Defenders appears in 706 issues.
Growing tired of his mechanic job, Abe Jenkins created a suit of armor and became the Beetle. Originally a criminal, he changed his ways as a member of the Thunderbolts, becoming a mainstay of the group and achieving legitimacy as a superhero.
Adam Warlock is a synthetic being created by human scientists called "The Enclave" to become their ideal template for a new race of humans who would one day rule the Earth. However, their creation, called "Him", rebelled, turned against them and went on to become Adam Warlock.
Aerioka is a wing-headed humanoid who helped the Defenders against the Unnameable. He is the member of the a slave race in the Tunnelworld.
Aleta Ogord was an Arcturan alien raised by her father, Ogord.
One time Hank Pym's lab assistant, Alice Nugent was recruited by the cosmic Grandmaster to join his Squadron Sinister.
Joined in The Defenders (1972) #146
A mutant and original member of the X-Men, Warren received his angelic wings at a young age along with a unique healing factor in his blood. After being twisted into a weapon of Apocalypse, Warren became the cold and distant Archangel. In the years since then, he's gone back and forth between his two identities.
Joined in The Defenders (2012) #10
The feminine version of the Silver Surfer who was created to restore balance to the world
Starting his super-criminal life as Power Man and then reinventing himself as the size-altering Goliath, Erik Josten has served as a member of several incarnations of the Masters of Evil and the Lethal Legion. It wasn't until he became Atlas and a founding Thunderbolts member that he truly "discovered" himself.
Joined in The Defenders (1972) #104
The love of Bruce Banner's life, she has been one of the Hulk's greatest allies, though she is the daughter of his greatest enemy, General 'Thunderbolt' Ross. She has been transformed into the Harpy, died, and is now a Hulk herself although she lost her powers when Doctor Green, the new incarnation of the Hulk, injected her with the cure for Gamma Radiation. What's next in her life remains to be seen...
Former cat burglar Felicia Hardy became a crime fighter when she became romantically attracted to and involved with Spider-Man. Felicia has the ability to instill "bad luck" around others - this comes in handy when fighting crime!
Was one of the several heroes lured by Dolar Bill's offer of being a member of the Defenders.
The latest wielder of the Ebony Blade in a long line of heroes and villains known as the Black Knight. Dane Whitman, at one point a member of the Avengers and leader of Ultraforce, is now the current king of Weirdworld.
T'Challa is the Black Panther, king of Wakanda, one of the most technologically advanced nations on Earth. He is among the top intellects and martial artists of the world, a veteran Avenger, and a member of the Illuminati. Using his powers and abilities, he has pledged his fortune, powers, and life to the service of all mankind.
A supervillain who later joined the Thunderbolts seeking redemption.
A war-time hero, the Blazing Skull was an ally to the Invaders and remains active to this day although with far less sanity. In modern times he has fought alongside Thin Man's Invaders squad and the Defenders.
A common enemy of the X-Men and one of the most unusual mutants, who was de-powered during M-Day. His Age of Apocalypse counterpart has since replaced him in his various villainous roles after leaving his home reality.
Former pro baseball player who became a known criminal as the Boomerang. After fighting towards some semblance of redemption as a member of the Thunderbolts, he lead the seventh incarnation of the Sinister Six.
Cody Fleisher was killed and resurrected as Cadaver. After the reaction of friends and family to his new appearance, Cadaver decided to remain with Dr. Druid and the Defenders.
Candy Southern was the girlfriend of the X-Man, Angel. She supported him during his time with the Champion, and even became leader of the Defenders. Later, she was kidnapped, tortured and eventually murdered for their relationship.
During World War II, Steve Rogers volunteered to receive the experimental Super-Soldier Serum. Enhanced to the pinnacle of human physical potential and armed with an unbreakable shield, he became Captain America. After a failed mission left him encased in ice for decades, he was found and revived by the Avengers. Later joining their ranks and eventually becoming the team's leader.
A captain in the Kree militia, Mar-Vell rebelled against a racist tyrannical empire to defend Earth and in so doing became the "Protector of the Universe" known as Captain Marvel. Since his tragic death to cancer, Captain Marvel has inspired many superheroes and heroines and his legacy is still felt throughout the Marvel universe.
A lesser-known hero, Captain Ultra is nonetheless one of the cool guys of Marvel.
After encountering the Kree hero Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers was accidentally subjected to otherworldly radiation that transformed her into a superhuman warrior. Calling herself Ms. Marvel, she established herself as one of the most powerful and prominent heroes, both as a solo heroine and as a member of the Avengers. She has now adopted the mantle of Captain Marvel for herself.
Co-Founder of the 31st century superhero group, Guardians of the Galaxy, he is the last survivor of a race genetically engineered to live on Jupiter.
Clea is the heroic daughter of Umar and the niece of Dormammu. She is also Doctor Strange's estranged wife and was the ruler of The Dark Dimension until her Uncle usurped her throne and regained his.
Tyrone Johnson is the "dark" half of the vigilante duo known as Cloak and Dagger. After a drug-related experiment awakened his powers, he became a living personification of darkness. Cloak is the Yin to his partner Dagger's Yang. Superheroes of the streets, Cloak and Dagger wage a war against dangerous drugs and drug-related crimes.
Joined in The Defenders (1972) #127
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