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    Doctor Strange 

Doctor Strange

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Alter Ego: Stephen Vincent Strange

Notable Aliases: Master of the Mystic Arts, Master of Black Magic, Sorcerer Supreme, Strange, Stephen Sanders, Captain Universe, Vincent Stevens, Void

First Appearance: Strange Tales #110 (July, 1963)

Team Affiliations: The Avengers, The Defenders, The Illuminati, Infinity Watch, Midnight Sons, New Avengers, The Order

Joined In: Marvel Feature #1 (December, 1971)


See the Doctor Strange page for more info.

    Hulk 

Hulk

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Alter Ego: Dr. Robert Bruce Banner

Notable Aliases: Joe Fixit, War, World-Breaker, Doc Green, Devil Hulk

First Appearance: The Incredible Hulk #1 (May, 1962)

Team Affiliations: The Avengers, The Defenders, Horsemen of Apocalypse, Fantastic Four, The Pantheon, Warbound, Secret Avengers

Joined In: Marvel Feature #1 (December, 1971)


See the Incredible Hulk page for more info.
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    Namor the Sub-Mariner 

Namor the Sub Mariner

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Alter Ego: Namor McKenzie

Notable Aliases: Namor the First, The Avenging Son, Imperius Rex, The Sub-Mariner

First Appearance: Marvel Comics #1 (October, 1939)

Team Affiliations: The Invaders, All-Winners Squad, The Avengers, The Defenders, Defenders of the Deep, Deep Six, The Illuminati, The Cabal, Dark X-Men, X-Men, The Order, Heroes for Hire /Oracle, Inc., Phoenix Five

Joined Team In: Marvel Feature #1 (December, 1971)


See the Sub-Mariner page for more info.

    Clea 

Clea

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Alter Ego: Clea Strange

First Appearance: Strange Tales Vol. 1 #126 (November, 1964)

Joined Team In: Marvel Feature Vol. 1, #2 (March, 1972)

See Doctor Strange Supporting Characters for more info.


    Silver Surfer 

Silver Surfer

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Alter Ego: Norrin Radd

Notable Aliases: Captain Universe, Void Knight

First Appearance: The Fantastic Four Vol. 1, #48 (March, 1966)

Joined Team In: The Defenders Vol. 1, #2 (October, 1972)

See Silver Surfer for more info.


    Valkyrie 

Valkyrie

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Alter Ego: Brunnhilde

Notable Aliases: Samantha Parrington, Barbara Norris, Sian Bowen, Annabelle Riggs

First Appearance: The Avengers Vol. 1, #83 (December, 1970)

Joined Team In: The Defenders Vol. 1, #4 (October, 1972)

See Valkyrie (Marvel Comics) for more info.


    Hawkeye 

Hawkeye

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Alter Ego: Clinton "Clint" Barton

Notable Aliases: Goliath; Golden Archer; Ronin

First Appearance: Tales of Suspense #57 (September, 1964) note ; Avengers #63 (April, 1969) note ; Captain America #179 (November, 1974) note ; New Avengers #27 (April, 2007) note 

Joined Team In: Defenders Vol. 1, #4 (February, 1973)

See Hawkeye for more info.


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    Nighthawk 

Nighthawk

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Alter Ego: Kyle Richmond

First Appearance: The Avengers Vol. 1, #69 (October 1969)

Joined Team In: The Defenders Vol. 1, #14 (July 1974)

Kyle Richmond was a thrill-seeking playboy who became the costumed adventurer Nighthawk. Starting out as a villain, Richmond soon found altruism a greater pursuit. As Nighthawk, he became mainstay of the Defenders, and has also acted alongside the Squadron Supreme, the Redeemers, the Thunderbolts and the Initiative.


