Super Family Team
Who says family time can't be super?
Many Super Teams
are made up of unrelated individuals who chose to answer The Call
, others at least share a Mass Super-Empowering Event
or some form of You All Share My Story
. Then there's super teams that arise from, or create their own, Super Family Team. These heroes or villains may have a familial relationship before they gain their powers and choose to stay together because they know and trust each other. On the other hand, a team of unrelated supers may become a super family around a core couple (usually The Hero
and The Chick
) while the rest become True Companions
and family by extension. This second one is especially common for the Secret Project Refugee Family
or social outcasts made up of unrelated experimental subjects.
It's not uncommon for both versions of this trope to coincide when new supers (or even Muggles
) marry into the family or get "adopted". Sometimes the children are raised without knowing their parent's real day job, and receive their Secret Legacy
. Other times the kids grow up amidst alien invasions and time travel shenanigans. Though most Super Family Teams are comprised of a Nuclear Family
structure (not necessarily with atomic powers, mind), they may substitute an actual mother or father with a Promotion to Parent
, Mama Bear
and/or A Father to His Men
, or go without and simply have a "big bro/sis" as team leader.
This trope is morality neutral, it's just as easy to have a family of crime as it is to have a family of crime fighters
. The Super Family Team is likely to use a whole lot of the Family Tropes
, and range from being a happy family with occasional scrapes to a Big Screwed-Up Family
that is a snide remark away from family-cide. Evil Super Family Teams tend to have a much more dysfunctional dynamic than that presented in good super family teams. It's not surprising to see evil families fall apart or fail at their missions. That said, it's not impossible for an evil family to actually have better
intra-familial relationships than their good counterparts. Still, the general norm is that a good family of supers will have a better chance of success and life expectancy (both as teams and as people) because happy families get along
and stick together.
To keep this trope from being a recounting of "these two supers had a kid with powers
", at least two relations have to fight crime
, explore Alternate Universes
or some other team-based activity.
Usually a Badass Family
- The Fantastic Four, which originally consisted of an engaged couple (Sue and Reed), her brother and his best friend. Once they had kids, they were unofficially included, and Johnny's various superpowered girlfriends are often brought in unofficially. Alicia, Ben's blind girlfriend, is also an unofficial non-superpowered inclusion.
- The First Family of the Future Foundation consists of Reed, Sue, Ben, Peter Parker (Johnny's friend and rival), Franklin and Valeria (Reed and Sue's kids), Nathaniel (Reed's dad), Leech (a housemate of the Fantastic Four who keeps Franklin's Super Power Lottery in check), and Victor Von Doom (the archenemy of the Fantastic Four, who helped deliver Valeria and once made her his familiar).
- The Marvel Family. (Not the Shazam Family). Captain Marvel (Billy) and Mary Marvel are twins and they "adopted" Freddy into the Marvel Family. They're orphans, so the team consists of just the three of them.
- Black Adam created the Anti-Hero / Anti-Villain version of this when he created the Black Marvel Family with Isis, his beloved, and her younger brother.
- The New 52 version of the now-it's-the-Shazam-Family has Billy sharing his powers with Mary and Freddy, alongside three new kids, Eugene, Pedro, and Darla, all six of whom have been adopted by the same couple. In fact, Billy's able to share his powers with the others because he sees them as family.
- The First Family in Astro City, an Expy of the Fantastic Four. At the time of this writing, the family spans three generations, with brothers Augustus and Julius Furst, Augustus' adopted children Nick and Natalie, Natalie's husband Rex, their daughter Astra, and Nick's children Sasha and Karl Furst.
- Marvel Comics' powers literally run in the family, which facilitates this.
- X-Men member Nightcrawler, and stepsister Rogue and their mother Mystique. This is a borderline case because only Nightcrawler and Rogue teamed up with any regularity.
- Also from the X-Men, the Summers brothers Scott, Alex, and Gabriel.
