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This is a team whose members are high-status in their society, typically nobility. The team can be a knighthood, a superhero team, a military unit, a sports team or whatever team-based activity the particular series focuses on.

They are usually close-knit, either comprised only of members of their family (perhaps for generations to come) or people that bought their way in for fun and/or an endgame. They have access to the latest in tech, armor, weapons, Super Serums, training facilities and whatever any comforts their wealth and influence can afford them.

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All of this gives them an advantage against any Corporate-Sponsored Superhero controlled by their financial overlords or Ragtag Bunch of Misfits who have to improvise their equipment and techniques.

Often times their ranks are swelled by Smug Supers and Super Supremacists, acting callous and unconcerned with those they deem of a lower class or lesser genes than they, maybe even ignoring them entirely. Infighting and the occasional White Sheep is inevitable. Thus, an occasional Spoiled Sweet character or a Prince Charming is possible as a Token Good Teammate.

In settings like Medieval Europe or Japan this can be justified as the caste systems there make it unlikely that commoners would be traveling or armed (either due to law, custom and/or economic unfeasibility).

The hero team being royalty and capitalists was originally commonplace. In modern times, they are at best an Anti-Hero Team, their snobbery posing them as Privileged Rivals to the Main Characters who are likely to commoners more relatable to the target audience.

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Compare Royals Who Actually Do Something.

See also Legion of Doom, Quirky Miniboss Squad, and Super Team.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Berserk: The Holy Iron Knights are a knightly order reporting to the Pope and made up of nobles' sons. However, it's well known that it's basically a way for aristocrats to put away their unwanted heirs/currently unneeded spares, with their leader Farnese being just about the only one taking it seriously. They don't seem particularly evil or ignorant, but they have the bad luck of stumbling upon Guts after one of his massacres (because Apostles revert to human form after death) and manage to arrest him in his weakened state.
  • The Silver Eagles from Black Clover are an elite group of Magic Knights. Founded and run by the highborn Silva family, the Silver Eagles have high standards and only allow nobles into their ranks, seeing anyone of lower class to not being worth the effort. They are so bad that Nozel, Nebula, and Solid practically excommunicate their younger sister Noelle from the family, having spent their whole lives tearing her down for their mother dying giving birth to her and ridiculing her inability to control her powerful magical abilities.
  • Gate: Princess Pina's Rose Knights are an Amazon Brigade of the daughters of noble houses.
  • Girls und Panzer: The St. Gloriana Academy is based on the United Kingdom, which is stylized like this as shown in their tankery team. They are more concerned about etiquette, going as much as to make sure their tea cups do not spill, even when riding on top of rickety WW II vehicles. That does not mean they are not professional drivers, however, and they defeated the Oorai Academy team at least once.
  • Germa 66 in One Piece is essentially a Kingdom-in-exile, with the Vinsmokes being still considered a royal family in many ways. While the Toku aspect of their composition and abilities are more played up, you still have Judge and Niji abusing the help to cement their smug superiority.

