"There was an idea. To bring together a group of remarkable people. So when we needed them, they could fight the battles that we never could."
A mish-mash team of superheroes, who don't really have anything in common except that they fight as a team. They probably don't share philosophies, world-views, moral codes, or origins; they may or may not even like
each other very much (or at all). The only thing that matters is that the members show up when they're needed.
A Super Team may all live in the same place (if they do, the audience can expect occasional friction from that
). There is often an overarching organization they've all been recruited by, or work for, to help explain why such different characters band together despite their differences.
If the team does get all "I'll do anything for you man! You're like family to me," then they've become a Badass Crew
, and probably have to come up some Badass Creed
and the like. If they're actually related, they're a Super Family Team
. If the team all has related powers and color-coded outfits, you're probably looking at a Sentai
Contrast Legion of Doom
and Villain Team-Up
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Anime And Manga
- Problem Children Are Coming from Another World, Aren't They?, has the team gathered by Kuro Usagi to aid her No Name country. they are Izayoi Sakamaki, a boy from a present timeline with the power to supercharge any movement he does to do things that are impossible . Asuka Kudou, a girl from a past timeline who has Compelling Voice, and You Kasukabe a girl from the future who's capable of Power Copying animals' abilities.
- Eleven Eyes has the six students who get trapped in the Red Night, a monster infested Dark World version of their world. Once they found each other, they decided to band together to increase their chances of surviving the world every time they cross over to it,
- Fairy Tail. Pick any Mage Guild. Despite them being called "mages" they're just like a regular Super Heroes and everyone has a unique power.
- YuYu Hakusho has the Team Urameshi. consisting of a half demon, two demons, and a Badass Normal. they became a team due to certain circumstances involving the demon world being too much for one Spirit Detective to handle.
- Flame of Recca has team Hokage, and every other team in Ura Butou Satsujin. Who each have a unique Madogou imbued with a unique power.
- Maken-ki!'s literal Absurdly Powerful Student Council is a team of Maken users (who were apparently voted into position just like a normal Student Council). "Maken" are Applied Phlebotinum weapons each with a unique power.
- NEEDLESS The other Needless gathered by Adam Blade to fight the Mega Corp. Simeon is this, same goes for Simeon's own Quirky Miniboss Squad. They got their powers from being survivors of Black Spots.
- Star Driver's Glittering Crux is this. While they're not exactly "empowered" at a glance. they each have a civilian Secret Identity. and they are capable of piloting Humongous Mecha from within a different dimension. Uncovering their plot is one of the main motivations for the main character.
- The eponymous Strike Witches are this. they are Witch Species girls gathered together and trained for their valuable magic prowess. they are the only ones effective enough to fight off the Neuroi.
- In Sky Girls. little girls are the only ones capable of wearing the Latex Space Suit and Mini-Mecha ideal for fighting WORMs who recently reappeared. so they make a team of them and gave them the name Sky Girls.
- The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya's SOS-dan is this. The Team consist of a Team Normal human, an alien, an Esper, and a Time Traveller, and a Physical God. Though with the genre being Slice of Life, most action happens within The Masquerade and they're mostly a team of supers who do nothing but have fun.
- In Beyblade, The various World Tournaments held all had the participating teams who's members each own a Bit Beast. Yes, this does mean they are all capable of weaponizing their Battle Tops to the point they can scream commands at their tops so they will spin faster and create blackholes or encase the stadium with ice. Which is why they're the ones in the tournament since the ones with ordinary Battle Tops simply don't stand a chance.
- Neon Genesis Evangelion: NERV tries to form one consisting of children made to pilot the EV As and combat Angels to protect whats left of humanity, but The group quickly falls apart due to the psychological issues of themselves and the people they work for, as well as Gendo Ikari's hidden agenda.
- Dragon Ball: Goku and his friends are this (especially during Dragon Ball Z), since they fight together to protect the Earth from powerful threats ranging from wicked demons and killer androids to world-destroying aliens and gods.
