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"There was an idea, Stark knows this, called 'The Avengers Initiative'. The idea was to bring together a group of remarkable people, see if they could become something more. See if they could work together when we needed them to, to fight the battles that we never could."
Nick Fury, The Avengers
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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 with some Badass Creed and the like. If they're actually related, they're a Super Family Team. Exclusively magical or supernatural Super Teams qualify as a Supernatural Team. If the team all has related powers and color-coded outfits, you're probably looking at a Sentai.

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Contrast Legion of Doom and Villain Team-Up.


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    Comic Books 

DC Comics

  • DC Comics' Justice League of America, which not only popularized the idea but over its various incarnations has 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. It and the Seven Soldiers of Victory were both created in the 1940s.
    • Grant Morrison's 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 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 team outright specializes in handling extremely bizarre threats that most other heroes in the DC Universe can't even begin to wrap their heads around.
  • Justice League Dark: A team of magic wielding superheroes.
  • The Teen Titans, a collection of Sidekicks and other teenage superheroes.
  • Young Justice, another collection of teenage superheroes, less formal and drama prone than the Titans.
    • Young Justice (2019): Young Justice reformed, with the core members of the original team and a whole bunch of new ones.
  • Global Guardians: An international team of superheroes, that ended up mostly folded into Justice League International.
  • Great Ten China's officially endorsed and government run super team.
  • Legion of Super-Heroes: a team of young heroes who work for the United Federation of Planets from The Future!
  • The Movement: A group of misfit teens with powers trying to do the right thing.
  • Shadowpact: A collation of magic using and magically tied heroes and reforming villains.
  • The Suicide Squad, a group of Boxed Crook super villains who are given an offer of a pardon if they complete ridiculously dangerous (one might say suicidal) tasks.
  • Super Young Team a team of young superheroes from Japan.
  • 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.
  • The Terrifics DC's answer to the demand for a Fantastic 4 style series after Marvel canceled the book.
  • And many others. There are at least 100 listed at the other Wiki.
DC Imprints
  • 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 most prominent team in Astro City is Honor Guard, but other teams include the Astro City Irregulars and the Omega Rangers.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).

Marvel Comics

Other:

