A giant all-powerful Dr. Doom, forcing the heroes to surrender or die? [[ComicBook/SecretWars Didn't that happen before?]] It was actually lampshaded.
* OnlySaneMan: After the Avengers attack the Young Avengers and Billy teleports his team away to stop the fighting, ComicBook/{{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}} is literally the only person to point out that the Young Avengers -- Wiccan included -- hadn't actually ''done anything wrong''.
** Luke's wife Jessica Jones takes over this role in issue # 7 when the Avengers and X-Men start fighting.
-->'''Kate:''' We have to get out there.
-->'''Jessica:''' Because that's what the world needs: more super heroes [[LetsYouAndHimFight beating the crap out of each other]] for no reason.
* PapaWolf: Whether he's doing it out paternal feeling or some hidden agenda, Magneto does spend a lot of time running to his children's and grandchildren's rescue in this series.
** He also reacts purely defensively to the Avengers' totally unprovoked attack on him, not even lashing out at Iron Man when Tony blasts him in the chest, but when Wolverine [[MurderIsTheBestSolution goes after Wiccan]], Magneto ''immediately'' goes on the offensive for the duration of the fight.
* ParentalSexualitySquick: Wiccan's reaction to Doom trying to marry Wanda.
--> '''Wiccan:''' ''We have to get you some place safe where no one will try to capture you -- or kill you -- or '''marry''' you.''
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Wiccan gives the Avengers and the X-Men both barrels toward the end of the series [[spoiler:in regard to their treatment of Wanda despite knowing she was possessed at the time]]. As he points out, [[spoiler:''they've'' all being forced to do horrible things under the influence. Or, as in some other cases, they did horrible things of their own will]]. It makes them back off, and quite a few of them look ashamed.
-->'''Scott:''' So, what am I supposed to do, Speed? [[spoiler:Welcome Wanda back and say, "It's okay. I know you didn't ''mean'' it. You can be an Avenger again, and we'll just pretend you didn't destroy millions of lives."]]
-->'''Wiccan:''' [[BluntYes Yes]]. After all, [[spoiler:''Magneto's'' killed untold thousands... and you made ''him'' an X-Man. Miss Frost was the queen of the Hellfire Club--and a ''murderer''. Rogue was a ''terrorist'' for the Brotherhood of Mutants. Gambit was a member of the Thieves' Guild. And Wonder Man, Ant-Man, Hawkeye, Quicksilver, and the Vision ''all'' started out on the wrong side of the law... but I personally can't imagine the Avengers ''without'' them. And how many times has one of you been possessed by an evil spirit... or mind-controlled and forced to do things you would never do--to hurt people--to ''kill'' people--even people you loved? I'm not saying you should pretend it never happened. But I do think you should look at the ''whole'' picture. Whatever her crimes, Wanda Maximoff has saved lives--and saved the world--more times than we probably even know. She has proven herself again and again to be a ''hero''. And what happened to her is bound to happen to every single one of us someday, if it hasn't happened already. The question is, [[ArmorPiercingQuestion how do you want to be treated when it happens to]] ''[[ArmorPiercingQuestion you]]?'']]
** In issue # 3, ComicBook/WonderMan gives a quieter one to the Avengers over their treatment of Wanda after everything she's done for them.
--> "Sorry, [[ComicBook/MsMarvel Carol]], but there's no way I can do what you're asking me to do as part of a team. And certainly not a team that continues to blame the Scarlet Witch for its own mistakes. I ''am'' going to try to find her before Wolverine does. Not because you asked me to... but because I ''owe'' her that much. We ''all'' do."
* TheScourgeOfGod: The Sons of the Serpent, the [[PunchClockVillain Punch Clock Villains]] in the begining of the story. They use the Bible to justify racism and murder.
* ShoutOut: To that other comics franchise.
** After Wiccan teleports the Young Avengers to safety, Ms. Marvel insists that they have to follow them, to which she receives this reply.
