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Characters involved with the Champions (issue numbers refer to volume 2 unless otherwise stated):

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Founding Members

     Kamala Khan / Ms. Marvel

Kamala Khan / Ms. Marvel

A New Jersey Pakistani-American teen born in Jerey City. She was a fangirl of superheroes in general with her favorite being Carol Danvers. One night, on her way home, the terrigen mist enabled her Inhuman gene and gave her the ability to shape-shift, change size, and appearance. Feeling empowered, she took the mantle of Ms. Marvel in inspiration of her idol and hero, Carol Danvers who dropped the mantle to become Captain Marvel.

After joining the Avengers, she became disillusioned with the adults specifically after Civil War II. When Sam Wilson did nothing to assuage her disillusionment, she promptly quit the Avengers and contacted her friends and former members of the Avengers, Miles Morales and Sam Alexander.

See the Kamala Khan page for more.
     Amadeus Cho / The Totally Awesome Hulk / Brawn 
     Sam Alexander / Nova 
Nova (Sam Alexander) #1 — Vol 3 #4
  • Brought Down to Normal: Has his helmet confiscated in Infinity Countdown Champions #2, which means he no longer has any powers.
  • Put on a Bus: Leaves with Kaeldra, taking her offer to help him get his helmet back.
     Viv Vision 
Viv Vision #1 —
     Miles Morales / Spider-Man 
Spider-Man (Miles Morales) #1 — Vol 3 #4
     Scott Summers / Cyclops 
Cyclops (Scott Summers) #1 — #18
  • Put on a Bus: Leaves at the end of Mark Waid's run on the Vol.2 due to editorial decision to send time-displaced X-Men back to the past.
    • The Bus Came Back: In a strange way. Now that he is back in the past it means his adult self in the present gained all the memories of his time in the present, including with Champions. As such, he shows up to aid them in time of need.

Volume 2 and 3 additions

     Riri Williams / Ironheart 
     Nadia van Dyne / the Wasp 
Wasp (Nadia van Dyne) #18 —
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Not only were Nadia and Riri both seen in #1, Nadia actually appeared in every issue from #11 onwards except for #12. #11 was a Secret Empire tie-in, #13-#15 featured the Avengers, she was on that team at the time, and #16-#18 had her and Vision dealing with Viv Vision. After that was resolved at the end of #18, she joined the team.
     Amka Aliyak / Snowguard 
Amka Aliyak / Snowguard #21 —

     Fernanda Ramirez / Red Locust / The Locust 
Fernanda Ramirez / Red Locust #9, #16 — #18, Vol 3 #1 —
  • Early-Bird Cameo: She was introduced on issue #9 where Viv gives her the okay to represent Champions. After the team fights along with the Avengers, they decide to go on a membership drive and recruit her. She was made as a tertiary member of the Champions.

     Joaquin Torres / Falcon II 
Falcon (Joaquin Torres) #16 — #18, Vol 3 #1 —
     Rayshaun Lucas / Patriot 
Patriot (Rayshaun Lucas) #16 — #18, Vol 3 #1 —
     Victor Alvarez / Power Man 
Power Man (Victor Alvarez) Vol 3 #1 —

  • Awesome Ego: He is cocky and overconfident. But he can live up to his own hype.
  • Man of Kryptonite: He draws power from history. It makes him near invincible against legendary and mythological beings as their very existence and ancient artifacts they use to fight him only make him stronger.

     Lana Baumgartner / Bombshell 
Bombshell (Lana Baumgartner) Vol 3 #1 —For tropes, see here
     Qureshi Gupta / Pinpoint 
Pinpoint (Qureshi Gupta) Vol 3 #1 —
     Dust/Sooraya Quadir 

Dust (Sooraya Quadir) Vol 3 #2 —

  • Berserk Button: She almost murdered Kaeldra due to how disgusting she found the latter reveling in cruelty.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Among Academy X students she is considered Token Wholesome...who also has a body count second only to X23 and spends her free time hunting terrorists in Middle East countries. In her introduction in Champions, both anti-mutant protesters and Kaeldra learn the hard way to not get on her bad side.
  • Captain Ethnic: She is an Afgan Muslim superhero whose power is to turn into sand.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: After Kaeldra makes short work of Champions, Sooraya basically takes her down with one shot like it was nothing.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: In the context of Champions-related titles she and fellow Muslim X-Men member Monet St. Croix showed up on one panel of Kamala's second series to participate in Ramadan celebration.
  • Foil: To Kamala, both being some of the few Muslim superheroes in Marvel Universe and the only two who are also teenage girls. But when Kamala is an energetic and emotional Inhuman who subverts many stereotypes about Muslims, Sooraya is a stoic mutant whose portrayal is rooted in a number of stereotypes.
  • Refusal of the Call: Most of the X-Men are believed to have perished in battle against Nate Grey in Uncanny X-Men (2018). Sooraya apparently was busy taking care of family matters and ignored Jean Grey's telepathic call. Keep in mind "family matters" for her often mean sneaking out to protect her homeland from Islamic terrorists.
  • Survivor Guilt: She blames herself for not being there when X-Men supposedly have been killed.

Volume 3 Reinforcements/Reservists



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