  • 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 Guardians of the Globe (two versions thereof) and the Teen Team (disbanded when most of its members got too old).
  • Kick Ass 2 sees Dave joining a group of like-minded superheroes called Justice Forever.
  • The somewhat obscure Classwar features Enola Gay, yet another Justice League pastiche.
  • 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 Film Series
    • X2: X-Men United: Jean Grey and Storm willingly ally with Wolverine and Nightcrawler, plus Magneto and Mystique (relunctantly) to stop Styker from committing mutant genocide.
    • 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.
    • Deadpool (2016): The eponymous character teams up with Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead to take down Ajax, Angel Dust and their mooks.
    • Deadpool 2 sees the creation of X-Force, comprised of the man himself, along with Domino, Bedlam, Shatterstar, Vanisher, Zeitgeist, and ... Peter, who is completely and totally unpowered but saw the ad and needed a job.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe
    • 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!". In total, the team consists of Captain America, Iron Man, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Thor, and the Hulk, and Agent Phil Coulson.
    • Captain America: The Winter Soldier had Captain America and Black Widow team up with a retired Air Force pilot, Sam Wilson (Falcon), to fight Hydra and the eponymous Winter Soldier (a Brainwashed and Crazy former ally and friend of the Captain's, Bucky Barnes).
    • Guardians of the Galaxy saw the creation of the eponymous team of mercenaries, consisting of Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot. Vol. 2 added Mantis and Yondu (though the latter later sacrificed himself to save Star-Lord), as well as Nebula through some Teeth-Clenched Teamwork and Yondu's second in command Kraglin.
    • Avengers: Age of Ultron saw the addition of Vision, War Machine, Scarlet Witch, and Quicksilver to the Avengers (although the latter did not last long on the team). The final scene added Falcon to the roster as well.
    • Captain America: Civil War split the Avengers in two: "Team Iron Man" had Iron Man, War Machine, Vision, Black Widow, and franchise newcomers Black Panther and Spider-Man. "Team Captain America" had Captain America, Falcon, Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier, Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye, Ant-Man, and Sharon Carter. By the end of the film, due to various defections, the Avengers now consists of Iron Man, War Machine, and Vision. Captain America (now Nomad), Falcon, Black Widow, and Scarlet Witch make up the Secret Avengers, a vigilante team.
    • Thor: Ragnarok saw the creation of the Revengers, made up of Thor, Hulk, Valkyrie, and Loki, as well as Heimdall, Skurge (briefly), and Korg, Miek, and the other gladiators on Sakaar, to take down the Odinsons' mad sister Hela.
    • Avengers: Infinity War saw the Avengers (except Ant-Man and Hawkeye, who were both on house arrest), the Secret Avengers, Black Panther and the forces of Wakanda (including M'Baku and the Jabari tribe), Bucky Barnes (now the White Wolf), Spider-Man, Doctor Strange and Wong, the Revengers (except Valkyrie, Korg, and Miek, who were confirmed by Word of God to have been on the other half of the Asgardian ship when Thanos attacked and divided the population), and the Guardians of the Galaxy (including Nebula but not Kraglin) team up to stop Thanos.
    • Avengers: Endgame Once again saw the Avengers with Ant-Man and Hawkeye, who both returned after their families - save the former's daughter - were dusted along with Rocket, Nebula and War Machine working to reverse Thanos's damage. One hulk snap later, this team is joined by Black Panther and the forces of Wakanda (including M'Baku and the Jabari tribe), Bucky Barnes, Falcon, and Wanda (but no Vision), as well as the remaining Guardians [[(spoiler:without Gamora)]], Spider-Man, Doctor Strange and Wong with the masters of the Mystic Arts, the Ravagers, the remaining Asgardians, and Pepper Potts in her own armor team up to stop the 2014 version of Thanos.
  • DC Extended Universe: Following the eponymous duel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice saw the Trinity — Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman — teaming up for the first time in live action, as they battled Doomsday. Justice League sees the creation of the eponymous super team, with the addition of Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg.
  • The Guardians, composed of four enhanced humans, products of Soviet Superscience: Ursus (werebear), Khan (speedster and Knife Nut), Ler (earth elemental), and Xenia (Invisibility, can handle extreme temperatures and survive for long periods of time without air). They're sent against their Mad Scientist creator, who has developed a device that can control all technology and is marching on Moscow with his clone army.
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    Literature 
  • The Society of Paragons in Andrew P. Mayer's The Falling Machine and sequels is a Steampunk superhero team.
  • A number are mentioned in Super Powereds. In Year 1, Alice is shocked to find out that her father used to be in one, having always considered him a Super who was more interested in advancing his career thank actual crime-fighting. Of course, it can be understandable why he might want this part of his life forgotten, since one of the team members killed his partner and went rogue before being taken down by the rest.
    • The Corpies spin-off focuses on several teams, one of which isn't actually composed of licensed Heroes and are restricted to assisting emergency services in rescuing civilians. Of the other two main ones in the story, Elemental Fury is the most well-known in the city, composed of a number of heavy hitters (some of these characters make cameos in the main series as well). The Wild Bucks are a team composed of Heroes, who have only recently completed their internships.
  • A more bureaucratic version is present in Forging Hephaestus called the Alliance of Heroic Champions. It's actually a nationwide organization that manages all "capes" in the country. Its sort-of opponent is the Guild of Villainous Reformation. Interestingly, the AHC and the GVR cooperate frequently, and a major part of GVR training involves learning the Code, which is the only thing that prevents an all-out war between the "capes" and the villains. Code-breakers are hunted down and eliminated by the Guild itself before AHC can do it.
  • The eponymous Renegades were originally a group of six superheroes who formed a team in Dread Warden's basement in hopes of freeing their city from the gangs ruling it. By the time of the story, they're a super syndicate, composed of dozens of small Super Teams, not to mention all the support personnel.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Smallville version of the Justice League.
  • The Legends in Legends of Tomorrow, a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits brought together by time traveller Rip Hunter to bring down immortal supervillain Vandal Savage. The team is made up of Rip, White Canary (Sara), Firestorm (Stein/Jax), Hawkman (Carter), Hawkgirl (Kendra), the Atom (Ray), Captain Cold (Leo), and Heatwave (Mick). In Season 2, we are also introduced to the Justice Society of America, a World War II-era team of professionals fighting the Nazis. The members include Hourman, Doctor Mid-Nite, Vixen (the grandmother of Mari and Kuasa from Vixen), Obsidian, Commander Steel, and Stargirl. Vixen (Amaya) eventually joins the Legends along with a new member named Nate (later called Steel), while the Hawks and Cold are no longer with the team. In season 3, we also get Zari (known as Isis in the comics). In season 4, Amaya and Firestorm are out and Constantine is in.
  • Supergirl eventually gives us the Legion from the 30th century, a team founded by Mon-El after a wormhole deposited him in the future with no way back. The only members shown are Mon-El, Imra Ardeen (Saturn Girl), and Querl Dox (Brainiac 5). Brainy later swaps places with Winn, with Winn joining the Legion and departing for the future, and Brainy staying behind and joining the DEO.
  • The Seven from The Boys are a team of Smug Supers that primarily have popularity due to keeping up a veneer of humility when they deal with the public, but are not above using their powers to get what they want and basically have god complexes like crazy. They are the primary villains of the series because of this.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Super Eric(The Cape), Curry Man(a practical joker) and Stone Cold Shark Boy (a violent antisocial hooligan), TNA's Prince Justice Brotherhoodnote , embody that particular bit about having little in common. They mostly fought the good fight, but had very different motivations and strategies regarding TNA's varios crises.
  • Sisters of the Mighty, which formed for CHIKARA's 2018 King Of Trios. Aja Perera and Mighty Molly do have a little in common(both were dusting off old cape gimmicks...that's about it) but Solo Darling had only became a superhero for this event.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The Freedom League, equivalent to the Justice League or Avengers in the Freedom City setting for Mutants & Masterminds. Also the Next Gen, who are basically the Teen Titans with some X-Men influences. Former teams include F.O.R.C.E. Ops, who were the '90s Anti-Hero team, like X-Force or Extreme Justice, and the Liberty League who were the Golden Age team equivalent to the Justice Society or the Invaders.
  • Halt Evil Doer!, another M&M setting, has the Patriots (JLA, Avengers) the Tomorrow Society (X-Men) and the defunct New Fighters for Freedom (Wolfman-era Titans).
  • The titular Gatewatch of the Oath of the Gatewatch set in Magic: The Gathering were directly inspired by examples like the Justice League as per Word of God. The Gatewatch itself is essentially a group of Planeswalkers who join forces to fight the Eldrazi on Zendikar.
  • Masks casts its players as a team of young superheros a la Teen Titans.

