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The League of Champions, also referred to simply as the Champions, is a group of costumed men and women , with police powers recognized by the legal authorities, who act principally to safeguard the world against various threats beyond the scope of normal law-enforcement. The members, most of whom possess super-human abilities, do not for the most part share a common origin, but many of them do have family ties. In a broader sense, what they all have in common is a strong sense of membership in the team.
The Champions are also not the first such super team on their world; they were preceded by the legendary Vanguard of Freedom, who battled evil before, during, and for a few years after World War II. Although the present team did not spring directly from the earlier one, there are direct connections between the two. While there was a period of time with relative inactivity following the war years, broken most notably by Captain Thunder's brief career in the 1970's, a second era of costumed heroes has begun.
Champions headquarters, which for a time was located in a semi-secret base beneath San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, is now housed in a large cliffside building on the north shore of San Francisco Bay.