  • Alternate Self: His most famous counterpart is the one from Earth-712, the reality of the Squadron Supreme. His other well-known counterpart is the black Kyle Richmond of Earth-31916, home of Supreme Power.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: Animal alias variety. It's been noted that hawks aren't nocturnal.
  • Badass Cape: His impressive red cape, which he can use as Cape Wings and glide.
  • Badass Normal: Just like the character he's based on, he doesn't have any superpowers but is a well-known and valued member of the Defenders.
  • Expy: Easily the most famous of Batman's Marvel's expies.
  • Handicapped Badass: After a battle against the Six-Fingered Hand, he was paralyzed except at night when he regained his mobility. After an adventure in Hell, he got better.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Started off as a rich brat who got his girlfriend crippled when he was driving drunk, then joined the Grandmaster's Squadron Sinister. Eventually becomes a Defender and member of various groups.
  • Primary-Color Champion: His costume is mostly dark blue with a red cape and golden accents.
  • Sucksessor: The Nighthawk of Earth-31916 thinks he's little more than Dumb Muscle and unimpressed with the Kyle's mixed-bag adventuring history.
  • Super Serum: Sure he can't shoot lasers out of his eyes, but he's definitely not all that human. He was given an alchemical serum when he was recruited to Squadron Sinister and these permanently gave him low-tier superhuman strength, toughness and other attributes. And these abilities double in power at night.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It is unknown what happened to him when it was exposed he had been replaced by a Skrull. It gets even more unclear when a new, black Kyle Richmond appeared as part of a new Squadron Supreme assembled by Phil Coulson and Mephisto.

    Luke Cage 

Luke Cage

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Alter Ego: Luke Cage (Born Carl Lucas)

Notable Aliases: Power Man

First Appearance: Luke Cage, Hero For Hire Vol. 1, #1 (June, 1972)

Joined Team In: The Defenders Vol. 1, #17 (November 1974)

See Luke Cage for more info.


    Daimon Hellstrom 

Daimon Hellstrom

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Alter Ego: Daimon Hellstrom

Notable Aliases: Son of Satan, Hellstorm

First Appearance: Ghost Rider Vol. 1, #1 (September, 1973)

Joined Team In: Giant-Size Defenders Vol. 1, #2 (October, 1974)

See Son Of Satan for more info.


    Hank Pym 

Hank Pym

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Alter Ego: Dr. Henry "Hank" Pym

Notable Aliases: Giant-Man, Goliath, Yellowjacket, Wasp, Scientist Supreme, Ultron

First Appearance: Tales to Astonish #27 (January 1962) note ; Tales to Astonish #35 (September 1962) note ; Tales to Astonish #49 (November 1963) note ; The Avengers #28 (May 1966) note ; The Avengers #59 (December 1968) note ; Secret Invasion: Requiem #1 (February 2009) note ; Avengers: Rage of Ultron #1 (April 2015) note 

Joined Team In: The Defenders Vol. 1, #23 (May, 1975)

See Ant-Man for more info.


    Red Guardian 

Red Guardian

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Alter Ego: Tania Belinskaya

Notable Aliases: Starlight

First Appearance: The Defenders #35 (May, 1976) note ; Quasar #19 (Febuary, 1991) note 

Joined Team In: The Defenders Vol. 1, #35 (May, 1976)

The brilliant Russian neurosurgeon Dr. Tanya Belinsky would take first the mantle of the Red Guardian for some time. An encounter with a powerful villain made her the nuclear powerhouse Starlight.


  • Atomic Superpower: Sergei Krylov exposed Tania to cobalt radiation and a nuclear explosion which resulted in her gaining the ability to generate, store, and release massive amounts of nuclear energy.
  • Combat Medic: Red Guardian, who also was a skilled surgeon (she was the one who put Nighthawk's brain back to his body when it was stolen during a horrific surgery by the Headmen).
  • Friendless Background: She never knew real friendship until she joined the ranks of the Defenders.
  • I Love Nuclear Power: How she became Starlight.
  • Legacy Character: One of the many people that has taken the codename of Red Guardian.
  • Red Is Heroic: Her costume is red and she's not antagonistic like the previous Red Guardians.
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    Hellcat 

Hellcat

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Alter Ego: Patsy Walker

First Appearance: Miss America Magazine Vol. 1, #2 (November, 1944) note ; The Avengers Vol. 1, #144 (Febuary, 1976) note 

Joined Team In: The Defenders Vol. 1, #44 (February, 1977)

See Hellcat for more info.