- DC Comics' Justice League of America, which not only popularized the idea but over its various incarnations has not only featured pretty much every single major character DC Comics has. Also they made a few Series based on it ranging from the awesome to the not so awesome.
- The first Super Team was the Justice Society of America and the Seven Soldiers of Victory, both created in the 1940s.
- The latest incarnation of the Seven Soldiers stretches the very idea of a super team to its limits; In order to keep the new Soldiers from being killed by the Sheeda like the previous team, they have to be sure that none of them ever meet each other. Seven people who don't know one another even exist have to accidentally work together to save the world from a threat they aren't aware of.
- The Marvel Comics' initial answer to The Justice League was The Fantastic Four, a quartet (sometimes) of Super Heroes that had more in common with a Science Fiction dysfunctional family then with a crime fighting organization.
- Marvel also has The Avengers (in some continuities called The Ultimates) a collection of that universe's best and brightest Super Heroes, much closer in style and set up to the Justice League.
- The X-Men is probably Marvel's most popular team, which several Series based on it, and a few movies too. There are a gazillion spin off teams of The X-Men including the New Mutants, X-Factor, X-Factor Investigations, various incarnations of X-Force and X-Statix.
- DC Comics also has the Teen Titans, a collection of Sidekicks and other teenage superheroes.
- The Authority deconstructed the idea of the Super Team by featuring a team that doesn't have those pesky Moral Codes against killing or such. Also one of the earlier examples of Decompressed Comics in America.
- Deconstructed twice in Watchmen.
- In "Under the Hood" (a book-within-a-book written by the first Nite Owl chronicling his time as a superhero) Nite Owl said that "it takes an extreme personality to put on a costume and fight crime and the chance of eight such personalities getting along is a million to one." Then, of course, there's the fact that after the Comedian tried to rape the first Silk Spectre, the Minutemen began to distrust each other and subsequently collapsed.
- Later when Captain Metropolis (a member of the last super team, "The Minutemen") tries to form another Super Team, "The Crimebusters", the Comedian denounces the whole idea as bullshit, claiming Captain Metropolis is trying to play "Cowboys and Indians". He further explains that whatever heroic deeds they accomplish will be undone by an impending nuclear war. Rorschach agrees, complaining that "a group this size seems more like a publicity exercise,", adding that "it's too big and unwieldy." The first meeting of the group is the last because of this.
- The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is a Super Team with a twist - it features public domain characters from Victorian literature teaming up to battle other threats from other public domain works (and one villain who wasn't in the public domain yet, forcing the writers to be careful with what they called him).
- DC Comics also has:
- The Doom Patrol, who during Grant Morrison's run fought some of the most surreal villains ever, including The Brotherhood of Dada, who used an LSD-powered bicycle to run for president.
- The Suicide Squad, a group of super villains who are given an offer of a pardon if they complete ridiculously dangerous (one might say suicidal) tasks.
- And many others. There are at least 100 listed at the other Wiki.
- Marvel also has many many other teams, including but not limited to:
- Gold Digger has Agency Zero, formerly the Wonder Friends, a super team of heroes who decided they were tired of villains showing up to try and trash their base or concoct schemes just to target the heroes, and decided to go under cover to prevent that. Now they're still a team of "superheroes" that does the job as usual — they just don't tell villains they exist and do the job in black suits.
- The Invincible Universe has several, Punch Clock Heroes Capes Inc, the The Guardians of the Globe (two versions thereof) and the Teen Team (disbanded when most of it's members got too old)
- The Seven in Garth Ennis' The Boys. They are a super team who aren't together to fight greater foes or even because they LIKE each other. They're together purely because they make more money of merchandising that way. In fact none of them can stand each other.
- Kick-Ass 2 sees Dave joining a group of like-minded superheroes called Justice Forever.
- The somewhat obscure Cla$$War by Trevor Hairsine and Travel Foreman features Enola Gay, yet another Justice League pastiche.
- Another DC team, the Inferior Five poked fun at the concept of a team consisting of people who save the world by themselves pretty much every other day of the week. The Five were all so weak that they wouldn't be able to do anything if they didn't work together.