- Scott's time-displaced children Nathan, Nate, and Rachel. (Yes, Nathan and Nate. Alternate universe versions of the same guy; lack of Time Travel shenanigans means Nate Grey/X-Man is much younger than Nathan Summers/Cable.
- Note that this means Scott and Jean have three kids... but each is an only child. Alterations to history means each grew up in a future that is incompatible with the other two.
- A minor example from the X-Men is the Kleinstock brothers, a group of siblings whose power involves a Squicky Fusion Dance.
- Also from X-Men, the Guthrie family (Cannonball, Icarus, and Husk). There was a story that reveals that mutants run in the family; more of the non-superhero members than not are mutants too.
- Though Monet is the only one who's stood the test of time, the whole St Croix family was heavily featured in Generation X. Monet, her sisters Claudette and Nicole, and their brother Marius, aka Big Bad Emplate, are all quite powerful individually and have the power to combine into all new people who are more than the sum of their parts. Then there's Penance, though we're not sure how her current incarnation is related.note
- Most of the main Inhumans are of the royal family.
- Brother and Sister Quicksilver and The Scarlet Witch, both initially of X-Men but more frequently in The Avengers.
- The Scarlet Witch's marriage to the Vision — now defunct — connected a large number of Avengers, Young Avengers, and X-book characters, and even a few of their villains with their own superhuman families into one sprawling Dysfunction Junction in which characters bounced from team to team. At various points, the Vision, Wanda, Wonder Man, Quicksilver, Jocasta, and Hank and Janet Pym were all Avengers and were treated as related in various (often fantastic) ways. However, as much as half the family tree may or may not count depending on how you and/or the writer view the Vision's connections to other androids and the humans on whom they're based. Even on her own, Wanda's (sorta) kids are superheroes Speed and Wiccan, her estranged father is Magneto, her sister (or half-sister) is Polaris, and her brother Quicksilver was once married into the Inhumans. However, only Magneto, Wanda, and Quicksilver were ever simultaneously on one team; Quicksilver and Polaris were both in X-Factor at a time when continuity said they weren't actually related, and they didn't interact much.
- Spider-Girl, from the "Marvel Comics 2" future-verse, provides a villainous version, with Ax-Crazy villainess Angel Face as the mother of villainous siblings Crazy Eight and Funny-Face.
- Relative Heroes in The DCU; a team consisting of four siblings (two adopted) and their babysitter.
- Marvelman, Young Marvelman and Kid Marvelman — which were Alternate Company Equivalents of Captain Marvel et al.
- The Incredible Hulks is about the Incredible Hulk and all his Hulk-like friends & relations: She-Hulk, Red She-Hulk, A-Bomb (Rick Jones), his son Skaar, and another She-Hulk which is his daughter from an alternate future. Red Hulk is off on his own most of the time, so he's not generally involved.
- Team Superman, comprising Clark, his cousin, his clone and Steel.
- The Flash Family originally included Barry Allen, his nephew, his grandson and his great-niece. After Flashpoint and DC Rebirth, it became Barry and two of his nephews.
- ClanDestine probably counts, although Walter in particular would protest the "superhero team" part. All of the Destine siblings have powers, as does their father (Mom is a genie); only the core cast act as superheroes, and most of them would say they're just doing it to keep the twins from getting into trouble by crime-fighting on their own.
- The Justice Society of America when it returned in the late nineties. With the Justice League now filling the role of prime super team, they decided to fill a different niche by becoming an extended super family team to help their legacies, descendants of various original Justice Society members, along the path to heroism and when needed simply to give them a home and community.
- The four siblings of Power Pack in the Marvel-verse.
- The Strong family from Tom Strong, consisting of the nominal Science Hero Genius Bruiser, Dhuala, his Jungle Princess wife, Tesla, their Kid Hero teenage daughter, robot butler Pneuman and pet sapient gorilla King Solomon.
- The Bat-Family.
- Dynamo5, a team composed of five members who are all the illegitimate children of one of the world's mightiest heroes.