    Devil-Slayer 

Devil-Slayer

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Alter Ego: Eric Simon Payne

Notbale Aliases: Agent of Death, The Reaper of Souls, "Cape Man"

First Appearance: Marvel Spotlight Vol. 1 #33 (April, 1977)

Joined Team In: The Defenders Vol. 1, #58 (April, 1978)

A former soldier whom came into possession of a cape which made him Devil-Slayer, the demon hunter. Devil-Slayer served with the Defenders, and more recently, the Hawaiian Initiative team The Point Men and Wonder Man's anti-Avengers team.


    The Wasp 

The Wasp

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Alter Ego: Janet "Jan" Van Dyne

Notable Aliases: Winsome Wasp

First Appearance: Tales to Astonish Vol. 1, #44 (June 1963)

Joined In: The Defenders Vol. 1, #77 (November 1979).

See The Wasp page for more info.


    Gargoyle 

Gargoyle

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Alter Ego: Isaac Christians

First Appearance: The Defenders Vol. 1, #94 (April, 1981)

Joined Team In: The Defenders Vol. 1, #94 (April, 1981)

Trapped in the immortal body of a gargoyle, Isaac Christians tries to redeem his previous evil acts as one of the Earth's defenders.


  • The Atoner: Chose to join the Defenders as a way to atone for his past actions, including trying to kill Hellcat under orders from the Six-Fingered Hand.
  • Flight: He has wings, but those aren't why he can fly. He actually flies using Telekinesis.
  • Older Than They Look: He's a WWI veteran, but thanks to his Gargoyle body, he remains alive even after over a century.
  • Our Gargoyles Rock: Unlike Grey Gargoyle, Gargoyle looks like a more typical statue brought to life.
  • Secondary Color Nemesis: Subverted. His body might be orange and has a purple outfit, but he's one of the good guys.
  • Was Once a Man: A former human whose spirit was transferred to the body of a gargoyle-like creature.

    Beast 

Beast

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Alter Ego: Henry "Hank" McCoy

Notable Aliases: Blue Gorilla, Kreature, Mutate #666

First Appearance: X-Men Vol. 1, #1 (September, 1963)

Joined Team In: The Defenders Vol. 1, #104 (February, 1982)

See here for more info.


    Overmind 

Overmind

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Alter Ego: Grom

Notable Aliases: Champion of Champions

First Appearance: The Fantastic Four Vol. 1, #113 (August, 1971)

Joined Team In: The Defenders Vol. 1, #115 (January, 1983)

See here for more info.


    Angel 

Angel

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Alter Ego: Warren Worthington III

Notable Aliases: Avenging Angel, Archangel, Dark Angel, Death, Master of the Seven Seeds

First Appearance: X-Men Vol. 1, #1 (September, 1963)

Joined Team In: The Defenders Vol. 1, #125 (November, 1983)

See here for more info.


    Iceman 

Iceman

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Alter Ego: Robert "Bobby" Drake

Notable Aliases: Drake Roberts, Mister Friese, Frosty

First Appearance: X-Men Vol. 1, #1 (September, 1963)

Joined Team In: The Defenders Vol. 1, #125 (November, 1983)

See here for more info.


    Moondragon 

Moondragon

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Alter Ego: Heather Douglas

Notable Aliases: Madame MacEvil, H.D. Steckley

First Appearance: Iron Man Vol. 1, #54 (January, 1973) note ; Daredevil Vol. 1, #105 (November, 1973) note 

Joined Team In: The Defenders Vol. 1, #125 (November, 1983)

See here for more info.


    Cloud 

Cloud

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First Appearance: The Defenders Vol. 1, #123 (September, 1983)

Joined Team In: The Defenders Vol. 1, #127 (January, 1984)

Cloud is a nebula that took human form, and upon arriving on Earth was brainwashed by the Secret Empire. During a battle with the Secret Empire, the Defenders rescued Cloud and he/she joined the team.


  • Ambiguous Gender: Not being human, they can take both male and female human form.
  • Censor Steam: Kind of literally. They use a cloud to cover their private parts.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": They're a cloud named Cloud, mores specifically a Nebula.
  • Genius Loci: Cloud turned out to be a sentient nebula with amnesia.

    Candace Southern 

Candace Southern

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Alter Ego: Candace "Candie" Southern

Notable Aliases: Marvel Girl, Southern Belle, 0-39-01

First Appearance: The X-Men Vol. 1, #31 (April, 1967)

Joined Team In: The Defenders Vol. 1, #138 (December, 1984)

See here for more info.


