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The Champions of Xandar were originally known as The New Champions and named by Nova (Rich Rider) in order to defend Xandar from theSkrull Invasion. The New Champions consisted of Protector , Nova Prime, the Comet, Crimebuster, Powerhouse and Diamondhead.
The team was formed by Nova's foe, the Sphinx, as part of a scheme to reach Xandar. After stopping the Sphinx, the team stayed together to fight in the Xandarian/Skrull War. The New Champions stayed together for almost a year and pushed back the Skrull forces with the assistance of Rom. After the war, Rich Rider chose to relinquish his Nova powers in order to return to Earth. Nova's position in the team was filled by his successor, Centurion Nova Prime : Tanak Valt.
After Rich Rider returned to Earth, the rest of the team stayed on the Xandarian homeworld and renamed themselves the Champions of Xandar. All of the Champions were killed during Nebula's destruction of Xandar.
Years later a fail safe plan (created by Protector and Queen Adora )reactovated Xandar`s computerized Worldmind which ressurrected the Xandarians in cloned bodies.The Nova Corps became the Xandarian Star Corps and Nova fought with them occasionally.(wheither the Champions were themselves cloned has yet to be revealed).