- "Superfamily" is a popular category of The Avengers fanfiction. Some of these fics involve slash in order to pair all the heroes together; others simply have the team take on a family dynamic. In many of these fics, Spider-Man is either the child of one or more of the Avengers or is adopted/mentored by the team.
- The trope image is the Parr family, otherwise known as The Incredibles.
- The Stronghold family in Sky High.
- This is the premise of many of the Spy Kids films, and becomes a superhero genre example in one of the three-D installments.
- Many noble families in A Song of Ice and Fire qualify at least partially, having most or all of their male members be fighters. The Mormonts are probably the straightest example. Since Lord Jeor Mormont joined the Night's Watch, and then Ser Jorah Mormont went into exile, the family consists entirely of Action Girls. They also get bonus points for refusing to bend the knee to either the Boltons or Stannis Baratheon, and still claim loyalty to House Stark.
- The Petrelli family in Heroes. The patriarch, Arthur Petrelli, is an evolved human but he's evil. Mom's an evolved human too and she's sometimes a team player, it depends on the objective and what's at stake. Their sons, Nathan and Peter, as well as Nathan's daughter, Claire, all have super-human abilities too. Claire has teamed up with her equally idealistic uncle, Peter, to save the world several times and their family (Nathan, Peter, Claire, Angela, and by extension, Noah) have gone on a few missions together.
- The premise behind No Ordinary Family.
- Super Sentai occasionally has an all-sibling Five-Man Band, with one parent (the other often inexplicably absent) as Mission Control. There are the Hoshikawas of Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman, the Tatsumis of Rescue Sentai GoGoFive, and the Ozus of Mahou Sentai Magiranger. Magiranger eventually had both parents return and fight alongside their kids, and the Sixth Ranger married into the family. Shuriken Sentai Ninninger is a variant, as the heroes are all cousins with a shared grandfather (except for Takaharu and Fuka, who are siblings, and Sixth Ranger Kinji, who is unrelated); and like with Magiranger the grandpa and Takaharu and Fuka's dad join in near the end.
- Power Rangers has not yet used any of Sentai's five-sibling structures, but Power Rangers Mystic Force had a smaller version of the one from Magiranger with Vida and Madison as siblings, and as it turns out, Red Ranger Nick and his long-lost biological parents Udonna and Leanbow. Udonna's niece (and therefore Nick's cousin) Claire has also helped out, just not on the field alongside the Rangers.
- Also, Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue has the Pink and Titanium Rangers as siblings, and their dad as mission control.
- The Thundermans is about a family of superheros.
- Whateley Universe: When Flashlight and Weasel met and got married, everyone said it wouldn't work. They were both mutants working for the C.I.A. and how could they raise a family? They managed. Three kids, all of them turning out ot be mutants. The oldest and youngest are now in training with the C.I.A. and work with mom and dad. The middle one is Person of Mass Destruction Tennyo who is in training at Superhero School Whateley Academy and dwarfs everyone else's power sets.
- Bionic Six.
- Kim Possible's Team Go!, Shego's not-so-successful without her do-gooding family.
- The family in Norman Normal.
- The X's are a family of super-spies.
- For a while in the 1970s, Plastic Man had a cartoon where he fought crime alongside his wife and their offspring Baby-Plas. Decades later, the comics introduced Plas's estranged son Offspring, but they never worked on the same team.
- The Crystal Gems from Steven Universe is a team consisting of three nigh-immortal alien superheroes, and Steven, a relatively ordinary human kid whose mother, the fourth alien on the team, decided to die in order to give birth to him. While none of them are technically related (Steven's dad was a human), the three older Gems raised Steven and tend to act as parents or siblings for him, and are occasionally mistaken as such by the locals.
- The Defenders of the Earth are a team comprising four classic comic book heroes and their respective children. The youngsters in question are Rick and LJ, the sons of Flash Gordon and Lothar; Jedda, the Phantom's daughter and Kshin, a young orphan whom Mandrake the Magician is raising as a son.