    Andromeda 

Andromeda

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Alter Ego: Andromeda Attumasen

Notable Aliases: Andrea McPhee, Genevieve Cross, Lady Andromeda

First Appearance: The Defenders Vol. 1, #143 (March, 1985)

Joined Team In: The Defenders Vol. 1, #147 (September, 1985)

The beautiful and heroic Atlantean warrior is a member of the Defenders. Like Prince Namor, The Sub-Mariner, Andromeda defends her people and the surface dwellers with honor and might. She uses a serum that temporarily allows her to breathe air while on land. She has proven her mettle on both land and sea.


  • Action Girl: She's an Atlantean warrior trained by her father.
  • Amazonian Beauty: She is a muscular, yet beautiful woman.
  • Apparently Human Merfolk: Other than having blue skin, she's pretty similar to humans.
  • Fiery Redhead: She's an auburn-haired Atlantean lady and fearless in combat.
  • Fusion Dance: Her original body was killed at the end of the battle in Defenders vol. 1. She was restored in "Dr. Strange" vol. 3 #3 by merging with Genevieve Cross, a Welsh woman. For some time she could shape-shift between the Andromeda and Genevieve forms. The Genevieve form has not appeared for some time, and the personalities may have merged.
  • Heroic Bastard: Illegitimate daughter of Attuma and loyal follower of Namor.
  • Heroic Build: Very much so. She may not be She-Hulk, but she's pretty well-built (before even considering the inherent density of Atlantean bone structure), and is very loyal and heroic.
  • Leotard of Power: Her default outfit.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She stands at 5' 8" and is very attractive.
  • Super Not-Drowning Skills: Andromeda uses a serum that allows her to breath air for 12 hours while on the surface. It is noted that her Atlantean ship's onboard computer replicates the serum, all but making her limitation a non issue for her.
  • Undying Loyalty: For Namor. This includes joining the Defenders of the Deep despite Namor bringing them into conflict with the surface world and the Avengers.
  • Wanted a Son Instead: The main reason Andromeda abandoned her father and joined Namor.
  • You Go, Girl!: Many of her adventures, from joining the military to adventuring on the surface, have come from her wanting to overcome the patriarchal limitations of Atlantean society.

    Interloper 

Interloper

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First Appearance: The Defenders Vol. 1, #147 (September, 1985)

Joined Team In: The Defenders Vol. 1, #151 (January, 1986)

One of the Eternals of Earth whom helped the Defenders defeat the spirit of the Dragon of the Moon that had taken over Defenders member Moon Dragon. He died, but was, along with the other Defenders, resurrected by Doctor Strange


  • Gentle Giant: The guy stands at 8"/244cm tall, yet he was content to wander the Siberian wilderness without interacting much with other people.
  • Nice Hat: Has one that makes him look gentlemanly.
  • Only Friend: The only other Eternal he ever befriended was The Forgotten One, also known as Gilgamesh, since both were loners even amongst their kind.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: His Eternal name is unknown.

    Man-Slaughter 

Man-Slaughter

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Notable Aliases: Roger Loomis

First Appearance: The Defenders Vol. 1, #133 (July, 1984)

Joined Team In: The Defenders Vol. 1, #151 (January, 1986)

Man-Slaughter is a super-villain in the Marvel Comics universe. He is a psychopathic killer who has fought the Defenders, and later briefly joined their team.


  • Only Known by Their Nickname: His real name is unknown.
  • Psycho for Hire: Similarly to Bullseye, he made a living as a hired killer, more for fun and thrill than money.
  • Psychic Powers: Taught by Interloper, Manslaughter can psionically interfere with a person's accuracy as well as inflict pain.
  • Token Evil Teammate: While the Defenders have had morally dubious members at times, Manslaughter is just a killer.

    Ghost Rider 

Ghost Rider

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Alter Ego: Daniel "Danny" Ketch

Notable Aliases: The Spirit of Vengeance, Spirit of Corruption

First Appearance: Ghost Rider Vol. 3, #1 (May, 1990) note ; Ghost Rider Vol. 9, #4 (March, 2020) note 

Joined Team In: Doctor Strange Vol. 3, #50 (Febuary, 1993)

See here for more info.


