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“I think I speak for all of us when I say this is the day we earn the name ‘Avengers’.” – Captain America

The Justice League

Founded in 1960 as the Justice League of America, in 2011 the League undertook a radical restructuring and created a number branches to handle specific types of threats. The group, now named simply the Justice League, is comprised of some of the world's most powerful super-heroes dedicated to fighting crime and injustice. They work together as a team and a strike-force, acting as Earth's first line of defense against both terrestrial and extra-terrestrial threats. 

Justice League of America

Founded in 1960, but re-purposed in 2011, the Justice League of America are heroes who have been brought together to defend America from superhuman threats of all kinds. 

Justice League International

Founded in 1987, the Justice League International was established to represent a more global presence. In 2011, during the Justice League restructuring, JLI became an official United Nations-backed group of crimefighters, allowing them greater resources in exchange for regulation.

Justice League Dark

A new branch founded in 2011, the Justice League Dark is dedicated to dealing with mystical and supernatural threats.

Young Justice

An initiate started in 1998 and carried through the restructuring unchanged, Young Justice is a team of younger super-heroes and side-kicks who fight crime together separately from their adult counterparts. 

The Avengers

In 1963 a group of five heroes (Ant-Man, Hulk, Iron Man, Thor and Wasp) banded together to defeat Loki. They decided after the battle to stay connected so that they may face evil no single hero could defeat. The Avengers are one of Earth's two primary organizations of costumed superhuman crimefighters, adventurers and heroes dedicated to safeguarding the world from any threat beyond the power of conventional peacekeeping forces or any which any of them can't handle alone. The Avengers have the unique distinction of becoming the first superhuman team to be granted full official government sanctions by the National Security Council of the United States, the General Assembly of the United Nations, and later by the international intelligence/law enforcement agency S.H.I.E.L.D., predating the Justice League International by almost fifty years.

West Coast Avengers

Founded in 1984 by veteran Avenger Hawkeye, the West Coast Avengers were responsible for the safety of the western half of the United States. During this time their founding group was known as the East Coast Avengers. In 1994 the East Coast team convened a meeting with the West Coast branch to discuss the future of the team. It was voted on and decided that due to an ever-changing membership, in-fighting among the members and attacks on the Compound it had proven too costly to maintain a separate branch of Avengers and the team was to be folded back into the East Coast branch. This decision came despite the even more fluid nature of the East Coast roster, and the fact that they had lost Avengers Mansion. However, most active members of the West Coast team were unhappy with this decision, and resigned from the Avengers entirely.

Young Avengers

In 2005 four young heroes were brought together to start the Avenger's Acadmey. However, newspapers began to refer to the heroes as "super-powered fanboys" and label them the "Young Avengers," a name the team members initially disliked but which stuck nonetheless.

The Batman Family

See: Batman Family Visual Timeline
See: Batman Family Individual Timeline

U.S. Government Agencies

S.H.I.E.L.D.

Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division. Founded in 1965 by the United States Department of Defense to monitor superhuman threats. Current Director: General Nicholas Joseph Fury.

E.A.G.L.E.

Extranormal Activities Garrison for Law Enforcement. Founded in 1997 as a special branch of S.H.I.E.L.D. as a sort of “clean up crew” for the superheroes (“taking supervillains into custody, guarding damaged property, etc.”) but have been seen hunting down, and capturing, various superheroes. Current Director: Maria Hill

Project Cadmus

Founded in 1971 as the government’s defacto high tech genetic research and cloning facility. Re-chartered in 1997 as part of the founding of E.A.G.L.E. Current Director: General Thaddeus E. Ross

S.W.O.R.D.

Strategic Warfare Oversight Response Department. Founded in 2004 to act as a special division of S.H.I.E.L.D. that responds to superhuman threats. Current Director: Dr. Amanda Blake Waller

Checkmate

Founded in 1988 as a covert operations agency set up to serve as a small, quasi-independent branch in control of Task Force X and able to perform operations worldwide considered vital to the security of American interests. Checkmate was re-chartered in 2005 and placed under S.W.O.R.D.Current Director: Taleb Beni Khalid
Task Force X
See: Suicide Squad

S.R.U.

