Night Thrasher, using his vast wealth, formed the supergroup The New Warriors. The starting team consisted of Nova, Namorita, Firestar, Marvel Boy, Speedball, and Night Thrasher himself. The roster changed frequently, many members leaving and coming, giving a constant flow of different happiness and problems within the team.The team often contains at least one member of the original line-up, and is mostly composed of teenage superheroes.
Night Thrasher had originally gathered Nova, Marvel Boy (Vance Astrovik), and Firestar as the New Warriors, after being encouraged to do so by his legal guardians Chord and Tai. After they had gathered they heard about Terrax rampaging through a local park. They then went to fight him, and found Namorita and Speedball had joined the battle. Beating Terrax together, the five heroes unknowingly were on the way to creating something great. After this, they decided to stay together as a team. They called themselves the New Warriors, after a news report that Speedball had heard about the team. Shortly after this, the team fought Juggernaut alongside Thor in their first appearance, managing to stop him long enough for Thor to teleport Juggernaut to another dimension using his hammer.
During the team's first adventure against Terrax, they had been aided by a scientist from a company called Genetech. Genetech became interested in the New Warriors, and were inspired by them to create super powered humans. After sending the Mad Thinker to investigate the New Warriors, Genetech proceeded with their plans. The people that they gave powers to were named Psionex, and became some of the New Warriors' deadliest foes.
When Night Thrasher started running low on funds, he decided to offer the group up for a reality show. Most of the group did not agree with this idea and left. Leaving Night Thrasher distressed on what he needed to do in order to gain more funds while having members agree with his idea.
Not much was known or remembered of the New Warriors in the Marvel Universe until recently during their fight with the villain, Nitro in Stamford. In the end, Nitro caused a massive explosion, killing almost all of the group members (Namorita, Night Thrasher and Microbe) except Speedball. More importantly to the public, an abundant amount of innocent bystanders perished during the explosion also. The result was the introduction of the Super-Human Registration Act which divided the Marvel Universe in half and resulted in the currently infamous Civil War.
Now their names will go down in infamy but it won't be for the reasons they had hoped. Speedball, the only surviving member, was chastised and tortured and eventually became the Penance, a member of the "reformed" super-villain group Thunderbolts. The team was in its closure for a long while.
Post Civil War
Superpowered criminals began turning up captured all over New York with notes attached that said simply "NW". Then a street near a scene of one of these apprehensions was gratified with the phrase "The New Warriors Were Here". The scandal caught on fire, and many realized that the New Warriors were on their way coming back, however not with the many heroes that had participated in the team before. As the incident caught the media's attention, it was realized that someone had decided to re-form the New Warriors. There was, however, a fair amount of debate among the super-hero community (especially those close to Tony Stark) as to who would re-form a team whose only surviving member was branded as a mass murderer (because of their fight with Nitro). After all, except for Speedball, the former members of the team were dead, their bodies accounted for.
The new team was made up almost entirely of mutants de-powered by the decimation (all of whom were involved at some point with the X-men). Their current base of operations is Murderworld, the abandoned once-hideout of Arcade.
Night Thrasher (formerly Bandit, was never a mutant)
Wondra (formerly Jubilee, of the X-men and Generation X )
Decibel (formerly Chamber, of Generation X and the X-men )
Blackwing (formerly Beak, from the New X-men series)
Tempest (formerly Angel Salvadore, from New X-men)
Phaser (formerly Radian, New X-men)
Skybolt (formerly Redneck, New X-men)
Ripcord (formerly Stacy X, Uncanny X-men)
Renascence (formerly Wind Dancer, New Mutants)
The team also included Longstrike (formerly known as Tattoo, also of the New X-men), until she was killed by the Zodiac's Cancer. Sister of New Warriors member Phaser, she was said to be ill-prepared during training sessions and only motivated during actual combat. The team nearly disbanded until Renascence joined the illustrious roster. She urged the group to stick together, citing their sense of abandonment following M-day. However, the team finally met an end after a traumatic experience visiting the future. Night Thrasher witnessed his dream becoming reality as his dead brother, Dwayne Taylor (the original Night Thrasher), was brought back to life. Dwayne had embraced a totalitarian vision for the world, and, wearing the Iron Man armor, became supreme overlord, sentencing all heroes to either imprisonment or execution. The New Warriors met a new Night Thrasher ( Tony Stark) and, with their leader's help, defeated Dwayne.
When they returned to the present time line, the teams' trust in their reason to continue as superheroes was completely shattered. Night Thrasher was unable to keep his role as leader, Wondra decided to leave the team and follow her own path, and the rest of the team thanked Donyell for the opportunity and left the New Warriors too.
The survivors of that incarnation of the team were:
It seems that Counter-Force has now renamed themselves as the New Warriors, recruiting Donyell Taylor to their ranks. They fought Ragnarok in Camp Hammond when they used the team's name for the first time, and, quoting Rage, the name New Warriors is something they are proud of, something they wanted to take back.
The current team is composed of:
Michael (although he was murdered by Ragnarok in the first battle of the team)
In this universe, there is an alternate reality version of the New Warriors founded by Spider-Girl, and now run by the Phil Urich.
Spider-Girl had gathered them to help take down Angel Face and Funny Face, and to essentially fight street crime that A-class heroes like the Avengers would never touch. The roster was made out of the Buzz, Raptor, Darkdevil, Phil Urich as the Golden Goblin and Ladyhawk. The team is sponsored by Normie Osborn.
House of M
In this reality, Luke Cage made treaties with human rival gangs to defeat the mutant rule. One gang called the Wolfpack, which is made out of mostly New Warriors members from the mainstream universe, such as Rage, Speedball, Turbo, Darkhawk, Alex Power as Zero-G and Julie Power as Lightspeed.