    Spider-Man 

Spider-Man

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Alter Ego: Peter Benjamin Parker

Notable Aliases: Bombastic Bag-Man, Ricochet, Dusk, Prodigy, Hornet, Ben Reilly, Scarlet Spider, Captain Universe, Liar

First Appearance: Amazing Fantasy Vol. 1, #15 (August, 1962)

Joined Team In: The Fantastic Four Vol. 1, #374 (March, 1993)

See here for more info.


    Wolverine 

Wolverine

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Alter Ego: James "Logan" Howlett

Notable Aliases: Logan, Jeremiah Logan, Patch, Weapon X, Death, Mutate #9601, Emilio Garra, Weapon Chi, Experiment X, Agent 10, Peter Richards, Mai' keth, Black Dragon, Captain Canada, Captain Terror, John Logan, Jim Logan

First Appearance: The Incredible Hulk #180 (October, 1974) note ; The Incredible Hulk #181 (November, 1974) note 

Joined Team In: The Fantastic Four Vol. 1, #374 (March, 1993)

See here for more info.


    Darkhawk 

Darkhawk

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Alter Ego: Christopher "Chris" Powell

Notable Aliases: The Powell, Falconer, Edge-Man

First Appearance: Darkhawk Vol. 1, #1 (March, 1991)

Joined Team In: Secret Defenders Vol. 1, #1 (March, 1993)

See here for more info.


    Nomad 

Nomad

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Alter Ego: Jack Monroe

Notable Aliases: Bucky, Nomad, Scourge

First Appearance: Captain America Vol. 1, #153 (September, 1972) note ; Captain America Vol. 1, #282 (June, 1982) note 

Joined Team In: Secret Defenders Vol. 1, #1 (March, 1993)

See here for more info.


    Spider-Woman 

Spider-Woman

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Alter Ego: Julia Carpenter

Notable Aliases: Arachne, Madame Web

First Appearance: Secret Wars Vol. 1, #6 (October, 1984) note ; Secret Wars'' Vol. 1, #7 (November, 1984) note 

Joined Team In: Secret Defenders Vol. 1, #1 (March, 1993)

See here for more info.


    Namorita 

Namorita

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Alter Ego: Namorita "Nita" Prentiss

Notable Aliases: Kymaera, Hard

First Appearance: Sub-Mariner Vol. 1, #50 (June, 1972)

Joined Team In: Secret Defenders Vol. 1, #4 (June, 1993)

See here for more info.


    Sleepwalker 

Sleepwalker

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Notable Aliases: Sleepy

First Appearance: Sleepwalker Vol. 1, #1 (June, 1991)

Joined Team In: Secret Defenders Vol. 1, #4 (June, 1993)

See here for more info.


    Captain America 

Captain America

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Alter Ego: Steven Grant "Steve" Rogers

Notable Aliases: Nomad, The Captain, Spider King

First Appearance: Captain America Comics Vol. 1, #1 (March, 1941)

Joined Team In: Secret Defenders Vol. 1, #4 (June, 1993)

See here for more info.


    Scarlet Witch 

Scarlet Witch

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Alter Ego: Wanda Marya Maximoff

Notable Aliases: Wanda Frank

First Appearance: The X-Men Vol. 1, #4 (March, 1964)

Joined Team In: Secret Defenders Vol. 1, #4 (June, 1993)

See here for more info.


    Thunderstrike 

Thunderstrike

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Alter Ego: Eric Masterson

Notable Aliases: Thor, Sparky

First Appearance: Thor Vol. 1, #391 {May, 1988)

Joined Team In: Secret Defenders Vol. 1, #4 (June, 1993)

See here for more info.


    War Machine 

War Machine

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Alter Ego: James Rupert "Rhodey" Rhodes

Notable Aliases: Iron Man, Iron Patriot, Commander Rhodes, Hulk Machine, Iron Man 2.0, Rhodey, Shellshock, The Pilot

First Appearance: Iron Man Vol. 1, #118 (January, 1979) note ; Iron Man Vol. 1, #170 (May, 1983) note ; Iron Man Vol. 1, #284 (July, 1992) note ; Gambit #13 Vol. 1, (May, 2013) note 

Joined Team In: Secret Defenders Vol. 1, #4 (June, 1993)

See here for more info.


