The Rankings:

#1 - The Pantheon

#2 - The All-New Honor Guard

#3 - THE SUPERS

THE SUPERS!

THE SUPERS!

#4 - The National Defensters

#5 - The Supers - EURO!


"The Supers" Timeline:

1938 - Ultramax, the original CAPE (the name later given to this world's superheroes, as they all wear capes), bursts onto the scene

1939 - The Knight debuts

1940 - The Knight gets a sidekick, Hawk (15 years old)

1941 - Suprema, the first female Cape, debuts

1941 - Trident debuts

1941 - December 8th Japan attacks Pearl Harbour

1942 - The first ever comic book, "Supers: Team G.A.Y. (Guardians of All Youth")", comes out starring Ultramax, The Knight and Hawk, Suprema and Trident surrounded by small children on the cover.

1942 - After some consideration, the comic book is re-titled "The Justice Buddies"

1945 - August 15th WW2 is over

1951 - The Justice Buddies are brought before the Un-American Activities Committee but don't testify, as Ultramax threatens the Committee as they want to "be left alone".  This un-officially draws a line between Capes and normal law enforcement.

1955 - The Judge, an alien from Mercury with cape-like powers, arrives on Earth but hides out and doesn't reveal himself...yet

1959 - The World's Cape population suddenly explodes, first with Mudslide...

1960 - ...then NINE Capes all debut at once...Centaur Man, Centaur Girl, The Streak, Spectrum, Nuclear Man, Mr. Twilight, The Time Breaker, El Muerte and Karma!

1961 - THE HONOUR GUARD is formed with founding members The Streak, Spectrum, Centaur-Man, Mudslide, El Muerte, Karma, The Time Breaker and Nuclear Man.  Ultramax and The Knight are made reserve members.  Hawk and Centaur-Girl are rejected, and Trident and Mr. Twilight decline their invitations.  Suprema at first accepts a reserve membership but then declines after finding out that Centaur-Girl was rejected.

1962 - After refusing membership at first, Mr. Twilight finally joins The Honour Guard, as well as newcomer Sunspot.  The President of The Honour Guard's Fan Club, Billy Brownie, becomes the guardian of a Genie, who he calls "Cherry" and whom he summons using the word "Far-out".

1963 - JFK is assassinated

1964 - Suprema joins the team, along with Centaur-Girl, and newcomers Puma and Captain Fantastic.  Newcomer The Black Sparrow rejects membership, wanting to remain freelance.

1967 - Silver Siren, another female Cape (making that three female supers) debuts and is accepted into The Honour Guard, it's youngest member so far!

1968 - Martin Luther King Jr. dies

1968 - Riots break out in all major cities, one in particular, in Chicago, something MAJOR happens, and when the dust settles, The Honour Guard is divided...

1969 - The Honour Guard disbands, most of the Capes retire under mysterious circumstances...the only remaining Capes are the original Justice Buddies!

1970 - Justice Incorporated is formed by Hawk, now 45 years old.  He personally selects the members, making the team up of young Capes and sidekicks looking to be seen as legitimate heroes.  On the team are Arachnaman, The Imagineer, Banshee, Effigy, Metis, Berzerker and Hammer & Sickle.  The team is the first of it's kind, as they are formed with corporate sponsorships, a Saturday morning cartoon and a comic book.

1972 - The Judge emerges as a Cape after nearly twenty years in hiding, forms a team with The Stranger, suggests reforming The Honour Guard but Ultramax, The Knight and Suprema reject this idea, want to stay freelance.

1976 - The Chaser debuts

1978 - Vulcano debuts

1979 - After a period of hiding, The Knight emerges, seemingly younger and stronger than ever.  People assume the original Knight has retired and Hawk has taken over the mantle, but that's just speculation...

1980 - Despite hesitation from the original Justice Buddies, The Pantheon is formed, with Trident, The Chaser, Vulcano and The Judge teaming with Ultramax, The Knight and Suprema to form the greatest team of Capes ever!

1986 - Another wave of Capes emerge, up to ten teams form...

1990 - The Rankings are established by "Direct Currents Magazine", a magazine dedicated to Capes, with profiles of them and their adventures.  The Pantheon is rated #1, and has been, for the most part, ever since.  The rankings are a Top Ten List, with a total of fourteen known Cape-teams.  Eventually, The Rankings are seen as more than just a random list of names, but taken seriously as a measuring stick of where each team stands and whether or not they should be taken seriously.