- Pride High has:
- Poseidon Preparatory Academy's Inter-Squad Championship teams (Pride High, the Argonauts, Maka Koa, Teh H4xx0rz, the Vixxens, Five Fold Path, Umoja, La Raza, Feral Force, and the Masterminds)
- The World Warriors, who can be assumed to be the universe's Justice League/Avengers
- The Champions of Atlantis
- The Legends
- In All Fall Down, we have the Pantheon, a group of A-listers named Portia, Paradigm, Pronto, Phylum and Plymouth.
Films — Live-Action
- X-Men Origins: Wolverine: Colonel William Stryker assembles Team X which features James Howlett, Victor Creed, John Wraith, Agent Zero, Christopher Bradley, Wade Wilson and Fred Dukes. Some of them don't get along very well.
- X-Men: First Class: Professor X, Magneto, Beast, Mystique, Havok and Banshee form the proto X-Men. Charles Xavier's primary goal is to avert World War III, while the other members are seeking Revenge against Sebastian Shaw for murdering someone they cared about.
- The Avengers: Yes, they do take some time to get any traction... but when they do, they beat the shit out of gods. (Well, the Captain would say there's only one God and he really doesn't dress like that.) The Hulk would merely say "Puny god!"
- Super Eric, Curry Man and Stone Cold Shark Boy, TNA's Prince Justice Brotherhood, embody that particular bit about having little in common.
- The Toa in BIONICLE are Mata Nui's heroes, sent to protect Matoran.
- Team Kimba, of the Whateley Universe. They're only teenagers at Superhero School Whateley Academy, but they've already beaten superpowered ninjas from the Yama Dojo, the Necromancer and his team The Children of the Night, and Lovecraftian horrors. Plus, they're not supposed to be superheroing, so they keep getting detention for this stuff.
- Most of the students at Whateley are on training teams or are in groups that can put up some sort of superfight in a pinch, the chief exception being the Underdogs.
- The League of Intergalactic Cosmic Champions was a group of super heroes (more or less) crossed with Star Trek zipping around the universe in a Cool Ship fighting evil.
- Most of the campaigns in the Global Guardians PBEM Universe were based around a Super Team of one sort or another. Notable exceptions were the Big Easy campaign and the aptly titled Solo campaign, both of which were about a single hero, and the Hyperion Academy and Venture Institute campaigns, both of which were about schools for superhumans.
- Many, some lasting longer than others, in Marvels RPG, including the Ultimates, the Avengers, Generation X, the Crusaders, the Guardsmen, even if some are starting to become Bad Ass Crew or True Companions.
- ASH from The Academy Of Super Heroes is the big-league super team of that universe. STRAFE is more of a superpowered covert ops team.
- Worm has several, mostly government-sponsored. The Triumvirate consists of the three most powerful superhumans in the world.
- The Justice Force from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003).
- The Teen Team from My Life as a Teenage Robot, of which Jenny was temporarily a member. They have subsequently disbanded.
- The Team Teen from Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, which Ami and Yumi were members of until they were kicked off for unnecessary roughness.
- The Justice Friends (an expy of both Justice League and Avengers) from Dexter's Laboratory.
- Young Justice features a group simply named "The Team"- although they have quite a lot in common with the Teen Titans, whose name was already taken by another cartoon. In universe, the reason for this is that they're a covert ops group, and there's no need to bring extra attention to themselves.
- Xiaolin Showdown is a Multinational Team consisting of a Japanese chick, a Brazilian Surfer Dude, An All American Cowboy, a Chinese Apprentice Monk... and a size-shifting Eastern Dragon. They were assembled to gather Shen Gong Wu.
- Ninjago is about four ninjas who can control Fire, Lightning, Earth, and Ice. they were assembled to protect the Green Ninja. The Chosen One to wield all four elements and The Hero of the verse itself.
- Both incarnations of the Avatar and their True Companions, known as "Team Avatar", work to maintain balance in the world and oppose anyone who threatens that balance.