    Northstar 

Northstar

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Alter Ego: Jean-Paul Beaubier

Notable Aliases: Jean-Paul Martin

First Appearance: The X-Men Vol. 1, #120 (April, 1979)

Joined Team In: Secret Defenders Vol. 1, #11 (January, 1994)

See here for more info.


    Nova 

Nova

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Alter Ego: Richard "Rich" Rider

Notable Alises: Nova Prime, Kid Nova, Nova #11249-44396, The Human Rocket, Quasar

First Appearance: The Man Called Nova Vol. 1, #1 (September, 1976)

Joined Team In: Secret Defenders Vol. 1, #11 (January, 1994)

See here for more info.


    Doctor Druid 

Doctor Druid

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Alter Ego: Anthony Ludgate Druid (Legally changed from Anthony Ludgate)

Notable Aliases: Druid, Doctor Droom

First Appearance: Amazing Adventures Vol. 1, #1 (June, 1961) note ; Weird Wonder Tales Vol. 1, #19 (December, 1976) note 

Joined Team In: Secret Defenders Vol. 1, #15 (May, 1994)

See here for more info.


    Deadpool 

Deadpool

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Alter Ego: Wade Winston Wilson

Notable Aliases: Merc with a Mouth, Regenerating Degenerate, Deady-Pool, Jack, Wade T. Wilson, Mithras, Johnny Silvini, Thom Cruz, Hulkpool, Wildcard, Zenpool, Weapon X

First Appearance: New Mutants Vol. 1, #98 (February, 1991)

Joined Team In: Secret Defenders Vol. 1, #15 (May, 1994)

See here for more info.


    Sepulchre 

Sepulchre

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Alter Ego: Jillian Woods

Notable Aliases: Shadowoman

First Appearance: Quasar Vol. 1, #45 (April, 1993)

Joined Team In: Secret Defenders Vol. 1, #15 (May, 1994)

Currently going by Sepulchre, Jillian Woods was first known as Shadowoman.


  • Bare Your Midriff: One of her casual clothes exposes her navel.
  • Casting a Shadow: Shadowoman has control over the Darkforce which she could manipulate giving her the ability to fly, cast a shadow field, phase through or merge with the shadow.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Despite her codename, powers and appearance, she's one of the good guys.
  • Identical Stranger: Her original Shadowoman costume looked very similar to Jessica Drew's, only in purple instead of red.
  • Pronouncing My Name for You: During her interview with Luke Cage and Jessica Jones, all she says is that her name is not pronounced "Sep-Ulch-Re".
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's 5'9"/175cm tall.

    Cadaver 

Cadaver

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Alter Ego: Cody Fleisher

Notable Aliases: Agamotto's Avatar, Pale Horseman, Fist of Agamotto

First Apperance: Secret Defenders Vol. 1 #16 (June, 1994)

Joined Team In: Secret Defenders Vol. 1, #16 (June, 1994)

Cody Fleisher was killed and resurrected as Cadaver. After the reaction of friends and family to his new appearance, Cadaver decided to remain with Dr. Druid and the Defenders.


    Iron Fist 

Iron Fist

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Alter Ego: Daniel Thomas "Danny" Rand-K’ai

Notable Aliases: Daredevil, The Living Weapon, Young Dragon, Daniel Thomas Rand, Daniel Rand-Kai

First Appearance: Marvel Premiere Vol. 1, #15 (May, 1974)

Joined Team In: Secret Defenders Vol. 1, #18 (August, 1994)

See here for more info.


    U.S. Agent 

U.S. Agent

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Alter Ego: John F. Walker

Notable Aliases: Jack Daniels, Super-Patriot, Captain America

First Appearance: Captain America Vol. 1, #323 (November, 1986) note ; Captain America Vol. 1, #333 (September, 1987) note ; Captain America Vol. 1, #354 (June 1989) note 

Joined Team In: Secret Defenders Vol. 1, #20 (October, 1994)

See here for more info.