    Toys 
  • The Toa in BIONICLE are Mata Nui's heroes, sent to protect Matoran.

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    Web Animation 
  • The eponymous Team RWBY, and most other four-student teams. Justified, because they are all Hunters-in-training.

    Web Comics 
  • In The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, it turns out Dr McNinja was in one of these back in college. They broke up when the resident Incredible Hulk Captain Ersatz sold out their secret identities, resulting in their leader being killed.
  • As with so many other tropes, The Perry Bible Fellowship has its own unique spin on this concept.
  • After acquiring cosmic powers, the protagonists of M9 Girls! think it's fun to become a hero team, complete with pretty costumes and super-heroine names. While having fun initially, they soon learn that being heroines is serious business.
  • "Homeland Insecurity" i.e. Heist #1 introduces Pax Americana, a loose Justice League/Avengers expy. In the second issue, they come into conflict with the Villain Protagonist Geist.
  • Many chapters of Accidentals abound with teams. The first government sanctioned team was formed by the Nazis during WWII. British and American government sponsored teams were formed as a response.
  • The Table of Justice in the superhero arc of Arthur, King of Time and Space, which comprises superhero versions of the Knights of the Round Table.
  • Parimetra: The Association of Superheroes (often shortened to A.S.H.) is an organization of superpowered people from the city Parimetra who use their powers to fight a supernatural monster swarm. It was thought that every person with superpowers was a member of A.S.H. until they learn of the presence of another, dubbed Shade, in the first chapter.
  • Ennui GO! has the Just Us League - a group of superheroes who exist in the world of the comic, including a mantid-themed Batman expy, a grease-powered speedster, and a man whose eyes open to a dimension filled with meat, among others. They're rather picky about who they'll let be part of the team.
    Omegaman: We few are all that stand between the world and total obliteration. Just us. Which is why we are called the Just Us League.
  • Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal: Parodied in "Super Efficient", where it's explained to be about population growth and economics.
    Superman: "The more people and technology, the less the value of any individual hero. That's why we all formed leagues in the 60s and 70s. These days, your organization needs at least forty heroes, plus assistants, accounting, I.T. and so on."
  • In El Goonish Shive, Tedd has an Imagine Spot that he and the other main characters are this when Elliot tells him the bank's being robbed in this Guest Comic strip.

    Web Originals 
  • 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 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 parahumans in the world.

    Western Animation 
  • The Justice Alliance from Atomic Puppet is made of a trio of DC superheroes expies and formerly Captain Atomic (who was succeeded by Atomic Puppet).
  • 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.
  • South Park has the Super Best Friends, a team composing of various religions figures such as Jesus, Moses, Joseph Smith and Seaman (an Aquaman parody). There is also Coon and Friends, which is just the kids dressing up and playing a superhero game.
  • The third season of Star vs. the Forces of Evil featured Marco forming the Marc-nificent 7, consisting of himself, Tom, Hekapoo, Kelly, Pony Head, Talon, and Jorby to take down Meteora.
  • Parodied in the fifth Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy episode of Spongebob Squarepants, which features Barnacle Boy turning evil and created his own organization of villains. Mermaid Man then recruits Spongebob and the other characters to recreate the International Justice League of Super Acquaintances with their costumes. Unfortunately, they're so incompetent they end up beating themselves up.

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