The Champions is a British spy/science fiction adventure series consisting of 30 episodes broadcast on the UK network ITV during 1968–1969, produced by Lew Grade's ITC Entertainment production company. The series was broadcast in the US on NBC, starting in summer 1968.The main characters are a Power Trio of agents for a United Nations law enforcement organization called "Nemesis", based in Geneva. The three have different backgrounds: Richard Barrett (William Gaunt) is a code breaker, Craig Stirling (Stuart Damon) is a pilot, and Sharron Macready (Alexandra Bastedo) is a recently widowed scientist and doctor.During their first mission as a team, their plane crashes in the Himalayas. They are rescued by an advanced civilization living secretly in the mountains, who save their lives and grant them telepathy, precognition, enhanced senses and intellect and physical abilities to the fullest extent of human capabilities. Not surprisingly, these powers prove useful in the heroes' work.
Deadpan Snarker: All of them, of one sort or another, though the award for best (and most frequent) snarker must go to Richard.
Demolitions Expert: Each of them have varying levels of expertise with defusing bombs (and different expertise with different sorts of bombs), though Richard probably has the most training and enjoys planting bombs (while waiting at a rendezvous point with an ally, the ally wonders whether they'd be able to see the explosion from the bombs Richard designed and is planting; Craig assures him that, knowing Richard, you'd be able to see it from the moon).
Healing Factor: A power shared by the Champions. Craig's seems to work the fastest, which is probably a good thing since he's a risk taker and the most likely to get into a big scrap.
Implied Love Interest: Sharron and Craig. They're never seen to act on it, but they're pretty clearly attracted to each other, never more so obvious then when they occasionally go Undercover as Lovers. Though YMMV.
Psychic Link: The Champions can experience one another's emotions and see through the other's eyes if the emotion is strong enough (which, yes, includes the, erm, romantic ones), and Craig and Richard feel phantom pains when the other is getting tortured.
Psychic Powers: The three main characters have them to various degrees. Richard's is, perhaps, the most advanced as he can make someone forget something that happened within the last couple of minutes and control the weak-minded with simple commands. Sharron can hypnotise the weak-minded into telling her what she wants to know (not that she needs much help in that area, at least when it comes to men). Craig doesn't have anything specific to himself. Powers shared by Craig and Richard are feeling phantom pains when the other is in literally in great pain. Powers shared by the three is knowing when the others are in life-threatening trouble.
Spot of Tea: Richard and Sharron love their tea. Lampshaded by the very American Craig who doesn't understand their love of the beverage.
Super Senses: They have much better hearing than normal humans and they can also hear frequencies that are unheard by the normal human ear, which combined with them being able to speak at a different frequency allows them to communicate without being overheard.
Et Tu, Brute?: Handled the torture in "The Interrogation just fine, but that it was Nemesis who tortured him with Tremayne's (forced) approval and that Richard put Honor Before Reason and would not reveal their powers by rescuing him pretty much sends him into the Despair Event Horizon.
Girly Bruiser: Sharron dresses very femininely, often in pink, and can beat any opponent five ways sideways.
Good Is Not Soft: Can rig a powerful weapon to backfire into a villain's face without a second thought, and feels no remorse about doing so since the villain was going to use it against innocent people.
Beware the Silly Ones: Richard might appear to be an easy-going jokester who's always compulsively quipping, but he is, in fact, an incredible strategist and fighter, and if you make him angry, do not expect any mercy.
Butt Monkey: Oddly enough a heroic example in Richard, who is the most capable of the three. Expect that if anything humiliating, very painful, or just unlucky is going to happen to one of the three, it's usually Richard. The universe is just jealous of Richard's capability for badassery.
Chick Magnet: Quite, though he's certainly not of the unaware or clueless sort. However, unlike Craig, he's not one for flirting on the job and usually tends to put off romantic interest until a mission is finished.
Cultured Badass: Loves classical music, highly appreciative of good food and alcoholic beverages (he even risked being discovered that he wasn't unconscious to push a glass of good alcohol out of the way so the people who had attacked him and were trying to kidnap him wouldn't spill it), and is known for dressing in tasteful high-end clothes... And he does more badassery than would be practical to list here.
Gallows Humor: He seems to do this compulsively, occasionally garnering annoyance from Craig who thinks Richard should be taking the situation more seriously.
Genius Bruiser: He might not look terribly imposing, but, as Craig found out rather graphically, he is easily Craig's match in strength and fighting ability, if not his superior considering it took the combined efforts of Craig and Sharron to subdue him when he was Brainwashed and Crazy, and, already being extremely smart, he was upgraded to genius level.
Omniglot: Implied that before he gained his powers, Richard studied different languages, but now that he has increased intelligence on top of his already not inconsiderable one and his ability to find patterns, he just learns new languages and alphabets for fun.
Real Men Cook: Averted and then quickly played straight. He can't cook until he has to be a chef as a cover, and then becomes obsessed with cooking.
The Smart Guy: Richard was a genius code-breaker before joining NEMESIS, apart from Sharron (who actually is a scientist) can convincingly pull off a scientist cover, can dismantle a hydrogen bomb while he's got amnesia, constructs explosives, figured out how to break in and out of a booby-trapped safe with the information, and can reel off pages of English history.
Weapon of Choice: While he doesn't normally carry a weapon, he tends to prefer a knives when it comes down to a serious fight (even when he has a gun available) and can throw them with insanely good accuracy.
What the Hell, Hero?: Gets quite a big one of these from Craig at the end of the events of "The Interrogation."
I Surrender, Suckers: Richard allows himself to be abducted in "The Gilded Cage" to find out why someone would want to abduct him and bring them down.
In "The Fanatics" he masquerades as someone else who is 'rescued' by the villains, allows them to torture him until they are convinced he's the person he was masquerading as, then takes them all down from the inside.
Mind Rape: Happens to Richard. He's doped up on drugs that make him highly suggestible and then brainwashed into creating and reliving Fake Memories of Craig torturing and killing his loved ones (some fictional) again and again to try to make him assassinate Craig.
Nazi Nobleman: Field Marshall von Splitz from "The Final Countdown", who attempts to detonate a German atom bomb in order to start World War III.
The World Is Not Ready: The leader of the people who save the Champions makes Richard promise that the Champions won't tell anyone about their powers because all the governments of the world will try to find their country and make war on them to get the power and technology for themselves.