The Crusaders Action League (or C.A.L.) is a group of superheroes (apparently based in New York City) who provide protection for residents of the city who may find themselves to be targets of super-villains.


The C.A.L. offers protection against all threats, be they terrestrial, extra-terrestrial or super-natural in origin. They offer this protection at a price, and claim that heroes who do not charge for their services are "amateurs".


The Crusader Action League first appeared in Hostile Makeover where they introduce themselves to the Venture Family and offer their services. Their offer is denied by Dr. Venture who orders them off his property.

The group later appears when Hank Venture uses Brock Samson's grappling gun to shoot a zip-line to Tophet Tower. The C.A.L. members hear what they think is a gunshot and rush to VenTech Tower. Misinterpreting the situation, the C.A.L. then battle Brock and J-Bot as another member (Night Dick) saves Hank from falling off of Tophet Tower. The commotion alerts Dr. Venture, who explains to the C.A.L. that Brock is his bodyguard. The League leave after apologizing for their error.

In Maybe No Go, Fallen Archer is shown at a seafood restaurant giving Wide Wale his team's protection money. Wide Wale is angry that the payment is less than expected, accusing Fallen Archer of trying to cheat him. Scared, Fallen Archer explains that Dr. Venture had refused the protection plan, which means they can't pay Wide Wale his regular payment. This prompts Wide Wale to attack the VenTech Tower.

During Rapacity in Blue, Warriana spots Brock Samson having a confrontation with the villain Haranguetan on the sidewalk in front of VenTech Tower. She subdues the villain (even though Brock and the Ventures are not officially under the C.A.L.'s protection), which annoys Brock. It is later revealed that she lives in the same apartment building as Wide Wale, raising more question's about the C.A.L.'s ties to crime.



  • It is unknown exactly how many members there are.
  • There is presumably some rivalry between the C.A.L. and the O.S.I. It has not been established how their various clients are determined, though the O.S.I. does seem to focus heavily on super-scientists around the world, while the C.A.L.'s attention is apparently based solely on New York City and its wealthy, high-profile residents.
  • Hank Venture stated the group looked like the Marvel Comics superhero team The Avengers. Additionally, the C.A.L.'s rallying cry of "Crusaders, Convene!" is similar to the Avengers' "Avengers, Assemble!".
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