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The Elite

The Religious Affiliation of
The Elite
 

Religion: British Loyalist in U.S. CBR Scale: M

Name: The Elite

Classification: villains villains   group group  

Publisher(s): Marvel

First Appearance: Captain America (vol. 1) #193 (Jan. 1976): "The Madbomb Screamer in the Brain!"

Creators: Jack Kirby, Frank Giacoia, Mike Esposito

Number of Appearances: 12

Teams/Affiliations: Royalist Forces of America

Enemy of: Captain America, Falcon

Nation: USA

Note: secret network of rich/powerful; tried overthrow U.S. govt.

The Elite was a highly secretive network of Americans who were wealthy and powerful. The group was originally organized by William Taurey. Other members of the Elite, all of whom came from privileged backgrounds, included Hesperus Chadwick, Cheer Chadwick, and Gloucester.

Mason Harding, the scientist who invented the Madbombs, also was a member of the Elite. But he turned on them when he realized the error of their ways.

The Elite formed a larger organization known as the Royalist Forces of America. The founding members of the Elite were also connected to the Secret Empire, which grew to be one of the world's largest secret organizations bent on world domination.

Through the Royalist Forces of America (which later became the Imperial Forces of America), the Elite attempted to overthrow the U.S. government in order to replace it with their own ideal leadership. Originally this leadership was envisioned as being British-based. They were British loyalists who wanted to roll back American independence. Later it appears that they were not so set on returning to British rule, and more interested in simply overthrowing the current American government in favor of their own idea, "elite", hand-picked leaders.

In all of their incarnations, the Elite were definitely "elitist" and had a strong dislike for people they regarded as "low-born."

Much of the funding for the Elit came from Captain America's old foe, Baron Helmut Zemo, but it is not clear how many people knew that. His identity as a key person behind the Elite and the Royalist Forces seems to have been a secret known to only a few.

Number of group members listed below: 8

Character
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Religious
Affiliation
Team(s)
[Notes]
Pub. #
app.
Cheer Chadwick Cheer Chadwick villain
CBR Scale: M British Loyalist in U.S.
Secret Empire; Sons of the Serpent... 
[Dr. Hesperus Chadwick's daughter]
Marvel 7
Dr. Hesperus Chadwick Dr. Hesperus Chadwick villain scientist
CBR Scale: M British Loyalist in U.S.
Secret Empire; The Elite... 
[invented Shriequencer]
Marvel 7
Richard Cholmondely villain
CBR Scale: U British Loyalist in U.S.
Secret Empire; The Elite...  Marvel 2
The Elite The Elite villain group
CBR Scale: M British Loyalist in U.S.
Royalist Forces of America
[secret network of rich/powerful; tried overthrow U.S. govt.]
Marvel 12
Thomas Gloucester villain
CBR Scale: U British Loyalist in U.S.
Secret Empire; The Elite...  Marvel 2
General Heshin villain
CBR Scale: S Royalist Forces of America
The Elite; Royalist Forces of America Marvel 7
William Taurey William Taurey villain
CBR Scale: M British Loyalist in U.S.
Secret Empire; The Elite... 
[tried to end democracy in America]
Marvel 7
Harcourt Vickers villain
CBR Scale: U British Loyalist in U.S.
Secret Empire; The Elite...  Marvel 2

The Elite


This character is in the following 13 stories which have been indexed by this website:
Captain America
Thunderbolts


Suggested links for further research about this character and the character's religious affiliation:
  - http://marvel.wikia.com/Elite_(Imperial_Forces)_(Earth-616)
  - http://www.marvunapp.com/master/el.htm
  - http://www.marvunapp.com/master/rosroz.htm