Superhuman Restraint Unit. Founded in 2006 to serve as a special operations unit trained to take down superhuman combatants. Its members (and the armored suits themselves) became known as Cape-Killers. Current Director: Timothy Aloysius Cadwallader Dugan

M.R.D.

Mutant Response Division. Founded in 1983 as Project Wideawake with the purpose of detecting and capturing meta-humans and mutants. Known for the employment of the robots known as Sentinels. Re-chartered in 2010 as part of S.W.O.R.D. and becoming known as the M.R.D. Current Director: Dr. Steven Lang

A.R.M.O.R.

Altered-Reality Monitoring and Operational Response. Founded in 2008 as a special division of S.H.I.E.L.D. that monitors and responds to alternate reality incursions. Current Director: James Brendan Corrigan

W.A.N.D.

Wizardry, Alchemy and Necromancy Department. Founded in 2014 as special division of S.H.I.E.L.D that monitors and responds to anything relating to magic. Current Director: Hector Sanders Hall

B.A.A.

Bureau of Amplified Animals. Founded in 1992 as US Government agency that monitors and deploys superhuman animal operatives. Re-chartered in 2014 as part of the formation of W.A.N.D. Current Director: Bobo T. Chimpanzee

B.P.R.D.

Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense. Founded in 1993 as an organization charged with protecting America and the world from the occult, paranormal and supernatural. It maintains the services of several supernatural persons. Re-chartered in 2014 as part of the formation of W.A.N.D. Current Director: Professor Trevor Bruttenholm

H.A.M.M.E.R.

Humanitarian Assistance, Maintenance, Management, Education, and Research. Founded in 2008 as a new espionage and law enforcement agency. It’s formation was in response to concerns about S.H.I.E.L.D.’s authority and effectiveness. Current Director: Norman Virgil Osborn

A.R.G.U.S.

Advanced Research Group United Support. Founded in 2012 as a division of H.A.M.M.E.R. responsable for advanced research and support. Current Director: Colonel Steven Rockwell Trevor

The Hellfire Club

The Lord Imperial

The Inner Circle

The Council of the Chosen

The Lords Cardinal

Massachusetts Academy

Hellfire Academy

The League and Society

The League

Lead by Ra’s al Ghul

League of Shadows

Spies

League of Assassins

Assassins

The Society

Lead by Talia al Ghul

Society of Shadows

Spies

Society of Assassins

Assassins

The Brotherhood of Mutants

The Brotherhood of Mutants is a team devoted to mutant superiority over normal humans. The group’s roster and ideology have varied from incarnation to incarnation, ranging from world domination to serving as a terrorist group that targets anti-mutant public figures.

Magneto’s Brotherhood

The Brotherhood was founded by Magneto and its members were his primary allies in his early battles. The original Brotherhood ultimately disbanded, with some members going on to join the Avengers.

Mystique’s Brotherhood

The Brotherhood of Mutants was revived under the leadership of Mystique. This team later became the core membership of the government-sponsored team called Freedom Force. This group both fought and teamed up with several heroic groups but ultimately disbanded after numerous members were killed in action, cripples, abandoned, and Mystique faked her death. During the threat of the Legacy Virus, Mystique organized another Brotherhood, drawing members from nearly every incarnation. This Brotherhood managed to assassinate Moira MacTaggert before they were disbanded.

Toad’s Brotherhood

The group’s most visible incarnation was led by Toad. Toad’s Brotherhood was concerned mostly with hatching revenge schemes but was repeatedly defeated.

Havok’s Brotherhood

Havok, after being captured and subjected to intensive brainwashing formed his own short-lived Brotherhood of Mutants. It was ultimately revealed that Havok formed the team as part of a sting operation designed to find illegal experiments and fell apart shortly afterwards.

Xorn’s Brotherhood

Another Brotherhood was formed by former X-Man Xorn, who thought he was Magneto. His Brotherhood were his former students . Most members rebelled against Xorn after he accidentally killed Basilisk and his insanity became too obvious to ignore.

Lady Deathstrike’s Sisterhood

Lady Deathstrike put together an all new Sisterhood, her own illuminati.