    Dagger 

Dagger

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Alter Ego: Tandy Bowen

Notable Aliases: Lady Light, Cloak

First Appearance: Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man Vol. 1, #64 (March, 1982)

Joined Team In: Secret Defenders Vol. 1, #23 (January, 1995)

See here for more info.


    Deathlok 

Deathlok

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Alter Ego: Michael "Mike" Collins

Notable Aliases: Doctor Donut, The Cyborg, Robot Vigilante, Tin-Man

First Appearance: Deathlok Vol. 1, #1 (July, 1990)

Joined Team In: Secret Defenders Vol. 1, #23 (January, 1995)


    Drax the Destroyer 

Drax the Destroyer

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Alter Ego: Arthur Sampson Douglas

First Appearance: The Invincible Iron Man Vol. 1, #55 (February, 1973)

Joined Team In: Secret Defenders Vol. 1, #23 (January, 1995)

See here for more info.


    Valkyrie 

Valkyrie

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Alter Ego: Samantha Parrington (Possessed by Brunhilde)

First Appearance: The Incredible Hulk Vol. 1, #142

Joined Team In: The Defenders Vol. 2, #4 (June, 2001)

See here for more info.


    Red Raven 

Red Raven

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Notable Aliases: Heir Of Cheiros, Bat-Wing Man

First Appearance: Red Raven Comics Vol. 1, #1

Joined Team In: The Defenders Vol. 2, #7 (September, 2001)

Red Raven is a World War II era hero and a member of the Liberty Legion. In modern times, he has continued his career fighting alongside the Defenders and the X-Men among others.


See here for more info.

    She-Hulk 

She-Hulk

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Alter Ego: Jennifer "Jen" Walters

First Appearance: Savage She-Hulk Vol. 1, #1

Joined Team In: The Order Vol. 1, #3 (June, 2002)

See here for more info.


    Ardina 

Ardina

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First Appearance: The Order Vol 1, #4 (July, 2002)

Joined Team In: The Order Vol. 1, #4 (July, 2002)

The feminine version of the Silver Surfer who was created to restore balance to the world.


    Blazing Skull 

Blazing Skull

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Alter Ego: Mark Anthony Todd

First Appearance: Marvel Comics Vol. 1, #5

Joined Team In: Last Defenders Vol. 1, #1 (May, 2008)

See here for more info.


    Colossus 

Colossus

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Alter Ego: Piotr Rasputin

First Appearance: Giant-Size X-Men Vol. 1, #1

Joined Team In: Last Defenders Vol. 1, #1 (May, 2008)

See here for more info.


    Atlas 

Atlas

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Alter Ego: Erik Josten

First Appearance: The Avengers Vol. 1, #21

Joined Team In: Last Defenders Vol. 1, #3 (July, 2008)

See here for more info.


    Junta 

Junta

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Alter Ego: Manuel Vicente

First Appearance: Black Panther Vol. 1, #9

Joined Team In: Last Defenders Vol. 1, #3 (July, 2008)

Junta was a member of The Crew, an ally to Black Panther and War Machine and briefly a member of the Defenders.


    Paladin 

Paladin

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Alter Ego: Paul Dennis (Alias)

First Appearance: Daredevil Vol. 1, #150

Joined Team In: Last Defenders Vol. 1, #3 (July, 2008)

See here for more info.


    Warlord Krang 

Warlord Krang

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Alter Ego: Krang

First Appearance: Fantastic Four Annual Vol. 1, #1

Joined Team In: Last Defenders Vol. 1, #6 (October, 2008)

See here for more info.


    Nighthawk 

Nighthawk

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Alter Ego: Joaquin Pennysworth

First Appearance: Last Defenders Vol. 1, #1

Joined Team In: Last Defenders Vol. 1, #6 (October, 2008)

Joaquin Pennysworth is the current Nighthawk and leads his own team of Defenders independent from the main team. A former SHIELD agent, Pennysworth took up the Nighthawk mantle when Kyle Richmond was forced to retire.


  • Badass Cape: Has an impressive white cape to contrast with Kyle's red cape.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Unlike Kyle's red and golden outfit, Joaquin's Nighthawk is mostly blue and white. This actually makes his suit very similar to the one the Kyle Richmond of Earth-712 used.
  • Legacy Character: Took the moniker of Nighthawk from Kyle Richmond.

