The Loners (originally named Excelsior) are a group of Marvel Comics characters, a support group for former teenage superheroes, founded by Turbo of the New Warriors and Phil Urich, the heroic former Green Goblin. Its stated goal is to help fellow teenage superheroes to adjust to mundane lives and dissuade other super-powered teenagers from becoming heroes. They were introduced in "True Believers," the first arc of Runaways (vol. 2). The story and team titles are an in-joke. Stan Lee often uses the phrase "Excelsior" and refers to fans as true believers in his "Bullpen Bulletin" in Marvel comic books and Who Wants to Be a Superhero?
Michiko "Mickey" Musashi, Turbo, formerly of the New Warriors. Deciding that she would do more good with her education than she would adventuring, she retired the Torpedo armor and returned to investigative journalism.
Phil Urich, the fourth, heroic, incarnation of the Green Goblin. After losing his costume and equipment during the Onslaught saga, he finished college and earned a degree in journalism.
Johnny Gallo, Ricochet of the Slingers. He is a mutant who has an early warning sense much like Spider-Man's, as well as enhanced agility, sensory perception, amazing targeting skills with thrown objects, and coordination. He decided to quit adventuring after becoming disillusioned with his prospects as a superhero.
Chris Powell, Darkhawk. He decided to give up his powers after his nightmares became too intense for him to handle.
Julie Power, Lightspeed of Power Pack. Convinced that the superhero lifestyle robbed her of her childhood, she quit adventuring and moved to California, hoping to become an actress.
Mattie Franklin, Spider-Woman. After being exploited to create Mutant Growth Hormone, Mattie moved to Los Angeles to start over and has been going to the meetings regularly.
Hollow, formerly known as Penance of Generation X. It is unknown who is now residing in this hollow body.
Namie, a mystery female character; she is not one of the previously introduced teen female characters.