---> '''Spider-Man:''' ''How? Unless you're the kind of marvel that [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} can summon magic lightning]].''
** Also
---> '''Speed:''' ''I'll be back in a (runs into his uncle) [[Franchise/TheFlash flash]].''\\
'''Quicksilver:''' ''[[AlternateCompanyEquivalent The name is]] '''ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}}'''. ''
* StartOfDarkness: [[spoiler: Stature's death pushes Iron Lad over the edge, causing him to vow that he will become a greater master of time than Kang ever was]].
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: [[spoiler:Cassie's death]] apparently serves to make Iron Lad do his FaceHeelTurn and embrace his destiny of becoming Kang the Conqueror.
* SuperheroPackingHeat: The new Captain America and Bucky seen in the future timeline use handguns.
* TheBusCameBack: With someone who had took the bus to his home some time ago, [[spoiler:Iron Lad]]
* TimeTravelEscape: The return of [[spoiler:Scott Lang]]
* TogetherInDeath: [[spoiler: Stature and Vision died in this story. The Young Avengers opted not to try to reconstruct the Vision, as Cassie would still be dead.]]
* TookALevelInJerkass: To [[PlotInducedStupidity drive the plot]], Wolverine and Cyclops are both written as much more antagonistic and unreasonable than they usually are.
** Wolverine spends nearly all his panel time in the series either trying to kill Scarlet Witch and Wiccan, or proclaiming his intention to kill them.
** When the X-Men show up, Scott is so obsessed with bringing Wanda to justice that [[IdiotBall he insists on taking her into custody instead of letting her try to reverse her spell on mutants]], forcing her to [[IdiotBall try and do it with Doom's help instead]].
* TooPowerfulToLive: Wolverine makes it very clear that this is his opinion of Wanda and Wiccan. It's also why the Avengers want to kill Wanda.
* TropeTelegraphing: [[spoiler:Stature wants Wanda to bring her father back to life, but Vision points that such magic feats always have a great price, such as dying. And he also pointed that he would not want to live in a world without her. Yes, you got it right: Stature dies at the end of the story, so does the Vision, and the Young Avengers do not try to rebuild him for that very reason]]
* WhatTheHellHero:
** Mostly averted; disturbingly, not a single Avenger speaks out against Wolverine's desire to kill an innocent teenager essentially for the crime of existing. While none of the Avengers outright voice their agreement, not a single one of them -- not even ''Captain America'' -- disputes Wolverine's assertion that Billy should die. The closest anyone comes to calling him out is when Simon incredulously asks Steve why he made Wolverine an Avenger.
** Wiccan has a few things to say to both the X-Men and the Avengers about their horrible treatment of Wanda in addition to their double standard.
* WolverinePublicity: The main characters are the Young Avengers, the Scarlet Witch, Magneto and Doom. So why does the cover feature Wolverine?
* WouldHurtAChild:
** Poor [[spoiler:Cassie Lang]]. Damn you, Doctor Doom!
** Magneto's interference is the only reason that Billy wasn't killed by Wolverine at the beginning of the series.
* WowingCthulhu: For the Young Avengers, Wiccan's display of power in the begining served for this purpose with the Avengers.
* YouKilledMyFather: But even so, Stature has been really sympathetic with Wanda. No RoaringRampageOfRevenge, just ask her to bring him back (after all, the Scarlet Witch had already brought the deceased Hawkeye and Wonder Man back to life.)
** She also says this word for word to [[spoiler: Doctor Doom, when she assumes that his attack killed her newly revived father again]].
* YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry: ''Heavily'' implied by Hulkling to Captain America after Cap essentially bullies Billy into submitting to the Avengers' testing.
-->'''Teddy:''' Captain, I understand you're concerned about Billy. But if anything happens to him... [[BewareTheNiceOnes your primary concern should be]] ''[[BewareTheNiceOnes me]]''.