    She-Hulk 

She-Hulk

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Alter Ego: Lyra

First Appearance: Hulk: Raging Thunder Vol. 1, #1

Joined Team In: Fear Itself: The Deep Vol. 1, #1

See here for more info.


    Loa 

Loa

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Alter Ego: Alani Ryan

First Appearance: New Mutants Vol. 2, #11

Joined Team In: Fear Itself: The Deep Vol. 1, #1

See here for more info.


    Red She-Hulk 

Red She-Hulk

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Alter Ego: Elizabeth "Betty" Ross

First Appearance: The Incredible Hulk Vol. 1, #1

Joined Team In: The Defenders Vol. 4, #1

See here for more info.


    Black Cat 

Black Cat

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Alter Ego: Felicia Hardy

First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1, #194

Joined Team In: The Defenders Vol. 4, #8

See here for more info.


    Ant-Man 

Ant-Man

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Alter Ego: Scott Lang

First Appearance: The Avengers Vol. 1, #181

Joined Team In: The Defenders Vol. 4, #10

See here for more info.


    Misty Knight 

Misty Knight

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Alter Ego: Mercedes "Misty" Knight

First Appearance: Marvel Team-Up Vol. 1, #1

Joined Team In: Fearless Defenders Vol. 1, #3

See [[Misty Knight here]] for more info.


    Warrior Woman 

Warrior Woman

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Alter Ego: Hippolyta

First Appearance: Thor Vol. 1, #127

Joined Team In: Fearless Defenders Vol. 1, #3

See here for more info.


    Annabelle Riggs 

Annabelle Riggs

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Alter Ego: Dr. Annabelle Riggs, Valkyrie

First Appearance: Fearless Defenders Vol. 1, #1

Joined Team In: Fearless Defenders Vol. 1, #3

See here for more info.


    Mirage 

Mirage

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Alter Ego: Danielle "Dani" Moonstar

First Appearance: Marvel Graphic Novel Vol. 1, #4

Joined Team In: Fearless Defenders Vol. 1, #3

See here for more info.


    Elsa Bloodstone 

Elsa Bloodstone

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First Appearance: Bloodstone Vol. 1, #1

Joined Team In: Fearless Defenders Vol. 1, #8

See here for more info.


    Ren Kimura 

Ren Kimura

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First Appearance: Fearless Defenders Vol. 1, #10

Joined Team In: Fearless Defenders Vol. 1, #10

See here for more info.


    Nova 

Nova

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Alter Ego: Frances "Frankie" Raye, Frances Hyatt

First Appearance: The Fantastic Four Vol. 1, #164

Joined Team In: Fearless Defenders Vol. 1, #12

See here for more info.


    Jessica Jones 

Jessica Jones

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Alter Ego: Jessica Campbell Jones

First Appearance: Alias Vol. 1, #1 (First actual appearance), Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1, #4(Retroactively)

Joined Team In: The Defenders Vol. 5, #1

See here for more info.


    Masked Raider III 

Masked Raider III

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First Appearance: Marvel Comics #1000 (August, 2019)

This mysterious man was entrusted the Eternity Mask by Jerome Hamilton, the vigilante known as Blind Justice, before he died by the hand of the Enclave. Having realized that he needed to take responsibility for the power he had been given, the man gathered several interviews with different super heroes, even doing a few on his own, in order to get into their mindset and mentally prepare himself to carry on Hamilton's fight as the new Masked Raider.

In his quest to stop the last member of the Enclave, he teamed up with Doctor Strange and a new version of the Defenders in Defenders (2021).


  • Badass Longcoat: Wears one.
  • Coat, Hat, Mask: Has all three.
  • Cool Mask: The Eternity Mask, which makes him an equal to anyone he fights, as long as he is fighting for what is right. This doesn't mean he'll win every battle, only that he has a fighting chance.
  • Guns Akimbo: Usually wielded two guns at the same time.
  • Legacy Character: The third person to use the "Masked Raider" name.
  • Spider-Sense: The Raider has limited Cosmic Awareness due to the Eternity Mask. He knows when there is something that needs investigating, but beyond that, it's up to him.

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