    Comic Books 
  • DC Comics has The Green Team. In their original incarnation they were billed as "boy millionaires" and used their money to have adventures. The revamped version introduced in 2013 were "teen trillionaires" and could buy super powers.
  • Marvel Comics:
    • "'The Illuminati'' is composed of high-ranking members or the Marvel Hero community with far-reaching resources, either being incredibly wealthy (Tony Stark/Iron Man, Professor X, Mr. Fantastic and Doctor Strange) or members of royalty (Prince Namor the Sub-Mariner and Blackagar Boltagon). The secret society is formed to discuss threats that could plague their planet and silently deal with them in their own terms.
    • In Inhumans, the race is a monarchy whose most powerful members are its royal family and are usually seen working together to fight a common threat.
    • In Runaways, the original Pride consisted of six rich and powerful families.
  • In Mystery Men The Golden Age, the Board is made up of wealthy industrialists and Social Darwinists.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • It is stated in the background of Kingsman: The Secret Service that the titular organization was founded by a group of rich individuals. They may not all be blue bloods but they do act the part. "manners maketh man" and all. In the words of Harry:
    Harry/Galahad: Since 1849, Kingsman tailors have clothed the world's most powerful individuals. By 1919, a great number of them had lost their heirs to World War I. That meant a lot of money, going un-inherited, and a lot of powerful men with the desire to preserve peace and protect life. Our founders realized that they could channel that wealth and influence for the greater good. And so began our other venture. An independent, international intelligence agency, operating at the highest level of discretion. Above the politics and bureaucracy that undermine the integrity of government run spy organizations. A suit is the modern gentleman's armour, and the Kingsman agents are the new knights.
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    Literature 
  • The Wolf Cubs in the second duology of the Arcia Chronicles are a group of various aristocrats' sons who band together around Alexander Tagere, the third son of Lord Protector of Arcia and later, the youngest brother of its King.
  • The Belgariad:
    • The companions consists of: A berserker who is an earl, a spymaster thief who is a prince, a knight who is a baron, a princess, a sorceress who is a Secretly Wealthy noblewoman and a sorcerer who, although from a common background, holds such a high status that even kings bow to him. Of the commoners, one is the lost heir to a throne, one is destined to sire the next leader of his people, and the remaining commoners have destinies that ensure they'll never be treated like commoners for the rest of their lives.
    • In the sequel series, The Mallorean, the core group is joined by new members: an emperor, a spy who is a margravine, a eunuch who is emissary to a queen, and a seeress who who is so important to the fate of the world that even the aforementioned sorcerer heeds her wisdom. This sequel lampshades the importance of the characters in the group when everyone descends on a small, simple island to take advantage of the fact that a group of people who used to be enemies are now on good terms: the poor leader is so overwhelmed by all the ranks and titles that he can barely cope with the fact his backwater domain is about to become the site where world peace is achieved.
  • The Slytherin House of Hogwarts from Harry Potter was founded to house magical students that held the characteristics that Salazar Slytherin valued: cunning, resourcefulness, and ambition. However, due to Salazar's belief that only those of the esteemed wizard families and those of pureblood should be allowed within the halls of Hogwarts, Slytherin House would soon garner a reputation of creating more dark wizards and witches than the other houses. Most of its student body would be from the families of corrupt politicians and aristocrats, harboring a fanatical Anti-Muggle, Wizard Supremacist ideology that eventually led to the creation of Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters.
    Hagrid: There's not a single witch or wizard who went bad who wasn't in Slytherin. You-Know-Who was one.
  • In Reflections of Eterna, there are no truly permanent character groupings, as allegiances and locations shift constantly, but given how the vast majority of the series' Main Characters are noblemen descended from ancient bloodlines, nearly every transient team-up technically is an aristocrat team.
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel: Sir Percy Blakeney aka The Scarlet Pimpernel saves the French (mostly aristocrats) from the guillotine during the Revolution, and he recruits members of his secret League from the British nobility.
  • In A Song of Ice and Fire, Young Conqueror Robb Stark rides into battle surrounded by a personal guard comprised of the noble heirs of his vassals.
  • The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas:
    • The eponymous group of The Three Musketeers is composed of Athos, the former Comte de la Fere, roughly equivalent to a regional governor; Aramis, a former monk of the Roman Catholic Church who, while not an aristocrat per se, still lived better than most Frenchmen at the time; and Porthos, a "dandy" from a minor bloodline that nonetheless holds substantial wealth. Their newest adjunct is D'Artagnan, sent to Paris by his father, a decorated officer of the French Army. Granted, excepting Athos, they're more cyan-bloods than blue-bloods, but they're much better outfitted than their countrymen.
    • 20 Years After: Aramis is still a gentleman and is now an abbot (which at the time did not necessarily require actual religious behavior) but still uses his title of "chevalier d'Herblay", and is knighted along with Athos by Charles I. d'Artagnan, while also of minor nobility, is a lieutenant of the Musketeers but ends up as their captain (a very prestigious position), and Porthos' only ambition (satisfied in the end) is to be given the title of baron, which will allow him to compete with his neighbors, who are of minor but extremely ancient and correspondingly snobbish nobility, who look down on him as a Nouveau Riche (and he constantly tries to copy the manners of Athos and Aramis to learn how to behave).

    Tabletop Games 
  • Fading Suns is a Feudal Future setting where player characters are generally assumed to be nobility, clergy (who know space magic), or part of the mercantile guilds.
  • The setting material in Ironclaw makes it pretty clear that outside of cities with militias like Triskellion characters without the gift of Nobility are going to be persecuted by the law if they carry weapons, especially guns. It's generally recommended that most parties include at least one knight or dilettante who can claim the others as his retinue.

    Video Games 
  • Ensemble Stars! has fine, the elite number one idol group in school which is comprised of the heirs to two major corporations, the extremely competent butler to one of them, and a celebrity of the acting world. Prior to the main story, it was even more elite, with all but one unit member being a wealthy heir. However, Eichi noticed this and they decided to make their one 'normal' member the unit leader, because they wanted the unit to seem like a paragon of justice which would stand up for the rights of the downtrodden, and so wanted more of an underdog feel. Overall however fine is very much a privileged antagonist during the main story, and an Anti-Hero at best beyond that.
  • If everyone in Sigurd's army lived to marry note , Seliph's army in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War will be composed entirely of nobility or royalty, even if every single one is an Impoverished Patrician.
  • All five playable characters in Final Fantasy V are royalty, since Bartz's father could have been king.

    Real Life 
  • The Knights Templar originally were commissioned to rebuff the Saracen incursions into Europe, and safeguard the Temple of Jerusalem for Christians. Though barons and marquis and earls were more administrative / managerial posts, they could be deployed as ranking officers in the King's army if need be.
  • There are countries which have Noble Guards, whose members can exclusively be recruited among nobility.
  • Until the 1960s, nobility was a condition to be allowed to enter the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.

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